Microsoft Update June 2018

June 2018 saw a number of important licensing and solutions updates, including but not limited to:

  • New Features – Microsoft update the Office ribbon, to focus on the most common features, with one row of buttons rather than two. (Those of you who remember the menu before the introduction of the ribbon in 2007, may be smiling wryly) https://goo.gl/p8dwWE
  • New Features – Microsoft Planner integration improves with Outlook for Calendars, Microsoft Teams for visibility, and SharePoint for files https://goo.gl/WbJxia
  • New Features – Microsoft Teams can now access SharePoint document libraries. There is also new persistent chat with options to mute , hide or leave a chat. New video features support cloud video recording for future playback. https://goo.gl/ooWK2o
  • New Features – Microsoft Sway improves with updates to the App for iOS to enable editing and preview, with better mobile UI features https://goo.gl/25WvuG
  • New Feature – Microsoft365 Admin Center general availability providing a ‘single pane of glass’ for Office365, Enterprise Mobility & Security, and Windows 10. https://goo.gl/7b1De8
  • New Feature – Microsoft release Windows Admin Center providing a complete administration experience https://goo.gl/PFY5th for Windows Server
  • New Feature – Cluster Sets is a new feature coming in Windows Server 2019. Loosely-couple clusters together to allow for VM fluidity. Provide scale without loss of resiliency. https://t.co/FIa45LBuZe
  • Licensing – Updated EA licensing guide for June 2018 https://t.co/x9Ex1Ucbmu

  • Analyst Insight – Gartner “Why Microsoft Teams will be just as common as Outlook” https://t.co/S4Kv53Mq2x
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Microsoft aim to make MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) for Azure AD on by default. Baseline security policy for Azure AD Admin accounts enters Public Preview https://goo.gl/W8fjvn
  • Licensing – BizTalk Server 2016 Feature Pack 3 includes Office 365 adapters, requires Software Assurance https://goo.gl/WhBVam
  • New Feature – Azure Data Factory features for June 2018 https://goo.gl/X16ZdV
  • Licensing – Azure update naming conventions for meter categories and part numbers for EA customers, may break APIs and reporting https://goo.gl/4fe8mL
  • New Feature – New features for Azure File Shares and File Sync expected in Q2 2018  https://goo.gl/cQCMrW
  • Licensing – System Center 2019 expected in 2019, with Semi-Annual release cadence under Software Assurance (SA). Microsoft advocate extending service capabilities to Azure. Ref: Windows Server Summit
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – General Availability and Sovereign Cloud Support of Managed Service Identity for App Service and Azure Functions https://goo.gl/ietsEf
  • Analyst Insight – Gartner position Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in 2018 Magic Quadrant for Access Management. Azure AD with Enterprise Mobility + Security. https://goo.gl/1mYsGp
  • Roadmap Lifecycle (Decommission)– Azure Access Control Service (ACS) will remain available for existing customers until November 7, 2018 https://goo.gl/hC5nRV
  • Roadmap Lifecycle (End of Support)- Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will go End-of-Life (EOL) in less than 18 months, on January 14, 2020
  • Reference (Licensing)– Azure SQL DB purchasing models – selecting between vCore and DTU https://goo.gl/afymx6
  • Competitor Insight – Hyper Grid free SaaS offering takes aim at PyraCloud https://t.co/hib3ZC0xeG
  • Resource – Resource Based Throttling and Prioritization in Exchange Online Migrations https://goo.gl/1CEA8D
  • Resource – Microsoft publish “Office365 security and compliance kit” bundle of white papers and presentations https://goo.gl/eqKm1M
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure AD Password Protection and Smart Lockout are now in Public Preview https://goo.gl/HSFrpt
  • Licensing  – Azure AD Password Protection is an Azure AD Premium P1 Feature  https://goo.gl/HSFrpt
  • Licensing – Azure AD Smart Lockout is included in all versions of Azure AD (including those versions in Office365) https://goo.gl/HSFrpt
  • New Feature – New GDPR sensitive information types https://goo.gl/W9XNto
