Microsoft Premium Assurance is now available. To provide you with further flexibility as your needs evolve, Microsoft is announcing two offerings that will help you run applications even longer: Microsoft Windows Server Premium Assurance and Microsoft SQL Server Premium Assurance.
These offerings add six additional years of product support beyond the end of Extended Support, allowing for up to 16 years of total support (typically five years each of Mainstream and Extended Support, plus the new six-year Premium Assurance period). Microsoft Premium Assurance offers security updates and bulletins rated “Critical” and “Important”, and is available for 2008 and newer versions. Additionally, these offerings are purchased as Add-ons to Software Assurance on eligible products.
Microsoft announced Premium Assurance which is a way of adding six more years of product support for either Microsoft Windows Server or Microsoft SQL Server. Microsoft Premium Assurance will be available in early 2017.
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Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 is now available. In addition to running workloads on-premises, many businesses want to run some workloads and applications in the cloud. Microsoft BizTalk Server 2016 allows customers to integrate applications, data and processes across on-premises or the cloud. Customers can seamlessly connect to cloud applications through Microsoft Azure Logic Apps.
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SQL Server 2016 will be generally available on June 1, 2016. With this release, the SQL Server Business Intelligence, Parallel Data Warehouse and Parallel Data Warehouse for Developers edition license offerings are being discontinued, but all Standard, Enterprise and Web edition offerings remain as with the current SQL Server 2014 release. Note that the SQL Server Developer Edition was previously discontinued, effective April 1, 2016.
On March 31, 2016, the SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition is being discontinued as a paid Volume Licensing program offering and instead, will be made available as part of the free Visual Studio Dev Essentials program.
SQL Server Developer Edition license offerings will no longer be sold in Volume Licensing and starting April 1, 2016, the software can be downloaded at the Microsoft website.
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is the next major release of SQL Server and builds on the mission-critical capabilities delivered in the prior release by providing breakthrough performance, availability and manageability for mission critical applications.
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Effective with the general availability of SQL Server 2014 (April 1, 2014), SQL Server Per Core Runtime Licenses will be discontinued. Runtime licenses available through the ISV Royalty program are being offered for SQL Server product editions licensed under the Server/CAL licensing model only.
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Effective March 1, 2013, SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) software is available under the Per Core licensing model. SQL Server 2012 PDW for Developers is also available under the Developer Tools model, which is licensed per user. Continue reading Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse and SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse for Developers available
Effective March 1, 2013, the SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse processor-based license offerings have been replaced with new SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse software licensed under the Per Core license model. Continue reading Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse Processor Licenses Discontinued