Microsoft Common Area Phone available

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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

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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 Office 365 ProPlus Updates

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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.

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Microsoft Office 365 K1 Plan Updates

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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 Office 365 License Management

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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/

Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio Cloud Add-on Promotion

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Until June 30, 2017, Microsoft offers up to 30 % discount on Microsoft Project Online Professional Add-on for Office 365 and Microsoft Visio Professional Add-on for Office 365. This offer is valid for existing and renewing agreements. For each Add-on license, there has to be an existing license with Software Assurance (SA) for Microsoft Project Standard or Microsoft Visio Standard in place. The number of Add-on licenses may not exceed the number of existing Microsoft Project Standard or Microsoft Visio Standard licenses.

This offer is available in the programs Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS), Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA), Open Value (OV), Open Value Subscription (OVS) and Worldwide Government Partner (WWGP).

 

Microsoft MyAnalytics

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Microsoft introduces Microsoft MyAnalytics for personal analytics in Office 365, formerly known as Microsoft Delve Analytics. Microsoft MyAnalytics helps you focus on what matters most by providing personalized insights about how you spend your time at work. In addition to the capabilities that had been available in Microsoft Delve Analytics, Microsoft MyAnalytics will allow you to stay up-to-date with important contacts, share key metrics with a coach and help you prioritize the time you spend with different groups.

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