Microsoft Licensing and Services Update August 2016

My brief update on some of the principle roadmap and licensing updates from Microsoft in August 2016.

  • The Microsoft September 2016 Product Terms add Windows 10 Enterprise E3 in CSP, Azure AD Premium P2: http://bit.ly/PT-Sep-2016
  • New Project Online Essentials, Professional and Premium in the August 2016 Microsoft Online Services Terms (OST): http://bit.ly/OST-Aug-2016
  • Windows Enterprise E3/E5, Azure AD Premium Plan 2 and new Project Online line-up in the Aug ´16 Microsoft Product Terms: http://bit.ly/PT-Aug-2016
  • Windows10 Enterprise E3 now available with partner supported CSP programme https://goo.gl/qEUdqg
  • Operations Management Suite (OMS) Security generally available for OMS and Azure Log Analytics subscribers -SIEM https://goo.gl/FndmEC
  • Public preview: N-Series instances for Azure Virtual Machines come with NVIDIA GPUs https://goo.gl/Eos00k
  • Machine Learning workspaces and web service pricing plans available in Azure portal https://goo.gl/lnvHwr
  • Microsoft extend Office365 Trust Center to Service Assurance Dashboard https://goo.gl/Mj0Y6e
  • Reminder: Windows10 SA ‘Roaming Right’ extended use right to be retired to drive per user subscription. See the key dates here https://goo.gl/MqB9Tp
  • Windows10 Enterprise will be the new home for MDOP‘s App-V and UE-V. Greater bolstering of native Enterprise Edition https://goo.gl/2SXELr
  • Microsoft Windows10 Enterprise E3 could EXCLUDE LTSB. Offering CB and CBB service branches only. Expect September. http://goo.gl/QV9eK0
  • ExpressRoute FAQs https://goo.gl/mNngVg
  • Citrix Partnership puts hatchet to Azure RemoteApp for delivery of Win Apps from Azure Cloud. Free XenApp Express https://goo.gl/6saj5H
  • General Availability for Azure AD Authentication for access to Azure SQL DB and Data Warehouse services https://goo.gl/29nv39
  • PowerBI gets connector for Amazon Redshift data. (Only via Desktop App and not Web or Gateway) https://goo.gl/8TPGqd
  • Azure IaaS ‘Top Right’ Gartner Magic Quadrant behind AWS http://goo.gl/QkQhio
  • Increase in minimum commit for Azure only SCE. This will increase from 1 to 10 MCUs from 1st Oct 2016. Expiring SCEs one-time renewal

About

This website is a way to give back to the licensing community and as an information resource for all customers that work with Microsoft software and licensing. I hope you find it of value.

Tony Mackelworth is Head of Microsoft Advisory Services at SoftwareONE

If you would like to reach out for a coffee or a meeting under NDA, Email or connect via Twitter or LinkedIn


Disclaimer

  • This article is not intended to replace the Product Terms
  • This article is not intended to replace the Product Use Rights or Product List or Online Service Terms or other binding contractual documents
  • Please be aware that any licensing, or product information could be subject to change.
  • This document confers no rights and is provided for information purposes only.
  • Please be aware, my own emphasis may have been added to quotations and extracts from 3rd party sources.
  • This is not official guidance from Microsoft or its subsidiaries.
  • The following article is based on open information shared with Licensing Solutions Providers (LSPs) and based on  personal inference and understanding.
  • This document is provided “as-is”. Information and views expressed in this document, including URL and other Internet Web site references, may change without notice. This document does not provide you with any legal rights to any intellectual property in any Microsoft product.
  • Please be aware that nothing in this document constitutes specific technical advice. Some of the material in this document may have been prepared some time ago and therefore may have been superseded. Specialist advice from the vendor should be taken in relation to specific circumstances.
  • The contents of this document are for general information purposes only. Whilst the author endeavors to ensure that the information on this document is correct, no warranty, express or implied, is given as to its accuracy and the primary author or it’s contributing Authors do not accept any liability for error or omission.
  • The contributing authors and owner of this document shall not be liable for any damage (including, without limitation, damage for loss of business or loss of profits) arising in contract, tort or otherwise from the use of, or inability to use, this website or any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken as a result of using this website or any such material.
  • This Disclaimer is not intended to and does not create any contractual or other legal rights.

