Microsoft Bookings

Microsoft Bookings starts rolling out worldwide to customers who have Office 365 Business Premium subscriptions. There’s an app for iOS now and one for Android shortly, and customers who have Office 365 E3 or E5 subscriptions are likely to get access to Microsoft Bookings in the future. Find the Microsoft announcement here: http://bit.ly/2n40mGV.

Dynamics 365 Existing Customer License Transition Guide

There’s a useful “Microsoft Dynamics 365 Existing Customer License Transition Guide” released from Microsoft with information on: options for customers now that CRM Online SKUs are no longer available, how and when you can upgrade to Dynamics 365 with existing CRM Online licences and what use rights you get in a mixed deployment, who’s eligible for the special transition SKUs for how long, and when Add-on and From SA User SLs are the right thing. It’s here with the rest of the excellent Dynamics 365 Licensing Guides: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.

Updated Visual Studio Licensing Guide

There’s an updated Visual Studio Licensing Guide for the release of Visual Studio 2017. There aren’t major changes – just remember that “Visual Studio Enterprise Subscription” is the new name for Visual Studio Enterprise with an MSDN Subscription. As usual, find the guide with all its Licensing Guide friends here: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.

 

Moving Azure Subscriptions to CSP

There are benefits to acquiring Azure Services through CSP – your Azure resources (virtual machines etc) can all be managed by a partner and you can pay monthly for what you’ve actually consumed. So, can you migrate an existing Azure Subscription (and all your resources) in an EA or Open agreement, for example, to CSP? The short answer? No. You need to move resources from the old Subscription to the new one manually.

For more information – and instructions – this Microsoft blog post is well worth a look: http://bit.ly/2lvwn9l.

Visual Studio 2017 is Available

Microsoft announce that Visual Studio 2017 is available for download (http://bit.ly/2mfLJP3).

The product lineup is pretty much the same – just note the name changes where the “with MSDN” is replaced by “Subscription” – so Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 with MSDN becomes Visual Studio Enterprise Subscription, for example.

This page is useful to get an overview of the current offerings and to see what’s available as one of the newer Cloud Subscriptions: http://bit.ly/2mPGlpr.

Visio Online

Microsoft announce Visio Online. This allows you to view Visio diagrams in a browser, working in a similar way to the other Office Online tools – but with no editing capabilities.

You can find the announcement here: http://bit.ly/2lRUb7u and for information on which Office 365 licences include Visio Online (most of them) and which browsers are supported (many) then go to this FAQ page: http://bit.ly/2lNzusK.

Premium Assurance FAQ

There’s a new Premium Assurance FAQ from Microsoft. This document contains some useful information on topics such as whether System Center is covered by updates, the hardware policy for servers covered under PA, pricing information, licensing models covered, minimum purchasing periods, and whether phone or email support is included.

If Premium Assurance is of interest to you then this document is definitely worth a read and you can find it here: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.

Microsoft Hosting and CSP Newsletter

The February 2017 Hosting and Cloud Service Provider Newsletter is out. There’s just one item of licensing interest: the FY17 Q3 Quarterly Licensing Brief webinar is available for viewing, originally broadcast on March 2nd.

It’s worth a watch for these topics: License Mobility Update, SPLA 2017 Resources, SPE in CSP and you can find it here: http://bit.ly/2n4ROP8.

Sign up for this free newsletter here: http://bit.ly/2gbk5iR.

Group-Based Licence Management for Office 365 Coming

Microsoft announce that group-based licence management is now in public preview. This will offer two new services: firstly, you can assign a licence template to an Azure AD security group and then as users join and leave the group, licences are automatically assigned and removed. Secondly, you’ll be able to selectively disable components in product licences so that you can do a phased roll-out of the services of Office 365 E5 for example.

Find the Microsoft announcement here: http://bit.ly/2lvlpF5.

Premium Assurance Available

Microsoft announce that Premium Assurance is available. As a reminder, this is an Add-on that you can buy for Windows Server and/or SQL Server, if you have Software Assurance, to give you an extra six years of product support. Other key facts are that you have to buy it for ALL of your Windows/SQL Servers with active SA, and the price will increase in July 2017. Find the Microsoft announcement here: http://bit.ly/2ms74rZ.