Microsoft News 2019
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Update to “Dual Use Rights” for Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 From SA customers

Leipzig, 07/01/2019 – According to Microsoft, the decision to retain the “Dual Use Rights” policy in the  Microsoft 365 From SA Product Terms is intended to help customers migrate to  Office 365 ProPlus apps – contrary to the earlier announcement to allow unlimited Office clients in new or extended contracts that included the “From SA” version of Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 to expire. However, maintaining the policy will give customers more flexibility and time to introduce and deploy Office 365 ProPlus.

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The Windows Server 2016 Licensing Model Will Be Changed on 30 September 2019

Leipzig, 07/01/2019 – 30 September is an important date for the licensing of Windows Server 2016. After the licensing model’s move from per-processor to per-core, there were customers who needed more core licenses than Microsoft’s standard migration provided (eight cores per CPU and 16 cores per server). Customers who needed more than eight cores per CPU and more than 16 cores per server received “additional core licenses” from Microsoft without any additional costs. However, Software Assurance had to have been concluded for these “additional core licenses.”

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OneDrive Personal Vault brings added security to your most important files and OneDrive gets additional storage options

Leipzig, 06/28/2019 – With the growing presence and sophistication of online threats, it’s increasingly important to have the right protection and tools to help safeguard your devices, personal information, and files from being compromised. Today, we’re excited to announce OneDrive Personal Vault—a new layer of security coming to your OneDrive personal account to further protect your most sensitive and important files.

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OneDrive Personal Vault brings added security to your most important files and OneDrive gets additional storage options

Leipzig, 06/28/2019 – With the growing presence and sophistication of online threats, it’s increasingly important to have the right protection and tools to help safeguard your devices, personal information, and files from being compromised.  OneDrive Personal Vault is a new layer of security coming to your OneDrive personal account to further protect your most sensitive and important files.

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How to get the Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Leipzig, 06/12/2019 – Microsoft announces that it is beginning to make the   Windows 10 May Update available. Microsoft will be taking a measured and throttled approach, allowing it to study device health data as Microsoft increases availability via Windows Update. This post will provide details of the May 2019 Update, including update options.

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Azure SQL Data Warehouse reserved capacity and software plans now generally available

Leipzig, 06/12/2019 – Microsoft is excited to share more ways to optimize your  Azure costs. Today it is releasing the general availability of Azure SQL Data Warehouse reserved capacity and software plans for RedHat Enterprise Linux and SUSE.

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New Features in Dynamics 365 and Power Platform

Leipzig, 06/06/2019 – Microsoft views the current version of  Dynamics 365 as a key milestone: It is the first major update to give all Dynamics 365 customers the latest version, and allow them to benefit from a continuous update schedule. The release also serves as a blueprint for how major updates will be made in April and October of each year.

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Azure DevOps 2019 has been available in price lists since 1 April 2019

Leipzig, 06/06/2019 – Following the launch of  Azure DevOps in September, Microsoft announced the official release of Azure DevOps Server 2019 in March. Azure DevOps Server 2019, previously known as Team Foundation Server (TFS), allows the services of Azure DevOps to be integrated into the customer’s dedicated environments. Customers can install Azure DevOps Server 2019 in all data centers and clouds and decide when to apply updates.

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Executing on the vision of Microsoft Threat Protection

Leipzig, 05/20/2019 – Microsoft believes in its vision and is confident their customers will benefit from enhanced security with Microsoft Threat Protection as Microsoft continues adding capabilities with unstoppable momentum It’s important to share the significant advantages which are already available with Microsoft Threat Protection today. Here's a real example of a common threat type to showcase how Microsoft Threat Protection already makes your organization more secure.

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Microsoft Kaizala and Microsoft Kaizala Pro - Available Worldwide with New Features

Leipzig, 05/20/2019 – Microsoft Kaizala is a phone-number based, simple, and secure mobile chat app that enables you to connect and coordinate work across your network – your organization, vendors, partners, suppliers, and customers. It also lets you easily schedule work, provide training materials, and send attachments like pictures, documents, videos, audio files, and more.

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Minimize distractions and stay focused with AI-powered updates in Microsoft 365

Leipzig, 05/20/2019 – It’s no secret that work and life are speeding up. It’s not uncommon to spend all day in meetings, writing emails, or on the phone, leaving little time to focus on what is most important to you. Many of us have never-ending to-do lists and spend time working after hours to complete pressing tasks. MyAnalytics, your source of personal productivity insights in  Microsoft 365, was built to help with these very challenges, and today it’s getting a refresh.

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New to Microsoft 365 in April - new tools to streamline compliance and make collaboration inclusive and engaging

Leipzig, 05/07/2019 – Microsoft released new features and services in  Microsoft 365 to help you meet your compliance requirements, manage security policies, and reach more audiences with your content.

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Microsoft Forms Pro public preview is now available

Leipzig, 05/02/2019 – Microsoft launched the public preview of Microsoft Forms Pro, Microsoft Forms, a simple, lightweight tool to create surveys, quizzes, and polls, is used by millions of education, commercial, and consumer customers.

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New capabilities for the Microsoft Azure Security Center

Leipzig, 04/25/2019 – Microsoft  Azure Security Center – the central hub for monitoring and protecting against related incidents within Azure – has released new capabilities. The following features – announced at Hannover Messe 2019 – are now generally available for the Azure Security Center.

