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.
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 December 31st, 2019 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 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).