Microsoft Power Virtual Agents available

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Effective December 2019, Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft Power Virtual Agents as part of the Dynamics 365 family business applications portfolio. This offering allows the creation of chatbots using a guided, no-code graphical interface, which can be further enhanced by building custom workflows with Power Automate, or by using the Microsoft Bot Framework for more complex scenarios.

For further information on Microsoft Power Virtual Agents, please visit: https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/.

Microsoft BizTalk Server 2020 available

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Microsoft announced the general availability of BizTalk Server 2020 for volume licensing customers, effective January 15, 2020.

Updated products include:

  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2020 Branch,
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2020 Enterprise and
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2020 Standard.

Through the purchase of Microsoft BizTalk Server 2020, customers will have the option to downgrade to

Microsoft Biz Talk Server 2016. Host Integration Server 2020 will be available in the second quarter of this calendar year. Customers using BizTalk Adapters installed with Host Integration Server 2016 can continue to run those same adapters on BizTalk Server 2020.

Oracle Data Safe available

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Oracle announced the availability of Data Safe, a unified control center for your Oracle Databases which helps you understand the sensitivity of your data, evaluate risks to data, mask sensitive data, implement and monitor security controls, assess user security, monitor user activity, and address data security compliance requirements. Whether you are using Oracle Autonomous Database or Oracle Database Cloud Service (Exadata, Virtual Machine, or Bare Metal), Data Safe delivers essential data security capabilities as a service on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. For further information on Oracle Data Safe, please visit: https://www.oracle.com/database/technologies/security/data-safe.html.

VMware vRealize Automation Standard Edition End of Availability

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VMware announced the End of Availability of VMware vRealize Automation Standard Edition, effective 2 December 2019; it will no longer be available for purchase. VMware will continue to support this product through April 11th, 2022. Refer to the Product Lifecycle Matrix for the latest updated dates: https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/support/product-lifecycle-matrix.pdf.

Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host available

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Effective December 2019, Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host, a new Azure service that enables customers to run Linux and Windows virtual machines on single-tenant physical servers. Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host provides physical servers that host one or more Azure virtual machines. Your server is dedicated to your organization and workloads – capacity is not shared with other customers. This host-level isolation helps address compliance requirements. As you provision the host, you gain visibility into and control over the server infrastructure, and you determine the host’s maintenance policies.

Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host is charged at the host level regardless of the number of Azure Virtual Machines (VM) you run on the host. Software licenses are billed separately from compute resources at a VM level based on usage. If you’re eligible, you can use Azure Hybrid Benefit for additional savings.

Please find the official announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-dedicated-hosts-now-generally-available/. And for further information on the Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-azure-dedicated-host/. You find more information on the pricing here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/virtual-machines/dedicated-host/.

Microsoft Power Platform Updates

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Microsoft announced some changes to the Power Platform. The key changes are:

  • Microsoft Flow is renamed to Microsoft Power Automate,
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is added for delivering an end-to-end automation solution, and
  • Microsoft Power Virtual Agents are added to allow intelligent AI-powered virtual agents to be created and deployed.

For further information and the official Microsoft announcement, please visit: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/bdm/2019/11/04/announcing-rpa-enhanced-security-no-code-virtual-agents-and-more-for-microsoft-power-platform/.

Oracle Autonomous Linux available

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Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Autonomous Linux, which extends autonomous capabilities to the Linux operating system. Oracle Autonomous Linux, along with the new Oracle OS Management Service, is the first and only autonomous operating environment that helps greatly to reduce complexity and human error to deliver increased cost savings, security and availability for customers. For further information on Oracle Autonomous Linux, please visit: https://www.oracle.com/cloud/compute/autonomous-linux.html.

Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) add-on for Microsoft 365 E3 and E5 available

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Microsoft announced that effective December 1, 2019, Microsoft will release Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) add-on for Microsoft 365 E3 and E5.

The VDA add-on allows Microsoft 365 E3 and E5 users to access the Windows Enterprise Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) on dedicated servers when those users don’t have a primary device with a Qualifying Operating System (QOS), for example, Windows Pro.

Microsoft GitHub Advanced Security for Enterprise available

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Microsoft GitHub Advanced Security for Enterprise is available effective November 2019. Microsoft GitHub Advanced Security is a product focused on the detection of software vulnerabilities. Utilizing variant analysis, it allows developers to identify and remediate vulnerabilities early in the software development process.

This product will be sold only to GitHub Enterprise customers and is available through both Enterprise Agreement (EA) and GitHub Direct sales.  Continue reading Microsoft GitHub Advanced Security for Enterprise available

Adobe Acrobat 2015 & Adobe Acrobat Reader 2015 end of support in April 2020

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Adobe provides five years of support for each of its products after launch. Support for Adobe Acrobat 2015 and Adobe Acrobat Reader 2015 will end on April 7, 2020.

This means that Adobe will terminate technical support, including product and/or security updates, for all products or product versions (localized versions, minor updates, operating systems, subversions, and connector products).

Therefore, we strongly recommend that you upgrade to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat DC and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. By upgrading, you will always receive the latest features and security updates. Adobe’s new annual and monthly subscriptions are perfect for this, as well as giving you access to Adobe Document Cloud services.