Microsoft Licensing and Services Update July 2016

My brief update on some of the principle roadmap and licensing updates from Microsoft in July 2016.  Thank you to those of you who joined my recent webinars with SoftwareONE.

With the announcement of the indirect EA on MPSA in 2017, and Windows Server GA Per Core  on October 1st, and the new expansive ‘Secure Productive Enterprise’ (SPE) plans- there has probably never been a better time to challenge organisations to rethink how they work with their reseller, and what they need to enable and manage their digital transformation and cost reduction programmes.

  • Windows 10 Pro 1607 (14393) removes Group Policy Editor options for Pro i.e. display of ads/promos, Consumer Experience, Tips, Lock Screen, Cortana.
  • Microsoft Windows10 Enterprise E3 could EXCLUDE LTSB. Offering CB and CBB service branches only. Expect September. http://goo.gl/QV9eK0 (Reported by ZDNet) Update: I have asked ZDNet, and had confirmation it was from Microsoft presentation at partner show on E3 by Nic Fillingham ref: Mary Jo Foley.
  • CB, CBB Windows10 Servicing Updates would require Feature Updates for continued security patches. https://goo.gl/fJpnnn
  • Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) evolves from S-Plan pilot. Removes separate licensing on-prem application servers https://t.co/3Fv1kr35rd
  • Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) evolves from S-Plan Pilot. Supports one on-premise install of Office ProPlus MSI https://t.co/3Fv1kr35rd
  • Great little summary video from Microsoft on their ‘EA on MPSA’ programme changes https://goo.gl/Jw1UNw
  • Free Windows10 Pro Upgrade ended on July 31st
  • Office365 Feature exclusives worth considering incl. dynamic navigation in PowerPoint, ML enabled Editor in Word, and replacement of Clutter with Priority Inbox (Machine Learning) https://goo.gl/RaExF9
  • Azure AD Premium P2 within extended EMS E5 bundle in Q3 2016. ADP2 SKU on August Price File. Orders accepted September 1st
  • Microsoft to release Azure Stack in Mid CY 2017 with HP, Lenovo, Dell http://goo.gl/Hgf3OD
  • Always Encrypted in Azure SQL Database is Generally Available https://goo.gl/dsvF8e
  • Microsoft Stream in Freemium Preview. Named successor of Office365 Video https://goo.gl/r1E46K  shows cracks in MS integrated development
  • Azure Security Center is now Generally Available https://goo.gl/NnalYh  providing Breach Incident Reporting and Analytics across platforms (E5)
  • Microsoft Bookings comes to Office365 only for Business Premium Subscribers. E3 and E5 promised to follow https://goo.gl/qh0ndZ
  • Microsoft U-Turn on SA for CALs for License Mobility in the July PT (Updated Article) http://goo.gl/6hXVKm
  • New blog article ‘Enterprise Advantage on MPSA’ http://goo.gl/7cFZ32
  • Skype for Business Planning Tool https://goo.gl/Fg5Fn7  (Download)
  • SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack eligible SA will see Preview Lists in August w. Microsoft Flow and PowerApps to follow https://goo.gl/WyByCt
  • MOMS Upgrade Analytics (Public Preview) like MAP for Windows10 enables planning with App and Driver analysis https://goo.gl/AwpjES
  • Upgrade to Windows10? Skip 2012 R2. Look at SCCM 2016 Update 1606 (supports Anniversary Update) now rolling out! https://goo.gl/rdXmeu
  • Licensing comparison of Windows Server 2016 Editions https://goo.gl/VOLWOs
  • Microsoft publish tool to migrate Datazen content (dashboards and KPIs) to SQL 2016 Reporting Server https://goo.gl/rnFSFF   (download) illustrates integration into Enterprise Edition after acquisition.
  • Azure Decision Tree (Technology Selection) http://goo.gl/QdJYJr Really useful infographic.
  • Office365 Microsoft Flow (workflows) and PowerApps (forms) offer extensibility to updated UI SharePoint Lists https://goo.gl/SFFO09 look to future feature packs from Office365.
  • From July 1st, cloud OMS  Subscription extends to Incl. System Center on-premise. System Center OMS AddOn remains https://goo.gl/uTTsF1
  • System Center 2016 General Availability w. WinSvr 2016 October 1st. OMS extensibility, Linux and Unix Support https://goo.gl/sEKvu7
  • Office365 Education now available via supported CSP model via Resellers https://goo.gl/EjTi7t
  • Skype Meeting Broadcast will get transcription and translation end of CY 2016 https://goo.gl/EjTi7t
  • Skype PSTN Calling is now in UK and US. https://goo.gl/EjTi7t
  • Microsoft create Skype Operations Framework (SOF) planning and deployment methodology  https://goo.gl/Rty3FY
  • Microsoft Cloud updates summarised list https://goo.gl/SvYryo
  • Facebook likes Microsoft. Starts with Office365 Exchange Online and Delve  http://goo.gl/sAb8p8
  • Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard w. 3 install options. Desktop GUI, Core w. PowerShell, and Nano https://goo.gl/rgFuua
  • Windows Server 2016 will also include LTSB vs CBB service branches. https://goo.gl/Mp01H2
  • Windows Server 2016 General Availability on October 1st. Get ready for Per Core with SoftwareONE https://goo.gl/yXPaf9
  • Microsoft pull support  for Win7 for next gen chipsets. Drives upgrades to Windows10  https://goo.gl/15zJED
  • Best article on TechNet on Windows10 feature update deferment models and withdrawal to security updates https://goo.gl/KDyafy
  • Microsoft pitch ‘Office in a Box’ strategy with expansive “Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) E5 bundle http://goo.gl/X2qvVk
  • Azure AD Premium P2 within extended EMS E5 bundle in Q3 2016. More robust identity privileged management features https://goo.gl/hsxjuZ
  • Secure Islands acquisition finds a home in Azure Information Protection Premium P2 within extended EMS E5 bundle https://goo.gl/z5K6K9
  • Microsoft integrate security EMS bundle across E3 + E5 offerings to align with “better” E3 vs. “best” E5 strategy https://goo.gl/z5K6K9
  • Microsoft play for integrated security layer, with “Secure Productive Enterprise” bundles http://goo.gl/X2qvVk
  • Windows10 “Premium” renamed Enterprise E5 Incl. Win Defender Advanced Threat Protection vs. Windows10 Enterprise E3 http://goo.gl/X2qvVk
  • SharePoint integration with Microsoft PowerApps and Microsoft Flow is coming! http://ow.ly/xmGP3000e7s
  • Microsoft has the largest channel network in the industry. Larger than AWS, Google and Salesforce combined. Ref: WPC16
  • “Consuming or Interacting” with PowerBI Pro content requires a license. Nice gotcha list from Microsoft: https://goo.gl/S927EU
  • July 1st PT License Mobility within Server Farms SA enabled use right maintained on Servers without SA on CALs (for now) Microsoft apparent U-Turn or “Clarification” http://goo.gl/6hXVKm
  • Future of SharePoint sees closer OneDrive integration w. sync features, and analytics with Delve https://goo.gl/jsh0n6
  • There’s a new (July 2016) Operations Management Suite Datasheet with full details about the new OMS Subscription https://goo.gl/87OkNX
  • SAP Hana on Microsoft Azure is a landmark strategic partnership https://goo.gl/lVU2DK
  • Enterprise Advantage on MPSA ‘cost effective’ <2400 Users. Margin w. rebates to drive Office365, Dynamics, Azure
  • Enterprise Advantage on MPSA in 2017. Microsoft shift EA under the MPSA framework. Gov and Edu Advantage on horizon https://goo.gl/RCZlW3
  • Dynamics CRM Online 2016 U1, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 SP1 now available in the June “Spring Wave” Release Notes: https://goo.gl/65wq51
  • Microsoft acquired Wand Labs https://goo.gl/ZwkPO5 leverage intelligent agents and cognitive services into chat experiences Bing, Cortana
  • SoftwareONE Blog Article on the 500 EA minimum user/device counts going into effect today http://goo.gl/yNfi8v
  • July EA enrolment:  SCE contract wording will support reservations for eligible products.
  • July EA: Indefinite Extended Term: Azure, after 12 month enrolment term expires, service will be continue indefinitely at level A plus 3%
  • July EA: Indefinite Extended Term: Online Services maintained for <year after enrolment (under which they were purchased) expires.
  • July EA Pricing: Certain consumption Online Services Price Protection exempt. Initially Skype for Business impacted w. “floating prices”.
  • July EA enrolment: clarification on effective date at renewal. The new contract period is the day after the prior contract ends.
  • July EA enrollment: new contract terms do not support fewer than 500 Qualified Users/Devices. Renew once via Enterprise Renewal Form
  • July EA – Downgrade Rights clarification – right to downgrade to prior versions, the use terms at time of purchase would apply.
  • Office365 Planner is now GA for all Enterprise Plans E1-E5
  • Project and Visio side-by-side compatibility with Office365 C2V versions https://goo.gl/4mOxNb. June PT provides MSI Install! (p59)
  • Skype for Business PSTN Calling FAQs https://goo.gl/pGAqyY  
  • SQL on Azure VMs FAQs https://goo.gl/8itpO1

About

This website is a way to give back to the licensing community and as an information resource for all customers that work with Microsoft software and licensing. I hope you find it of value.

Tony Mackelworth is Head of Microsoft Advisory Services at SoftwareONE

If you would like to reach out for a coffee or a meeting under NDA, Email or connect via Twitter or LinkedIn


Disclaimer

  • This article is not intended to replace the Product Terms
  • This article is not intended to replace the Product Use Rights or Product List or Online Service Terms or other binding contractual documents
  • Please be aware that any licensing, or product information could be subject to change.
  • This document confers no rights and is provided for information purposes only.
  • Please be aware, my own emphasis may have been added to quotations and extracts from 3rd party sources.
  • This is not official guidance from Microsoft or its subsidiaries.
  • The following article is based on open information shared with Licensing Solutions Providers (LSPs) and based on  personal inference and understanding.
  • This document is provided “as-is”. Information and views expressed in this document, including URL and other Internet Web site references, may change without notice. This document does not provide you with any legal rights to any intellectual property in any Microsoft product.
  • Please be aware that nothing in this document constitutes specific technical advice. Some of the material in this document may have been prepared some time ago and therefore may have been superseded. Specialist advice from the vendor should be taken in relation to specific circumstances.
  • The contents of this document are for general information purposes only. Whilst the author endeavors to ensure that the information on this document is correct, no warranty, express or implied, is given as to its accuracy and the primary author or it’s contributing Authors do not accept any liability for error or omission.
  • The contributing authors and owner of this document shall not be liable for any damage (including, without limitation, damage for loss of business or loss of profits) arising in contract, tort or otherwise from the use of, or inability to use, this website or any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken as a result of using this website or any such material.
  • This Disclaimer is not intended to and does not create any contractual or other legal rights.

Microsoft Licensing and Services Update June 2016

My brief update on some of the principle roadmap and licensing updates from Microsoft in June 2016:

  • Microsoft MCP prep resources, also good If you are new to SoftwareONE and Microsoft Licensing. https://goo.gl/ot76EO July 4th – July 7th
  • Azure Information Protection emerges w. Secure Island acquisition. Persistent IRM data classification at file level.https://goo.gl/Sa1A5d
  • Best article on TechNet so far on Windows10 feature update deferment models and withdrawal to security updates https://goo.gl/KDyafy
  • Fantastic article on Compute Capacity Limits by SQL Edition https://goo.gl/FC7gsx
  • Microsoft acquire LinkedIn w. 433 million corporate identities. Race for identity layer. What Reid Hoffman terms “Web 3.0 human network data”
  • SharePoint 2016 hybrid configuration roadmaps https://goo.gl/zSi5Ww
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for EMM – Enterprise Mobility Management – Microsoft EMS recognised as visionary https://goo.gl/vRCmvg
  • Great information resources on Azure security https://goo.gl/rk71GH
  • Enterprise State Roaming is GA on Azure AD Premium. | Sync App + OS state data across devices without Microsoft Account https://goo.gl/QQrIzx
  • Citrix and Microsoft to offer Windows10 VDI on Azure with CBB XenDesktop Solution | DaaS Desktop-as-a-Service https://goo.gl/NfkTyZ
  • Citrix to provide new EMM service on Azure that will integrate and wrap around EMS (Enterprise Mobility Suite)  https://goo.gl/NfkTyZ
  • Citrix to integrate NetScaler conditional access into Intune App SDK  https://goo.gl/NfkTyZ
  • Citrix XenMobile benefits from EMS Integration with Self Service Password Reset and Write-back and Azure MFA  https://goo.gl/NfkTyZ
  • Citrix Worx and Receiver Apps to get Intune SDK and Azure AD Support.  https://goo.gl/NfkTyZ
  • MSDN Subscriber migration starting June 15th to http://my.visualstudio.com
  • SCCM update 1605 Win Defender ATP and EDP data policies, Tagging devices as ‘corporate owned’, by cluster patching https://goo.gl/VV2ooz
  • Office Online Server GA was available from May 1st 2016. Create, Edit, Save will require SA or Office365 ProPlus USL. View Only without SA.
  • Office365 E4 customer with contract renewal after July 1st? Office365 E4 will need a new Office365 plan. Time for a roadmap and licensing strategy review with Microsoft Advisory Services
  • SQL on Azure VMs FAQs https://goo.gl/8itpO1
  • Skype for Business PSTN Calling FAQs https://goo.gl/pGAqyY
  • Essential resource on side-by-side installation scenarios for Project and Visio and Office 365 ProPlus C2V Versions https://goo.gl/4mOxNb. The June Product Terms provides an MSI Install! (p59)
  • Office365 Planner is now GA for all Enterprise Plans E1-E5 https://goo.gl/3fDHtW
  • Q1 Windows 10 ‘Anniversary Update’ for Windows 10 Enterprise SA CBB and Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB. The first new LTSB release since August 2015. Available August. Microsoft will create Windows 10 Enterprise “Premium” to include Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) integrating Endpoint Protection with ML enabled analytics and  breach response management.
  • Windows Defender ATP will complement Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) available in EMS, ECS.

Enterprise Agreement

  • Applicable Use Rights: Clarification of Use Rights language to show that the Use Rights at the time of purchase apply to the customer’s software.
  • Downgrade Use Rights: Clarification of Use Rights language to show that customers have the right to downgrade to prior versions, but the Use Right at time of software purchase would apply.

Enterprise Enrolment  

  • EA500 New contract terms do not support Enterprise/SCE Enrolments with fewer than 500 Qualified Users/Devices. However, there is another option to renew an Enterprise Enrolment or SCE by using the Enterprise Renewal Form. By using this form, a customer essentially extends the prior Enrolment Terms & Conditions. The customer keeps the existing Enrolment number and continues his contractual relationship. An Enrolment with fewer than 500 Qualified Users/Qualified Devices can be continued with this method, even after July 1st 2016. The Enterprise Renewal Form can be used only one time. You must submit a new Product Selection Form and new CPS for the extended term and negotiate new pricing for that order. Any Change of Channel Partner must be completed before using the Enterprise Renewal Form.
  • Effective Date: Clarification of language about contract effective date at renewal. The update shows more clearly that the effective date of the new contract period is the day after the prior contract ends. (There had been differences and confusion when a customer renewed using the Enterprise Renewal Form).
  • Order Requirements: The Enterprise Commitment has been updated from 250 to 500 Qualified Users/Qualified Devices.
  • Pricing: Certain consumption based Online Services will now be exempt from Price Protection. For now, these are Skype for Business consumption services only. These are known also internally at Microsoft as “floating prices”. Online Services that are sold on a per user basis such as EMS, CRM Online, O365 etc. will continue to have Price Protection. For now, there is no change to Azure. There will be new information in the Product Terms to show which products have the “Floating Prices”.
  • Introduction of Indefinite Extended Term: Online Services can be maintained for up to a year after the Enrolment (under which they were purchased) expires. Online Service will continue to run for a customer even after enrolment expiration. Similarly, for Azure, after the first 12 month term has expired, the service will be continue indefinitely at level A plus 3%
  • EMEA only From July 1st the new EE/MEA Enrolment will no longer have the affiliate location restriction.
  • SCE contract wording will support reservations for eligible products.

 

Important Microsoft Licensing Updates and Price Increases – August 2015

Microsoft have announced some important licensing updates and price increases for August, and  reflects an ongoing ‘carrot and stick’ methodology, to drive adoption of Office 365 and Azure. While many organisations are currently completing their renewals with Microsoft at the end of the MS financial year in June, some organisations with upcoming renewals over the next several months should factor these licensing updates and price increases into their renewal strategy:

  1. Price Increase in User Client Access Licenses (CALs), effective August 1st 2015, there will be a 13% price increase to User CAL. This will reflect a 30% price differential over Device CAL
    The price increase will not immediately affect organisations committed to Core CAL or Enterprise CAL on a Enterprise Agreement (EA), or Enterprise Agreement Subscription (EAS), but will impact customers with renewals on or after August 1st 2015.
    Microsoft have confirmed that Academic and Charity organisations will not be affected by the price increase in User CAL.
  2. Microsoft will remove System Center Client Management Suite (CMS) from the Enterprise CAL Suite,
  3. Microsoft have confirmed that product updates for System Center Client Management Suite will continue, and customers with active SA will continue to receive entitlement rights until December 31st 2016, as an exception in the Product List. Organisations that have committed to ECAL (with active SA), who are using or plan to deploy System Center CMS, will have time to transition, and Microsoft have reiterated that removal of System Center CMS from the ECAL suite does not imply that the solution is ‘End of Life’ for either CMS or the rest of the System Center ecosystem of products. CMS will continue to receive updates and will be available outside the ECAL
  4. After 31st December 2016, Microsoft have stated that System Center CMS will continue to receive updates, and would also continue as a stand-alone offering outside of ECAL
  5. Advance Threat Analytics (ATA) to be added to the Enterprise CAL Suite, an on premise software product licensed for Clients by a Client Management License (CML) on a Per User or Per OSE Model. The General Availability  for ATA will be  available on August 1st 2015
  6. ATA will also be included as part of Enterprise Mobility Suite and Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) on a Per User model on August 1st 2015. Existing EMS customers will automatically receive entitlement rights to ATA upon General Availability.
  7. Microsoft have stated that ECAL price was not increased due to inclusion of ATA (ATA will be available as a standalone solution)
  8. The EMS ‘Add On’ for ECAL SA will not include ATA, as the entitlement rights to ATA are included in the ECAL Suite.
  9. Price Increases for Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), Microsoft have increased the Core CAL Per User and Per Device ‘Add on’ by 27%, 15% for organisations buying a ‘Full’ USL, and 4% for organisations purchasing a From SA USL.
  10. There is no increase for EMS ECAL (Per User) ‘Add On’, (but a 7% increase on the EMS (Per Device) ‘Add On’).
  11. Microsoft have confirmed that Azure Rights Management Service (RMS), will be re-branded as Azure Rights Management Service Premium.
  12. Microsoft have sought to differentiate Information Rights Management (IRM) in Azure RMS Premium from the native IRM in Office365, by offering a new “Document Tracking” feature to allow tracked sharing of sensitive files. Microsoft will not be increasing the price of Azure RMS Premium, and this will continue to be available as a stand-alone service.
  13. Microsoft have  announced that MDOP  will now bundled into the Software Assurance for Windows, a tactical move to maintain Software Assurance (SA) business for organisations to maintain SA on Windows 10.
  14. The Windows SA price has been increased to match the ‘combined’ price of Windows SA and MDOP. This is represented as an 11% increase for Windows SA (Per User) USL due to the perceived value of MDOP
  15. The Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) will benefit from the inclusion of ATA, Azure RMS Premium and MDOP.
  16. The Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) price will increase by 5% for a ‘Full’ USL and 3% for a ‘From SA’ USL.
  17. Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) ‘Add On’ will also see price increases, with a 10% increase in (Per Device) Core CAL ‘Add On’, and 7% for the (Per User) Core CAL ‘Add On’ , 3% for the ECAL (Per Device) ‘Add On’, but notably a 11% decrease in ECS Per User ECAL ‘Add On’ to balance ECAL User CAL Price Increase.
  18.  Microsoft have also announced a licensing update to the ‘Bridge CAL’ for Office 365. Commonly providing access to on premise solutions including Windows Server CAL, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) CAL, System Center EndPoint Protection (SCEP), and Windows Rights Management Services (RMS).
  19. The ‘Bridge CAL’ now includes Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA)
  20. Effective August 1st 2015, ‘Bridge CALs’ are only available on a Per User model. Microsoft state that the majority of ‘Bridge CALs’ are purchased on a Per User model, and this standardization would ensure a consistent ‘Per User’ licensing model for Office 365 .
  21. Microsoft have provided a ‘grace period’ under the Product List for current customers, to allow organisations to continue to purchase Per User ‘Bridge CALs’ based on their device count. This Product List exemption will provide a “per device rights extension” for the current term of the contract.
  22. Effective August 1st 2015, ‘Bridge CALs’ are only available as a Subscription. Microsoft have eliminated all License & Software Assurance (L&SA) and Software Assurance Only (SA) SKUs from the Product List. Microsoft have sought to consolidate the number of Bridge CALs by limiting to a Per User Subscription model, but notably, customers will only receive perpetual rights to the then-current version of the software at renewal. Upon renewal, organisations will no longer receive perpetual rights to the components of the Bridge CAL.
  23. Microsoft will maintain a Platform Discount for organisations that are eligible, but the ‘From SA’ MSU SKU will be price the same as ‘SA Only’ price providing price parity, but without a perpetual use right.
  24. Microsoft have also stated that New MSU will be cheaper than the L&SA ‘Added at Signing’ price (accounting for the 13% User CAL Increase), and an estimated 20% more than the ‘From SA’ MSU SKU.
  25. Effective July 1st – Microsoft combine PUR and Product List into Product Terms, new monthly release cadence. FAQs
  26. Microsoft has revealed that the final releases of Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6 will be available for download on 20 July http://t.co/wbLDxjbtO1

