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Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 is available

 Mar. 7 2017 |  Visual Studio 2017

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2017, streamlining the development of mobile and cloud applications as well as DevOps. Microsoft has also announced the availability of the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017 Update 1, Preview 4 of Visual Studio for Mac and Preview updates of the Visual Studio Mobile Center.

Visual Studio 2017 is available for download at The new version of the integrated development environment is designed to simplify developers’ everyday work: According to Microsoft, the new opportunities for integration and automation are meant for you to save time and have more flexibility to choose your technology and platforms, enabling you to devote your full attention to developing and providing high-quality applications. In addition, Preview 4 of Visual Studio for Mac and Update 1 of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017 have been released. What’s more, there are updates for the Visual Studio Mobile Center in preview.

Here you can find further information.

Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) Price Adjustments

 Jan. 1 2017

Microsoft has increased the prices for the Windows VDA SKU by approximately 14 percent as of 1 January 2017. Mo­reover, this price adjustment will also entail a new SKU for the VDA per user add-on for customers who would like to switch from VDA per device to VDA per user.

Microsoft has justified this price adjustment by citing the continual, innovative improvement of the products concerned. For ex­ample, security, management, and above all business productivity have been significantly improved for Windows 10. According to Microsoft, a new benefit also lies in the fact that customers with VDA per user licenses can host Windows 10 CBB (BYOL) on multi-instance capable platforms such as Azure as well as ones made by permitted third-party manufacturers.

Product News

Windows 7/8.1 – No More Support for the New Generation of CPUs

 Mar. 13 2017

It’s official! Microsoft has announced in March that it will no longer support new processor generations on Windows 7 and 8.1. What can customers do?

We recommend upgrading Windows 7-based and Windows 8.1-based computers to Windows 10 if the computer has a processor from one of the following generations:

  • A seventh-generation (or newer) ‘Intel Core’ processor
  • A seventh-generation (or newer) AMD ‘Bristol Ridge’ processor
  • A Qualcomm ‘8996’ (or newer) processor

You can find further information here.

Premium Assurance is available

Mar. 1 2017

We already reported that Microsoft support can be extended for an additional six years with Premium Assurance.

You can find detailed information in the Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server Premium Assurance’ datasheet.

Microsoft Project 2013 & Project Online – Changes in Accessibility

 Mar. 1 2017 | Project

On 1 March 2017 Microsoft will upgrade the minimum requirements for the access to Project Online. Therefore, from this date on, it won‘t be possible anymore to connect Microsoft Project Professional 2013 versions with Microsoft Project Online.

ATTENTION: Customers who want to gain online access beyond the indicated date to Project Online with Project, have to update to a version of Project 2016 that includes support before that date.

Support for the 2013 versions of Office 365 client applications ends February 28, 2017

 Feb. 28 2017

Please note: The support for the 2013 versions of Office 365 client applications will end on February 28, 2017.

This does not apply to the Office 2013 Professional Plus, Professional, and Standard editions. For the support dates for the Office 2013 Professional Plus, Professional, and Standard editions see the following Microsoft website: Microsoft support lifecycle.

Users who are running the 2013 versions of Office 365 client applications after February 28, 2017 will have to upgrade to the latest version of Office 365 client applications to continue to receive support from Microsoft.

Here you can find further information.

Azure Will No Longer Be Available through the MPSA

 Feb. 1 2017 | Azure

As previously reported, starting from 1 February 2017, Azure can no longer be purchased through the MPSA. Following this date, Microsoft will offer Azure through the Enterprise Agreement (EA), the Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS), Ser­ver and Cloud Enrollment (SCE), the Cloud Service Provider (CSP), and the Microsoft Online Subscription Program (MOSP). What is the best way to purchase Azure?

Existing customers who have already purchased Azure through the MPSA will remain unaffected by these changes!

The following brochure answers all questions regarding how to buy Azure:

Read the brochure now »

Available Starting in Early 2017: Premium Assurance – Who, When, and How: An Overview

Premium Assurance allows Microsoft support to be extended for an additional six years.

  1. Which licenses can you purchase Premium Assurance for?
  2. When does Premium Assurance need to be purchased?
  3. What about Extended Support?
  4. Which programs is Premium Assurance available in?
  5. Who cannot enroll in Premium Assurance?

Questions upon questions. This overview provides answers

Licensing News

Important Changes to the MPSA and Retirement of Select Plus

 Apr. 1 2017

Two important changes in licensing took effect on 1 April 2017.

Here you can find more information.

New Windows 10 upgrade benefits for Windows Cloud Subscriptions in CSP

 Jan. 19 2017 | Windows 10

Microsoft announced in January that customers with Windows subscriptions via the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program can now upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to Windows 10 at no additional cost.This means customers subscribed to Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 as well as Secure Productive Enterprise E3 and E5, can now upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to Windows 10 without the need to purchase separate upgrade licenses.

This is an important benefit addition to Windows cloud subscriptions in CSP as it enables customers who have yet to purchase a new Windows 10 device, or who missed out on the free upgrade to Windows 10 campaign, to take advantage of enterprise-grade security, managed by a trusted partner, for the price of coffee and a donut.

The Windows 10 upgrade licenses issued as part of this process are perpetual and associated with the device. This means the license will not expire or be revoked if the customer chooses to end their Windows cloud subscription in the CSP program.

Here you can find further information.

System Center 2016 Client Management Suite – No Longer Available

 Jan. 1 2017 | System Center 2016

Microsoft removed the System Center 2016 Client Management Suite from its portfolio on 1 January 2017. However, customers can still individually license the components of the suite.

The System Center 2016 Client Management Suite was the most recent version of the Client Management Suite. It included four components that can now be licensed as separate products. These individual components are:

  • System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager Client ML
  • System Center 2016 Operations Manager Client-ML
  • System Center 2016 Orchestrator Client-ML
  • System Center 2016 Service Manager Client-ML

SA migration: For each eligible license, customers will be guaranteed a Client-ML for each of the four components. Licenses eligible for this are all System Center Client Management licenses that were purchased with Software Assurance before 1 January 2017 and all licenses that were purchased after this date as part of a True Up process under the same Enterprise Agreement (EA).

NEW: Windows Nano Server – Software Assurance for Server + CAL Required

 Dec. 12 2016

In December 2016, Microsoft made the following change to its Product Terms: Software Assurance (SA) is now also required for the Windows Server CAL to deploy Windows Nano Sever. The Product Terms now state:

“4.2 Nano Server

Customers with active SA on either Windows Server Standard or Datacenter Licenses, Windows Server Base Access Licenses, and Windows Server Additive Access Licenses may install and use the Nano Server deployment option. Active SA is also required on the Base Access License and Additive Access License.”

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