Microsoft Update October 2017

Important licensing updates for October 2017

  • Licensing – Azure Info Protection enters Public Preview in October 2017, scanner crawls through files in CIFS based file shares and SharePoint sites and apply classification, labelling and protection on files policies – driving Azure Information Protection (AIP) P2 – https://goo.gl/vMEXt3
  • Licensing – Cloud App Security can read files classified by Azure Info Protection Scanner and set policies based on the file labels: General Availability from October 2017. https://goo.gl/mo5kZw
  • Licensing – New Products added to the Microsoft Product Terms (October 2017) SQL Server 2017, Exchange Online Inactive Mailbox (Note: Removed in November 2017 in a Microsoft U-Turn),
  • Microsoft 365 F1, Visio Online Plan 1 and 2, Microsoft 365 A3, Microsoft365 A5 for Education in the Product Terms (October 2017) https://goo.gl/uqKjX6
  • Licensing – New Products added to the Online Service Terms (October 2017) Exchange Online Inactive User, new Skype PSTN names, new Microsoft365 EDU services https://goo.gl/GdycH1 
  • Licensing – October 1st, 2017 SQL 2017, Semi-Annual Channel for Windows Server, System Center in the October 2017  Microsoft SPLA Services Provider Use Rights: https://goo.gl/bb9Jnz

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

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