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Microsoft launches Azure Location Based Services for geospatial needs across industries

Leipzig, 12/20/2017 – Together with an ecosystem of partners, Microsoft’s cloud offers enterprise customers choice and options for using location data to solve issues such as asset location tracking, fleet management and traffic congestion.

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New strategic partnerships help Microsoft extend Windows Defender ATP across platforms

Leipzig, 11/08/2017 – Windows Defender ATP provides security teams a single pane of glass for their endpoint security. To provide protection and visibility into potential threats on all of the customers’ device platforms Microsoft is now collaborating with the three leading security companies: Bitdefender, Lookout, and Ziften.

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SQL Server 2017 available since beginning of October 2017

Leipzig, 10/27/2017 – In an earlier blog post, Microsoft had announced that SQL Server 2017 would be generally available on 2nd October 2017. The blog post announcement is here and gives some detail on the actually quite exciting new features that are part of SQL Server 2017.

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Office 2019

Leipzig, 10/27/2017 – At its conference, Ignite in Orlando, Microsoft announced Office 2019—the next perpetual update for Office. This release, scheduled for the second half of 2018, will, according to Microsoft, include perpetual versions of the Office apps (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and servers (including Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business). Previews of the new products will start shipping mid-year 2018.
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Microsoft introduces 365 F1: A new vision and a new offering to empower the "Firstline Worker"

Leipzig, 10/27/2017 – Microsoft defines the Firstline Worker as the face and heartbeat of any organization in almost any industry: People behind the counter, on the phone, building products, and running the day-to-day operations which are the first ones to represent a company´s brand, see the products live in action and are the first to engage customers.

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Intelligent Communications: Microsoft Teams replaces Skype for Business Client

Leipzig, 10/27/2017 – At its conference Ignite, Microsoft made an announcement concerning Intelligent Communications. According to Microsoft, by transforming calling and meetings experiences, Intelligent Communications extend beyond unified communications to enable customers to complete tasks more efficiently with minimal context switching; participate in more productive meetings that span the entire meetings’ lifecycle; and better manage everyday communications overload.

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Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs) in CSP Pre-Announcement by Microsoft

Leipzig, 10/27/2017 – At the Ignite conference, Microsoft made a number of key Azure announcements including Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs). According to Microsoft, RIs will allow customers to reserve Azure VMs in advance and enjoy significant cost savings. RIs also provide price predictability, prioritized compute capacity, and flexibility to exchange or cancel reservations should customer needs change. With the combination of RIs and Azure Hybrid Benefit, Azure will, according to Microsoft, have unbeatable prices on VMs in the public cloud.

Availability: Azure RIs will be available for Enterprise Agreement and Direct customers worldwide by the end of CY 2017 and in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program in H1 of CY 2018.

Visio Online and Visio’s new cloud innovations help you unlock creativity

Leipzig, 10/18/2017 Visio Online is one of Microsoft’s newest solutions and comes with a host of templates for a variety of audiences. Since the beginning of last year, Visio has been committed to releasing innovative, cloud-first capabilities. The major releases, in addition to Visio Online, extend Visio’s diagramming tool set. Furthermore, there are new subscription models.

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Cloud Service Map for AWS and Azure Available Now

Leipzig, 10/16/2017 – Microsoft introduced a new cloud service map to help you quickly compare the cloud capabilities of Azure and AWS services in all categories. Whether you are planning a multi-cloud solution with Azure and AWS, or simply migrating to Azure, you will be able to use this service map to quickly orient yourself with the services required for a successful migration.

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Monthly Microsoft Updates

Leipzig, 10/16/2017 – On a monthly basis, we inform you on selected product and licensing news to keep you up to date.

The current topics are: Microsoft launches Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) now for Windows Server as well, Azure Stack: Create modern applications in hybrid cloud environments, New name – Microsoft Office 365 F1 Plan replaces Microsoft Office 365 K Plans and Microsoft extends Windows virtualization usage rights in CSP.

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New integration of Project Online Desktop Client and Microsoft Planner

Leipzig, 10/16/2017 – Since September 2017, Project users are able to connect Project tasks to Planner plans. The feature has been available in the September update for Project Online Professional and Premium customers.

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Coming soon: Azure confidential computing

Leipzig, 09/28/2017 Microsoft Azure is the first cloud to offer new data security capabilities with a collection of features and services called Azure confidential computing. Put simply, confidential computing offers a protection that to date has been missing from public clouds, encryption of data while in use. This means that data can be processed in the cloud with the assurance that it is always under customer control.

