Skype for Business Online Plan 1 will be retired August 1, 2018
Leipzig, 07/31/2018 – Both Skype for Business Online Plan 1 commercial and government SKUs will be retired, effective August 1 2018. After that date customers can no longer purchase new Skype for Business Plan 1 subscriptions, and existing subscriptions will not renew automatically when they expire and will not provide a renewal option.
Power BI and SharePoint – the road ahead
Leipzig, 07/25/2018 – Microsoft has invested in modernizing and creating deeper integrations with SharePoint. In 2017, Microsoft has introduced the Power BI webpart for SharePoint Online and an updated Reporting Services Report Viewer webpart for SharePoint on-premises. Yesterday the release of the public preview of SharePoint 2019 was announced.
Microsoft announces details and schedule for SharePoint Server 2019
Leipzig, 07/24/2018 – Microsoft released information on SharePoint Server 2019 at a conference at the end of May. Today the availability of both SharePoint Server 2019 Preview and Project Server 2019 Preview was finally announced.
Microsoft Teams is now available in a free version
Leipzig, 07/13/2018 – Since 12 July 2018 Teams is available in a free version worldwide in 40 languages. Whether a freelancer, a small business owner, or part of a team inside a large organization, customers can start using Teams today.
On-premises licenses for servers in CSP announced
Leipzig, 06/27/2018 – Server subscriptions for Azure are an option for renting Windows and SQL Server licenses (for servers that have not already been set up) in CSP. Different server types, as well as CALs, are available. The announcement was made discreetly via the Product Terms in May 2018, which also constitute the only available overview of these new licenses.
Free ‘Teams’ test: Microsoft offers free one-year trials from 1 June
Leipzig, 06/01/2018 – Microsoft is now offering its customers the option to use Teams across their entire company as a trial version for one year – free of charge! The entire company can be included in this trial. It is launched automatically as soon as the first user at the company takes part in the trial.
Join a Call or Meeting with Microsoft Teams Mobile App
Leipzig, 05/31/2018 – Microsoft Teams is innovating every day to create collaboration & communication experiences that naturally extend to your mobile device. As Microsoft releases new capabilities into Microsoft Teams, it is also ensured that the Teams Mobile app meets your daily communications needs, particularly if you are remote or on-the-go.
Semi-Annual Channel Releases: System Center 1801 is now available
Leipzig, 05/23/2018 – 1801 stands for the first half-year release of 2018: 01 in 18. The idea behind this is that more frequent biannual updates should make it easier for customers to remain technologically in tune with the times. According to Microsoft, Linux Monitoring Support will deliver more efficient VMware backup, additional support for Windows Server, as well as improved performance and usability in the case of System Center 1801. Scheduled support for the biannual release will be available for 18 months.
Improvements to System Center Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Data Protection Manager are the focus for System Center Version 1801. Security and bug fixes, as well as support for TLS 1.2, will be available for all System Center components such as Orchestrator, Service Management Automation, and Service Manager.
New: Global Data Management with Microsoft Multi-Geo for Office 365
Leipzig, 05/23/2018 – Major customers with users in several countries are often confronted with different local laws on data storage, which can sometimes be expensive in terms of a local infrastructure. According to Microsoft, Multi-Geo for O365 should help out here in the rollout of Office 365 as a centrally administered solution in each country, in spite of whatever regional differences may exist. Multi-Geo is available to Enterprise Agreement customers with over 5,000 365 users.
Microsoft Announces Windows Server 2019 Will be Available Soon
Leipzig, 05/23/2018 – "Windows Server 2019 will be generally available in the second half of calendar year 2018." This is what the Microsoft Director for the Windows Server Program, Erin Chapple, announced in her blog post ‘Introducing Windows Server 2019 – now available in preview.’ The new version will be based on Windows Server 2016, and be suitable for most infrastructure scenarios, including workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft SharePoint. The preview is available now.
Microsoft Announces Dynamics 365 Business Central
Leipzig, 05/23/2018 – Dynamics 365 Business Central is an ERP system for small and medium-sized companies that are looking to use a single solution to manage finances, operations, sales, and customer service. Dynamics NAV technology, which users are already familiar with, has only been made available in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program under its final name Dynamics 365 Business Central, previously known under the project name ‘Tenerife.’
SharePoint innovations transform content collaboration with mixed reality and AI
Leipzig, 05/21/2018 – With over 400,000 customer organizations, SharePoint leads the industry in content services and collaboration. SharePoint pioneered combining document management and web publishing, bringing enterprise content management to the cloud and infusing AI into content collaboration with the Microsoft Graph. Today, Microsoft takes the next, innovative step forward with SharePoint spaces.
