Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Servers available

Effective April 1, 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 Windows 7 End of Support

Microsoft Windows 7 reached End of Support on January 14, 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.

Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (MDATP) available

Microsoft announced that effective December 1, 2019, Microsoft will offer Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (MDATP) for non-Windows devices.

Microsoft Defender ATP enables customers to protect their non-Windows devices and detect and respond to advanced attacks while keeping a centralized “single pane of glass” experience. You can avail of MDATP by purchasing one of the following offers:

  • Microsoft 365 E5 (existing).
  • Microsoft 365 E5 Security (existing).
  • New standalone Microsoft Defender ATP for Cross Platform Devices offer, which will be available for purchase only to users with primary non-Windows devices. The user interface brings similar experience to what customers have today on Windows 10 devices.

For more information regarding Microsoft Defender ATP, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/microsoft-defender-atp?ocid=cx-blog-mmpc

Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop available

Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop is now available. Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments. Deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes and get built-in security and compliance features.

For more information on Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/virtual-desktop/.

For the official Microsoft announcement and future plans, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/09/30/windows-virtual-desktop-generally-available-worldwide/.

Microsoft Windows 7 Extended Security Updates available in Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program

Microsoft announced that they will extend the availability of paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) to businesses of all sizes. Previously, Windows 7 ESU was only available to Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing. The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis with the price increasing each year. Starting on December 1, 2019, businesses of any size can purchase ESU through the cloud solution provider (CSP) program.

For the official Microsoft announcement, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/10/01/windows-small-midsize-businesses-stay-secure-current/.

Here’s also a general FAQ about the Windows 7 End of Support: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4057281/windows-7-support-will-end-on-january-14-2020.

Microsoft FastTrack for Windows 10 deployment available

Microsoft announced that Microsoft FastTrack is now available to support customers upgrading to Microsoft Windows 10. The Microsoft FastTrack for Windows 10 deployment guidance is free to customers who have or buy at least 150 Microsoft Windows 10 E3 or E5 licenses, or Windows 10 Enterprise with Software Assurance (SA). Experts will help a customer envision a technical plan, determine how to onboard, and deploy new services and/or users, and work with them as they deploy.

For the official Microsoft announcement and further details, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/08/12/speed-up-windows-10-development-new-fasttrack-guidance/.

Microsoft FSLogix Licensing

Microsoft announced the public preview of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop. Now, all customers can access this service that delivers simplified management, a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes and enjoy built-in security.

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Microsoft Windows 7 Extended Security Updates available

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/.