Microsoft 365 and Outlook for Windows connectivity

Starting November 1, 2021 and completed by mid-May 2022, the following versions of Microsoft Outlook for Windows, as part of Office and Microsoft 365 Apps, will retire and will not be able to connect with Office 365 and Microsoft 365 services anymore:

  • Office 2007: all versions of Outlook for Windows
  • Office 2010: all versions of Outlook for Windows
  • Office 2013: Outlook for Windows Version 0.4970.9999 and older
  • Office 2016: Outlook for Windows Version 0.4599.9999 and older
  • Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (formerly Office 365 ProPlus): Outlook for Windows Version 1705 and older
  • Microsoft 365 Apps for business (formerly Office 365 Business): Outlook for Windows Version 1705 and older

Versions that are newer than minimum version requirements listed above, but are not the currently supported version, may experience connectivity issues. It is recommended that all users upgrade to the supported versions of Office and Microsoft 365 Apps. Supported versions of Outlook for Windows in Office and Microsoft 365 will continue to connect to Microsoft 365 services as expected.

For a list of the currently supported versions of Microsoft 365 Apps, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/officeupdates/update-history-microsoft365-apps-by-date.

For a list of the currently supported versions of Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016, please visit “Latest Public Update” here: https://docs.microsoft.com/officeupdates/office-updates-msi.

Microsoft 365 and Dynamics Cloud for Financial Services Industry add-ons available

Effective November 1, 2021, Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services Industry (FSI) is generally available as an add-on within Microsoft 365 and within Microsoft Dynamics 365.

Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services integrates cloud services across the depth of our offerings -Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Power Platform – underpinned by an industry data model, with new capabilities and customization unique to the financial services industry.

Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services provides you with the following capabilities:

  • Deliver differentiated experiences: Designed to accelerate loyalty, growth, and profitability through personalized customer interactions and financial insights.
  • Empower employees: Use solutions to improve productivity and workflow to boost employee experiences and strengthen customer connections.
  • Combat financial crime: Help identify and respond to evolving criminal activity while helping to protect against losses.
  • Boost security and compliance: Help stay ahead of sophisticated attacks and on top of evolving regulatory requirements.

For more information on Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/industry/financial-services/microsoft-cloud-for-financial-services.

For more details, please visit: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/industry-blog/financial-services/2021/10/04/microsoft-cloud-for-financial-services-accelerating-innovation-for-sustainable-growth/.

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Microsoft 365 removal of unused overages

Effective October 1, 2021, Microsoft will start to remove excess overallocated Microsoft 365 licenses. Microsoft 365 commercial customers using 95 percent or less of their purchase count will see the removal of unused overages that were made available prior to the updated overallocation process. This is the final step in the changes to how licenses are allocated.

Prior to recent updates to Microsoft’s license overallocation process, Microsoft provided customers with access to incremental excess licenses. This would help in situations such as step-ups from Microsoft 365 E3 to E5 without potential interruptions due to lack of available licenses. But because these incremental, unpaid licenses led to compliance risks for the customers, they are being removed from the system. Customers will continue to be protected from loss of service through the updated overallocation process.

For customers who haven’t transacted a qualifying license transition order, any existing (fixed-value) unused overallocation will be reset to zero starting October 1, 2021.

Customers need to do the following to prepare for the change:

  • If customers only assign licenses using the Microsoft 365 Admin Center user interface, this message is just for awareness.
  • If customers use license assignment workflow automation – for example, via Microsoft PowerShell scripting – and their automation logic permits assigning more licenses than they own, they will need to update the automation logic to avoid an overallocation.
  • To avoid potential process failure, customers should update the automation logic before October 1, 2021.
  • Note that already licensed users won’t see any loss in or impact on their service.
  • If customers use group-based licensing, they should periodically verify that the available licenses are adequate for their group membership counts.
  • If customers anticipate having an insufficient number of licenses to meet their needs, they might be able to place a license reservation in the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center or place an order through SCHNEIDER IT MANAGEMENT.

