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For Sale – Seagate Barracuda 2TB mechanical drive.

Tony, this drive has just arrived, however upon opening it I have immediately discovered it is damaged.

I have not attempted to attach this to my pc yet so I have not confirmed if it’s operational or not.

I cannot accept it in this condition, if this is not how it was sent you will need to make a claim against the courier.

I am going to have to return this to you.

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Why Linux containers on Windows is a big deal

Although it’s tempting to think that a container is just a container, there are key differences between Linux and Windows containers.

Windows has more strict requirements on image compatibility, particularly regarding the operating system. Some networking features on Docker on Linux are not available for Windows, and similarly for orchestration.

With these limitations, why would you want to run Linux containers on Windows? For one, containers allow you to be agnostic on the host system. Whether you’re running Linux or Windows on the host, and whether that’s in production or not, it won’t matter to the container. You can run Windows in the development environment, stage it in Linux and deploy to production on either system. By allowing your Windows hosts to run Linux or Windows containers, you keep the developers free to do their jobs without having to factor in variables, such as the host operating system.

Linux containers on Windows offers several advantages

The biggest benefit of this expanded functionality is Linux and Windows containers can run from the same Docker engine, which is a recent development. This feature lets you standardize your tool set across your environment, provide parity between production and nonproduction systems, and can collapse infrastructure costs by using one machine to host multiple types of containers.

Deploying Linux containers on Windows encourages you to build your applications as microservices using Windows or Linux containers. It’s encouraging to see a technology give users across the spectrum a way to choose the container they prefer for development. A key difference when using Windows Server containers is having access to certain technologies on the Windows platform, such as PowerShell. There are also benefits to using the .NET Framework with Windows containers.

Limitations of Linux containers on Windows

Not all Windows versions are supported, so your developers will need to be on the correct version of Microsoft’s operating system for Linux containers to work properly on their machines. In addition, if you’re running containers on premises, you’ll need to pay careful attention to which servers have the appropriate prerequisites and operating systems installed.

You can read more on the requirements for containers here.

What’s needed to run Linux containers on Windows

Before you can proceed with the instructions below, you’ll need:

  • a machine running Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise, or Windows Server 2019 version 1809 or later;
  • Hyper-V enabled; and
  • Docker Desktop 18.02 or later installed.

How to run a test container

To run your first Linux container on Windows, you’ll need to start by getting a Linux Docker image. For our purposes, we’ll use the “Hello World” example container. You can run this by executing the following command:

docker run --rm --platform linux busybox echo hello_world

This command pulls the image with the indicated platform via the –platform flag.

To run the image, enter the following command:

docker run --rm busybox echo hello_world

To view a list of your images, you can run the next command to see the image you’ve pulled:

docker images

Where do we go from here?

That’s all it takes to run Linux containers on Windows. Of course, there’s much more to learn with this type of virtualization, such as understanding how to manage clusters of Docker nodes and getting familiar with Kubernetes to automate the deployment and management of containers.

If you’re using Windows on your development team and your team prefers to use Linux containers, then this is all excellent news for you. You can continue with your operating system of choice but also participate in all the neat things used by your developers. Additionally, if you’re an operations expert trying to wade your way through the plethora of container deployment methods, you can rest easy knowing that you can implement all these container types from a Windows machine.

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For Sale – 775 CPU/mobo/RAM bundle + 775 Barebones unit

I have an old cpu/mobo/ram that I haven’t used in years; just been boxed away. To my knowledge, it works perfectly fine. Backplate included, and I can spare a SATA cable if you need one.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz
Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L
OCZ Technology DDR2 2x1GB Platinum 800MHz

I took the cooler off to see what the CPU is, but put it back on. So you’ll want to take it off and reapply thermal paste before using. If you want, I can reapply some for free.

£15 £10 collected. I can post it for £5 extra.

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Another old setup. Barebones unit. Just need a storage drive and PSU.
The case and GPU heatsink are dusty and I lost the screws to hold to sides of the case, but it sort it stays in place.
I have one 3.5″ drive holder, will have to have a look but I don’t think I have any others. Probably best to get a new case tbh.