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Enterprise-scale Backup for SQL Server Databases

Leipzig, 04/24/2019 – Enterprise Agreement customers will be able to benefit from a new bundle that Microsoft will start to offer in May 2019. While the standard  Visual Studio products will remain available, new bundle SKUs will be added: Visual Studio Professional Subscription with GitHub Enterprise and Visual Studio Enterprise subscription with GitHub Enterprise.

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Visual Studio and GitHub Enterprise are available as a discounted bundle for Enterprise Agreement

Leipzig, 04/23/2019 – More and more organizations are moving to the cloud to leverage the key benefits of agility and reduced overall cost. It’s likely that at some point in time, your  SQL Server will manifest as either of the three implementations in  Azure: SQL Azure Database, SQL Managed Instance or SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machine (VM).

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New updates to Azure AI expand AI capabilities for developers

Leipzig, 04/23/2019 – As companies increasingly look to transform their businesses with AI, Microsoft continues to add improvements to  Azure AI to make it easy for developers and data scientists to deploy, manage, and secure AI functions directly into their applications with a focus on the following solution areas.

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New to Microsoft 365 in March - tools to enable teamwork and enhance security in the workplace

Leipzig, 04/23/2019 – This month, Microsoft released new features in   Microsoft 365 to help you boost teamwork, save time, and streamline the IT management. Here’s a look at what’s new in March.

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Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection is now Microsoft Defender ATP

Leipzig, 04/16/2019 – With the release of the limited preview of their Windows Defender ATP solution for Mac users, Microsoft announced they are updating the name to reflect the breadth of this expanded coverage. Microsoft Defender ATP will run on macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, or macOS Sierra.

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Windows Virtual Desktop Public Preview Now Available

Leipzig, 04/16/2019 – Microsoft recently announced, that the Windows Virtual Desktop is now available in public preview. Windows Virtual Desktop is comprised of the Windows desktops and apps you’re delivering to users and the management solution hosted as a service on  Azure by Microsoft.

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System Center Semi-Annual Channel has been retired

Leipzig, 04/16/2019 – As of March 14, 2019,  System Center 2019 has become generally available to customers. At the same time, Microsoft announced that they will discontinue Semi-Annual channel releases for System Center.

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Skype for Business Online Plan 2 standalone no longer available for purchase after July 1, 2019

Leipzig, 04/11/2019 – Microsoft recently announced that they will stop selling Skype for Business Online Plan 2 standalone offers as they support customers to transition to   Microsoft Teams. In August 2018, the publisher had already retired  Skype for Business 1 standalone offers.

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Discontinuation of Dynamics Social Engagement

Leipzig, 02/10/2019 – As of 16 January 2019, Social Engagement is no longer a part of the new  Dynamics 365 package. Existing customers can continue to use this service until 16 January 2020 or switch to  Dynamics 365 Market Insights.

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Intelligent Edge support grows – Azure IoT Edge now available on virtual machines

Leipzig, 02/05/2019 – Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the general availability of   Azure IoT Edge which enables customers to bring cloud intelligence to the edge and act immediately on real-time data, whether it be a drone recognizing a crack in a gas pipe or predicting equipment failure before it happens. Azure IoT Edge is built to be secure, portable, and open. 

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End of Support for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 

Leipzig, 02/01/2019 – Extended support for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 is ending on 14 January 2020. However, in just six months – on 9 July 2019 – extended support ends for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2. Microsoft will no longer offer regular feature and security updates for these versions. What do you need to do?

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New Offers for Advanced Security and Compliance

Leipzig, 02/01/2019 – According to Microsoft, there were two objectives for the initial introduction of   Microsoft 365 with   Office 365 Windows 10, and   Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). The first was to provide an excellent interface that customers can use to promote creativity and teamwork among their employees, and the second was to create a highly secure platform that is also easy to manage in a modern workplace. 

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New to Microsoft 365 in January - compliance, productivity, and Microsoft Teams updates

Leipzig, 01/29/2019 – More organizations are embracing a modern workplace, and new features for  Microsoft 365 help you meet compliance obligations, empower Firstline Workers, and enrich your Office app experience.

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Three new ways Microsoft Teams empowers Firstline Workers to achieve more

Leipzig, 01/09/2019 – Microsoft is expanding Teams with new capabilities to digitally empower the Firstline Workforce. Today’s news includes: a customizable mobile experience with mobile-only features such as location sharing, a Graph API for the Shifts scheduling tool, which provides integration between Teams and workforce management systems, and the new Praise feature that makes it easy for managers and employees to recognize their coworkers right within  Teams.

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Introducing new advanced security and compliance offerings for Microsoft 365

Leipzig, 01/02/2019 – When Microsoft first introduced  Microsoft 365 bringing together  Office 365,  Windows 10, and   Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), the vision was two-fold.

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Announcement of Windows Virtual Desktop

Leipzig, 01/01/2019 – Microsoft presented the Windows Virtual Desktop at its Ignite Conference 2018. This product is a virtual desktop environment for Windows and Office offered as a managed service in Azure. Since this is just a preliminary announcement and the preview has not yet been released, all information is contingent and subject to change.

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How to run Office 365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2019

Leipzig, 01/01/2019 – What now? It’s an obvious question when we read the decision by Microsoft: Office 365 ProPlus will no longer be supported on the new  Windows Server 2019. But what are our options if we still want to use the latest technology? Sabrina Rohenroth, Team Manager Specialised Sales Microsoft at COMPAREX Germany, investigated the issue and came to the fortunate conclusion: It works after all!

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