Effective July 1, 2019, Microsoft will no longer sell Microsoft Skype for Business Online Plan 2 Standalone offers to new or existing customers, as Microsoft continues to help customers transition to Microsoft Teams.
Customers who have purchased the Microsoft Skype for Business Online Plan 2 Standalone will have access to the service until the end of their contract. Those who have access to Microsoft Skype for Business Online Plan 2 on one of the Microsoft Office 365 suites will not be affected by this change.
Microsoft encourages customers to upgrade to an Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft 365 suite to benefit from Microsoft Teams, the primary client for messaging, meetings and calling in Microsoft Office 365.
For those customers still on Microsoft Skype for Business Online, Microsoft Skype for Business Online Plan 2 will still be available in the following Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft 365 suites:
- Microsoft Office 365 Business Essentials
- Microsoft Office 365 Business Premium
- Microsoft Office 365 E1
- Microsoft Office 365 E3
- Microsoft Office 365 E5
- Microsoft 365 E3
- Microsoft 365 E5
Microsoft announced the following name change: Microsoft Information Protection & Compliance becomes Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance.
Microsoft announced the following name change: Microsoft Identity & Threat Protection becomes Microsoft 365 E5 Security.
Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft MyAnalytics for everyone using Office 365 and Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Business suites that include Exchange Online. Previously, MyAnalytics was only available with an E5 plan or as an Add-on to E1 and E3 plans.
For more information about Microsoft MyAnalytics, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/01/02/myanalytics-the-fitness-tracker-for-work-is-now-more-broadly-available/
Microsoft announced a discount for Microsoft 365 for Enterprise Agreement (EA) and Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS) customers until October 31st, 2019. Level A Corporate and Level B-D Government customers will receive a price discount of 6 % and Level A Government (including Government Only licenses) will receive a discount of 12%.
This offer is valid worldwide and applies to:
- New Agreement,
- Renewal Agreements Software Assurance (SA) retention licenses,
- Renewal Agreement Add-on,
- Mid agreement Add-on for Enterprise Client Access License (CAL) Suite and Core CAL Suite and
- Mid agreement Stepup from Microsoft 365 E3 or Microsoft 365 F1.
Effective October 1st 2018, Microsoft announced a price decrease of about 20 % for Microsoft 365 F1 Full User Subscription License (USL). Impacted Programs: Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS), Worldwide Government Partner (WWGP), Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA).
Microsoft announces that Skype for Business Online Plan 1 will be retired, effective August 1, 2018.
Current customers have many transition paths for their users to maintain Plan 1 functionality or higher, such as:
- Skype for Business Online Plan 2
- Office 365 Business, Business Essentials, Business Premium, F1, E1, E3, E5 (or Microsoft 365 Business, F1, E1, E3, E5).
Further information on the transition paths can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/partner-center/skype-retiring
Microsoft 365 is all about making it easy to license users for Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) with a single User Subscription License (USL). There’s now a new member of the family – Microsoft 365 F1 which is aimed at “firstline” workers, people in roles that make them the first point of contact between a company and the world it serves.
Microsoft 365 F1 gives access to Office 365 F1, Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and relevant security and management components of EMS. Find a comparison chart of Office 365 F1 and Microsoft 365 F1 at the bottom of the announcement page here: https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/09/25/all-workers-welcome-with-microsoft-365.
Microsoft 365 replaces Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise. Microsoft 365 plans provide a more trusted, secure, and productive way to work that brings together the best of Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise. With Microsoft 365, you can protect your organization, data and people, create a productive workplace to embrace diverse workstyles, enable your people to get things done anywhere, and provide insights to drive faster, better business decisions.
For further information about Microsoft 365, please visit: https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/07/10/introducing-microsoft-365/.