Your Microsoft Renewal

With these price increases in mind, and the business demand for cost savings, cost avoidance and mitigation of commercial risk, and effective vendor management require a systematic approach in your Microsoft renewal.  The requirement to develop an optimum software licensing strategy are increasingly complex. This includes, but is not limited to, vendor price increases and licensing updates, updated licensing models and metrics, proliferation of multiple device types, diverse user profiles, management of software demand, ‘bring your own device’ and work mobility. Considerations like desktop and application virtualization delivery models, complex virtual server environments and adoption of cloud services, have seen critical changes in licensing models from software vendors, and ongoing utilisation of licensing, pricing mechanisms and increased audit activity to drive customer purchasing behaviours increasingly require a pro-active and considered approach.

SoftwareONE have redefined the software licensing advisor landscape as the thought leaders in Software Portfolio Management (SPM) services. By combining commercial, technology, compliance and governance expertise into a balanced, integrated  service. Microsoft Advisory Services (MAS) helps IT Leaders to deliver on their vision with greater confidence and clarity.

Organisations often leverage independent consultancy services from within our Microsoft consultancy practice to optimise their Microsoft Strategy, benefits including but not limited to:

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About

This website is a way to give back to the licensing community and as an information resource for all customers that work with Microsoft software and licensing. I hope you find it of value.

Tony Mackelworth is Head of Microsoft Advisory Services at SoftwareONE

As always, If you would like to reach out for a coffee or a meeting under NDA, Email or connect via Twitter or LinkedIn

Tony lives with his wife in Oxford, England.


Disclaimer

  • This article is not intended to replace the Product Use Rights or Product List or Online Service Terms or other binding contractual documents
  • The Software Use Terms for each Product or Version are available within the Product Use Rights 
  • Further Product-Specific conditions, transition terms, or limitations on use of products, including soft benefits are in the Product List
  • Please be aware that any licensing, or product information could be subject to change.
  • This document confers no rights and is provided for information purposes only.
  • Please be aware, my own emphasis may have been added to quotations and extracts from 3rd party sources.
  • This is not official guidance from Microsoft or its subsidiaries.
  • The following article is based on open information shared with Licensing Solutions Providers (LSPs) and based on  personal inference and understanding.
  • This document is provided “as-is”. Information and views expressed in this document, including URL and other Internet Web site references, may change without notice. This document does not provide you with any legal rights to any intellectual property in any Microsoft product.
  • Please be aware that nothing in this document constitutes specific technical advice. Some of the material in this document may have been prepared some time ago and therefore may have been superseded. Specialist advice from the vendor should be taken in relation to specific circumstances.
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