NZXT Gamma Mid-Tower Case
MSI P35 Neo2-FR
Intel Core 2 Duo LGA775 E8200 2.66GHz
Titan Fenrir
OCZ Technology DDR2 2x1GB Platinum 800MHz
Sapphire HD4850 512MB
LG DVD Drive

£25 £20 collected only.

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Both for £35 £25

Any questions, ask away.

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For Sale – CPU, RAM, GPU, Sound Card, USB, ESata, Network

Lots of hardware amassed and motherboard just failed and now using a mATX board in a small case.

Images in gallery, not in any particular order:
Processor
Phenom II X6 1090T (bought and never used £80.00 + p&p

RAM
4×2 8GB DDR2 PC2-8500U 1066MHz 240Pin DIMM RAM (bought and never used) £60.00 + p&p

Graphics card
R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC £75.00 + p&p
GX-020-XF XFX GeForce 6800 GT 256MB DDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (AGP) – Retail (PVT40AUDF7) (GX-020-XF) (with
ARCTIC COOLING REV.2 NVIDIA 5 (6800 SERIES) VGA SILENCER COOLER) £Open to offers, likely an eBay job as these are quite rare + p&p
GeForce 6200TC 64MB (256MB TurboCache) DDR PCI Express (PCIe) DVI/VGA Video Card w/TV-Out £15.00 + p&p

Sound card
Sound Blaster Live 5.1 Digital £10.00 + p&p
InnoAX Audio ExtreMe 5.1 (with SPDIF & Optical) £20.00 + p&p

Network Card
NETGEAR FA311 – 10/100 PCI Network Interface PCI ADAPTER AUTO SENSING £10.00 + p&p
Broadcom Modem Card BCM94212/1 £8.00 + p&p
Belkin 10/100TX PCI Network Card 141121100201B N10117 £6.00 + p&p

ESata
Shentek 2 port eSATA 3G II 2 PCI PCIe express Card Silicon Image Sil3132 52033 £20.00 + p&p

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For Sale – @@ price reduced @@ 2019 MacBook Pro 13 Space Grey – 256 ssd + warranty

Just do a search on Completed Listings on 2019 256 GB, filter with pre-owned and sort by “End Date Recent First”. it’s easily verified.
**Edit** I assume you’re on a sellers promotion with eBay and consequently not facing their 10% fees, etc. So little point me making an offer on here on that basis.

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For Sale – PC Specialist Recoil IV Laptop – 10th Gen, 16GB, RTX 2070 Super, 1TB SSD, 15.6” Full 240Hz

This is brand spanking new, just fired up to take a look. I’m looking to sell as I prefer a PC. I won it in a competition, which I can provide evidence for!

I know I’m a newbie to the forum but this is genuine. I know the price seems high but its cheaper than actual price offered by PC Specialist and you won’t be waiting for it to be built.

Full Spec below:
Chassis & Display Recoil Series: 15.6″ Matte Full HD 240Hz 72% NTSC LED Widescreen (1920×1080)
Processor (CPU): Intel® Core™ i7 Eight Core Processor 10875H (2.3GHz, 5.1GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM): 16GB Corsair 2400MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 SUPER – 8.0GB GDDR6 Video RAM – DirectX® 12.1
1st M.2 SSD Drive: 1TB Intel® H10 NVMe SSD + 32GB Intel® Optane™ (up to 2400MB/sR | 1800MB/sW)
Memory Card Reader: Integrated 3 in 1 Card Reader (Full Size SD / SDHC / SDXC)
AC Adaptor: 1 x 230W AC Adaptor
Power Cable: 1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Battery: Recoil Series Integrated 94WH Lithium Ion Battery
Thermal Paste: standard thermal paste for sufficient cooling
Sound Card: 2 Channel High Def. Audio + THX Spatial Audio
Bluetooth & Wireless: Gigabit Lan & Wireless Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (2.4 Gbps) + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options: 1 x Thunderbolt 3 port + 3 x USB 3.1 Ports, HDMI
Keyboard Language: per-key RGB backlit UK mechanical keyboard
Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64 Bit – inc. Single License [KUK-00001]
Browser: Microsoft® Edge (Windows 10 Only)
Notebook Mouse: integrated 2 button touchpad mouse
Webcam: integrated 1mp HD webcam
Warranty: 3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)

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For Sale – CPU, RAM, GPU, Sound Card, USB, ESata, Network

Lots of hardware amassed and motherboard just failed and now using a mATX board in a small case.

