Effective March 13, 2023, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is offering a new preview feature that allows a mix of Plan 1 and Plan 2 licenses. Previously, when multiple plans were involved, the tenant would prioritize the highest functional subscription. However, with this new preview feature, users can manage their subscription settings to accommodate mixed licensing scenarios across client devices. These new capabilities offer two options:
- Set your tenant to mixed mode and tag devices to determine which client devices will receive features and capabilities from each plan. This option is referred to as mixed mode. So you select certain devices for Plan 1, and other devices for Plan 2.
- Use the features and capabilities from one plan across all of your client devices.
For the announcement and more information about Microsoft Defender for Endpoint mixed licensing scenarios, please visit: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/security/defender-endpoint/defender-endpoint-subscription-settings?view=o365-worldwide&tabs=mixed.
For some examples of mixed licensing scenarios, please visit: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/security/defender-endpoint/defender-endpoint-plan-1-2?view=o365-worldwide#mixed-licensing-scenarios.
For a comparison of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Plan 1 vs. 2, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-defender-for-endpoint/microsoft-defender-for-endpoint-plan-1-now-generally-available/ba-p/2966231#:~:text=The%20below%20table%20offers%20a%20comparison%20of%20capabilities%20are%20offered%20in%20Plan%201%20versus%20Plan%202.
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