Updates to the Frontline Worker device rules

Microsoft adjust the rules for devices used by Frontline Workers. From 1 August 2022, Office 365 F3 and Microsoft 365 F1/F3 licences may be assigned to users who use a primary work device with a single screen smaller than 10.9″ – increased from 10.1″. 

Find notice of the update on the Product Terms site here: https://bit.ly/3prduoo.

Updates to the Home Use Program

The Home Use Program is renamed to the Workplace Discount Program, but there are no changes to the offers that are available to eligible organisations.

You can find out more about the Workplace Discount Program here: https://bit.ly/3Qb7AFx, and notice of the name change on the Product Terms site here: https://bit.ly/3prduoo.

Windows Autopatch

Microsoft announce the General Availability of Windows Autopatch – a cloud service that automates updates for Windows, Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, Edge and Teams.

It’s included with Windows 10/11 Enterprise E3/E5/VDA licences, and customers also need to be licensed for Azure Active Directory Premium and Microsoft Intune to take advantage of the service.

You can find the announcement here: https://bit.ly/3vcQMWq, and a useful FAQ here: https://bit.ly/3S7o1o9.

Microsoft Defender for Business servers preview

Microsoft announce that Defender for Business servers is now in preview, offering endpoint security for Windows and Linux servers for small and medium-sized businesses. It’s free during this preview period and will then be charged at $3 per server instance per month at General Availability, when it will be available as an Add-on licence to Microsoft 365 Business Premium or Microsoft Defender for Business.

Find the announcement here: https://bit.ly/3RZ7TVO, and a useful FAQ here: https://bit.ly/3BhF3d3.

Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability

Microsoft announce the June 1 General Availability of Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability.

It’s a solution that works across multiple industries to help an organisation to accelerate their sustainability progress towards net-zero emissions.

The new Microsoft Sustainability Manager helps customers to create a single and actionable view of their sustainability data, and is available through an EA or CSP costing $4,000 per tenant per month.

You can find a pricing datasheet on Microsoft Sustainability Manager here: https://bit.ly/3u4V1TG, and the GA announcement here: https://bit.ly/3OozVrt.

Microsoft Defender for Individuals

Microsoft expand the Microsoft Defender family with Microsoft Defender for Individuals.

This is an online security application for Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers, and is available across Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. Licensed users simply sign in, and once their Microsoft 365 credentials are validated, they are granted access to Microsoft Defender.

Find the product announcement here: https://bit.ly/3yntqzw, and learn more about the Microsoft Defender product family here: https://bit.ly/3ymw7RM.

Dynamics 365 Licensing Guide

There’s an updated (June 2022) Dynamics 365 Licensing Guide.

There’s mention on page 1 of the new licences for either Digital Messaging OR Voice Channel to step-up to Digital Messaging AND Voice Channel, and there’s a bit of extra detail added on page 44 clarifying that preparing periodic financial statements for customers is not considered an outsourced business service.

Finally, on page 41 there are some changes to the Operations Database capacity entitlements. Firstly, initial capacity for the tenant is up to 60 GB from 20 GB. Secondly, there are increases to the accrued capacity per User SL for Operations-Activity and Operations-Device licences as well as for Finance, Supply Chain Management, Commerce, Project Operations, and Human Resources licences. There are some other minor clarifications too which you can find detailed in the Change Log on page 60.

Get this updated guide here: https://bit.ly/3NVe1vh.