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 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.

Please contact us for more information and to request a quote.

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus device-based licensing announced

Microsoft announced that a Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus device add-on license will be available for Enterprise Agreement (EA) and Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS) customers in the summer of 2020.

This will effectively allow a Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus license to be assigned to a device so that multiple users can use Office 365 ProPlus on that device, whether they have their own User Subscription License (USL) for Office 365 or not. In August 2019, a similar add-on was made available for education customers with an Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES), where the add-ons are free if all Education Qualified Users (EQU) are licensed with an Office 365 ProPlus USL.

Find the latest announcement for commercial customers here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/device-based-licensing/ and recap on the education offer here: https://educationblog.microsoft.com/en-us/2019/08/attention-it-administrators-announcing-device-based-subscription-for-education/.

Microsoft 365 product name changes for small and medium-sized businesses

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 Planner available in Microsoft 365 F1 & Office 365 F1

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 Office Online name change

Microsoft announced that they will remove the branding “Online” for the web version of Office and introduce new terminology for the apps on the web. Apps like Word Online are now called “Word for the web” or “Word in a browser”. This new terminology is already reflected in the product terms. It is important to note that this brand change only applies to Office applications. There is no change to the branding for Microsoft “Online” server products – especially Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Project Online, and Office Online Server. For the official Microsoft announcement, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-Apps-Blog/Why-Office-Online-is-Now-Simply-Office/ba-p/760207.

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019 removed from Home Use Program

Microsoft announced that Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019 and Microsoft Office Home and Business 2019 are no longer available as Home Use Program offers. Microsoft Office customers in the Home Use Program can now only buy Microsoft Office 365 Home or Microsoft Office 365 Personal subscriptions.

For further information on the Microsoft Home Use Program, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/home-use-program/frequently-asked-questions.

Microsoft Office 365 license activation changes

In August, Microsoft will start rolling out changes to Microsoft Office 365 licensing technology to make it more reliable and resilient. These changes will help simplify activation management and streamline the Office 365 activation experience for users. Users will still sign-in to activate Office 365 on their devices, and if single sign-on is enabled, Office 365 will automatically pick up the credentials and activate Office 365. As part of your subscription, users can still install and activate Office 365 apps on up to five PCs or Macs, five tablets, and five smartphones. Previously, users who reached this limit were prompted to deactivate an existing install before activating Office 365 on a new device. Going forward, Office 365 will automatically sign the user out of the user’s least recently used device when the user exceeds the limit, eliminating unnecessary friction. In August, Microsoft will start slowly rolling out these changes to commercial customers on Monthly Channel. No additional action is required on your part.

For further information on the Microsoft Office 365 license activation changes, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/Office-365-Client-Licensing-and-Activation-Improvements/ba-p/763694.

Microsoft Forms Pro available

Microsoft announced the General Availability of Microsoft Forms Pro for Microsoft Dynamics 365 customers. Microsoft Forms Pro is a simple to use, yet robust enterprise-survey solution that integrates with Office 365, Dynamics 365, and the Power Platform. It’s built on Microsoft Forms for Office 365 with new, advanced survey capabilities to further support business survey solutions, including point-and-click simplicity to create and send custom surveys, integration with your business processes, and AI-assisted features that provide a deep-level of insights across transactional and behavioral data. Continue reading Microsoft Forms Pro available

Microsoft Office 365 Multi-Geo Capabilities

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.