Microsoft Update May 2017

Microsoft licensing updates for May 2017

  • Licensing – Windows Server: Microsoft is introducing new 16-pack Core Licenses for Windows Server, System Center, and CIS Suites to simplify acquisition of the 16 core minimum per server. “Customers must still license all physical cores on their servers; the existing licensing requirements remain as is”.
  • Licensing – Core Infrastructure Server Suite Standard (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Core Infrastructure Server Suite Datacenter (16-packs of Core Licenses)
  •  General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Standard Server Management License (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Datacenter Server Management License (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Server 2016 Standard (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Server 2016 Datacenter (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Server Standard Core Premium Assurance Add-on (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Server Datacenter Core Premium Assurance Add-on (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Virtual Desktop Access E5 Per Device (SL)  General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Virtual Desktop Access E5 Per User (SL) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Microsoft Stream Add-on, General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Microsoft Stream Storage Add-on (500GB) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Kaizala, General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Desktop Operating System: Windows 10 Mobile is available at no additional charge for customers with an active Enterprise Agreement, Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, or Select Plus Agreement. SA on Windows is no longer a pre-requisite for this right to Windows 10 Mobile. Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Bing Maps: Bing Maps Asset Management has been renamed Mobile Asset Management.
  • Licensing – The Fail-Over Rights definition has been update to clarify that SA coverage is required on the Licensed Server and the access licenses for eligibility for the Fail-Over Rights SA benefit. Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • The Government Community Cloud definition has been updated to use the term Community, which is defined in the customer’s volume licensing agreement. Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk

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Microsoft Update July 2017

Microsoft licensing updates for July 2017

  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure Stack added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Dynamics365 Unified Operations Plan added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Dynamics365 for Retail added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Dynamics365 for Talent added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – PowerBI Premium EM1,2,3 added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Windows 10 User OLS Activation E3 Add-on (to E3/E5 per User)added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Dynamics AX 2012 R3 removed from the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017, including Server, Task Worker, Self Serve, Functional, Enterprise, Enterprise Additive CALs, and Dynamics 365 for Operations for Enterprise Edition. https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Core Infrastructure Suite: Microsoft extend the Migration Rights for the processor to core transition for Core Infrastructure Suite to include enrollments signed or renewed between October and December 2016. (Renewing <December 2019) https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – System Center Server: Microsoft extend the Migration Rights for the processor to core transition for System Center Server to include enrollments signed or renewed between October and December 2016. (Renewing <December 2019)  https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Windows Server: Microsoft extend the Migration Rights for the processor to core transition for Windows Server to include enrollments signed or renewed between October and December 2016.(Renewing <December 2019)  https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Windows Desktop Operating System: Customers may activate Windows 10 using Azure AD-based the Physical OSE of up to five concurrent devices running either Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update or Windows 10 Enterprise Creator’s Update or later. https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Appendix B – Software Assurance: The Extended Hotfix Support benefit is no longer included in SA. This change will not affect Customers who have active SA coverage prior to July 1, 2017. https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Appendix E – Promotions: The New Customer Azure Monetary Commitment Offer expired June 30, 2017.
  • Licensing – The Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Switch Promotion was added July 1, 2017 and will expire on December 31, 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi

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Microsoft Update June 2017

Microsoft licensing updates for June 2017

Microsoft Update April 2017

Important Microsoft licensing updates for April 2017

  • Licensing – Microsoft state in 2020,  Microsoft to mandate Office ProPlus C2R or mainstream supported Office MSI Clients for Office365 Services https://goo.gl/G8ra3T
  • Resource (Licensing) – New Windows Server 2016 Volume Licensing Reference Guide now available on https://goo.gl/i3ffvn
  • Resource (Licensing) – Microsoft Volume Licensing Reference Guide https://goo.gl/hV4mTc
  • Tool – Microsoft Azure Billing Role now live, allowing easy access to Azure Spend Data  https://goo.gl/8BErGP
  • Tool – It is now possible to get Office365 usage reports from the Microsoft Graph using PowerShell. https://goo.gl/oBxHWU
  • Resource (Licensing) – Office365 K1 – Video (view only), Skype (multi-party Attend only), Flow (consume, 750 runs), PowerApps (consume) Ref: TechNet Service Descriptions https://goo.gl/IP6Ql5
  • New Feature – Office365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) (E5) offers extensibility into Office PowerPoint, Excel, Word Apps with SafeLinks Feature
  • Licensing – Office365 Groups drives Azure AD Premium Plan 1 with new features like Data Classification, Usage Guidelines, Group AD Writeback, Dynamic Groups, Expiry Policy
  • Licensing – Office365 Groups for Outlook iOS and Android enabled via E1, E3, E5 (Note: Dynamic Groups can drive Azure AD Premium) https://goo.gl/onngw4
  • Licensing – Office365 Advanced Data Governance isn’t just in E5. Microsoft also package it within “Advanced Compliance Plan”  also with eDiscovery and Lockbox https://goo.gl/4Yyr49
  • Licensing – Staffhub available across Office365 K1, E1, E3 and E5 Plans enables staff schedules
  • New Feature – Office365 Plan K1 expands w. OneDrive 2TB, Microsoft Teams, Skype for IM and Presence, PowerApps and Flow, StaffHub. https://goo.gl/Qf5Rqg
  • New Feature – Encryption service (Information Protection, formerly Rights Management Services) moving out of Azure classic portal.
  • Resource – Reduce running costs for your RDS Deployment in Azure using Auto-Scaling
  • LinkedIn finds its way into Dynamics365 with LinkedIn Sales navigator https://goo.gl/McFVyd
  • Technical Dependency – Office365 ProPlus and Windows 10 are aligning to a single update model and to 2 updates per year. https://t.co/GyfBySL6Ay
  • Article – A frequent request, but still appears to be no (automated) solution: https://t.co/omtEVl59LD (move a license from one tenant to another)
  • Article – Microsoft announce SQL Server 2017 with built-in AI to power next-generation intelligent apps https://t.co/7C4HOTAByn
  • Licensing – Visual Studio 2017 General Availability in the Microsoft April 2017 Product Terms Ref: https://goo.gl/CuXqMi
  • Licensing – Windows 10 Home to Pro in MPSA in the Microsoft April 2017 Product Terms Ref: https://goo.gl/CuXqMi
  • Licensing – Azure CPP extension in the Microsoft April 2017 Product Terms Ref: https://goo.gl/CuXqMi
  • Licensing – Office 365 Threat Intelligence in the April 2017 Online Service Terms Ref: https://goo.gl/Ext9c8
  • Licensing – Microsoft Stream in the April 2017 Online Service Terms Ref: https://goo.gl/Ext9c8
  • Licensing – Kaizala in the Microsoft in the April 2017 Online Service Terms Ref: https://goo.gl/Ext9c8
  • Licensing – Visual Studio 2017 in the April 2017 Microsoft SPLA Use Rights Ref: https://goo.gl/p5NKaE
  • Licensing – Dynamics CRM to 365 renewal offer in the April 2017 Microsoft SPLA Use Rights Ref: https://goo.gl/p5NKaE