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Microsoft announce two new datacentres in Norway. “Initial availability of Azure is planned for late 2019 with Office 365 and Dynamics 365 to follow” https://goo.gl/NYRsM6
  • Reference – Azure Architecture Reference Guide https://goo.gl/ze5QK2
  • Technical Dependency – Exchange 2010 Support For Windows Server 2016 Domain Controllers [and forest functional level] https://goo.gl/Sr6aqZ
  • New Feature – Azure AD Conditional Access support for blocking legacy auth enters Public Preview (Azure AD Premium Feature)  https://goo.gl/siJKwQ
  • Licensing – Azure AD Conditional Access support for blocking legacy auth enters Public Preview (Azure AD Premium Feature)  https://goo.gl/siJKwQ
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Traffic Analytics enters General Availability https://goo.gl/JPiohx
  • New Feature – Sender Rewriting Scheme (SRS) coming to Office 365 Exchange Online which will help auto-forwarding and relaying emails from being rejected https://goo.gl/kp7zso
  • New Feature – The Office 365 Adoption Content Pack in PowerBI evolves as Office 365 Usage Analytics enters General Availability
  • Partner Insight – Microsoft Teams and Evernote integration. https://goo.gl/qFhjvD
  • Reference – Customers who have Windows Server licences with active SA can take advantage of  the Azure Hybrid Benefit which allows them to assign these licences to Azure.  This is a useful article if you want to see how this is done: http://bit.ly/2tgbUdC
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Customers who have Windows  licences with active SA can take advantage of  the Azure Hybrid Benefit which allows them to assign these licences to Azure.  This is a useful article if you want to see how this is done: http://bit.ly/2tgbUdC
  • New Feature – Windows Defender ATP support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. in Public Preview. On-board Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 endpoints to surface detections and events in Windows Defender ATP. https://goo.gl/YB7tXX
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft get ahead of the negative press “Microsoft is not working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Customs and Border Protection on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border.” https://goo.gl/c5xx3m
  • Resource – Learn how to set up Calling Plans, Direct Routing, and more cloud voice capabilities in Microsoft Teams here: https://goo.gl/HMMasf
  • Licensing – Security Center Standard Tier – Monitor Identity and Access Feature https://goo.gl/VJXUux https://goo.gl/TD8C59 The Standard tier also adds advanced threat detection capabilities, which uses built-in behavioural analytics and machine learning to identify attacks and zero-day exploits, access and application controls to reduce exposure to network attacks and malware, and more. The Standard tier is free for the first 60 days.
  • Tool – Better late than never. Exchange Online Configuration Wizard copies basic configuration settings from on-prem to cloud https://goo.gl/ALJg79
  • New Feature – Microsoft Cloud App Security now integrates with the Microsoft Data Classification Service to create a consistent policy creation experience across Office 365, Azure Information Protection and Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS), and allows you to extend your data classification efforts to those third-party cloud apps that are protected by MCAS, leveraging the decisions you already made across an even greater number of apps. https://goo.gl/5VV9Q9
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Team Foundation Server 2018 will include the deprecated XAML-based build system, contrary to earlier plan. https://goo.gl/moiPHG
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – General Availability for Data Label Activity Explorer in the Data Governance Dashboard https://goo.gl/upWW7o. A good Microsoft reference article is available here: https://goo.gl/6YKuLt
  • Reference – Best practices for managing Office365 ProPlus Channels https://goo.gl/nb78cy
  • New Feature – Admin control for attachments now available in Office 365 Message Encryption (OME) for Azure Info Protection (AIP Plan 1) https://goo.gl/wYqQyG
  • Licensing – Admin control for attachments now available in Office 365 Message Encryption. This is offered as part of Office 365 E3 and E5, Microsoft E3 and E5, Office 365 A1, A3, and A5, and Office 365 G3 and G5. Customers do not need additional licenses to receive the new protection capabilities powered by Azure Information Protection (AIP P1) https://goo.gl/QpNijn
