Microsoft 365 is all about making it easy to license users for Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) with a single User Subscription License (USL). There’s now a new member of the family – Microsoft 365 F1 which is aimed at “firstline” workers, people in roles that make them the first point of contact between a company and the world it serves.
Microsoft 365 F1 gives access to Office 365 F1, Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and relevant security and management components of EMS. Find a comparison chart of Office 365 F1 and Microsoft 365 F1 at the bottom of the announcement page here: https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/09/25/all-workers-welcome-with-microsoft-365.
Microsoft announces Office 2019, likely to be available in the second half of 2018. This release will include updated applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and servers (Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business Server).
Please find the official announcement here: https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/09/26/the-next-perpetual-release-of-office.
In May 2017, Microsoft introduced new 16-Core Pack Licenses for Windows Server, System Center, and Core Infrastructure Suite (CIS) in addition to the existing 2-Core Pack Licenses. For November 2017, Microsoft is expanding these 16-Core Pack Licenses to Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). This new Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) will be a convenient option for customers licensing servers with 16 or fewer cores. It can also serve as an optional base pack for licensing servers with more cores. The 2-Core Pack Licenses will continue to be available, and customers have the choice of two SKUs. There are no changes in the Product Terms and licensing requirements and customers must still license all physical cores on their servers. There is also no difference in pricing between one 16-Core Pack and eight 2-Core Packs.
Adobe announced the next generation of Creative Cloud with updates across all of Creative Cloud – its desktop apps, mobile apps and all its services.
There are five brand new apps coming to Creative Cloud across design, video and photography, a brand new photography service and 3 new photography offerings, plus major updates to all the existing Creative Cloud apps on Desktop and Mobile and the Creative Cloud Community and Marketplace.
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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: