The latest solutions and services updates from Microsoft, for October 2017 –
- Microsoft EA renewals bookings grow 14%, and 9% in constant currency. Cloud profitability increased 8 points to 57% https://goo.gl/6cjiX5
- Microsoft secure targeted $20B annual run-rate cloud commercial business.
- Office365 up 42% and Azure up 90% https://goo.gl/LBvHbc
- Microsoft are completing moving their Azure customers to their ‘Modern Rating Engine’ to enable new billing and consumption models i.e. Azure Monetary Commit (AMC) and Reserved Instances (ARI)
- Effective October 2nd 2017, SQL Server 2017 was made generally available.
- You can now use Azure Information Protection BYOK with Exchange Online https://goo.gl/R6Hujt
- Improvements to System Center Data Protection Manager 2016 incl. ‘workload aware storage’ for custom storage targets https://t.co/vNUcCmtODh
- Microsoft confirm Skype to Microsoft Teams Roadmap https://goo.gl/As9BiL
- Microsoft announce new ‘Secret’ Government capabilities for Azure Government https://goo.gl/VWmgeV
- Microsoft ‘u-turn’ on unlicensed mailboxes https://goo.gl/TfeKDg
- Microsoft365 F1 – a compelling market proposition, but pricing, licensing, feature limitations may deter adoption https://goo.gl/jzuVQV (Service Description)
- Reminder: Exchange and Outlook 2007 are exiting Extended Support in October 2017 https://goo.gl/eDDzTF
- Office365 ProPlus Channels renamed: Monthly Channel, and Deferred ‘Semi Annual’ Channel with 18 Months Support. https://goo.gl/fFTJkN
- Illustrating the expansive requirements for Premium features of Azure AD when running Office365 https://goo.gl/XcT9nv
- Microsoft TechNet article on setting up Cloud Voicemail for Skype for Business Phone System and Calling Plans https://goo.gl/ZdPU1U
- Microsoft compare Azure and AWS with a helpful service map- https://aka.ms/awsazureguide [Download] https://goo.gl/mr4cTn [Web]
- Minimum Requirements for Windows Defender ATP for Windows 10 https://goo.gl/ufw2NX
- SQL Server 2017 Licensing Datasheet – some welcome wording on readable replicas, and some new licensing additions https://goo.gl/fXM555
- SQL Server 2017 ‘Modern Servicing Model’ CUs montly for 12 months, then quarterly for 4 years of mainstream support https://t.co/bSfqfwwCJ9
- Windows10 KMS Activation approaches: A)Windows Server 2016 DC KMS or B) Windows Server 2012 R2 STD/DC for Windows10 https://goo.gl/dFk7WL
- Cloud Spend Management (CSM) greatly improves with reporting Cloudyn acquisition integration for Azure https://goo.gl/txrmxS
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