Microsoft SQL Server 2017 for Linux Promotion

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Until June 30th 2018, Microsoft offers a discount of 33% on subscriptions to be deployed in Linux environments. Targeted customer segments include Commercial and Government. This offer applies to New agreements, Renewal agreement Software Assurance (SA) retentions, Renewal agreement add-ons and Mid agreement add-ons in the programs Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS) and Worldwide Government Partner (WWGP).

Microsoft R Server discontinued

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Effective with the release of SQL Server 2017, Microsoft Machine Learning Services (formerly R Services) software for Windows and Linux will be licensed exclusively through the SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition and Machine Learning Services for Hadoop becomes a Software Assurance (SA) benefit. Because of these changes, the standalone licenses for R Server – now Machine Learning Server – are being discontinued.

For more information regarding these license migration options and license grants, please see the October 2017 Volume Licensing Product Terms at:

Microsoft Premium Assurance for Microsoft Windows Server or Microsoft SQL Server available

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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 Premium Assurance for Microsoft Windows Server or Microsoft SQL Server

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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 available


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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Microsoft SQL Server 2016


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.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition

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.