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The best version of Windows 10 ever – the Creators Update

Leipzig, 09/28/2017 – Why is Windows 10 Creators Update so great? Microsoft regularly takes into account user feedback to continually improve Windows 10. With Creators Update, they have reached a new level quality not seen before.

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Guest Access in Microsoft Teams is now available

Leipzig, 09/15/2017 – A long-awaited feature for Microsoft Teams has become available by 11 September 2017: Guest access, which allows to add external users that are not part of your organization to participate in chats, join meetings and collaborate on documents in Microsoft Teams.

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Monthly Microsoft Updates

Leipzig, 08/02/2017 – On a monthly basis, we inform you on selected product and licensing news to keep you up to date.

The current topics are: Dynamics 365 name change, Dynamics 365 for Talent HR Solution Is Now Online as a Technical Preview, Dynamics 365 Tiered Pricing and Dynamics 365 for Operations Activity – The Subscription for ‘Small’ Users.

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Microsoft 365 will replace Secure Productive Enterprise

Leipzig, 07/17/2017 – As announced by Satya Nadella at Microsoft Inspire partner conference, as of 1st August 2017, Microsoft is going to rename its comprehensive productivity suite Secure Productive Enterprise into Microsoft 365. However, this will be more than a simple change of the name. 

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Monthly Microsoft Updates

Leipzig, 07/05/2017 – On a monthly basis, we inform you on selected product and licensing news to keep you up to date.

The current topics are: Recommendations for action against Ransomware threat, end of support for Office 2007 in October 2017, Power BI Premium, the preview of the new SQL Server 2017, new products and services for the education sector and new, favorable terms of use for Windows 10 Mobile.

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The 5 Keys to Success with Intercultural Teams

Leipzig, 06/30/2017 – Communication inside of companies is becoming increasingly challenging in an age of heightened globalization and internationalization. Colleagues in international positions communicate simultaneously across national borders and time zones.

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How Do I License Test and Development Environments?

Leipzig, 06/28/2017 – Finding the right software licenses for test and development environments is a science in its own right; after all, not only do the requirements change all the time, there are also numerous restrictions.

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Securing Your Data Center From Natural Disasters

Leipzig, 06/26/2017 – Natural disasters are no longer freak occurrences. Companies will face substantial loss of revenue if a datacenter fails, paralyzing the entire IT infrastructure. So you need to take action!

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5 Typical SQL Server Problems and How to Get Rid of Them

Leipzig, 06/19/2017 – Many IT administrators struggle repeatedly with similar problems when dealing with SQL Server. It’s time to put an end to this predicament!

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5 Must-Ask Questions When Licensing Virtual Teams

Leipzig, 06/12/2017 – Teamwork in hermetic office complexes is a thing of the past. The future of international collaboration lies in virtual teams.

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3 Facts about Microsoft Teams

Leipzig, 06/09/2017 – In mid-March Microsoft announced that its latest collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams, has rolled out to Office 365 users worldwide. What is Teams and how can it affect my personal teamwork?

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Enterprise 2.0: Social Media in Companies

Leipzig, 06/02/2017 – Many companies use social networks as standard communication channels. Many users adopted them as parts of their everyday routines. Thino Ullmann shines a spotlight on Enterprise 2.0 and the role that Microsoft plays in a digital workplace.

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Cloud Computing and Data Protection: What You Need to Know

Leipzig, 05/31/2017 – In an age of digitalization, the issues of cloud computing and data protection are extremely significant to almost every company. But many decision-makers remain concerned about security when migrating their data to the cloud.

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ATP in Office 365 E5: What’s it all about?

Leipzig, 05/24/2017 – These endless acronyms! Every company uses them, and the Microsoft universe is jam-packed with them as well. For instance we may encounter product acronyms like SPE and EMS or abbreviated features like the one used in today’s topic: ATP, or Advanced Threat Protection.

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Post Cyber-Attack: Know what you have

Leipzig, 05/17/2017 – Over the past weekend, the so-called “WannaCry” crypto virus attacked tens of thousands of international businesses, private persons and government agencies. It targeted devices running Microsoft Windows operating systems that lacked the necessary security patch levels.

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Monthly Microsoft Updates

Leipzig, 05/17/2017 – On a monthly basis, we inform you on selected product and licensing news to keep you up to date.