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Microsoft Update March 2017

Microsoft licensing updates roundup for March 2017

  • Partner Insight – Microsoft reiterate play for Identity layer as new control plane. Enable App ecosystem with APIs for EMS https://goo.gl/ZvISG3
  • Acquisition – Skycure  acquisition finds it’s way into Microsoft Intune , offers mobile anomaly detection, enables conditional access https://goo.gl/v4YfsH
  • Resource – Microsoft explain the latest System Center (SCCM) 2016 Upgrade Paths https://goo.gl/FG8ahk
  • Resource (Licensing) – Visual Studio 2017 Edition Comparison Table https://goo.gl/dsJyCs
  • Article – Azure AD Basic and Premium Group license management features scare Academic Sector. ‘Pull’ staff into paid AD https://goo.gl/2z7OWi
  • New Feature – Azure Analytics service, tapping into PowerBI and Excel, goes live in UK South Datacenter https://goo.gl/4K8Qqm
  • Pricing – Microsoft drop Azure VM and Blob Storage Prices https://goo.gl/EtTVBp
  • New Feature – New RDS Management Pack on Windows Server 2016. Monitor and Manage all roles, including RDS Licensing https://goo.gl/N4tg5j
  • Analyst Insight – Gartner advocate “Adaptive Sourcing” and “Core Cost Optimization”, (the core competency and service portfolio of SoftwareONE) https://goo.gl/2bmYbv
  • New Feature – System Center Configuration Manager SCCM 1702 supports Creators Update, Conditional Access to Office365 Services https://goo.gl/ycnscE
  • Licensing – Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Group-Based Licensing Scenarios https://goo.gl/lFY5ee
  • Technical Dependency – Microsoft Teams is on-by-default at the organization level for all users with Office365 Enterprise Plans
  • Technical Dependency – Office365 and Azure UK customers with local data residency requirement need to request move by 15.09.2017. Expect 2 year transition window.
  • Licensing – Microsoft Premium Assurance for SQL and Windows Server added to the Product Terms in March 2017 https://goo.gl/FjTwa3
  • Licensing – Microsoft Flow and PowerApps added to the Online Service Terms in March 2017 https://goo.gl/fStjKm
  • Tools – APIs are the new control plane for Cloud Management. New Azure and Office365 dashboards on horizon https://goo.gl/jwKo3u https://goo.gl/WrERZV re-iterating our requirement for independent channel innovation and integrated advisory services.
  • Licensing – Citrix XenApp Essentials, RDS via Azure. BYOL for RDS supported with SA https://goo.gl/ZzIGSe
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Site Recovery (ASR) hits the UK datacenters https://goo.gl/jpNkfw
  • Resource (Licensing) – SCCM 2016 if your Data Warehouse is remote to your site server, you’ll need SQL licenses https://goo.gl/0lNtHu
  • Resource (Licensing) FAQs for Configuration Manager branches and licensing
  •  Licensing – Microsoft Teams  is Generally Available. Arguably the death knell of Slack with Inclusion in Office365 Enterprise Plans https://goo.gl/7mNi0t
  • Licensing – Novel approach to ‘lock in’, your perpetual license grant restricted to server you assigned it. Exit SA and it dies with the machine – Looking at exit of SA on Windows Server? New re-assignment restriction on ‘Additional Cores’ Grant. New limit on your perpetual license
  • Article – The Office365 collaboration conundrum, enterprise IT is trying to avoid email and tap into millennial Slack and WhatsApp use behaviors: Microsoft help you decide on collaborating via Microsoft Teams, Office365 Groups, SharePoint Team Sites or Yammer https://goo.gl/G4vAiJ
  • Partner Insight – Microsoft enable 3rd party digital platform ecosystem with Microsoft Graph APIs supporting EMS extensibility https://goo.gl/GyKYa0
  • Tool – Microsoft likely to release Azure consumption and billing analytics dashboard for EA, CSP customers https://goo.gl/BGO9J6
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Microsoft re-think Auto Outlook Groups for Direct Reports after enterprise concerns of ongoing management of GALs https://goo.gl/wGC9v2
  • New Feature – PowerBI Pro subscribers can now set the refresh cadence of DirectQuery and Live Connections to PowerBI https://goo.gl/auapNk
  • New Feature – Office365 Kiosk Plans now benefit from ‘view only’ Video https://t.co/7rtQ6c7dEJ
  • Resource – Microsoft help you decide on collaborating via Microsoft Teams, Office365 Groups, SharePoint Team Sites or Yammer https://goo.gl/G4vAiJ
  • New Feature – Batch public folder migration available to Exchange Online, be aware of 25gb mailbox limit: https://goo.gl/KhrrmI
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Citrix XenDesktop Essentials provides management wrap service w. Citrix Receiver for Windows10 Enterprise in Azure https://goo.gl/rvDbSR
  • New Feature – Microsoft Teams supports Intune MAM policies https://goo.gl/f9042I
  • Technical Dependency – Visual Studio 2017 is not supported on Windows10 LTSB https://goo.gl/Kj9kBs
  • New Feature – Server Management Tools (SMT) Web GUI for managing ‘headless’ Nano and Server Core Installs for Windows Server 2016 https://t.co/AgaEqWubMv
  •  New Feature – Conditional Access via EMS now in SharePoint. “Limited Access” via Browser only, No Download from SPO and OneDrive https://goo.gl/zaZ2R2
  • Licensing – Microsoft Teams supports Office365 Groups and PowerBI. Could arguably ‘pull’ Users into Azure ADP and PowerBI Pro https://t.co/nZnASjyGG6
  • New Feature – Microsoft Teams supports compliance with eDiscovery and Legal Hold when purchased within Office365 E3 and E5 Plans https://goo.gl/5OCasU
  • Tool – PowerShell script pulls from Azure rate card and usage APIs into JSON to provide Spend Information CSV https://goo.gl/Kroo8c
  •  New Feature – Azure Site Recovery extends from VMs to expansive Application tier. From write-order, boot-order and custom IPs https://goo.gl/Y0fA88
  • New Feature – Office365 Profiles provide Role Information, Direct Reports, Team, and vTeam based on collaboration behavior https://goo.gl/vhGwyn
  •  Technical Dependency – LTSB will support only current release silicon at the time of LTSB GA. Future silicon generation needs future LTSB https://goo.gl/eZCm3R
  • Licensing – LTSB will support only current release silicon at the time of LTSB GA. Future silicon generation needs future LTSB https://goo.gl/eZCm3R

