Microsoft SQL Server 2017 is generally available now. With this release, SQL Server users will be able to choose to deploy in either a Microsoft Windows or Linux operating system environment. Microsoft is also introducing a Microsoft SQL Server for Linux Promotion.
For further information about Microsoft SQL Server 2017 please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2017.
Until June 1st 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 is renaming Skype for Business services for voice and meetings to be more descriptive and understandable to both business and IT audiences.
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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 Visio Online Plan 1 is a new Microsoft Visio subscription plan which provides a browser-based diagramming tool. Along with this new plan, the Microsoft Visio Pro for Office 365 plan is being renamed as Microsoft Visio Online Plan 2, and also has a price change.
Microsoft announces that from September 2017 the Microsoft Windows 10 servicing branches will be updated. The Long Term Servicing Branch is renamed the Long Term Servicing Channel and both the Current Branch and Current Branch for Business are replaced with the Semi Annual Channel.
For further information about Microsoft Windows as a Service Updates please click here:
Microsoft introduces a new edition of Windows 10 Pro – Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. It’s a high-end edition for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet the demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads. It will be available later in the year as part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
For further information about Microsoft Windows 10 Pro for Workstations please click here: https://blogs.windows.com/business/2017/08/10/microsoft-announces-windows-10-pro-workstations/#0Flc6AwlqTMhZ2Pt.97.
JAMS unifies job scheduling and workload automation across the entire IT infrastructure. With JAMS in place, batch processes that typically consume a costly mix of resources to run across separate environments can be managed from a single command center. Centralized job management minimizes operational costs associated with keeping critical batch processes running efficiently. The cross-platform capabilities of JAMS enable organizations to extract maximum value from IT investments and to build business-focused workflows that span multiple platforms and applications, both on-premises and in the cloud.
To find out more about JAMS Enterprise Job Scheduling, please visit: http://www.jamsscheduler.com/.
Microsoft announce that Microsoft Windows Server 2016 will have a new option for releasing updates which will align to the upcoming servicing channels for Microsoft Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus. There will be two primary release channels available to Microsoft Windows Server customers: the Long Term Servicing Channel (replacing the Long Term Servicing Branch) and the new Semi Annual Channel.
For further information – including device compatibility and servicing tools – read the full Microsoft article here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/semi-annual-channel-overview.
Microsoft 365 replaces Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise. Microsoft 365 plans provide a more trusted, secure, and productive way to work that brings together the best of Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise. With Microsoft 365, you can protect your organization, data and people, create a productive workplace to embrace diverse workstyles, enable your people to get things done anywhere, and provide insights to drive faster, better business decisions.
For further information about Microsoft 365, please visit: https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/07/10/introducing-microsoft-365/.