Apr 2016

Last year I wrote a blog about Windows® 10 Servicing Branches. Servicing Branches are Microsoft’s method of allowing users of Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, Education, Mobile Enterprise and IoT Core Pro editions to temporarily postpone updates and security fixes. There [...]

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Mar 2016

Microsoft® has released SharePoint® Server 2016 to OEMs. This latest version of the company’s popular web application platform will be available to Volume Licensing customers in early May. For clarification, Microsoft typically releases code to OEMs prior to making it [...]

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Mar 2016

I recently wrote a blog about the surprising announcement that Microsoft is developing a version of SQL Server® for Linux™. The Linux version of SQL isn’t expected to be released until next year, but the timing of the announcement coincides [...]

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Mar 2016

Ever since Satya Nadella took over the helm at Microsoft® two years ago the company has been full of surprises. Nadella’s highly publicized “Mobile First, Cloud First” strategy in which the company is abandoning their traditional Windows® only philosophy and [...]

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Mar 2016

One of the benefits of being an Office 365™ subscriber is that in most cases, users receive a version of Office for use on their devices when not connected to the cloud. Until now, the local version was Office 2013, [...]

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Feb 2016

Microsoft® has made no secret about their strategy to attract more software developers to their platform. They recently added two free versions of the popular SQL Server® to Azure™ which developers and customers may use for testing and development. This [...]

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Feb 2016

The next version of Dynamics AX appears to be near release. We have been expecting it this quarter and it was added to the Product Terms document on February 1.   This latest version of Dynamics AX promises to be [...]

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Feb 2016

When I write these blogs I often find myself reminding the reader of the constant changes and complexity of Microsoft’s® licensing terms. There are a number of places to track product usage permissions and restrictions but the binding source is [...]

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Feb 2016

I recently wrote a blog in which I criticized Microsoft® for their aggressive attempts to get users to upgrade to Windows® 10 by ending support for legacy products, thereby forcing the user to upgrade as the only way to continue [...]

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Jan 2016

I have often written about the practice of regular licensing audits demanded by software vendors such as Microsoft®, Oracle™, IBM® and others. Even during our consulting engagements with longtime clients, some are unprepared when they receive the seemingly inevitable audit [...]

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