Microsoft Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

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Microsoft Windows 7 extended support is ending January 14, 2020. Microsoft announced that they will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year. Windows 7 ESUs will be available to all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing, with a discount to customers with Windows Software Assurance, Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education subscriptions. In addition, Office 365 ProPlus will be supported on devices with active Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. This means that customers who purchase the Windows 7 ESU will be able to continue to run Office 365 ProPlus.

Microsoft Visual for Microsoft Power BI available

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Microsoft announced that Microsoft Visio Visual for Microsoft Power BI is generally available. This allows a user to use Visio Online and Power BI together to illustrate and compare data as both diagrams and visualizations in one place. From a licensing perspective, Office 365 subscribers can use five free trial instances of Visio Visual and after that, any user can view visuals, and users licensed with Visio Online Plan 1 or Plan 2 can edit a Visio Visual in Power BI.

For further information on the Microsoft Visual for Microsoft Power BI, please visit https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Visio-Blog/Visio-Visual-for-Power-BI-is-now-generally-available/ba-p/217694.

Microsoft Azure Reservations

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Purchasing a Microsoft Azure Reservation saves you money on the infrastructure charges (compute) for virtual machines or Azure SQL Databases. After purchase you have the following options for adjusting your Microsoft Azure Reservation:

  • Changing the Subscription it applies to
  • Splitting a single reservation into two reservations
  • Adding or changing users who can manage a reservation
  • Optimizing for Virtual Machine Size Flexibility or Capacity Priority.

For further information on the Microsoft Azure Reservations, please visit https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-manage-reserved-vm-instance and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-understand-reservation-charges.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE 2019 AVAILABLE

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Adobe Captivate 2019 is now available. Unlocking the future of smart eLearning design, this release offers new features enabling you to:

  • Create Virtual Reality (VR) projects using 360° media support
  • Create Interactive Videos adding questions or interactive elements and publish to HTML5
  • Mark overlay slides to insert them as additional interactive layers
  • Get a holistic view of how responsive the content is on every screen size and how it will play out on learners’ VR devices
  • Convert PowerPoint slides to interactive eLearning without any programming
  • Enhancement to Fluid Boxes
  • .csv Question Import Template helping automatically create question slides

For more information about Adobe Captivate 2019, please visit: https://www.adobe.com/lu_en/products/captivate.html

Microsoft Azure SQL Database Reserved Capacity available

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Microsoft announced the General Availability of Microsoft Azure SQL Database Reserved Capacity for single and elastic pool databases. Microsoft Azure SQL Database Reserved Capacity is based on the same principal as Microsoft Azure Reserved Instances for virtual machines and allows you to save money by prepaying for SQL Database vCores for a one or three-year term. Additionally, you can bring your own SQL Server licenses (either via active Software Assurance (SA) or the new Server Subscriptions) for an even more cost-effective solution.

SQL Database Reserved Capacity shares other similarities with Reserved Instances too: a Reservation can be assigned to either a single Azure Subscription or shared, and there’s vCore Size Flexibility as well where the Reservation can be applied dynamically to any databases and elastic pools within a performance tier and region.

For more information about Microsoft Azure SQL Database Reserved Capacity, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-general-availability-of-azure-sql-database-reserved-capacity/.

Microsoft Azure Instance Size Flexibility for Azure Reserved Virtual Machine available

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Microsoft announced the General Availability of Microsoft Azure Instance Size Flexibility for Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances. In the past, when purchasing a Microsoft Reserved Instance, you had to define the size of the virtual machine and the data center. Changing those properties was only possible by using the Exchange function to get a credit for the existing Reserved Instance to use against a new Reserved Instance with the required attributes.

This has changed now and you are no longer prepaying for base compute of a particular virtual machine type, instead you’re now prepaying for a certain amount of compute for a particular family in a specific data center. Now, a Reserved Instance can be applied to any virtual machine in that family, covering all or part of the base compute costs.
For further information on Microsoft Azure Instance Size Flexibility for Azure Reserved Virtual Machine, please visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/general-availability-of-instance-size-flexibility-for-azure-reserved-virtual-machine-instances/ or https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/reserved-vm-instance-size-flexibility for some more examples.

Microsoft program and pricing adjustments

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Microsoft announced a series of changes across the program and product portfolio. These changes are to provide unique offers that support customer digital transformation. These changes are linked to offer pricing and discounting.

On October 1st, 2018, Microsoft will adjust pricing for its licensing programs. There will also be price adjustments to on-premises and cloud products.  Continue reading Microsoft program and pricing adjustments