Microsoft Office 365 Multi-Geo Capabilities

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Microsoft Multi-Geo Capabilities for Microsoft Office 365 give customers full control of where their data is stored. Microsoft Multi-Geo Capabilities allow customers to choose different Office 365 data center geographies for their data within Office 365. Data within a single Office 365 tenant can be spread across multiple Office 365 data center geographies on a per-user basis.

Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365 are available for Exchange Online and OneDrive, SharePoint Online and Office 365 Groups, allowing customers to address their global data residency needs.

According to the Microsoft Product Terms for June 2019, Microsoft changed the minimum requirements for the Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365 from 2500 Office 365 licenses to 500.

For further information on the Microsoft Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365, please visit: https://products.office.com/en-us/business/multi-geo-capabilities.

Microsoft Kaizala available

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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 365 From SA rights

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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&.

Microsoft Skype for Business Online Plan 2 Standalone offers discontinue

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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 Office 365 Home Use Program Software Assurance Benefit

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The new Office 365 Home Use Program (HUP) benefit is added to the February 2019 Product Terms. If a customer has Software Assurance Membership coverage on the Applications pool then employees may buy an Office 365 Home or Personal subscription through the Microsoft Home Use Program website at a discounted rate.
 
What’s interesting (and different to its Office 2019 HUP counterpart) is that employees may renew the subscription at the special HUP price regardless of whether they’re still employed by the qualifying organization and that organization’s Software Assurance Membership coverage status.
 
For more information about the Microsoft Home Use Program Benefit, please see the February 2019 Product Terms, page 80: http://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/DocumentSearch.aspx?Mode=3&DocumentTypeId=1&.

Microsoft MyAnalytics

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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 Identity and Threat Protection available

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Microsoft announced the availability of the Microsoft Identity & Threat Protection license, which includes the following products:

  • Microsoft Cloud App Security,
  • Azure Active Directory Plan 2,
  • Azure Advanced Threat Protection,
  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection and
  • Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2 (Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection + Office 365 Threat Intelligence).

Available in the licensing programs according to the categories.

For more information about Microsoft Identity and Threat Protection, please visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/01/02/introducing-new-advanced-security-and-compliance-offerings-for-microsoft-365/.

Microsoft Information Protection & Compliance available

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Microsoft announced the availability of the Microsoft Information Protection & Compliance license, which includes the following products:

  • Azure Information Protection P2 and
  • Office 365 Advanced Compliance (Advanced eDiscovery, Advanced Data Governance, Customer Key, and Privileged Access Management).

Available in the licensing programs according to the categories.

For more information about Microsoft Information Protection & Compliance, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/01/02/introducing-new-advanced-security-and-compliance-offerings-for-microsoft-365/.

Adobe PDF & Acrobat Integrations for Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive and SharePoint

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The integration of Adobe PDF & Acrobat functions into the Microsoft Office 365 environment allow you to combine both technologies smoothly. Here are some examples how to use it:

  • You can create, manipulate, and view high-quality, secure PDFs across the web versions of Office 365, right from the toolbar of the web versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive and SharePoint.
  • Sales teams can now combine parts of PowerPoint and PDF files directly in SharePoint Online to create a new customer proposal, and even get that proposal signed with Adobe Sign without leaving SharePoint Online.
  • You can also add signing steps to SharePoint Online workflows, or use the Microsoft Flow connector to automate processes.

For more information about the different functionalities, please visit: https://acrobat.adobe.com/lu/en/business/integrations/microsoft-office-365.html

To benefit from the integration, you have to activate the Adobe Document Cloud add-in and the Adobe Sign add-in. With the following link you can install and configure the Microsoft + Adobe Document Cloud integrations: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/o365pdf/start.html. And here you find detailed instructions for the installation and configuration of Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint OneDrive https://helpx.adobe.com/document-cloud/help/office365-configuring-sharepoint-onedrive.html.

Microsoft Office 365 Meeting Room per Device Licenses available

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Microsoft announced the availability of the Microsoft Office 365 Meeting Room per Device Licenses. This licenses cover a Skype for Business device used in a conference room which is not dedicated to a single user and requires a separate telephone number, like a typical conferencing phone. These licenses are available in the following programs: Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS), Worldwide Government Partner, Enrollment for Education Solutions and School. Microsoft Office 365 Meeting Room per Device Licenses without Conference Licenses are offered for the countries which do not offer Audio Conference services.