Images in gallery, not in any particular order:

Processor
Phenom II X6 1090T (bought and never used £80.00 + p&p

RAM
4×2 8GB DDR2 PC2-8500U 1066MHz 240Pin DIMM RAM (bought and never used) £60.00 + p&p

Graphics card
R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC £75.00 + p&p
GX-020-XF XFX GeForce 6800 GT 256MB DDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (AGP) – Retail (PVT40AUDF7) (GX-020-XF) (with
ARCTIC COOLING REV.2 NVIDIA 5 (6800 SERIES) VGA SILENCER COOLER) £Open to offers, likely an eBay job as these are quite rare + p&p
GeForce 6200TC 64MB (256MB TurboCache) DDR PCI Express (PCIe) DVI/VGA Video Card w/TV-Out £15.00 + p&p

Sound card
Sound Blaster Live 5.1 Digital £10.00 + p&p
InnoAX Audio ExtreMe 5.1 (with SPDIF & Optical) £20.00 + p&p

Network Card
NETGEAR FA311 – 10/100 PCI Network Interface PCI ADAPTER AUTO SENSING £10.00 + p&p
Broadcom Modem Card BCM94212/1 £8.00 + p&p
Belkin 10/100TX PCI Network Card 141121100201B N10117 £6.00 + p&p

ESata
Unknown (likely Startech) ESata Card with two ports £20.00 + p&p

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Improving enterprise data governance with data trust

Enterprise data governance isn’t just managing the data an organization company possesses, it’s also key to managing the data supply chain, according to Charles Link, director of data and analytics at Covanta.

Link detailed his views on data management during a technology keynote at the Talend Connect 2020 Virtual Summit on May 27. Executives from other Talend customers, including AutoZone, also spoke at the event.

Covanta, based in Morristown, N.J., is in the waste-to-energy business, operating 41 facilities across North America and Europe. Data is at the core of Covanta’s operations as a way to help make business decisions and improve efficiency, Link said.

“We’re never just pushing data; we’re never just handing off the reports,” Link said. “The outcome is not data; it is always a business result.”

Link said he’s often observed that there can be a disconnect between decision-makers and the data that should be used to help make decisions.

To help connect data with decisions, “you really need both the data use and data management strategy to drive business outcomes,” Link said.

Talend user Charles Link, director of data and analytics at Covanta, at Talend Connect virtual conference.
Charles Link, director of data and analytics at Covanta, detailed the need for thinking about data supply chain management as part of enterprise data governance.

Enterprise data governance strategy defined

Link defined data use strategy as identifying business objectives for data and quantifying goals. The process includes key performance indicators to measure the success of data initiatives.

An enterprise data management strategy, on the other hand, is more tactical, defining the methods tools and technologies use to access, analyze, manage and share data, he said.

At Covanta, Link said enterprise data governance is essentially about the need to have what he referred to as data supply chain management.

We’re never just pushing data; we’re never just handing off the reports. The outcome is not data; it is always a business result.
Charles LinkDirector of data and analytics, Covanta

Link defined data supply chain management as data governance that manages where data comes from and helps ensure consistent quality from a reliable supplier.

For that piece, Covanta has partnered with Talend and is using the Talend Data Fabric, a suite of data integration and management tools that includes a data catalog that helps enable data supply chain management. With Talend as the technology base, Link said that his company has deployed a central hub for users within the organization to find and use trusted data.

“There is now a shared understanding across business and IT of what our data means,” Link said. “So now we trust the quality of the data we use to operate our facilities.”