For more information about licensing, including license reservations and how to make a license reservation, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/license-faq.

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Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft 365 pricing changes and Audio Conferencing capabilities

Effective March 1, 2022, the following pricing changes for Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft 365 per user per month subscriptions will take place:

  • Microsoft Office 365 E1 (from $8 to $10)
  • Microsoft Office 365 E3 (from $20 to $23)
  • Microsoft Office 365 E5 (from $35 to $38)
  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic (from $5 to $6)
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium (from $20 to $22)
  • Microsoft 365 E3 (from $32 to $36)

These increases will apply globally with local market adjustments for certain regions. There are no changes to pricing for education and consumer products at this time.

Furthermore, over the next months, Microsoft will add unlimited dial-in capabilities for Microsoft Teams meetings for existing Office 365 and Microsoft 365 licenses. These capabilities are currently only included with Microsoft 365 E5 and Office 365 E5.

An Audio Conferencing license enables you to provide a dial-in phone number for Teams meeting attendees, and to dial-out during a meeting to invite other callers into that meeting.

Currently there are two promotions that entitle Enterprise Agreement (EA) and Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) customers to free Audio Conferencing licenses with both promotions: https://www.schneider.im/microsoft-teams-audio-conferencing-available-for-free/.

For the announcement, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2021/08/19/new-pricing-for-microsoft-365/.

For more information on Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/audio-conferencing-in-office-365.

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Microsoft 365 Visio web app available

Effective July 2021, a lightweight version of the Visio web app is available for Microsoft 365.

This version offers core Visio functionalities and allows business users to create and edit professional Visio diagrams effortlessly and collaborate with others by sharing diagrams seamlessly.

Visio has long been available only as a standalone app for purchase. Now, this lightweight version of the Visio web app is available, at no additional cost, to users licensed with Microsoft 365 Business Basic/Standard/Premium, Office 365 E1/E3/E5/F3, Microsoft 365 F3/E3/E5, and Microsoft 365 Apps for business/enterprise licenses.

For the announcement, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2021/06/09/bringing-visio-to-microsoft-365-diagramming-for-everyone/.

For more information on Visio, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/visio/flowchart-software.

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Microsoft 365 E5 Azure Sentinel benefit

Until October 31, 2021, this promotion allows free Microsoft 365 data ingestion of up to 100 MB per user per month into Azure Sentinel and Azure Log Analytics. This offer is for Microsoft 365 E5 and Microsoft 365 E5 Security customers.

Customers can protect their entire enterprise from threats with Microsoft 365 Defender and Azure Sentinel.

With this, customers will get a refund of up to 100 MB per user per month of Microsoft 365 data. The refund will appear in the customer’s Azure bill the following month.

This promotion is available through SCHNEIDER IT MANAGEMENT as your Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), Volume Licensing and Web Direct.

For more information on the offer, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/offers/sentinel-microsoft-365-offer/.

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Microsoft 365 Business Voice with and without Calling Plan Promotion

Until December 31, 2021, new and renewing subscriptions of Microsoft 365 Business Voice with or without Calling Plan are subject to discount pricing with SCHNEIDER IT MANAGEMENT as your Cloud Solution Provider (CSP).

Microsoft 365 Business Voice with Calling Plan is subject to a 25% discount for 12 months, and Microsoft 365 Business Voice without Calling Plan is subject to a 33% discount for 12 months.

Microsoft 365 Business Voice is an all-in-one communication solution for small and medium businesses (SMBs) that integrates into Microsoft 365 – bringing together calling, meetings, and messaging into a single application, Microsoft Teams.

These promos are available for net new commercial customers and existing customers who do not have an active or recently cancelled Business Voice or Audio Conferencing license.

For more details on Microsoft 365 Business Voice, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/business-voice/whats-business-voice.

