Calling in Microsoft Teams – Next Step for Intelligent Communications!

Microsoft  13/12/2017

In September, Microsoft introduced a new vision for intelligent communications including plans to evolve Microsoft Teams into the primary client for calling and meetings in Office 365. As part of this, Microsoft is bringing comprehensive calling and meeting capabilities into Teams, along with data and insights from the Microsoft Graph, and a strong roadmap of innovation to empower teams to achieve more.

Today Microsoft is releasing new calling capabilities in Teams, providing full featured dialling capabilities, complete with call history, hold/resume, speed dial, transfer, forwarding, caller ID masking, extension dialling, multi-call handling, simultaneous ringing, voicemail, and text telephone (TTY) support.

Read the full blog here.


Azure Monetary Commitment updates

Microsoft  29/11/2017

Effective 1st December 2017, Azure product terms are changing for Azure Monetary Commitment.

New or renewing customers who choose to pre-pay their new Azure MC purchase will gain access to the full MC value upfront. That value will not expire until the end of the agreement term.

Existing customers who already purchased MC via the pre-pay option should already notice changes to their MC availability, for example, the remaining funds:

  • Are available immediately.
  • Will not expire until the end of the agreement term.
  • Customers will be able to realize the full value of Azure pre-pay MC upfront. It allows those funds to be available for an agreement's entire term instead of expiring any unused funds annually at the agreement's anniversary.
  • Pre-pay reduces customer anxiety associated with forfeiting funds. Use all existing budget without worrying about consuming in 12 months.
  • Simpler mid-term MC additions: adding extra funds via pre-pay, ensures that additional MC will be available for the remainder of the agreement term.

Learn more about Azure in Open Licensing here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/offers/ms-azr-0111p/


Backup Exec Subscription editions now available

Veritas 21/11/2017

Veritas have announced the availability of simplified licensing with Backup Exec Subscription. New customers can now choose between three options - Bronze, Silver and Gold - depending on their specific needs and on subscription licence based terms

Download the subscription guide for further details.


Now available! Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances.

Microsoft  20/11/2017

Azure Reserved VM Instances are now available in all EA programs and on Azure.com

For more detailed information, please download this presentation, or get in touch with your account manager.


Pre-made Packages now available for team products in VIP

Adobe 15/11/2017

Customer administrators now have the ability to select pre-made packages in the Admin Console for the deployment of team products purchased through the Value Incentive Plan (VIP). This allows the VIP admin to choose between using pre-built and build-your-own packages when deploying team or enterprise products.

Learn more about packages here.


Coming soon: Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances

Microsoft

Reserve virtual machines in advance and save up to 82% when combined with Azure Hybrid Benefit.

  • Exchange or cancel reservations as business needs evolve
  • Easily purchase in a few steps
  • Budget and forecast better with upfront payment for one-year or three-year terms
  • Gain peace of mind with prioritised compute capacity

Learn more: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/pricing/reserved-vm-instances/


Azure retires from the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) on July 1, 2018

Microsoft  10/11/2017

From July 1, 2018, Azure will no longer be available through MPSA and will be retired from MPSA completely on that date. Customers who currently purchase Azure through the MPSA have until that date to migrate their Azure account or subscription from MPSA to another licensing vehicle.

If you believe this applies to your organisation, please get in touch to discuss your migration options.


 

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