The chaos of data demands driving AutoZone

For auto parts retailer AutoZone, managing the complexity of data and overcoming data challenges is a foundation of the company’s success, said Jason Vogel, IT manager of data management at AutoZone.

AutoZone has 6,400 stores and each store carries nearly 100,000 parts. In the background, AutoZone is moving data across its disparate data hubs and stores, making it available to the company’s business analysts. Data also helps ensure that AutoZone customers can get the parts they need quickly.

“We have 20 different types of databases — not instances, types,” Vogel emphasized. “We have thousands of instances and Talend serves as the glue to connect all these systems together.”

Vogel noted that AutoZone is looking to expand its real-time data processing so that it can do more in less time, getting parts to its customers faster. The company is also looking to expand operations overall.

“The only way to accomplish that is by moving more data, having more insight into how data is used and accomplishing it all faster,” Vogel said.

Many organizations continue to struggle with data

AutoZone isn’t the only organization that is trying to deal with data coming from many different sources. In another keynote at Talend Connect, Stewart Bond, research director of data integration and data intelligence software at IDC, provided some statistics about the current state of data integration challenges.

Bond cited a 2019 IDC survey of enterprise users’ experience with data integration and integrity that found most organizations are integrating up to six different types of data.

Those data types include transaction, file, object, spatial, internet of things and social data. Furthering adding to the complexity, the same study found that organizations are using up to 10 different data management technologies.

While enterprises are managing a lot of data, Bond said the survey shows that not all the organizations are using the data effectively. Data workers are wasting an average of 15 hours per week on data search, preparation and governance processes, IDC found. To improve efficiency, Bond suggested that organizations better manage and measure how data is used.

“Measurements don’t need to be complex; they can be as simple as measuring how much time people spend on data-oriented activity,” Bond said. “Set a benchmark and see if you can improve over time.”

Improving enterprise data governance with data trust

During her keynote, Talend CEO Christal Bemont emphasized that data quality and trust are keys to making the most efficient use of data.

She noted that it’s important to measure the quality of data, to make sure that organizations are making decisions based on good information. Talend helps its users enable data quality with a trust score for data sources, as part of the Talend Data Fabric.

“When you think about what Talend does, you know, you think of us as an integration company,” Bemont said. “Quite frankly we put equal, and maybe even in some cases more, importance on not only just being able to have a lot of data, but also having complete data.”

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Oracle Analytics for Cloud HCM gives new capabilities to HR

The just released Oracle Analytics for Cloud HCM platform can do some familiar things for HR. It can, for instance, produce reports about profit and revenue per employee. But it also takes these familiar analytics one step further. HR can use the tool to, for instance, hunt for relationships between employee engagement and revenue data.

Until the release of Oracle Analytics for Cloud HCM, delivering some types of HR and finance data may have required coordination with finance. But the tool now gives HR the ability to run these reports as needed, according to the vendor.

Indeed, Mark Brandau, an analyst at Forrester Research, said the Oracle Analytics for Cloud HCM may give HR managers new ability to run their own analytics. HR will “have additional ways to leverage the people and operational data to make better decisions,” he said.

But HR’s use of analytics broadly “depends on how the solutions are delivering the data and making it consumable every day for people who aren’t familiar with data,” Brandau said.

Oracle Analytics for Cloud HCM, announced via an online conference, is available to its HCM users. It’s part of the vendor’s Oracle Analytics for Applications product line. 

Bruno Aziza, group vice president of Oracle Analytics, said the HCM analytics application stores and makes data available for analytics in an “autonomous data warehouse,” which has security, repair and high availability features that don’t require user intervention. It will have a set of analytical HR modules around employee data, but it will also allow mashups of data from other sources, he said.

Use of unstructured data

Where Aziza believes the analytics application will differentiate itself is in its ability to take unstructured survey data, or something like 360-degree feedback data, and combine it with financial data.

For instance, take a firm analyzing the performance of sales teams across geographies, Aziza said. In this process, HR may use Oracle Analytics for Cloud HCM and discover a performance problem in a specific region.

