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The 10 Biggest Microsoft News Stories Of 2019

From surging Azure growth, to Windows 7 end of life, to the blockbuster JEDI contract win, we round up the biggest Microsoft stories that affected the channel this year.

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6. Hyper-Scale Feud

A restriction Microsoft imposed on transferring on-premises software licenses to hyper-scale clouds triggered harsh words from its two largest rivals. Google Cloud President Rob Enslin tweeted: "Shelf-ware. Complex pricing. And now vendor lock-in" in response to an article on the licensing change. "Microsoft is taking its greatest hits from the '90s to the cloud." Amazon CTO Werner Vogels described the move on Twitter as a bait-and-switch, going on to say it's "hard to trust a co. who raises prices, eliminates benefits, + restricts freedom of choice." Vogels referenced policy changes "to force MS use" such as undoing the Bring Your Own License option for SQL server running on Amazon's managed RDS service and Windows upgrades on Amazon instances.

Microsoft partners, though, said they are happy to see the software giant pressing its advantage to drive Azure cloud adoption in whatever ways it can. "Personally, I think Microsoft is just being aggressive about driving their solutions," said Matt Scherocman, president of Interlink Cloud Advisors, a Microsoft partner based in Cincinnati.

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