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Microsoft Update February 2017

Some important licensing updates for February 2017

  • Technical Dependency – As a reminder, Windows10 only supported Windows OS for upcoming Intel “Kaby lake”, Qualcomm’s “8996”, and AMD’s “Bristol Ridge” silicon. https://goo.gl/wXzQCn
  • Technical Dependency – For customers looking to upgrade to Windows 10, OMS is becoming increasingly important, just as EMS has become for Office365. OMS providing Upgrade Analytics and Upgrade Compliance services (Preview) by connecting to Windows 10 telemetry data. https://t.co/gR6vM7ZY3E
  • New Feature – Office365  Secure Score provides InfoSec scoring as Microsoft partner up with Cyber Insurance https://goo.gl/qmQuj2
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Office365 E5 Advanced Data Governance enters Preview. Offers Machine Learning enabled data classification, policies https://goo.gl/qmQuj2
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – SCCM Active Server Branch 1602 enters technical preview https://goo.gl/uSxLb8
  • New Feature – Azure AD Premium receives Connect Health for On-Prem AD,  Azure AD sync. However, with a complex 25 USLs per Agent licensing model, defined at Role Level: https://t.co/aDyrfmV3F0
  • Licensing – Office36 Visio Online available in E1 and K1 Plans.  Allows users to View (but not Edit) Visio Diagrams https://goo.gl/YB7hUq
  • Licensing – Microsoft Product Terms for February updated with Windows 10 VDA Add-on https://goo.gl/WzxOyS
  • Licensing – Microsoft Product Terms for February updated with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Plan 1 Enterprise edition Add-on and From SA https://goo.gl/WzxOyS
  • Licensing – Azure will no longer be available on February 1st 2017 via MPSA.
  • Microsoft to remove locked price SKUs and Multi-Year Offers April 1st on MPSA. Supports revised CSP and EA Strategy: https://t.co/U4NbRmqCzf
  • Licensing – Microsoft depart from MPSA for strategic cloud. After April 1st 2017  2+3 year Office365, Dynamics365, SPE, Windows10 are removed. <1 Year Only. https://t.co/U4NbRmqCzf
  • Licensing – Office365 License Management now comes of age, with license management and  selective Services Deselect. ADP1: Dynamic Groups Auto-Assign w. Self Service https://goo.gl/EZyCF3 – Enables staged Roll-Out and service deselect control over expansive plans like Office365 E5.
  • Support Lifecycle – Windows10 Build 1507 End of Servicing now pushed back to end of May. https://goo.gl/gOU8ex
  • New Feature – Azure Information Protection comes of age: New App, AD Group Classification, Bulk Classification w. PowerShell https://t.co/KgTG88TkQG
  • Licensing – Microsoft CSP program extends Windows10 “free” Pro Upgrade from 7/8.1 to enable/sell Windows10 Enterprise Subscription USLs under CSP https://t.co/SiJjlZc08M
  • Partner Insight – Microsoft expand Office Mobile App ecosystem, extensibility with Evernote, GIPHY, Trello Add Ins https://t.co/rSnlQqps6M
  • R Server: Customer’s who have Licensed Servers covered with SA may, subject to the R Server use rights, use updates to R Server made available after December 2016 https://goo.gl/Yk4HMh
  • SQL Server: Customer’s with servers licensed to run SQL Server Enterprise Core with SA or SQL Server Enterprise with SA may use updates to R Server for Windows made available after June 2016. https://goo.gl/Yk4HMh
  • System Center: The Use Rights and License Grants Associated with Software Assurance Migration for Customers with System Center 2016 Client Management Suite clause from Section 4 of the System Center Data Protection Manager, System Center Operations Manager, System Center Data Orchestrator, and System Center Service Manager Product Entries has been removed and a reference to the January 2017 Product Terms has been added to the Migrations Rights cell of Section 4’s Attribute table to denote where this information resides. https://goo.gl/Yk4HMh

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Microsoft Update January 2017

January saw a number of important licensing and solution updates from Microsoft including but not limited to:

  • Pricing – Microsoft increased UK pricing goes into effect from January 1st. Office365 and Azure will now cost 22% more than in December, and on-premise solutions will increase by 13%
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager per User added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Operations Manager per OSE added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Operations Manager per User added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Orchestrator per OSE added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Orchestrator per User added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Service Manager per OSE added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Service Manager per User added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure StorSimple Plan with Device (8100 device) added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure StorSimple Plan with Device (8600 device) added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure StorSimple Plan 8100 Renewal (no device) added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure StorSimple Plan 8600 Renewal (no device) added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security E1 Add-on added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security E2 Add-on added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security E1 added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security E1 From SA added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security E2 added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security E2 From SA added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security: Insights and Analytics added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security: Automation and Control added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security: Security and Compliance added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Operations Management and Security: Backup and Disaster Recovery added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Office 365 Advanced Compliance – added to the Product Terms January 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • Licensing – Microsoft VDA Subscription USL/ Upgrade USL now benefit from Windows 10 Ent CBB on Azure
  • Licensing – Microsoft VDA Subscription Device will not benefit from the Windows 10 Enterprise CBB on Azure Benefit.
  • Licensing – The Windows Server 2016 Nano Configuration will require CALs with SA
  • Licensing – Microsoft clarify disabling cores for CIS, Windows Server and System Center 2016 DOES NOT reduce licensable cores in Volume Licensing.
  • Licensing – System Center Client Management Suite is broken down to components from January 1st 2018. Client MLs for DPM, SCOM, Service Manager, Orchestrator. Ref: Product Terms, January 2017 https://goo.gl/GE7fsi
  • New Features – SQL Server 2016 SP1 includes Feature Updates. Microsoft assure customers Software Assurance (SA) is not required.
  • Licensing – Standalone Yammer SKU retired on January 1st 2017. Existing EA customers can use retired SKU for 2 years, or for term or current EA
  • Software Assurance – Home Use Program (HUP) employees can now purchase Office Pro Plus 2016 AND Office Home & Business 2016 for Mac

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Microsoft Update December 2016

“The Death star plans would have been useless in rebel hands if the empire had deployed Azure Rights Management and Office”

