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Adobe Acrobat Promo


Until May 31st, 2019, Adobe offers a 10% discount by purchasing 10 or more new licenses of Acrobat Pro DC for teams or Acrobat Standard DC for teams through the Adobe Value Incentive Plan (VIP). This offer is available for new and additional seats, it does not apply to renewals. At the renewal date of your VIP subscription, you will receive a renewal quote with regular prices.

  • 12-month membership is required for new customers enrolling in a new VIP agreement.
  • This offer is only available to commercial customers, it is not available to Education or Government customers.
  • For 3-year contract term option, this offer applies only to 1st year (initial purchase). Regular pricing will apply for 2nd and 3rd year renewals.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 available

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Effective April 1st, 2019 Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Visual Studio 2019. With Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 you can improve existing projects and build the next generation of cloud-native solutions. This latest version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 Integrated Development Environment (IDE) empowers individual developers and teams to turn ideas into exceptional applications.

For further information and a preview of Microsoft Visual Studio 2019, please visit:

Microsoft Azure DevOps Server 2019 available

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Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Azure DevOps Server 2019, previously called Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. There are no changes to the licensing of this version, and you can buy Server and Client Access License (CAL) licenses through a Volume Licensing agreement. Alternatively, Visual Studio standard subscriptions include rights to the Server license and one User CAL, and all users licensed for Azure DevOps Services have CAL rights too.

Azure DevOps Server 2019 brings the power of Azure DevOps into your dedicated environment. You choose when to apply updates, and you can install them into any datacenter or into sovereign clouds.

For further information about Microsoft Azure DevOps Server, please visit

Microsoft System Center 2019 available

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Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft System Center 2019. System Center is a suite of individually sold systems management products that collectively simplify the deployment, configuration, management, and monitoring of your infrastructure and virtualized software-defined datacenter, while increasing agility and performance. The core products of the suite are System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). As organizations operate hybrid environments, System Center uses complementary Azure management and monitoring services to augment its capabilities and connected experience across its core products and Data Protection Manager (DPM).


The following products will be available with this Microsoft System Center 2019 release:
  • System Center 2019 Datacenter
  • System Center 2019 Standard
  • System Center 2019 Client Management Suite
  • System Center Operations Manager
  • System Center Orchestrator
  • System Center Data Protection
  • System Center Service Manager
  • System Center Configuration Manager (current branch)
  • System Center Endpoint Protection (current branch)
  • Core Infrastructure Server Datacenter
  • Core Infrastructure Server Standard
  • Operations Management Suite (OMS) Automation and Control
  • OMS Backup and Disaster Recovery
  • OMS Insight and Analytics

Microsoft Social Engagement service discontinued

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Effective January 16, 2019, Microsoft Social Engagement will no longer be included as part of any Microsoft Dynamics 365 license entitlement for new customers. Current customers with license entitlements to Microsoft Social Engagement will continue to be able to access the service and add any additional social post capacity as needed, until the earlier of these dates: the expiration of your subscription or January 16, 2020. Effective January 16, 2020, Microsoft Social Engagement will be discontinued for all Dynamics 365 customers.

For further information about the Microsoft Social Engagement service discontinuation, please visit:

Microsoft Office 365 Home Use Program Software Assurance Benefit

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The new Office 365 Home Use Program (HUP) benefit is added to the February 2019 Product Terms. If a customer has Software Assurance Membership coverage on the Applications pool then employees may buy an Office 365 Home or Personal subscription through the Microsoft Home Use Program website at a discounted rate.
What’s interesting (and different to its Office 2019 HUP counterpart) is that employees may renew the subscription at the special HUP price regardless of whether they’re still employed by the qualifying organization and that organization’s Software Assurance Membership coverage status.
For more information about the Microsoft Home Use Program Benefit, please see the February 2019 Product Terms, page 80: