Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop available

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Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop is now available. Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments. Deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes and get built-in security and compliance features.

For more information on Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/virtual-desktop/.

For the official Microsoft announcement and future plans, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/09/30/windows-virtual-desktop-generally-available-worldwide/.

Microsoft Windows 7 Extended Security Updates available in Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program

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Microsoft announced that they will extend the availability of paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) to businesses of all sizes. Previously, Windows 7 ESU was only available to Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing. The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis with the price increasing each year. Starting on December 1, 2019, businesses of any size can purchase ESU through the cloud solution provider (CSP) program.

For the official Microsoft announcement, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/10/01/windows-small-midsize-businesses-stay-secure-current/.

Here’s also a general FAQ about the Windows 7 End of Support: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4057281/windows-7-support-will-end-on-january-14-2020.

Microsoft FastTrack for Windows 10 deployment available

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Microsoft announced that Microsoft FastTrack is now available to support customers upgrading to Microsoft Windows 10. The Microsoft FastTrack for Windows 10 deployment guidance is free to customers who have or buy at least 150 Microsoft Windows 10 E3 or E5 licenses, or Windows 10 Enterprise with Software Assurance (SA). Experts will help a customer envision a technical plan, determine how to onboard, and deploy new services and/or users, and work with them as they deploy.

For the official Microsoft announcement and further details, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/08/12/speed-up-windows-10-development-new-fasttrack-guidance/.

Microsoft FSLogix Licensing

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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 Windows 7 Extended Security Updates available

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Microsoft announced that Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 are now available for purchase. They are sold on a per-device basis for eligible customers and the price will increase each year.

In addition, Office 365 ProPlus will be supported on devices with active Windows 7 Extended Security Updates through January 2023. This means that customers who purchase the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will be able to continue to run Office 365 ProPlus.

For further information, please see our previous announcement: http://www.schneider.im/microsoft-windows-7-extended-security-updates/.

Microsoft Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

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Microsoft Windows 7 extended support is ending January 14, 2020. Microsoft announced that they will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year. Windows 7 ESUs will be available to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing, with a discount to customers with Windows Software Assurance, Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education subscriptions. In addition, Office 365 ProPlus will be supported on devices with active Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. This means that customers who purchase the Windows 7 ESU will be able to continue to run Office 365 ProPlus.

Microsoft program and pricing adjustments

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Microsoft announced a series of changes across the program and product portfolio. These changes are to provide unique offers that support customer digital transformation. These changes are linked to offer pricing and discounting.

On October 1st, 2018, Microsoft will adjust pricing for its licensing programs. There will also be price adjustments to on-premises and cloud products.  Continue reading Microsoft program and pricing adjustments