Oracle Visual Builder available

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Oracle released an updated version of Oracle Visual Builder. Oracle Visual Builder focuses on simplifying development by providing a visual approach to application development and publishing. As a visual and declarative cloud environment it allows developing and hosting of engaging mobile and web applications. Using the cloud-based visual development tools, you can create and test responsive web applications and native mobile apps without the need to install any additional software.

The latest version of Oracle Visual Builder released in March, features several key features for developers looking to build engaging applications:

  • New Mobile app template & extended packaging capabilities to support Progressive Web Apps (PWA)
  • VBCS UI emulator now supports more options in the screen sizes menu
  • Pluggable Custom Cordova Plug-ins
  • Improved device integration capabilities (like Take Photo action)
  • Application Optimization for Runtime
  • Further support of a complete CI/CD flow with the combination of Developer CS
  • Oracle’s Components Exchange
  • And a lot more

Oracle Visual Builder is available both as a standalone service as well as part of the Oracle Integration Cloud, while it can be actively used with the whole of Oracle Cloud using the several integrations and by connecting and accessing data from various sources.

Adobe Creative Cloud Download Availability and Usage Changes

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Adobe shared an update regarding Creative Cloud version download availability. For customers who have not yet updated to the latest version of Creative Cloud, please note that you are no longer licensed to use certain older versions of the applications or deploy packages containing these older versions. Adobe asks that your organization discontinues all usage of the unauthorized products listed in the table below and instead update to the authorized versions provided. You will continue to receive all the value that Creative Cloud has to offer, but with more advanced features, capabilities, and security.

Please be aware that if you continue to use or deploy the older, unauthorized versions of Creative Cloud, you will not have third-party claim coverage pursuant to your contract with Adobe. Should you continue to use or deploy these unauthorized versions, you may be at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties.

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Microsoft Skype for Business Online Plan 2 Standalone offers discontinue

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Effective July 1, 2019, Microsoft will no longer sell Microsoft Skype for Business Online Plan 2 Standalone offers to new or existing customers, as Microsoft continues to help customers transition to Microsoft Teams.

Customers who have purchased the Microsoft Skype for Business Online Plan 2 Standalone will have access to the service until the end of their contract. Those who have access to Microsoft Skype for Business Online Plan 2 on one of the Microsoft Office 365 suites will not be affected by this change.

Microsoft encourages customers to upgrade to an Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft 365 suite to benefit from Microsoft Teams, the primary client for messaging, meetings and calling in Microsoft Office 365.

For those customers still on Microsoft Skype for Business Online, Microsoft Skype for Business Online Plan 2 will still be available in the following Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft 365 suites:

  • Microsoft Office 365 Business Essentials
  • Microsoft Office 365 Business Premium
  • Microsoft Office 365 E1
  • Microsoft Office 365 E3
  • Microsoft Office 365 E5
  • Microsoft 365 E3
  • Microsoft 365 E5

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Layout and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Remote Assist available in Education and MPSA

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Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Layout and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Remote Assist in Education Licensing Programs and Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA), effective May 1st, 2019.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Layout simplifies the designing and planning of spaces and helps you make informed decisions before you build. For more information, please visit: https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-us/mixed-reality/layout/.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Remote Assist empowers technicians to solve problems more efficiently by working together from different locations with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and HoloLens devices. For more information, please visit: https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-us/mixed-reality/remote-assist/.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service Insights available

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Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service Insights effective May 1st, 2019. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service Insights uses artificial intelligence to automatically group your cases into topics using natural language understanding. Topics enable you to discover and adapt to current and emerging trends, improve brand sentiment, and identify problem areas. By pinpointing and fixing issues before they impact customers, you can deliver better customer service experiences.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service Insights is available in the licensing programs according to the categories.

For further information about Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service Insights, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/ai/customer-service-insights/overview.

Microsoft System Center 2019 Feature Updates

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Microsoft announced that Microsoft System Center 2019 is generally available and there’s more detail added to the original announcement about the frequency of feature updates.

System Center 2019 moves to the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) but new features are delivered every six months during the mainstream support windows via Update Rollup releases for which you don’t need Software Assurance.

Customers will be eligible to move to System Center 2019 from the previous LTSC release (System Center 2016) as well as the last two Semi-Annual Channel releases (1801 and 1807).

For further information, please visit: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2019/03/07/coming-soon-microsoft-system-center-2019/.

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/.