The Microsoft Cloud can save customers 93 percent and more in energy and carbon efficiency
Leipzig, 05/17/2018 – A new report issued Thursday by Microsoft Corp. in partnership with WSP shows significant energy and carbon emissions reduction potential from the Microsoft Cloud when compared with on-premises datacenters. These gains, as much as 93 percent more energy efficient and as high as 98 percent more carbon efficient, are due to Microsoft’s extensive investments in IT efficiency from chip-to-datacenter infrastructure, as well as renewable energy.
Office Mobile Apps will also feature in Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 F1, Microsoft 365 F1, and Office 365 E1 from May onwards
Leipzig, 04/30/2018 – According to Microsoft, customers have been requesting that the commercial use rights for Office mobile apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote also become valid for Office 365 plans in which Office 365 ProPlus is not integrated. Microsoft has now reacted to this feedback, and will integrate the commercial use rights for Office mobile apps additionally as part of the offers for Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 F1, Microsoft 365 F1, and Office 365 E1 plans from May onwards.
Microsoft announces new Security Features for Microsoft 365 Business
Leipzig, 04/30/2018 – These features are immediately available to new Microsoft 365 Business customers, and will be rolled out to existing customers over the next few weeks. Security features to prevent data loss and support for features that depend on Office desktop applications will be introduced over the next few months.
Increase in SharePoint Online storage allocation
Leipzig, 04/27/2018 – More than 350,000 organizations now have SharePoint and the data they are storing over doubled last year alone. So Microsoft announced a 20x increase in the SharePoint Online per user license storage allocation helping teams and organization achieve more.
Office 2019 Preview Available to Enterprise Customers
Leipzig, 04/27/2018 – A new Office version, without a cloud? You’d better believe it! While Microsoft has said that all its efforts are geared towards the cloud, it’s clear that this path is not yet feasible for many companies at present. For this reason, there will be a new version for customers who are retaining the apps and servers on-premises for the time being.
OneNote for Windows 10 will replace OneNote 2016
Leipzig, 04/26/2018 – Microsoft recently announced that beginning with the launch of Office 2019 later this year, OneNote for Windows 10 will replace OneNote 2016 as the default OneNote experience for both Office 365 and Office 2019.
The 3 ways Azure improves your security
Leipzig, 04/17/2018 – As you look for solutions to address the the ongoing volume of evolving security threats Azure can help strengthen your security posture, while reducing cost and complexity. Azure provides value in three key areas – a secure foundation that is provided by Microsoft, built-in security controls to help you quickly configure security across the full-stack, and unique intelligence at cloud scale to help you safeguard data and respond to threats in real-time.
New capabilities of Windows Defender ATP
Leipzig, 04/17/2018 – With the next update to Windows 10, Microsoft is further expanding Windows Defender ATP to provide richer capabilities for businesses to improve their security posture and solve security incidents more quickly and efficiently.
Azure Monetary Commitment and Azure Marketplace Expanded
Leipzig, 04/12/2018 – As of 1 March, customers can use the Azure Monetary Commitment for services they have purchased via the Azure Marketplace. Until now, customers have received a separate billing for all services they have purchased via the Azure Marketplace. The most commonly used and most popular services can now also be billed via Azure Monetary Commitment from 1 March 2018.
Save with the Microsoft SQL Hybrid Benefit
Leipzig, 04/12/2018 – Azure SQL Database Managed Instance offers a new option in the cloud that represents almost 100 percent compatibility with an on-premises SQL database for customers with active Software Assurance for SQL Server Standard and Enterprise.
Azure Migrate – Perfect Support for the Path to the Cloud
Leipzig, 04/11/2018 – As its name implies, Azure Migrate assists customers during the process of migrating to Azure. Microsoft offers instructions, insights, and mechanisms that are intended to make the path to the cloud as straightforward as possible so this process can be implemented rapidly.
Changes in Maintenance and Support for Office and Windows
Leipzig, 04/11/2018 – Just under two years before the end of the extended support period for Windows 7 and Office 2010, Microsoft has announced service extensions for Windows 10, and changes to system requirements for Office 365 ProPlus.
Microsoft: Premier Support To Become Unified Support
Leipzig, 04/11/2018 – Microsoft is currently adapting its support model from MS Premier to Unified Support. This will result in some new requirements, and customers will need to act accordingly. But what’s going to change specifically?
New Updates to Office 2019
Leipzig, 04/11/2018 – The next generation of MS Office — Office 2019 — was announced last year at Ignite. The new generation will contain both well-known programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Skype for Business, as well as servers which are equipped with Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business. Microsoft has now finally released new information about the Office Update.
Microsoft expands cloud services in Europe and into Middle East to meet growing customer demand
Leipzig, 03/26/2018 – Microsoft announced that they plan to deliver the Microsoft Cloud from their first datacenter locations in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, and will expand the cloud options for customers in Germany. The Microsoft Cloud in France is now officially open with the general availability of Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 today, and Dynamics 365 will follow in early 2019.