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Microsoft 365 Calling Plans available in Luxembourg

Effective May 3, 2021, Microsoft 365 Calling Plans are available in additional countries, including Luxembourg.

Microsoft Calling Plans allows Microsoft Teams users to call regular phones from within their Microsoft product. This allows both the use of Microsoft Phone System with Calling Plan to connect to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), and the connection to other Microsoft Teams users within one environment.

There are two Calling Plans options:

  • Domestic Calling Plan: Licensed users can call out to numbers located in the country where they are assigned in Microsoft 365 (e.g. Luxembourg).
  • Domestic and International Calling Plan: Licensed users can call out to numbers located in the country where their Microsoft 365 license is assigned to, and to international numbers in 196 countries.

In Luxembourg, there are four plan options available per calendar month:

  • 120 minute Domestic Calling Plan
  • 240 minute Domestic Calling Plan
  • 1200 minute Domestic Calling Plan
  • Domestic and International Calling Plan: 1200 minutes of domestic -OR- 600 minutes of international calling (whichever is reached first in the calendar month)

Outbound calls to premium numbers are not supported at this time.

This launch will expand the availability of Calling Plans to 10 new markets across the EMEA and APAC regions. The APAC markets are Singapore and New Zealand. The EMEA markets are Luxembourg, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Norway, and Slovakia.

For additional information on Calling Plans for Microsoft 365, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/calling-plans-for-office-365.

For a list of the 196 countries included in the Domestic and International Calling Plan, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/country-and-region-availability-for-audio-conferencing-and-calling-plans/users-can-make-outbound-calls-to-these-countries-and-regions.

For more information of availability in Luxembourg, including Calling Plans, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/country-and-region-availability-for-audio-conferencing-and-calling-plans/availability-in-luxembourg.

For further information on Microsoft Calling Plans in general, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/calling-plan-landing-page.

Microsoft named leader in the 2021 Enterprise Email Security by Forrester

Effective May 6, 2021, Microsoft leads Enterprise Email Security, The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2021 report suggests.

As Email represents the primary target for cybercrime, companies increasingly search for efficient and cost-effective means to secure company data and maintain productivity within their environments. Microsoft understands this exponentially increasing risk and therefore developed Microsoft 365 Defender. Both, Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Microsoft 365 Defender, understand the entire chain of events, identify affected assets, like users, endpoints, mailboxes, and applications, and auto-heal them back to a safe state.

The Forrester Wave report evaluates enterprise email security solutions and provides a detailed overview of the current offering, strategy, and market presence of these vendors.

Microsoft Defender for Office 365 received the highest possible score in the incident response, threat intelligence, and endpoint and endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions integration criteria, as well as in the product strategy, customer success, and performance and operations criteria.

For the report, please visit: https://reprints2.forrester.com/#/assets/2/108/RES157497/report.

For more information on Microsoft 365 Defender, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/business/threat-protection/microsoft-365-defender.

For the Microsoft article, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/2021/05/06/forrester-names-microsoft-a-leader-in-the-2021-enterprise-email-security-wave/.

Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes Antivirus management and Universal Print

Effective March 15, 2021, Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes Antivirus management and Universal Print capabilities.

Microsoft Defender Antivirus provides your PCs with robust antimalware protection. The new Active Threats page of that antivirus management experience has been rolling out for the past few months and is now available to all customers worldwide.

Universal Print is a Microsoft 365 subscription-based service that allows IT to manage printers directly through the Universal Print portal, without the need for on-premises print servers. For organizations that are committed to Microsoft 365, it replaces the Windows Server print server functionality.

For the announcement, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/small-and-medium-business-blog/new-in-microsoft-365-business-premium-antivirus-management-and/ba-p/2212333.

For more information on Microsoft Defender Antivirus, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/business/threats-detected-defender-av?view=o365-worldwide.

For more information on Universal Print, please have a look at this article: https://www.schneider.im/microsoft-universal-print/.