  • Pricing – Microsoft announce European price harmonisation (increase) in Swedish and Swiss currencies coming in August 2018. 12% uplift for on-prem licenses and 11% for online services. https://goo.gl/VE5wMR
  • Article – “Building Zero Trust Networks with Microsoft 365” (licensing implications include: Windows Defender ATP E5, Azure AD Identity Protection, Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Cloud App Security https://goo.gl/i4qano
  • Reference (Licensing) – “Using conditional access requires an Azure AD Premium license” https://goo.gl/UvEWCW
  • Reference (Licensing) – Compare Azure AD Service Plans https://goo.gl/m8ss45
  • New Feature – Office365 Threat Intelligence brings a new feature “Attack Simulator” for spear phishing, brute force, and password spray attacks. Video: https://t.co/17LThS7Nzt
  • Licensing: Windows 10 as a Service Channel Management https://goo.gl/e3ZyaY updated June 2018: https://goo.gl/wcAvJY
  • Reference (Licensing) There are 2 options for Cloud App Security on the EA price file.  This resource details the difference between each offering: https://goo.gl/hXDW2d The Office365 version is the cheaper offering whereas the Microsoft Cloud App Security is the higher level (which is in EMS E5)
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is now generally available in ten regions https://goo.gl/PHhFa9
  • Article – How Microsoft re-built Microsoft Intune for global scale https://goo.gl/2qNd1e
  • New Feature – Container updates include Custom Health Checks, logging into Azure Monitor https://goo.gl/rexfpo
  • Licensing – Windows SA Per Device VDA rights are entering end-of-life, effective February 2019. Windows User E3 is the recommended route for organisations that do use Windows in a VDI environment.
  • New Feature – OMS portal is moving to Azure https://goo.gl/Gd9Yhd
  • New Feature – Autopilot Reset in Public Preview https://aka.ms/windowsautopilot
  • Resource (Licensing) – Skype for Business Online and Microsoft Teams – tips and scripts for assigning licenses https://goo.gl/WSyRex
  • Licensing – To get Alert Policies in the Office365 Security & Compliance Center you need Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3, or E5 subscription. However, some advanced functionality is only available for organizations with an E5 subscription, or for organizations that have an E1 or E3 subscription and an Office 365 Threat Intelligence or Office 365 Advanced Compliance add-on subscription. The functionality that requires an E5 or add-on subscription is highlighted in this topic. https://goo.gl/aD8xov
  • New Feature – Azure IaaS announcements today, including 12TB RAM VM sizes, biggest in the public cloud: https://goo.gl/yVwR5m
  • Licensing – Microsoft update and make changes to custom application support  https://goo.gl/qzXNDT
  • Partner Insight – New 3rd party apps for Microsoft Teams, including SoapBox, Mural, Workboard, Freshdesk. The full list is available at https://goo.gl/c73w5Q
  • Acquisition – Microsoft acquires GitHub https://goo.gl/L9Dwny
  • Licensing – : System Center Service Manager rights added to Azure AD Premium: Added Azure Active Directory Premium (P1 and P2) User SL to the Management License Table allowing customers to manage licensed users of Azure Active Directory Premium (P1 and/or P2) using System Center Service Manager. https://goo.gl/mFR2vR
  • Licensing – Subscribers with selected Visual Studio Enterprise subscriptions receive the Office 365 Developer Subscription benefit. The Office 365 Developer Subscription allows you to develop, test, and deploy add-ins for Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint. This benefit allows for one tenant and up to 25 users. https://goo.gl/BKk9zr
  • Licensing – Product Terms June 2018 updates  Storage Array and Azure Data Box terms to support the launch of the Azure Data Box data transfer appliance. https://goo.gl/mFR2vR
  • Licensing – Dynamics SL 2018 added to Service Provider Use Rights (SPUR) https://goo.gl/MtxEXS
  • Licensing – M365 E3/E5 now qualifies for Skype for Business SAL for SA Ref: Service Provider Use Rights (SPUR) https://goo.gl/MtxEXS

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