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Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 End of Support

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 end of support is here. Beginning on April 11th, 2017 Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. This means that there will not be any new security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options available. For those of you still using Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) then it is time to upgrade since Microsoft Exhcange Server 2007 is integrated into Windows SBS 2008. 

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Introducing the New OneDrive Admin Center

Microsoft has just released the new OneDrive Admin Center for Office 365 and here is what you need to know. With this release administrators are able to globally manage their OneDrive settings for all their users without the need for advanced tools like PowerShell. This new admin center allows for the management of global settings like sharing, sync, storage, device access, compliance, and notifications.

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Windows Server 2016 Licensing Changes

Since the Windows 2016 Server release date back in October, Microsoft has drastically changed the licensing model for Microsoft Server licensing. These recent changes will impact your buying decisions as pricing is now based on the number of physical cores in a server. This new licensing also affects Software Assurance customers who can expect to be transitioned to core-based licensing at their first renewal after the general availability of Windows Server 2016. Below you can learn everything you need to know about changes to Windows Server 2016 licensing.

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What’s New With Windows Server 2016?

Windows Server 2016 was released on October 12, 2016 and here is why you should think about upgrading your datacenter. Striking the right balance between your organization’s desire to innovate and the daily needs of key departments can be a challenge. Windows Server 2016 provides a robust, flexible solution. With a strong posture, a software-defined datacenter, and innovative application platform, Windows Server 2016 is the right choice for your business. What’s new with Windows Server 2016? A whole bunch! 

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Microsoft at It Again: Forced Office Upgrades

Microsoft will be ending support for Office 2013 through Office 365 ProPlus on February 28th, 2017. According to their TechNet article, “We recommend that you upgrade to the Office 2016 version of Office 365 ProPlus as soon as possible.”. While Microsoft will force users to upgrade their Office installation this does not include Office installations through Professional Plus, Professional, and Standard editions. So basically, if you are leveraging Office licensing via Office 365 you will be forced to upgrade. 

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Microsoft Stream for Office 365

Microsoft has released a new Office 365 video product called Stream. Microsoft Stream is a video sharing app for companies that resembles YouTube. You can add videos, organized by channel and hashtags, and share them with your coworkers.  Stream would be useful for sharing training videos, clips for collaborating on company videos such as advertisements, or informational videos for blog writers. Anyone in your organization can upload videos. Stream gives you the ability share videos across your entire organization, with a select group, or keep the them private for yourself.