Microsoft announced that effective December 1, 2019, Microsoft will release Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) add-on for Microsoft 365 E3 and E5.
The VDA add-on allows Microsoft 365 E3 and E5 users to access the Windows Enterprise Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) on dedicated servers when those users don’t have a primary device with a Qualifying Operating System (QOS), for example, Windows Pro.
Microsoft announced that effective December 1, 2019, Microsoft will offer Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (MDATP) for non-Windows devices.
Microsoft Defender ATP enables customers to protect their non-Windows devices and detect and respond to advanced attacks while keeping a centralized “single pane of glass” experience. You can avail of MDATP by purchasing one of the following offers:
- Microsoft 365 E5 (existing).
- Microsoft 365 E5 Security (existing).
- New standalone Microsoft Defender ATP for Cross Platform Devices offer, which will be available for purchase only to users with primary non-Windows devices. The user interface brings similar experience to what customers have today on Windows 10 devices.
For more information regarding Microsoft Defender ATP, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/microsoft-defender-atp?ocid=cx-blog-mmpc
Microsoft Planner has been added to Microsoft 365 F1 and Office 365 F1 commercial and government plans starting at the beginning of October 2019. The Planner functionality is the same as in higher level plans, and there’s no action for a customer to take.
For the full Microsoft announcement, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Planner-Blog/Planner-is-coming-to-all-F1-commercial-plans-and-government/ba-p/835468.
For more information about Microsoft Planner in general, please visit: https://products.office.com/en-us/business/task-management-software.
Microsoft announced the public preview of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop. Now, all customers can access this service that delivers simplified management, a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes and enjoy built-in security.
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Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Kaizala – a phone number-based, simple and secure work management and mobile messaging app for businesses. Sign-up using just your phone number, so you can chat, coordinate, manage tasks, and more both inside and outside of your organization.
There are two versions of Microsoft Kaizala available – the free Microsoft Kaizala App and Microsoft Kaizala Pro, which adds additional features. Both can be downloaded here, where you find a description of the Kaizala Pro features on the bottom of the page: https://products.office.com/en/business/microsoft-kaizala.
Microsoft Kaizala Pro is included in the following Microsoft licenses:
- Microsoft Office 365 F1, E1, E3, E5, Business Essentials and Business Premium
- Microsoft Office 365 Education A3 and A5
- Microsoft 365 F1, Business, E3, E5
- Microsoft 365 Education A3 and A5.
According to this announcement, Microsoft Kaizala will become part of Microsoft Teams: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Kaizala-Blog/Microsoft-Kaizala-rolls-out-to-Office-365-customers-globally-and/ba-p/394298.
For an interactive Microsoft Kaizala demo click here: https://kaizalademo.office.com/.
Microsoft has decided that, contrary to their earlier announcement, they will not now remove the Microsoft Office Professional Plus installation rights that customers are currently entitled to with Microsoft 365 E3 and E5 From SA licenses. In the following announcement, Microsoft confirms that they will retain their “Dual Use” policy: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/news/microsoft365-dual-use-rights-update.
The Microsoft Product Terms for June 2019 reflect this decision. To download the Microsoft Product Terms, please visit: http://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/DocumentSearch.aspx?Mode=3&DocumentTypeId=1&.
Until January 14, 2020 Microsoft adds one year of free Windows 7 Extended Security Update (ESU) 2020 to all active subscriptions of Microsoft Windows E5, Microsoft 365 E5 or Microsoft 365 E5 Security through an Enterprise Agreement or Enterprise Agreement Subscription.
Qualified users may use up to five simultaneous devices to run a local Operating System Environment (OSE) covered by Windows 7 ESU for 2020 or access virtual OSEs covered by Windows 7 ESU for 2020 without the need for a Windows 7 ESU license. Customer may acquire Windows 7 ESU 2021 & 2022 and Windows 7 ESU 2021 & 2022 for Microsoft 365 licenses for such devices without the need to acquire the 2020 ESU license if the devices were used solely by Qualified Users for the duration of the ESU 2020 coverage period. These devices must be assigned ESU licenses for all respective years if used by any users not currently licensed with Windows E5, Microsoft 365 E5, or Microsoft 365 E5 Security Subscription Licenses.
The Microsoft Product Terms for June 2019 describe this offer on page 106. To download the Microsoft Product Terms, please visit: http://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/DocumentSearch.aspx?Mode=3&DocumentTypeId=1&.
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.