Effective immediately, Cygna Labs’ Cygna Auditor offers organizations that adopt Microsoft 365 and continue to have on-premises infrastructure an audit and compliance reporting solution that can monitor all activity and changes in a single console. The solution provides comprehensive change auditing and alerts on critical activity, reports risky sign-ins and tracks role changes to enable companies with audit-readiness. Cygna Auditor is available for Microsoft 365, Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD) and Microsoft Teams. It is approved for government and the financial services industry.
For more information on Cygna Auditor for Microsoft 365, please visit: https://cygnalabs.com/en/office-365-auditing/.
For more details on Cygna Auditor for Azure Active Directory (AAD), please visit: https://cygnalabs.com/en/azure-ad-auditing/.
To learn more about Cygna Auditor for Microsoft Teams, please take a look at: https://cygnalabs.com/en/microsoft-teams-auditing/.
More information on its use on government and financial services industry can be found under: https://cygnalabs.com/en/government-industry/ and https://cygnalabs.com/en/financial-services-industry/.
There are several webinars led by Cygna Auditor specialists, that you may follow:
January 21, 2021: 2pm
January 26, 2021: 10am
January 29, 2021: 2pm
February 1, 2021: 10am
February 4, 2021: 2pm
February 9, 2021: 10am
February 12, 2021: 2pm
February 15, 2021: 10am
February 18, 2021: 2pm
February 23, 2021: 10am
February 26, 2021: 2pm
Please contact us for more information.
Effective February 1, 2021, customers can purchase three new Security and Compliance Add-ons to Microsoft 365 F1 and F3.
These offers are
Microsoft 365 F5 Compliance
Microsoft 365 F5 Security
Microsoft 365 F5 Security and Compliance
as Add-ons for Microsoft 365 F1 and F3.
For more information on Microsoft 365 for frontline workers, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/enterprise/frontline.
Please contact us for more details.
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/.
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.