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Microsoft Product Terms changes – April 2017

Visual Studio 2017

The latest release of Visual Studio is now in the Product Terms. Editions available are:

  • Professional 2017
  • Professional 2017 Subscription
  • Enterprise 2017 Subscription
  • Test Professional 2017 Subscription
  • MSDN Platforms

This can be found on pages 35/36 of the April 2017 Product Terms document.

Windows 10

A Windows 10 “Home to Pro Right” license has been added to the April Product Terms, and is listed as being available only via the MPSA.

This addition is aimed at giving customers a way to legitimise a potential area of non-compliance, where they have installed Windows 10 Enterprise on a device with a base license of Windows Home edition. (This is non-compliant as Windows licenses on Volume Licensing are “upgrade-only” and Home (for corporate customers) isn’t a “qualifying OS” from which to upgrade.)

There are a few pre-requisites and requirements regarding eligibility for these licenses:

  • Devices must “have been continuously licensed with any of the following since March 1, 2017:
    – Windows 10 Enterprise E3 per Device with active SA
    – Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 per User SLs
    – Windows 10 Enterprise E5 per Device SLs”
  • It is a “one-time purchase”
  • “all units must be placed under a single order”
  • Every Home device licensed with:
    – “Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 per device””

OR

       – On which Pro or Enterprise is installed and is used by a Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 Licensed User”

must have a license acquired for it.

  • It is currently only available in the following countries:
    – Australia
    – Canada
    – Iceland
    – Japan
    – New Zealand
    – Norway
    – Switzerland
    – USA
    – Any EU country

You can see this, and more info, on page 41 of the April 2017 Product Terms document.

Office 365 Threat Intelligence

Office 365 Threat Intelligence is aimed at helping organisations “proactively uncover and protect against advanced threats” and provides security admins with a dashboard full of insights and alerts that can be integrated with existing security tools. It can also pro-actively suggest and create new security policies based on real-time attacks across relevant industries.

The standalone USL is listed as being available across the following Volume License programs:

  • Open
  • Open Value Perpetual
  • Open Value Subscription
  • Enterprise Agreement
  • Enterprise Agreement Subscription
  • EES

This can be found on page 62 of the April 2017 Product Terms document.

The Online Service Terms (OST) document shows this is included in Office 365 E5.

Microsoft Stream

Microsoft’s new corporate video content solution is now listed as being available via:

  • Enterprise Agreement
  • Enterprise Agreement Subscription
  • EES

In Plan 1 and Plan 2 flavours.

This can be found on page 65 of the April 2017 Product Terms document.

The Online Service Terms (OST) document shows Plan 1 is included in Office 365 E1 and E3, and Stream Plan 2 is included in Office 365 E5.

R Server

For those of you using Microsoft’s R Server, there are 2 good changes in this month’s Product Terms.

The 24-core limit on the Hadoop and TeraData DB editions has been removed and Fail-over rights have been added.

This can be found on pages 27/28 of the April 2017 Product Terms document.

Azure

The “Azure Compute Capacity Promo”, which “offers discounts on A, D, and G Series Compute instances” now expires December 31, 2017.

The “New Customer Azure Monetary Commitment Offer” now lists a requirement for customers to have consumed less than 50 Azure Monetary Commitment units in prior 12 months.

The StorSimple Storage Array can now be shipped to Belarus & Kazakhstan.

More info can be found on pages 89/90 of the April 2017 Product terms document.

About Rich Gibbons

Rich has been in the world of IT and software licensing since 2003, having been a software sales manager for a VAR, a Microsoft licensing endorsed trainer, and now an ITAM analyst looking at software licensing and cloud.

A Northerner renowned for his shirts, Rich is a big Hip-Hop head, and loves travel, football in general (specifically MUFC), baseball, Marvel, and reading as many books as possible. Finding ways to combine all of these with ITAM & software licensing is always fun!

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