Here is a summary of some news, Announcements and other interesting stuff. send out "randomly"
- Support for SharePoint 2013 RTM has ended
Starting April 14th only SharePoint 2013 farms with SP1 are supported. SharePoint 2013 servers/farms without SP1 are no longer supported
and hotfixes released beginning with April 2015 cannot be installed on SharePoint 2013 servers without SP1.
See here for details: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?p1=16652
- See the full List of Microsoft Products Support that will end as well within first half of 2015:
- Products with end of Mainstream support started Jnauary 2015 and later:
Please take into consideration that Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are out of mainstream support.
The before mentioned products are now in extended support. This means that requests to change product design and features,
as well as complimentary support included with license, licensing program or other no-charge support programs are no longer available.
Non-security update support is only available through Premier Support with Extended Hotfix Support.
Hourly support costs apply including when the incident is resolved by an existing hotfix, KB, etc.
For more information please visit http://www.microsoft.com/lifecycle.
- Windows Server 2003 End of Support in July 14, 2015
See here for more
- Since April 16th 2015, we are confirming that SharePoint Server 2016 will become generally available in Q2 2016, with a public beta planned for Q4 2015.
We also want to confirm our commitment to delivering on-premises releases of SharePoint for the foreseeable future.
We envision a future where we will continue to have customers who choose a combination of on-premises, cloud and hybrid deployments for many years to come…
Read more details on the official Office Blog
Get first information about SharePoint 2016!
- Evolution of SharePoint - from Julia White, general manager for the Office Product Management team
- The SharePoint related session list from Microsoft Ingite in Chicage
- Top 3 sessions to learn more about SharePoint Server 2016 at Microsoft Ignite - from Bill Baer
Other Sharepoint related stuff
- Common Question: are the SharePoint security fixes released in PU/CU updates for SharePoint?
SharePoint security fixes released at the same date or at a previous date as a specific CU are included in the CU.
- Common Issue: April 2015 fixes for SharePoint 2013 might not install on Sharepoint 2013 SP1 slipstream builds
"if you created your farm based on the SharePoint 2013 SP1 slipstream build available on MSDN and VLSC you might not be able to install the latest patches (April CU and PU). The reason is that starting in April the RTM baseline is no longer supported by the fixes. The fixes require the SP1 baseline…."
See here for more…
- SharePoint security fixes released with April 2015 PU and offered through Microsoft Update
See here for more.
- April CU for SharePoint 2010 and 2013
The Cu's are released for both SharePoint Versions, please see below links for more:
- SharePoint CUs and Windows Update - Important Update!
An important change has been introduced since my last post about the changed delivery strategy introduced with February 2015 CU.
As of March 2015, all Office product updates will be offered via Microsoft Update except for non-security updates for server products.
Individual and “uber” server product updates will be published only to the Microsoft Download Center and customers can download/schedule/plan/test accordingly.
Please note that this does not affect security fixes for server products as they will continue to be available via Microsoft Update.
Please see also the most recent Update and Build Matrix on…
- SPS 2013 Build numbers and Updates
- SPS 2010 Build numbers and Updates
- MOSS 2007/WSSv3 Build Numbers
- Information about changes to the SharePoint Online Public Website feature
Starting January 2015, Microsoft is making changes to the SharePoint Online Public Website feature.
Customers who currently use this feature will continue to have access to the feature for a minimum of two years after the changeover date of March 9, 2015.
Please see this KB 3027254 Artcle for more: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3027254
- SharePoint Public Websites in Office 365
- SharePoint Online: software boundaries and Limits
- News from TechNet Community: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/
- Windows PowerShell equivalents for common networking commands (IPCONFIG, PING, NSLOOKUP)
- SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 Update
- Training and Videos
- New Windows 10 Technical Preview build now available for phones
- Windows 10 - free upgrade to Windows 10 - for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year!
Skype for Business
- Skype for Business is here—and this is only the beginning
Join us on this journey to the future by trying the new Skype for Business client,
signing up to be part of the Skype for Business Cloud Voice Preview in the U.S. this summer,
and connecting with a Microsoft partner to plan your deployment of Skype for Business.
Learn more about how you can move your business forward with Skype for Business here.
- Discover Skype for Business
- Switching between the Skype for Business and the Lync client user interfaces