Effective September 2020, Microsoft 365 F1 does not include rights to a Microsoft Exchange mailbox. In order to enable a full Microsoft Teams experience, Microsoft 365 F1 licenses may come with an additional Microsoft Exchange Online Kiosk (K1) license. Although the Microsoft Exchange Online K1 license will provision a mailbox for the user, it is important to notice, that Microsoft 365 F1 users are not entitled to use the mailbox. Microsoft recommends disabling Microsoft Outlook on the web via these steps: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/recipients-in-exchange-online/manage-user-mailboxes/enable-or-disable-outlook-web-app and asking affected users not to access the Microsoft Exchange mailbox via any other methods.
For further information on Microsoft 365 F1 User Mailbox Use Rights, please find the Microsoft Product Terms here: https://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/Downloader.aspx?documenttype=PT&lang=English.
Effective April 1, 2020, Microsoft 365 Compliance conditions change. The former components Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Compliance and Microsoft Azure Information Protection Premium Plan 2 are being replaced by three new smaller suites:
– Microsoft E5 eDiscovery and Audit
– Microsoft E5 Information Protection and Governance
– Microsoft E5 Insider Risk Management
These suites add some new functionality and can be added on to any Microsoft 365, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business plan license.
For further information on Microsoft 365 Compliance changes, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/servicedescriptions/microsoft-365-service-descriptions/microsoft-365-tenantlevel-services-licensing-guidance/microsoft-365-security-compliance-licensing-guidance.
The Microsoft 365 E3 Unattended License enables the use of Office applications with service or other non-user accounts, as is typical during automation process execution. Microsoft still recommends that automation processes should leverage product APIs like Microsoft Graph when possible. However, this new license can provide a new option for working with productivity data and tools.
For further information, please visit: https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/office/blogs/new-licensing-options-for-microsoft-365-for-unattended-scenarios/
Effective April 1, 2020, Microsoft introduced a new Microsoft 365 F1 plan. It has a competitive per-user-per-month pricing and replaces the old Microsoft 365 F1 plan, that was renamed into Microsoft 365 F3. Therefore, all users on Microsoft 365 F1 until March 31st, 2020 were moved to Microsoft 365 F3. All loyal and new Microsoft 365 F3 users receive extra value, with extra capabilities, powerful automation capabilities through the Microsoft Power Platform, Microsoft Planner, Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) E3, and advantageous new product terms.
For further information on the announcement of the new entry-level of Microsoft 365 F1 for Firstline Workers, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/news/m365-firstline-workers.
Microsoft announced that effective April 21, 2020 the following products for small and medium-sized businesses are renamed. This is a change to the product name only, and there are no pricing or feature changes at this time.
|Product name before 2020-04-21
||Product name after 2020-04-21
|Office 365 Business Essentials
||Microsoft 365 Business Basic
|Office 365 Business Premium
||Microsoft 365 Business Standard
|Microsoft 365 Business
||Microsoft 365 Business Premium
|Office 365 Business and Office 365 ProPlus
||Microsoft 365 Apps
Where necessary Microsoft will use the “for business” and “for enterprise” labels to distinguish between the two.
For further information on the Microsoft 365 product name changes for small and medium-sized businesses, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/03/30/new-microsoft-365-offerings-small-and-medium-sized-businesses/.
Until June 30, 2020 Microsoft is providing a Microsoft 365 Business promotion for eligible customers: 20% off the first year of Microsoft 365 Business subscription (for up to 300 licenses) when purchased through SCHNEIDER IT MANAGEMENT as your Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Provider.
- Offer is available in CSP only.
- Product: Microsoft 365 Business (for up to 300 licenses) with annual commitment.
- Eligible customers: new or existing customers.
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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