The current topics are: Windows 10 Creators Update is available since 11 April, Windows 10 Home to Pro Right Licensing for E3/E5, Office 365 groups guest access, green light for the integration of Microsoft Yammer in Office 365 groups, important information for Office 365 Enterprise E4 customers, Windows 10 support for CBB Build (1507) has ended, Microsoft announces updates to Office 365 Enterprise K1 plan and the release of Threat Intelligence and Advanced Data Governance, plus updates to Advanced Threat Protection.

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The integration of Microsoft Yammer in Office 365 Groups is under way

Leipzig, 05/11/2017 – With the start of Microsoft Yammer Enterprise's integration in Office 365 there is now an even stronger connection between Yammer Enterprise and Office 365 Groups, as Yammer Enterprise will no longer be available as a standalone license.

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The Most Important (NEW) Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10

Leipzig, 05/05/2017 – Windows 10 brings plenty of new features, an improved Start menu, Cortana and Microsoft Edge. Familiar and new keyboard functions make operation even simpler and more efficient. Find a cheat sheet with the most important shortcuts.

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Supercharge your day-to-day work with Macros

Leipzig, 04/28/2017 – Macros are handy add-ons when it comes to reducing the daily workload and to streamlining the user’s own handling of MS Office. We provide you with a step to step guide on how to get started with macros.

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5 Useful Functions in Skype for Business

Leipzig, 04/21/2017 Skype for Business has brought us all closer together. The program has become indispensable for companies operating on an international stage in particular. COMPAREX has put together five useful functions that every user should know in order to use the tool as efficiently as possible.

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Monthly Microsoft Updates

Leipzig, 04/20/2017 – On a monthly basis, we inform you on selected product and licensing news to keep you up to date.

The current topics are: Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 and Premium Assurance are available since March 2017, Windows 7/8.1 – No More Support for the New Generation of CPUs and Important Changes to the MPSA and Retirement of Select Plus effective since 1 April 2017.

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Office 365 E5 Plan: How good is the Enterprise Version?

Leipzig, 04/18/2017 – Software vendors are constantly busy adding updates and features to their products. An E5 version is now available for Office 365. The customers are finding it increasingly difficult to keep track of which version is best suited for individual cases. Useful or useless?

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Getting ready for software audits with COMPAREX

Leipzig, 03/21/2017 – Software audits are becoming increasingly frequent and can keep entire departments busy for months – time and resources that could certainly be used to better effect elsewhere. What is the purpose behind an audit? And how can you protect yourself?

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Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Edge: How to Browse the Web with Windows 10

Leipzig, 03/08/2017 – You’ve downloaded Windows 10, but out of habit you continue to surf the net with the old Internet Explorer or an alternative browser? Our tips and tricks for Microsoft Edge ensure the switch will be perfectly easy. We’ll tell you what’s new and where to find the familiar functions.

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Teamwork with Microsoft Office 365 Groups

Leipzig, 03/02/2017 – Collaboration in a modern environment is the connecting link between all of the products in Office 365. Microsoft Office 365 Groups addresses this issue. Thino Ullmann explains the benefits of teamwork with Microsoft Office 365 Groups.

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Hybrid scenarios with SharePoint 2016 – Sensibly combined at last

Leipzig, 02/21/2017 – Although hybrid scenarios with SharePoint are not new, SharePoint 2016 turns them into a real treat as well. While the data remains resting on the in-house server, users can switch seamlessly between SharePoint On-Premises and SharePoint Online.

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Monthly Microsoft Updates

Leipzig, 02/17/2017 – On a monthly basis, we inform you on selected product and licensing news to keep you up to date.

The current topics are: End of support for the 2013 versions of Office 365 client applications, Windows 10 upgrade benefits for Windows cloud subscriptions in CSP, Windows VDA price adjustments, Azure will no longer be available through the MPSA, changes in accessibility for Microsoft Project 2013 & Project Online, Premium Assurance extends Microsoft support, System Center 2016 Client Management Suite is no longer available, Windows Nano Server – SA for Server + CAL Required

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Tuning Outlook – 7 tips to increase your speed

Leipzig, 02/15/2017 – Your Outlook is too slow? In many cases this will be due to incorrect settings that can be remedied quickly. We have put together 7 tips to help you tune your Outlook and get it up and running at full speed.

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Since 1 February 2017, Microsoft Azure is no longer available through MPSA

Leipzig, 02/10/2017 Microsoft Azure is still available through Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Agreement Subscription (EAS), Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE), Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) and Microsoft Online Subscription Program (MOSP).
Customers, who have already purchased Microsoft Azure through MPSA, remain unaffected by the changes.

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