Microsoft Update October 2016

New Microsoft licensing updates for October 2016

  • New Features – Azure Site Recovery gives 1 click migration of Apps and OS. Pay only for compute, storage while you test for 31 days https://t.co/YbbVqu1vvJ
  • Resource (Licensing) – Here’s how you assign Azure Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB) in PowerShell to BYOL WinSvr Licenses w. SA to Azure and save https://t.co/3XCI9Ur50k
  • Microsoft News – New ‘Commercial Cloud Gross Margin’ at 49% reflects strong focus on cost reduction.
  • Tool – Office365 API extensibility to PowerBI pre-built dashboards are promising. New user adoption metering on horizon. https://t.co/PnmE7jUs3A
  • Resource – New EM+S technical documentation library https://t.co/ySeIAcEFRx
  • Resource – New Intune technical documentation site  https://t.co/3e8ibnVNCk
  • Resource (Licensing) Compare EM+S E3 and E5 Plans https://t.co/sqxr8Tue5P
  • New Features – New security and reporting in Yammer Extensibility via Management APIs and Office365 Security and Compliance Center https://t.co/EEV8P7pZLz
  • Article – Interesting article on Office365 Groups. Gives ‘basic’ SharePoint team site, as well as OneDrive document library https://t.co/X2Yn10ptGw
  • Resource (Licensing) – Dynamics 365 basic Licensing overview: https://t.co/0osBy2sLFP
  • Article – Hicurdismos is a fake Microsoft Security Essentials installer. Mimics BSoD to install malware https://t.co/F77Yh2fZ5x
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – SCCM update 1610 Tech Preview. New features: limit updates to subset of devices, retract prior App permissions https://t.co/qYBfAvcweU
  • Great introductory resources on Windows Server 2016 https://t.co/0IUQZYtdug
  • Pricing – Microsoft announce price increase for British pound (GBP) confirmed for January 2017. Read the FAQ https://t.co/o3N8heHBiq 
  • Pricing – Microsoft announce increase in UK Prices for commercial on-prem software 13% and 22% for cloud effective Jan 1st 2017 https://t.co/x0hLTEnmW0
  • Article – What impact will the change to per core licensing have on your Windows Server estate? https://t.co/oN8FuKPTZI
  • Article – My next webinar “Are You Windows Server Per Core Ready”  https://t.co/Ga1vgKKznQ 
  • Support Lifecycle – Windows 8.1 pre-installed OEM End of Sales on Oct 31st. Expect a price increase on Windows10 Pro OEM downgrade SKU https://t.co/gEb3GztNOk
  • Resource (Licensing) – Great article on the Azure price changes on the SoftwareONE blog https://t.co/YMNE6ll1bk
  • Technical Dependency – Windows Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) has Office365 ATP interoperability via Win Enterprise E5 offering https://t.co/9ucDoG9R02
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Microsoft confirm general availability of Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) platform suites on October 1st 2016 https://t.co/uehnlLV6Sz
  • Licensing – Secure Productive Enterprise General Availabilty replaces Enterprise Cloud Suite in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016  https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Enterprise Mobility + Security replaces Enterprise Mobility Suite in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016  (first announced July 2016) https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Azure Information Protection Premium replaces Azure Rights Management Premium in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016  https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Operations Management Suite E1 and E2 Add-ons replace Operations Management Suite Standard Edition and Datacenter Edition Add-ons respectively, in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016  https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure Hybrid Use Benefit has been updated to support the launch of Windows Server 2016, in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016 https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Windows Server 2016 General Availability, terms have been updated to support per core licensing, in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016 https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 General Availability, terms have been updated to support per core licensing, in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016 https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Core Infrastructure Suite 2016 terms have been updated to support per core licensing, in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016 https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing – Windows 10 clarification added for Windows Embedded software designated “Point of Sale” must have the POS application be the primary use of the software in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016  https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • Licensing –  Operations Management Suite E1, E2 General Availability in the Microsoft Product Terms October 2016  https://goo.gl/WvamCU
  • New Features – Windows10 Enterprise E3 now with App Guard. Virtual Container Isolation for Edge. https://t.co/9GqWBHlz0G
  • Pricing – Microsoft drop Azure pricing. Flatten prices across https://t.co/EWhJVeCFgN EA, MPSA.

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