Adobe announced that effective July 1, 2019, upgrade eligibility for Adobe Acrobat perpetual licenses will change from two versions back to one version back.
At that time, the only version eligible for upgrade to Acrobat 2017 will be Acrobat DC 2015. This policy update includes all licensing programs, including Transactional Licensing Program (TLP) and Cumulative License Program (CLP), and will be in effect across all segments (commercial, education, and government).
Microsoft Azure Reservations are a way of pre-paying for an Azure resource over a one or three-year term to get the most cost-effective pricing. The Reservations family continues to grow: it started with Reserved Instances, a way of pre-paying for Azure virtual machine base compute, and was extended with Reserved Capacity, a way of pre-paying for Azure SQL Database compute capacity. In 2018, Software Reservations for SUSE Linux software and Reserved Capacity for Azure Cosmos DB throughput were added to the family.
Now the family also includes Microsoft SQL Data Warehouse Reserved Capacity. Microsoft SQL Data Warehouse Reserved Capacity allows customers to buy compute Data Warehouse Units (cDWU) with either 1-year or 3-year options for discounts of up to 65%. Reserved Capacity can be shared by multiple warehouses in the same region and there are exchange and cancel options available if business needs change. Additionally, there are new RedHat Enterprise Linux Software Plans where the rules are stricter in terms of exchanging and cancelling, but discounts of up to 18% are still available.
For further information on Microsoft SQL Data Warehouse Reserved Capacity, please visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-sql-data-warehouse-reserved-capacity-and-software-plans-now-generally-available/.
The following link gives you an overview of Reservations and if you expand the “Buy a reservation” link at the left you can get details on the current five members of the Reservations family: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-save-compute-costs-reservations.
Microsoft Multi-Geo Capabilities for Microsoft Office 365 give customers full control of where their data is stored. Microsoft Multi-Geo Capabilities allow customers to choose different Office 365 data center geographies for their data within Office 365. Data within a single Office 365 tenant can be spread across multiple Office 365 data center geographies on a per-user basis.
Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365 are available for Exchange Online and OneDrive, SharePoint Online and Office 365 Groups, allowing customers to address their global data residency needs.
According to the Microsoft Product Terms for June 2019, Microsoft changed the minimum requirements for the Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365 from 2500 Office 365 licenses to 500.
For further information on the Microsoft Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365, please visit: https://products.office.com/en-us/business/multi-geo-capabilities.
Microsoft and Oracle announced a cloud interoperability partnership enabling customers to migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. Enterprises can now seamlessly connect Azure services, like Analytics and AI, to Oracle Cloud services, like Autonomous Database. By enabling customers to run one part of a workload within Azure and another part of the same workload within the Oracle Cloud, the partnership delivers a highly optimized, best-of-both-clouds experience. Taken together, Azure and Oracle Cloud offer customers a one-stop shop for all the cloud services and applications they need to run their entire business.
For more information on this interoperability partnership, please find the both announcements here:
Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Database 19c. The final long-term support release of the Oracle Database 12c and 18c family of products is now available on Linux, Solaris, Exadata and LiveSQL.oracle.com platforms. Oracle Database 19c offers customers the best performance, scalability, reliability and security for all their operational and analytical workloads. ‘Long term support’ means that Oracle Database 19c comes with 4 years of premium support and a minimum of 3 years extended support.
For further information on Oracle Database 19c and to download the corresponding White Paper, please visit: https://www.oracle.com/database/technologies/.
Microsoft announced that they will change the way they present the Microsoft Licensing Terms documents. The Licensing Terms Site is intended to replace the downloadable document versions of the Microsoft Product Terms (PT) and Microsoft Online Service Terms (OST). The site provides users with improved capabilities, including a dynamic browsing experience, up-to-date content, and improved transparency related to use rights changes. The shift to this web-based experience allows you to filter content and review only the terms and conditions relevant to your needs. Microsoft will publish both the existing downloadable document and website versions of the use rights for a few months to help customers adjust to the new site. The website version of the use rights also includes the ability to export to Microsoft Word.
While the Microsoft Licensing Terms website is still under construction, you can already get a preview under: https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/terms/productoffering. Also, Microsoft has published the following FAQ: http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/5/9/A599711B-6807-4757-B38D-1EE269F2F19B/Product_Terms_FAQ.pdf.
Microsoft announced the public preview of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop. Now, all customers can access this service that delivers simplified management, a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes and enjoy built-in security.
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Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Kaizala – a phone number-based, simple and secure work management and mobile messaging app for businesses. Sign-up using just your phone number, so you can chat, coordinate, manage tasks, and more both inside and outside of your organization.
There are two versions of Microsoft Kaizala available – the free Microsoft Kaizala App and Microsoft Kaizala Pro, which adds additional features. Both can be downloaded here, where you find a description of the Kaizala Pro features on the bottom of the page: https://products.office.com/en/business/microsoft-kaizala.
Microsoft Kaizala Pro is included in the following Microsoft licenses:
- Microsoft Office 365 F1, E1, E3, E5, Business Essentials and Business Premium
- Microsoft Office 365 Education A3 and A5
- Microsoft 365 F1, Business, E3, E5
- Microsoft 365 Education A3 and A5.
According to this announcement, Microsoft Kaizala will become part of Microsoft Teams: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Kaizala-Blog/Microsoft-Kaizala-rolls-out-to-Office-365-customers-globally-and/ba-p/394298.
For an interactive Microsoft Kaizala demo click here: https://kaizalademo.office.com/.
Until January 24th, 2020, VMware offers a vSAN Promotion. When you purchase two nodes of vSAN software, you will get the third node for free. This means that you receive six vSAN Standard CPU licenses for the price of four.
VMware vSAN gives you the freedom to build a scalable, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution with the only vSphere-native, flash-optimized storage, the industry’s broadest flexibility (with 5x more hardware choices), and multi-cloud capabilities. Get started on the simplest path to full-stack HCI with VMware’s best-in-class and market-leading compute, storage, networking, and cloud management solutions.
Terms and Conditions of this promotion:
- Promotion restricted to non-Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) transactions only.
- Customer cannot have vSAN already deployed. Promotion Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) available for net new vSAN customers only.
- Promotion restricted to one SKU per customer.
- VMware Support and Subscription (SnS) is required. Discounts are not offered for VMware SnS.
- Promotion cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts.
For more information on the VMware vSAN 3 for 2 Promotion, please visit: https://www.vmware.com/promotions/kickstart-vsan-3-for-2-promo.html.
Microsoft has decided that, contrary to their earlier announcement, they will not now remove the Microsoft Office Professional Plus installation rights that customers are currently entitled to with Microsoft 365 E3 and E5 From SA licenses. In the following announcement, Microsoft confirms that they will retain their “Dual Use” policy: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/news/microsoft365-dual-use-rights-update.
The Microsoft Product Terms for June 2019 reflect this decision. To download the Microsoft Product Terms, please visit: http://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/DocumentSearch.aspx?Mode=3&DocumentTypeId=1&.