We couldn’t really see where the blockages were, and we worked closely with the HR teams to make relationships.
Katherine ThompsonHead of reporting and analytics for the Metis Program, Home Office

“Maybe there are some dimensions that explain this lack of performance related to HR components,” Aziza said. It could be a consequence of new employees, dissatisfied employees or engagement issues, he said.

All the major HCM vendors — Oracle, Workday, SuccessFactors, Ultimate Software — have made significant investments in analytics, Forrester’s Brandau said. Part of the drive to analytics is to “help standardize some of the practices and metrics and the way that HR operates,” he said.

At its online launch, Oracle hosted a customer panel that included Katherine Thompson, head of reporting and analytics for the Metis Program at the Home Office in the U.K. The Home Office is responsible for immigration, security and other issues. The Metis Program is the name for a migration to cloud-based ERP using Oracle.

Thompson said the Home Office has been using Oracle’s analytics to identify ways to improve the time it takes to hire someone. It involves different systems, including recruiting and security clearances. “We couldn’t really see where the blockages were, and we worked closely with the HR teams to make relationships,” she said. The Home Office has since sped up the hiring process, she said.

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R.I.P. Office 365, Long Live Microsoft 365

Microsoft just made sweeping changes to the Office 365 ecosystem, both for personal subscriptions (Office 365 Personal and Home) and Office 365 for Business, sunsetting the Office 365 brand and replacing it with Microsoft 365. This was put in place as of April 21, 2020.

This article will look at what these changes mean, explore the differences between Office 365, Microsoft 365 and Office 2019 and the subscription model underlying these offerings as well as make some predictions for the enterprise services that are still under the Office 365 name.

Office 365 Home and Personal

Let’s start with the home and family subscriptions. Over 500 million people use the free, web-based versions of Word, Excel etc. along with Skype and OneDrive to collaborate and connect. Then there are 38 million people who have subscribed to Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal. Both provide the desktop Office suite (Word, Excel etc.) for Windows and Mac, along with matching applications for iOS and Android and 1 TB of OneDrive space. These two plans are changing name to Microsoft 365 Personal ($6.99 per month) and Microsoft 365 Family ($9.99 per month) respectively. Personal is for a single user whereas Family works with up to six people (and yes, they each get 1 TB of OneDrive storage for a maximum of 6TB). Otherwise, they’re identical and provide advanced spelling, grammar and style assistance in Microsoft Editor (see below), AI-powered suggestions for design in PowerPoint, coaching when you rehearse a PowerPoint presentation and the new Money in Excel (see below). Each user also gets 50 GB of email storage in Outlook, the ability to add a custom email domain and 60 minutes worth of Skype calls to mobiles and landlines.

Office 365 Microsoft 365 Plan Choices

Picking a plan for home use is easy

Microsoft Editor is Microsoft’s answer to Grammarly and is available in Word on the web, and the desktop Word version, along with Outlook.com as well as an Edge or Chrome extension. It supports more than 20 languages and uses AI to help you with the spelling, grammar, and style of your writing. The basic version is available to anyone, but the advanced features are unlocked with a Personal or Family subscription. These include suggestions for how to write something more clearly (just highlight your original sentence), plagiarism checking and the ability to easily insert citations and suggestions for improving conciseness and inclusiveness.

Settings for the Microsoft Editor browser extension

Settings for the Microsoft Editor browser extension

Money in Excel connects Excel to your bank and credit card accounts so you can import balances and transactions automatically and provides personalized insights on your spending habits. Money isn’t available yet and will be US only in the first phase when it rolls out over the next couple of months.

Outlook on the web will let you add personal calendars, not only marrying your work and home life but also providing clarity for others seeking to find appointment times with you – of course, they won’t see what’s penned in your calendars, only when you’re not available. Play My Emails is coming to Android (already available on iOS), letting Cortana read your emails to you while you’re on the go. The Teams mobile app is being beefed up for use in your personal life as well. Finally, Microsoft Family Safety is coming to Android and iOS devices, helping parents protect their children when they explore and play games on their devices.

