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Category: Microsoft

Microsoft Azure Integration Services

By now, the ideas of virtualization, the cloud, and connected applications are mature. While the providers of these solutions try to get you to come to them, there is something holding this endeavor back. Perhaps, it’s security. And we’ve covered that. To recap, many cloud-based services are even more secure than your own set up. They must be. Because beyond the financial harm that could come their way, there is ever present risk to their reputation should their services be […]

Non-Microsoft­ Support of Microsoft Products

While not naming names, it is important to understand how ­non-Microsoft­ product support works. ­Non-Microsoft­ support can be reactive. That is, if all is going well, no one from the ­non-Microsoft­ support will reach out. ­Non-Microsoft­ support doesn’t include all products. For example, during our analysis, Miro identified an offering that supported only Azure, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, and Teams. Or, in other words, subscriptions. But what happens when the deployments on-premise or in a hybrid environment go awry? There […]

Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Skype for Business Server will become subscription licenses after Version 2019

Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Skype for Business Server will become subscription licenses after Version 2019. That announcement was made by Microsoft last year, with the timeframe of announcing the details after Windows Server 2022 was released. Windows Server 2022 was released on September 6, 2021, but, as of this writing, details remain undisclosed. What we do know is this: The next version of Exchange Server will support in-place upgrades from Exchange Server 2019 for a period of approximately two […]

Microsoft Price Increase for Microsoft 365

Since 2011, Microsoft’s pricing for business subscriptions to its line of Microsoft 365 products has been stable. But effective March 1, 2022, that ends. Because effective then, Microsoft is raising its monthly prices: Product Cost Per User per Month Current Planned Microsoft 365 Business Basic $5 $6 Microsoft 365 Business Premium $20 $22 Microsoft 365 E3 $32 $36 Office 365 E1 $8 $10 Office 365 E3 $20 $23 Office 365 E5 $35 $38   One thing that Microsoft is not […]

Microsoft Dropping Support for Medium and Small Businesses

Microsoft will no longer offer direct support for medium and small businesses with Software Assurance spends below $250,000 per year Larger organizations who have a Software Assurance spend of $250,000 or more annually will be compelled to go to Unified Support. Smaller organizations will have to make do with partner support, unless they forego support altogether. “Sometime in 2023” (that’s a direct quote from Microsoft), incident-based support will be replaced with as-needed support. Microsoft will also offer credits toward Unified […]

Miro Consulting Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Miro Consulting marks its 20th anniversary this year and is celebrating by launching a new Managed Services for Oracle Licensing service. Miro is a leading global provider of software asset management services, specializing in license management, audit advisory, negotiation tactics, support management, and cloud services. We help our clients maximize ROI on their software license investments, stay in compliance, and minimize the impact of audits. Miro’s performance guarantee promises that our long-tenured, diverse, and passionate team of expert analysts provides insightful […]

How Oracle Licensing Is Affected By Current Business / Industry / Technology Changes

Now more than ever decision makers are faced with difficult choices. A number of factors may be affecting your business, including loss of revenue due to pandemic, shift to remote collaboration, pressure to move to the Cloud, and striving to stay on top of industry and technology changes. Most of these decisions would likely have software licensing implications. Here are a few examples: Move to the Cloud: When choosing between on-premise, hardware hosting provider or Cloud platform, a proper comparison […]

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