  • Licensing – Microsoft rename Delve Analytics to MyAnalytics https://goo.gl/G97MME 
  • Licensing – Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017 General Availability in the Microsoft Product Terms December 2016 https://goo.gl/G97MME 
  • Licensing – BizTalk Server 2016 General Availability in the Microsoft Product Terms December 2016 https://goo.gl/G97MME 
  • Licensing – Microsoft365 Dynamics for Team Members, Customer Service, Sales – on-premises CAL, replaces Dynamics CRM 2016 – Basic, Professional, Essentials CALs in the Microsoft Product Terms December 2016 https://goo.gl/G97MME
  • Licensing – Skype for Business Plus CAL Add On is available to Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) in the Microsoft Product Terms December 2016 https://goo.gl/G97MME
  • Pricing – SCE 5% Azure discount removed
  • Pricing – There are some Office365 E5 Promo SKUs on the EA price file for December 2016
  • Resource – TechNet article on Windows10 Service Branches https://goo.gl/G7nA48
  • Resource – SHA-1 hash algorithm deprecated, and will not be loaded in Edge or Explorer https://goo.gl/WR5NXT
  • Resource – Windows10 branch support FAQs https://goo.gl/SMqrqK
  • Resource – Microsoft Security Updates and Quality Rollup Security Updates – change to supersedence logic: https://goo.gl/BNtq8f
  • New Features – Azure AD Information Protection updates https://goo.gl/EMkaVM
  • New Features – The Intune Console finds its home on Azure Portal. EMS more indivisible in future. Graph API extensibility https://goo.gl/1yfQ26
  • New Feature – Azure AD pass-through Authentication on-premise connector uses encrypted HTTPS with planned public key/ private key https://goo.gl/Sqgibo
  • New Feature – Azure AD pass-through Auth supports SSPR Self Service Password Reset with on-premise writeback. No cache to Cloud https://goo.gl/sqrq6T
  • New Feature – Azure AD enables SSO pass-through authentication, connector to on-prem AD without need for stored passwords on Azure https://goo.gl/gYq6wC
  • Licensing – Premium Assurance makes Custom Support CSAs part of Volume Licensing,  5%-12% of License, SA ‘Add On’ while Version still Supported (Link removed by Microsoft) https://goo.gl/cFdLoh
  • New Feature – Delve updates include Profile edit, Out of Office and Calendar Information. See FAQs on how documents are shared: https://goo.gl/ENcNXQ

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Microsoft Update November 2016

Microsoft licensing and solution updates for November 2016

  • Resource (Licensing) – Microsoft PowerApps 2016 Licensing Overview: https://goo.gl/F4DS7j
  • Licensing – Microsoft PowerApps General Availability in November 2016 https://goo.gl/yBcSdp
  • Licensing – Microsoft Flow General Availability in November 2016 https://goo.gl/H4tmi8
  • Resource (Licensing) – Compare Features and Plans for Microsoft Flow https://goo.gl/JhSv3i
  • Article – Expect to see curtailment of geo-blocking of cloud services and pricing for new government frameworks https://goo.gl/epdvJM
  • Microsoft News – First Kaspersky, now Salesforce and EU question Microsoft Anti-Competitive behaviour https://goo.gl/6ndv9F
  • Resource – Microsoft launch new technology documentation platform https://goo.gl/NLJ6FJ
  • Microsoft News – Kaspersky calls foul of Microsoft competitive displacement with Win Defender in Windows 10 https://goo.gl/B68Qpm
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Microsoft Teams enters Public Preview https://goo.gl/XBU7sx
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Citrix announce XenDesktop for Windows 10 Citrix position DaaS, Microsoft aim to secure platform: Azure IaaS VDI,  Windows 10 USL BYOL Ref: FutureDecoded 2016
  • Licensing – System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) LTSB does not support the following features  https://goo.gl/1iQcEj 
  • Licensing – Dynamics for Office365 is now generally available from November 2016. Extensibility with PowerApps and Flow https://goo.gl/q6Wovx
  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Dynamics for Office365 is now generally available from November 2016. Extensibility with PowerApps and Flow https://goo.gl/q6Wovx
  • Licensing – Dynamics365 added to Microsoft Product Terms November 2016 Ref: https://goo.gl/tiVVVs
  • Licensing – Microsoft Flow added to Microsoft Product Terms November 2016 Ref: https://goo.gl/tiVVVs
  • Licensing – Power Apps added to Microsoft Product Terms November 2016 Ref: https://goo.gl/tiVVVs
  • Licensing – Per Core Licensing Grants and Use Rights removed for Windows Server, System Center, refers customers to October 2016 Product Terms. Ref: Microsoft Product Terms November 2016 https://goo.gl/tiVVVs
  • Licensing – Microsoft Dynamics AX online services, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, Microsoft Social Engagement, and Parature, from Microsoft have been renamed and consolidated under Microsoft Dynamics 365Ref: Microsoft Product Terms November 2016 https://goo.gl/tiVVVs
  • Pricing – The New Customer Azure Monetary Commitment Offer promotion is in effect November 1, 2006 through June 30, 2017. Ref: Microsoft Product Terms November 2016 https://goo.gl/tiVVVs

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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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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

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