You’ll have noticed that nearly all of these new features and services are on the horizon but not here yet. If you’re already an Office 365 Home or Personal subscriber your subscription just changed its name to Microsoft 365 Family or Personal but nothing else changed and until these new goodies are available – nothing has changed, including the price of your subscription. Note that none of these changes applies to the perpetual licenses Office 2019 which is Word, Excel etc. that you can purchase (not subscribe to) and that Office 2019 doesn’t provide any cloud-powered, AI-based features, nor gets the monthly feature updates that its Office 365 based cousin enjoys.

Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Apps, Standard and Premium

Of more interest to readers of Altaro’s blogs are probably the changes to the Office 365 SMB plans (that top out at 300 users). As a quick summary, (for a more in-depth look at Office & Microsoft 365, here’s a free eBook from Altaro) Microsoft 365 Business Basic (formerly known as Office 365 Business Essentials at $5 per user per month) gives each user an Exchange mailbox, Teams and SharePoint access, the web browser versions of Word, Excel etc. and 1TB of OneDrive storage.

Microsoft 365 Apps for Business (old name Office 365 Business, $8.25 per user per month) provides the desktop version of Office for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices and 1TB of OneDrive storage.

Microsoft 365 Business Standard (prior name Office 365 Business Premium which is a name change that won’t confuse anyone weighs in at $12.50 per user per month) gives you both the desktop and web versions of Office.

Finally, Microsoft 365 Business Premium (formerly known as Microsoft 365 Business, again not confusing at all, at $20 per user per month) gives you everything in Standard, plus Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, Intune based Mobile Device Management (MDM) features, Online Archiving in Exchange and much more.

Microsoft 365 Management Portal

Microsoft 365 Management Portal

In a separate announcement, Microsoft is bringing the full power of AAD Premium P1 for free to Microsoft 365 Business Premium. This will give SMBs cost-effective access to Cloud App Discovery which provides insight and protection for users in the modern world of cloud services, including discovering which applications your staff are using. It’ll also bring Application Proxy to be able to publish on-premises applications to remote workers easily and securely, dynamic groups make it easier to make sure staff are in the right groups for their role, and password-less authentication using Windows Hello for Business, FIDO 2 security keys and Microsoft’s free authenticator app.

Note that none of the Enterprise flavors of Office 365, E1, E3 and E5, F1 for first-line workers, the A1, A3 and A5 for education, nor the G1, G3 and G5 varieties for government organizations are changing at this time. My prediction is that this will change and before long, all of these will be moved to the unifying Microsoft brand.

Philosophically there are a few things going on here. As a consultant who both sells and supports Office / Microsoft 365 to businesses, as well as a trainer who teaches people about the services, there’s always been a pretty clear line between the two. Office 365 gives you the Office applications, email and document storage. If you wanted mobile device management (Intune), advanced security features (Azure Active Directory, AAD), Windows 10 Enterprise and Information Protection you went for Microsoft 365. These features are all available under the moniker Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) so essentially Microsoft 365 was Office 365 + EMS.

Adding Microsoft 365 Licenses

Adding Microsoft 365 licenses

This line is now being blurred for the small business plans which can make it even more difficult to make sure that small and medium businesses pick the right plans for their needs. Remember though that you can mix and match the different flavors in business, just because some users need Microsoft 365 Business Premium doesn’t mean that other roles in your business can’t work well with just Microsoft 365 Business Basic.

And this isn’t a surprise move, even Office 365 administrators have been using the Microsoft 365 management portal for quite some time, here’s a screenshot of the old, retired Office 365 portal.

Office 365 Admin Center

Office 365 Admin Center

More broadly though I think the brand changes are signalling that Office 365 is “growing up” and using the same name across the home user stack as well as the SMB stack (with the Enterprise SKUs to follow) provides a more homogenous offering.

Just as with the name changes to the personal plans there’s nothing for IT administrators to do at this stage, the plans will seamlessly change names but all functionality remains the same (including the lack of long term backup, something that Altaro has a remedy for).


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Author: Paul Schnackenburg