Microsoft remains an utterly essential vendor for the channel. So CRN has had a look at its biggest partner-related moments in 2019.
THE IUR BACKDOWN
It’s impossible to consider Microsoft in 2019 without remembering how the company planned to wind back internal use rights (IUR), the scheme that gives Microsoft partners free software for their own use.
It was actually more significant, because the launch included an offer of unlimited support for Windows 7 and a new multi-tenant Windows 10 offer. Both effectively turn Windows into a subscription service at a time when end-customers are being told that PCs should be sold on subscriptions.
And there’s more to come: Microsoft Business Voice uses Teams as a client, and is promised to debut in Australia during 2020. Which should rather shake up the unified communications market just as it feasts on PABX retirements forced by the arrival of the NBN and retirement of ISDN.
ON-PREM DIES HARD
Microsoft has just-about herded partners and end-customers into Azure this year, all-but hiding even new on-prem products such as Windows Server 2019.