Microsoft Update June 2019

Some of the principle licensing updates for June 2019

  • The Office Professional Plus Home Use Program offering for Software Assurance has been retired.
  • Starting July 9th, the Teams client will be added to existing installations on the Office365 ProPlus Monthly Channel, and as a modern online service, Teams will continue to auto-update on a regular cadence – here
  • Microsoft Teams now supports group chat for 100 users – here
  • In a U-turn, Microsoft will allow Office 365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2019 rather than nudge customers towards Multi-Session or VDI on Windows Virtual Desktophere
  • Resource – a good video series on how Office365 handles incident management, access control, audit and logging – here
  • Resource – a overview of Windows Defender E5 ATP – here
  • Resource – SharePoint Online Limits by Plan – here
  • Power BI: “One important difference with the Viewer role is how licensing is enforced.“ If the workspace is in Premium capacity, free users can browse the content without a pro license. If it’s not in Premium, they will still need a Pro license. – here
  • General Availability of Azure premium files aimed high performance, low latency, IO-intensive workloads (not a general file share in the cloud, access control is key) – here
  • Microsoft release OneDrive Personal Vault for consumers adds enforced MFA and encryption at rest, transit and AI for behavior analytics for suspicious behavior monitoring, ransomware protection, mass deletions. Expands to 2TB with incremental storage options – here
  • Resource – updated list of Microsoft online subscription plans – here
  • Resource – 3rd party licensing guide for PowerApps and Flow here
  • Resource – FAQs for Azure Info Protection Licensing here
  • Visual Studio 2019 updated list of software by subscription level (Excel Download) – here
  • SharePoint Online – “When you use eDiscovery features, the licensing requirement for a plan that permits that feature applies to all end users that are part of the eDiscovery action (Search, Hold, Export).” – here
  • Resource – Office 365 Groups Infographic – here
  • Resource – Approach for Office 365 ProPlus activation when device changes user or tenant – here
  • Effective July 1, 2019, Microsoft Forms Pro will be generally available (GA) to Dynamics 365 and Office 365 customers.
  • Forms Pro will be included with Dynamics 365, and will be available as a paid capacity-based add-on for Office 365 commercial and EDU customers. (Some information on how to purchase Microsoft Forms Pro – here )
  • There is a 4th Update to the Dynamics Licensing Guide for June 2019 – here
  • Effective July 1, 2019, Dynamics 365 for Customer Service Chat will be generally available to Dynamics 365 for Customer Service Enterprise customers.
  • Use of historical Supervisor reporting through Omnichannel Intraday Insights, Omnichannel Chat Insights and Omnichannel Sentiment Insights Dashboards requires Power BI Pro license or higher.
  • Empowerment expanded to add additional tenants – Self-Serve Option: Use Multiple M131 Amendment forms or work with Microsoft CEP
  • Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Basic standalone SKU.
    • What is changing? Starting July 1, 2019, new customers will no longer be able to purchase Azure AD Basic. In addition, any Open License customers currently licensing Azure AD Basic will no longer be able to renew Azure AD Basic or add more Azure AD Basic licenses.
    • Why is this changing? Azure AD Basic was originally designed for task / Firstline workers – this SKU provides a subset of the functionality of Azure AD Premium. This SKU has been superseded by the Azure AD Premium Kiosk SKUs, Enterprise Mobility + Security Kiosk SKUs and Microsoft 365 F1 SKU. All SKUs provide the security and productivity functionality that Azure AD Premium provides at a cost-effective price for task / Firstline workers. Following the release of these SKUs, very few customers purchased Azure AD Basic, favoring the Kiosk and Firstline worker SKUs.
    • What is not changing? All customers except Open License customers who are currently using Azure AD Basic can continue use to the service, renew and/or add/remove users like they can today. Open License customers who are currently using Azure AD Basic can continue to use the service until their license expiration.
    • What happens next? Starting July 1, 2019:
    • Azure AD Basic will not be available to purchase for new customers. Azure AD Basic will be removed from pricelists and all Azure AD Basic messaging will be removed from websites and collateral. Customers can purchase Azure AD services through Azure AD Premium P1/P2, Enterprise Mobility + Security E3/E5 and M365 E3/E5 SKUs; task / Firstline workers should be licensed using the corresponding Kiosk and Firstline F1 SKUs.
    • For existing customers who are currently using Azure AD Basic: they can continue using the services, and all can also renew in the future except Open License customers.
    • All purchase mechanisms including the ability to purchase licenses through the Office portal or Azure portal will be disabled.
  • Data Retention for E1 and F1
    • When applying or making available data retention policies to their users, customers must license the person setting the policies in Security & Compliance Center or Exchange Admin Center and the end users to which the policies apply or are made available
    • For F1/E1 users, these can include manual retention policies across workloads (including Preservation Hold Library in SharePoint Online). This means that F1/E1 users can manually apply retention tags and labels that are made available to them to their content.
    • The following retention capabilities are not included for F1/E1 users:
      • Automatic retention
      • Litigation Hold
      • In-Place Hold
      • eDiscovery Hold
      • Public-facing documentation on docs.microsoft.com–including the Service Descriptions for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Security & Compliance Center–will be updated to accurately reflect this policy.
      • One recommended work-around is Exchange Online Archiving
  • Updated Dynamics 365 Licensing Deck
    • What’s New! Dynamics 365 Call Intelligence – new capacity
    • Please find the updated deck: Partner
    • Please find the updated guide: Partner

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