Microsoft Stream is a cloud-based enterprise video service, that is included in many Microsoft Office 365 Plans. Now, Microsoft Stream is also available as Standalone Plans (Plan 1 & Plan 2). This page is useful for comparing the features of the two plans and to see the details of Microsoft Stream in the different Microsoft Office 365 Plans: https://stream.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/. This page also explains how Stream storage works: each tenant receives 500 GB of storage and an additional 0.5 GB per licensed user, with the exception of Office 365 F1 users. Further Stream storage is available as an Add-on license.
Microsoft announced the General Availability of Microsoft Office 365 Data Loss Prevention Licenses. These licenses will be available in the following volume licensing programs: Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS), Worldwide Government Partner and 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
Adobe announced the optimized integration of Adobe Acrobat DC and PDF services in Microsoft Office 365. This integration offers the following features, among others:
- Convert Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents to PDF files without leaving the Office 365 environment
- Create, export, merge and organize pages in a PDF directly from SharePoint and OneDrive
- Password assignment for important documents during PDF conversion to Office 365.
For more information on integrating Adobe Acrobat DC with Microsoft Office 365, visit https://acrobat.adobe.com/lu/en/business/integrations/microsoft.html
Microsoft announce that the Office Mobile Apps will now be available with full editing capability for users with Office 365 Business Essentials, E1 and F1 subscriptions. Once available, all Office 365 subscribers will be able to install full versions of the mobile apps on up to 5 devices, and create, edit and share documents on the go.
For more information about the Microsoft Mobile Apps included in Office 365 Plans, please visit: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/microsoft-announces-mobile-editing-availability-for-more-subscribers-be2cc9ae-113a-417f-8d34-b445ea49658a?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US
Microsoft has announced the Common Area Phone Device Subscription License (DSL). Common Area Phone is a Device License intended for phones that are deployed as standalone, shared devices in locations such as break rooms, reception areas, shop floors etc. It is a standalone license with no purchase prerequisites.
The Microsoft Common Area Phone Device Subscription License combines two sets of capabilities:
- Skype for Business Online Plan 2 including presence, instant messaging and in this context more important: conferencing
- Phone System, which was previously known as Cloud PBX, and allows customers to replace their on-premises Private Branch Exchange (PBX) with a cloud-based system
This license is available in Enterprise Agreement, Enterprise Agreement Subscription, Enrollment for Education Solutions, and Government Community Cloud.
Microsoft Office 365 F1 Plans replace Microsoft Office 365 K Plans. These Microsoft Office 365 plans are designed to connect and engage firstline workers. Purpose-built to meet varied demands across multiple industries, these plans deliver the key capabilities to manage and unlock the skills, knowledge, and expertise of your firstline workforce.
For further information about Microsoft Office 365 F1 plans, please visit: https://products.office.com/en-us/business/office-365-f1.
Microsoft announces changes to the way updates in Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus are managed. Firstly, the channel names are changed: from “Current Channel” to “Monthly Channel”, “First Release for Deferred Channel” to “Semi-annual Channel (Pilot)” and “Deferred Channel” to “Semi-annual Channel (Broad)”. The names tell us of another change – that unless you’re on the Monthly Channel, updates will now be twice a year rather than three times.
Microsoft announced some additions to the components of the Microsoft Office 365 K1 plan. In the coming weeks K1 users can expect to get access to this new set of capabilities:
- Microsoft StaffHub
- Microsoft OneDrive for Business
- Microsoft Skype for Business presence and instant messaging
- Microsoft Teams
- Microsoft Office 365 Video
- Microsoft PowerApps
- Microsoft Flow.
Find the announcement here: https://blogs.office.com/2017/04/03/new-value-in-office-365-enterprise-k1-for-frontline-workers/.
Microsoft announces that Microsoft Azure Active Directory group-based license management for Office 365 is now in public preview. This will offer two new services: firstly, you can assign a license template to an Azure Active Directory security group and then as users join and leave the group, licenses are automatically assigned and removed. Secondly, you will be able to selectively disable components in product licenses so that you can do a phased roll-out of the services of Office 365 E5 for example.
Find the Microsoft announcement here: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2017/02/22/announcing-the-public-preview-of-azure-ad-group-based-license-management-for-office-365-and-more/