Effective April 1st, 2020 Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Office 365 E1 Trial in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. This free 6-month Office 365 E1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams, provides six months of free use for up to 3000 users. Microsoft is making this special Office 365 E1 Trial license available in response to the increased need for employees to work remotely in response to the COVID-19 (corona virus) outbreak.
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Microsoft has also published a helpful guide to support remote workers using Microsoft Teams: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/MicrosoftTeams/support-remote-work-with-teams.
Effective April 1st, 2020, Microsoft introduced a new Microsoft 365 F1 plan. It has a competitive per-user-per-month pricing and replaces the old Microsoft 365 F1 plan, that was renamed into Microsoft 365 F3. Therefore, all users on Microsoft 365 F1 until March 31st, 2020 were moved to Microsoft 365 F3. All loyal and new Microsoft 365 F3 users receive extra value, with extra capabilities, powerful automation capabilities through the Microsoft Power Platform, Microsoft Planner, Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) E3, and advantageous new product terms.
For further information on the announcement of the new entry-level of Microsoft 365 F1 for Firstline Workers, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/news/m365-firstline-workers.
Effective April 1st, 2020, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Servers is available for Enterprise Agreement (EA) and Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS). Microsoft proposes this offer as an option for reduced functionality at a lower price point that can be purchased consistent with Microsoft Windows Enterprise E5 for endpoint protection.
For enhanced cloud workload protection for servers, Microsoft Defender ATP for Servers customers can upgrade to Microsoft Azure Security Center Standard. This provides additional features like adaptive application controls, just-in-time virtual machine access, file integrity monitoring, and unified experience for protecting Azure resources. It also offers additional values such as future integration with Azure Arc.
For further information on Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/microsoft-defender-atp?rtc=1
Microsoft announced that effective April 21st, 2020 the following products for small and medium-sized businesses are renamed. This is a change to the product name only, and there are no pricing or feature changes at this time.
|Product name before 2020-04-21
||Product name after 2020-04-21
|Office 365 Business Essentials
||Microsoft 365 Business Basic
|Office 365 Business Premium
||Microsoft 365 Business Standard
|Microsoft 365 Business
||Microsoft 365 Business Premium
|Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus
||Microsoft 365 Apps
Where necessary Microsoft will use the “for business” and “for enterprise” labels to distinguish between the two.
For further information on the Microsoft 365 product name changes for small and medium-sized businesses, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/03/30/new-microsoft-365-offerings-small-and-medium-sized-businesses/.
Adobe announced that Adobe Substance for enterprise is available. Adobe Substance is only available to Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise customers through Adobe Value Incentive Plan (VIP). Adobe Substance is managed through the VIP console the same way as Creative Cloud. Adobe Substance is on the roadmap to be available in Creative Cloud for teams starting October 2020.
For further information on Adobe Substance, please visit: https://www.adobe.com/lu_en/products/substance.html#
For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, Red Hat worked closely with Microsoft to accelerate performance, enhance manageability, and improve security. Microsoft certified its SQL Server 2019 release for use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8. The new version of SQL Server adds Linux support for Replication and Change Data Capture (CDC), distributed transactions (Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC)), machine learning (in Java, Python, and R), and data virtualization (Polybase) across structured and unstructured data sources.
For further information on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and Microsoft SQL Server 2019, please visit: https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/sql-server-2019-now-available-red-hat-enterprise-linux-8?sc_cid=7013a000002DNO3AAO.
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Effective April 2nd, 2020, VMware will be updating its per-CPU licensing model to align more closely to the industry standard of licensing software based on CPU cores as a main licensing metric. This means that VMware uses the per-CPU licensing model while requiring one license covering CPUs with up to 32 physical cores. Prior to April 30th, 2020 customers who purchase VMware software per-CPU licenses, to be deployed on a physical server with more than 32-cores per CPU, will be eligible for additional free per-CPU licenses to cover the cores on those CPUs.
For further information on the VMware Per-CPU Licensing Model, please visit: https://www.vmware.com/company/news/updates/cpu-pricing-model-update-feb-2020.html?mid=30323&eid=CVMW2000023613295.
On March 2nd, 2020, VMware instituted some price increases for a limited set of offerings, including a number of VMware Professional Services offerings, such as VMware Technical Account Manager Services and Consulting Services. Beginning April 2nd, 2020 prices will increase on VMware vRealize Suite and associated bundles (perpetual products only). Also, some customers in Europe will experience price increases due to currency changes across most VMware SDDC Solutions.
Oracle and Microsoft announced an enhanced cloud collaboration to create the best option to run enterprise solutions for their joint customers. This cloud interoperability partnership combines Oracle and Microsoft technologies to support both line of business and mission-critical applications. Customers can now migrate to the cloud or build new applications leveraging the best of Oracle Cloud including Oracle Autonomous Database, and the best of Microsoft Azure with seamless interoperability.
Cross-cloud interconnect: Simplified interconnect with network optimization, delivering extremely low latency among connected Oracle Cloud regions and Microsoft Azure regions. This direct interconnect is available in US East (Ashburn) to Azure US East, Canada Southeast (Toronto) to Azure Canada Central, UK South (London) to Azure UK South, and Netherlands Northwest (Amsterdam) + Azure West Europe with plans to expand to additional regions in the future.
For further information on the Oracle & Microsoft partnership, please visit: https://www.oracle.com/cloud/azure-interconnect.html
Microsoft Windows 7 reached End of Support on January 14th, 2020. Although Microsoft’s recommendation is to upgrade to Windows 10 or move to Windows Virtual Desktop in Azure, customers may purchase Extended Security Updates (ESU) to continue to receive security updates for critical issues.
For further information on Microsoft Windows 7 End of Support, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/core-infrastructure-and-security/preparing-to-deploy-extended-security-updates/ba-p/1139851 and please find the updated FAQ site here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4527875/faq-about-the-end-of-support-for-windows-7.