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Windows 10 Creators Update available since 11 April

 Apr. 11 2017 |  Windows 10

The Windows 10 Creators Update is available worldwide since 11 April 2017. This third major update for Windows 10 is available for customers with Windows 10 devices free of charge as part of Windows as a Service, and is rolled out via Windows Update. Users who are well-versed in technology and who would like to access the new developments as quickly as possible can also use the Media Creation Tool (MCT).

According to Microsoft, the Creators Update provides users with the greatest degree of security as well as innovative new developments in the areas of 3D, mixed reality, and gaming. In response to user feedback, Microsoft also now lets customers benefit from a wider selection and more control over update rollouts and the configuration of data protection settings.

Here you can find further information.

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 visualstudio.com. 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 10 Support for CBB Build (1507) has ended

 May 09 2017

Current Branch for Business enables customers to skip two updates, since the two most recent versions of Microsoft are always supported. The latest Windows CBB Built (1607) has been available through the VLSC since 26 January 2017. This means that the original CBB Build (1507) will no longer be supported by Microsoft.

Here you can find further information.

Important Information for Office 365 Enterprise E4 Customers

 Apr. 27 2017 |  Office 365

The Office 365 Enterprise E4 plan has been retired. If you have a current E4 subscription, though, you will not be immediately affected by this change. As a global Office 365 administrator, you will receive updates via e-mail and see posts in the Message Center (part of the Office 365 Admin Center) containing information about when you need to take action. In the meantime, you can extend your subscription and add licenses as usual. If you would like to change to a new plan – either now or when you extend the subscription – you have four options.
Microsoft has put together instructions summarizing these options in detail.  

Here you can find further information.

Microsoft announces updates to Office 365 Enterprise K1 plan – designed to enable frontline workers

 Apr. 3 2017 |  Office 365

Microsoft defines frontline workers as the heartbeat of many of the world‘s largest industries—including healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and retail. These workers interact with customers, operate the production line, build products, and run daily operations. But, according to Microsoft, spend little time on dedicated PCs.

Here you can find further information.

Cyber Defence: Microsoft announces release of Threat Intelligence and Advanced Data Governance, plus updates to Advanced Threat Protection

 Apr. 1 2017 |  Office 365

At the beginning of April, Microsoft announced several enhancements that bolster Office 365’s security and compliance capabilities. According to Microsoft, the launch of Office 365 Threat Intelligence, enriches security in Office 365 to help customers stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape. As well, Microsoft introduced a new reporting interface to improve the customer experience for Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and extending the ATP Safe Links feature to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Office 365 ProPlus desktop clients.

Parallel, Office 365 Advanced Data Governance was launched. According to Microsoft, it provides customers with robust compliance capabilities. A new policy management interface for Data Loss Protection (DLP), shall help Office 365 customers to remain compliant and in control of their data.

Threat Intelligence is as a part of the Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan or as standalone service available.

Here you can find further information.

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

Here you can find further information.

Integration of Microsoft Yammer in Office 365 Groups

 Mar. 1 2017 |  Office 365

The Microsoft Yammer team announced the start of integration of Microsoft Yammer Enterprise into Microsoft Office 365 Groups in its blog at the beginning of March. Their goal is to more closely link Yammer Enterprise with Office 365 Groups, since Yammer Enterprise will no longer be available as a separate license. We will highlight the changes for which customers should be prepared.

Here you can find further information.

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

Do Office 365 Groups Require Licenses for Group Access?

 Apr. 27 2017 |  Office 365

Guest access for external users can be issued through Office 365 groups. The guests have unrestricted rights and access; all interactions are carried out through the email inbox. The guest does not require their own Office 365 license for this, since the ‘guest access’ function is included in Office 365 Business Premium and Enterprise subscriptions. This information and a summary of the functions that the guest can carry out are available on the Guest Access page in Office 365 groups.

Definition: What is a guest?
A guest is a person who is not an employee, secondary school or university student, or member of an organization. They do not have any business, school, or university account at the organization.

Is an additional Office 365 license required for guest access?
No. Guest access is included in all Office 365 Business Premium and Office 365 Enterprise subscriptions.

Windows 10 Home to Pro Right Licensing for E3/E5

 Apr. 1 2017 |  Windows 10

Microsoft has added the right to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 to the latest edition of the Product Terms 04/2017. This is only available through the MPSA!

Regardless of section 2.1.1 of the Product Terms, ‘Qualifying Operating Systems,’ customers in Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the US, and all countries in the European Union are entitled to purchase Windows 10 Home to Pro Right Licensing for devices equipped with Windows Home versions 7 or higher if they have been continually equipped with one of the following licenses since 1 March 2017:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3 per device with active SA

  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 per user CALs

  • Windows 10 Enterprise E5 per device CALs

Purchasing requirements

Windows 10 Home to Pro Right licenses are only available as one-time purchases; all of the units must be covered in a single order. Customers are asked to acquire one license for every device that is licensed with Windows 10 Home and which fulfills at least one of the following criteria:

  • Is licensed for Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 on a per-device basis, or

  • Is installed on Pro or Enterprise and is used by a licensed Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 user

License restrictions

This license does not include the rights to install or use an instance of a previous version of Windows 10 Pro. The reassignment rights in Section 4.3 only apply for a replacement device with an operating system that qualifies for Pro or Enterprise.

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 further 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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