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Microsoft Newsletter- April 2020

Read below for all the latest news and updates from Microsoft this month.

Name changes to Office 365 and Microsoft 365 plans

From mid-April, Microsoft have announced some name changes to their plans- please find details of these below.

For Business Plans (customers requiring less than 300 users):

  • Office 365 Business Essentials becomes Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Office 365 Business Premium becomes Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Microsoft 365 Business becomes Microsoft 365 Business Premium

For the Office Applications:

  • Office 365 Business becomes Microsoft 365 Apps for business
  • Office 365 ProPlus becomes Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise

Software Assurance Benefits Removal

Microsoft announced last year the phasing out of the Planning Services Days and Training Vouchers as SA benefits. The process started in February 2020 and will run until June 2022. Please speak to your Ultima account team to learn how you are affected.

Although some 24/7 PRS has been extended this year, the Planning Services Days and Training Vouchers are heavily impacted- Azure and cloud options have already been removed. Please speak to a member of the Ultima licensing team to learn how you may be affected.

Microsoft put price increase on hold for E5 compliance add on

Back in February, Microsoft announced additional functionality coming to the new M365 E5 add on, along with a price increase to recognise this extra value. Due to the current climate, Microsoft have retracted the price increase and continued with rolling out the additional value as planned.

New value includes Advanced Auditing and Communication Compliance. Contact us to learn more.

New Microsoft 365 entry-level SKU for Firstline Workers 

Microsoft have introduced an even more cut down version of M365 for first line workers.

The former F1 SKUs have been rebranded to F3. Click here to learn more.

Microsoft announce that an Office 365 ProPlus device add on licence will be available for EA and EAS customers in the summer of 2020

Learn more here.

Core customer data moving to UK data centres

Microsoft are offering free migrations to customers to move their O365 data to UK data centres, as long as  customers opt in before 1st July 2020. Moving data to the UK will enable you to meet your data residency requirements and maintain resiliency in O365. You will also be able to benefit from in-geo data residency for core customer data, business continuity, and disaster recovery. Office 365 has a data centre geo in the United Kingdom and Microsoft offer a migration service that now includes Microsoft Teams chat service data. Let us know if you’d like to progress or click here for more detail.

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