Windows Server 2016 Released, Dynamics 365 Coming November 1st

In the September back to business edition of our monthly newsletter, we shared some updates on protecting your small business from ransomware.  This month we are sharing releases from Microsoft.  Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016 to market, and are unveiling additional editions suitable for small business throughout the remainder of the year. Details below.  Microsoft has also announced that Dynamics 365 cloud based Saas will be available in Canada as of November 1st, 2016.

In the meantime, there has been no slowing down of our small business clients moving to the cloud with either Office 365 or GSuite by Google.

Here is a summary of the releases along with a data sheet for Server 2016 and a video demo of Dynamics 365.

Windows Server 2016 Released

Microsoft released Windows Server 2016 to market last week. It is available as an Azure image which we can setup for you, or through the Volume Licensing Service Center. Standard Server and Client Access Licenses (CAL’s) apply.

Microsoft will unveil additional editions throughout the remainder of the year, including these which are ideal for small business teams:

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard: For physical or minimally virtualized
    environments.
  • Windows Server 2016 Essentials: For small businesses with up to 25
    users and 50 devices.
  • Windows Storage Server 2016: For dedicated OEM storage solutions.
    Available in Standard and Workgroup editions through the OEM channel.

You can review the full Windows Server 2016 data sheet here, or call us at (416) 292-3300 to discuss your server upgrade plans for 2016-2017.

Dynamics 365 Coming November 1st

Microsoft recently did a demo of their new Dynamics 365 solution – a cloud based software as a service (Saas). The software offers your team tools for all departments such as Sales, Marketing, Financials, Project Service Automation, and Customer Service. The new platform integrates with Office 365, Cortana Intelligence, and Power BI and uses predictive intelligence to help you work better.

While official pricing has not yet been released, some leaks report that there will likely be a Business edition and a fee Enterprise editions. Enterprise editions are expected to be between $190-$200 per month. You can watch the demo below.

While Dynamics 365 looks very impressive, most of the small business and nonprofit teams we work with – teams up of to 20 people max – find it to be a bit of overkill for their needs.  The tend to run on either the GSuite or the Office 365 suite of products exclusively, and you may find that is the case for you as well.  Every business is different, and we enjoy supporting smaller teams with your needs.

Small Business Server Support In Toronto

If you are looking for Windows Small Business Server support in Toronto, we can help. Be it an upgrade or a move to the cloud, we will plan and implement your project from start to finish. We are TUCU tech u can use, Microsoft Certified Partners and Certified Small Business IT Experts helping small teams of up to 20 people since 2003.

Please call us at (416)292-3300 or send us an email.

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