Microsoft Update October 2015

Microsoft updates for October 2015

  • Licensing – Office Pro Plus 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Office Standard 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Project Professional 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Project Standard 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Visio Professional 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Visio Standard 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Exchange Server Enterprise 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Exchange Server Standard 2016 is Generally Available, added to the Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Starting in October 1st, 2015, new and renewing Volume Licensing agreements licensed for 2016 version of Office System Software products will no longer be required active software assurance to receive Office Multi Language Pack benefits.  Language Packs will be included with Office System licenses Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – OneNote licenses are being discontinued. Commercial customers may acquire rights to use OneNote with the purchase of an Office Professional Plus 2016 license. Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – InfoPath 2013 will be the last version of standalone InfoPath. InfoPath 2013 will be included with licenses for Office Professional Plus 2016. Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Clarified the rights to Office Online included with Office 365 ProPlus in the Product Entry for Office 365 Applications  Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Licensing – Home Use Program has been cut back, now only supports install on one device rather than two (Ref: Product Terms, Page 75) – Microsoft Product Terms, October 2015 https://goo.gl/e9Ps8e
  • Support Lifecycle – Threat Management Gateway WPS subscription support expires Dec 31st 2015
  • Resource – Microsoft build a new marketing portal for the Home Use Program (HUP) https://t.co/yBX1ktshx4
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Public Preview of In-Memory OLTP and real-time Operational Analytics in Azure SQL DB https://t.co/UMmagCaV3E
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Resource Health enters Preview https://t.co/hsgasjxaPA
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Data Lake reaches Public Preview https://t.co/smTdBLKI2Y
  • Licensing – New Office Service Update Model aligns with Windows10 and SCCM https://t.co/QWAxsexI38
  • Licensing – You can now deploy Windows10 ‘free’ Upgrade using Volume Licensing media https://t.co/ykKG8sNAEq
  • Tool – Exchange Server Role requirements calculator (updated) download https://t.co/dhCnxU8DZ8
  • Resource (Licensing) – Windows10 activation models https://t.co/9f2bOUUXtr
  • Resource (Licensing) – Home Use Program FAQs. (Update in the last Product Terms document, restricting to one device) https://t.co/S6rGB06AFf
  • New Feature – Azure Rights Management Services (RMS) Premium now benefits from document tracking feature https://t.co/qVD1yN6Far
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Powershell 1.0 in Preview https://t.co/S3Jb8mu042
  • Technical Dependency – In January 2016, IE11 will be the minimum supported browser for all supported Windows OS. https://t.co/VgaeKXpwFZ
  • New Features – PowerBI desktop updates October, with some cool new custom visualizations https://t.co/VmWZ7h9CjF
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Backup for Applications: SQL, Hyper-V VMs, Exchange and SharePoint Generally Available https://t.co/DIbLmorhJI
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Storage Client Library for iOS now in Public Preview https://t.co/OWJUW7MVHR
  • New Feature – Azure Search gets 56 language support. Latest REST API, SDK and Azure Search https://t.co/AuJNpNxsqj
  • New Feature – Azure Storage versioning aligned to features. Microsoft announce deprecated version end of life timeline w. planning https://t.co/4RYmzli7I5
  • Partner Ecosystem – Dell quietly launch Office365 Administrator https://t.co/PqCNLTrEry
  • Analyst Insight – Gartner stick Microsoft top right for SQL Data Platform in the Magic Quadrant https://t.co/PvcYax6CWs
  • Partner Ecosystem – Go big data with up to 30 node MapR cluster via Azure marketplace Hadoop https://t.co/IoJITNhnnG
  • Competitor Insight – Google target the Microsoft EA with free Google Apps until renewal offer. https://t.co/vh3LRbwei8
  • Tool – SQL Server 2016 Upgrade Advisor v1.2 download link available https://t.co/hdAO7yq8hf
  • New Features – Auditing for SQL Azure. another tick for Soc, HIPPA, PCI compliance requirements https://t.co/OnbAIyNZXP
  • New Features – Microsoft open up Skype, Invite anyone to a group chat with a unique URL and access via Skype Web or Clients http://t.co/pie9dEdn5w
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – In Preview: Azure Site Recovery gets SQL Always On Availability Groups Integration  https://t.co/8GNFs9bECa
  • Resource (Licensing) Office365 Pro Plus 2016 Microsoft provide much needed roll out availability guidance http://t.co/f0qZ3I3Rgg
  • Technical Dependency – Exchange 2010 Required for Office 365 Pro Plus 2016
  • Pricing – There is an offer to resolve  Project and Visio standalone installs with Office 365 Pro Plus 2016 https://t.co/7kzSPnCIXu
  • Technical Dependency – No side install with Visio or Project 2013 MSI with Office365 Pro Plus 2016 https://t.co/8lAInrGfni
  • Support Lifecycle – Office 2010 exits mainstream support on 12th of October 2015, and Office 2007 exited extended support on 12th October 2015
  • Support Lifecycle – Office 2013 will be the last version with InfoPath, and a deprecated solution. However, InfoPath Client 2013 is under support until 2023
  • Technical Dependency – Office 2016 click-to-run does not co-exist with click-to-run builds of Office 2013 applications
  • Resource – Microsoft launch a Hybrid Office website http://t.co/zkGJWVJNsT
  • Resource – Exchange 2016 Preferred Architecture http://t.co/pt77G4sYCQ
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft announce plan to provide Azure Compute pre-purchase bundle for Windows Server Licenses https://t.co/BQUseKhmH1
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft announce License Mobility of Windows Server to Azure (General Availability as Azure Hybrid Use Benefit later in February 2016) https://t.co/eByvL6Eppu

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