Accelerating digital transformation with the spring 2018 release for Dynamics 365 and Business Application Platform
Leipzig, 03/26/2018 – The spring 2018 release for Microsoft Business Applications will bring a wave of innovation across the entire product line with hundreds of new capabilities and features in three core areas: new business applications; new intelligent capabilities infused throughout; and transformational new application platform capabilities.
Azure Databricks, industry-leading analytics platform powered by Apache Spark™
Leipzig, 03/26/2018 – The ability to utilize data and turn it into breakthrough insights is foundational to your company's success today. To enable this journey, Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Databricks, a fast, easy, and collaborative Apache® Spark™-based analytics platform optimized for Azure.
Collaborate securely with anyone in Microsoft Teams
Leipzig, 03/12/2018 – Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork in Office 365, rolled out a new ability to facilitate collaboration. Previously, anyone with an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) account could be added as a guest, from now on anyone with an email address can be added to a team in Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft 365 provides an information protection strategy to help with the GDPR
Leipzig, 03/06/2018 – The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. The Enforcement date will be 25 May 2018, that is why Microsoft 365 updates and capabilities are designed to provide an information protection strategy to help their customers with GDPR compliance.
Protect multiple cloud app instances using Microsoft Cloud App Security
Leipzig, 02/26/2018 – Several organizations use multi instances of the same cloud applications for different business reasons. As a security professional, you need to have visibility into each of these instances and have the option to control each one. Microsoft announced recently that Microsoft Cloud App Security can now support and control multiple instances of the cloud apps.
Announcing new information protection capabilities across devices, apps, on-premises and the cloud
Leipzig, 02/22/2018 – With an exponential increase in the number of data breaches and regulations such as EU-GDPR, there is an urgency to work towards a holistic information protection strategy. Let’s take a deeper look at the general availability and preview of some of these capabilities that help you to protect your data regardless of where it lives or travels.
Windows Defender ATP is now also available for Versions 7 and 8.1
Leipzig, 02/15/2018 – Originally developed for Windows 10, a version with reduced features of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) will be available for customers of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 this summer. The Windows Defender ATP solution (featuring Endpoint Detection and Response service, EDR) provides preventative protection, detects attacks and zero-day exploits, and offers centralized management for end-to-end security lifecycles.
Comprehensive monitoring for Azure Site Recovery now generally available
Leipzig, 02/13/2018 – The comprehensive monitoring capabilities within Azure Site Recovery gives you full visibility into whether your business continuity objectives are being met. Not just that, with a failover readiness model that monitors resource availability and suggests configurations based on best practices, it also helps inform how prepared you are to react to a disaster today.
Azure Standard Support now offers the highest value support for production workloads amongst major cloud providers
Leipzig, 02/13/2018 – Microsoft announced important updates for Azure Standard Support. With these changes, Azure now offers the most cost effective and predictable support offering amongst major cloud providers.
Azure Standard support now includes:
A significant price drop to a fixed cost of $100 USD per month, so forecasted support costs are completely predictable
Faster initial response time, now at 1 hour for critical cases
Continuing our current offering of unlimited 24x7 technical and billing support for your entire organization
Cloud App Security Threat Protection just got better
Leipzig, 02/08/2018 – As we all know, the more visibility you gain into your user’s activities, the better control you have. To this extent, Microsoft constantly innovate to provide better visibility, control, and protection to your cloud apps. Today Microsoft shares exciting new enhancements in threat protection capabilities that their investigation and remediation for cloud apps to the next level.
Azure Reserved Virtual Machines (VM) instances now generally available
Leipzig, 01/15/2018 – Since November 17, 2017 the Azure Reserved VM Instances have been available worldwide. With the introduction of Azure Reserved VM Instances, Microsoft has without a doubt achieved an innovation with respect to pricing and licensing. Here are all the facts that you need to know.
Windows 10 v1511 Support End Extended
Leipzig, 01/15/2018 – Microsoft had announced the date for the end of support for Windows 10 v1511 as 10 October 2017.
Since, however, according to Microsoft not all companies have implemented their transition to Windows as a Service, Microsoft has decided to extend the support for Windows 10 v1511 another six months, or until April 2018.
Therefore, further updates for critical and important security measures will be made available until April 2018. These updates are available to all users of Windows 10 Enterprise, Version 1511 or Windows 10 Education, Version 1511. The updates are offered through all channels, including Windows Update, WSUS, Configuration Manager and the Windows Update Catalog.
From Insights to Action with the Power Apps custom visual for Power BI
Leipzig, 01/08/2018 – With the new PowerApps custom visual for Power BI, taking action has never been easier or more integrated. PowerApps makes it easy to build automated workflows that connect to software and services you already use.