Changes to Dynamics 365 Talent

Microsoft announce some changes to Dynamics 365 Talent. Firstly, they’re rebranding “Talent” to “Human Resources” and that will be effective from 1 February, 2020. Secondly, the Talent Attract and Onboard apps are being retired on 1 February, 2022. They’re intending to align future investments with the solutions offered by LinkedIn, and suggest that existing Talent Attract/Onboard customers may want to transition to LinkedIn Talent Hub.

Find the announcement here: http://bit.ly/2PJueXN and more detail on retirement timescales for Talent Attract/Onboard here: http://bit.ly/2sjqrZx.

Dynamics 365 Licensing Guide

There’s an updated (December 2019) Dynamics 365 Licensing Guide. It includes confirmation that users licensed with Sales Professional may use Marketing Campaigns and Lists, and that while users with Team Members licences have access to the Dynamics 365 Mobile app, they don’t have access to offline capabilities. And finally, the Power Platform family completes its round of name changes with PowerApps going to Power Apps, and Flow to Power Automate.

Find the updated guide here: http://bit.ly/D365LGDec2019.

Microsoft 365 Business Voice

Microsoft introduced Microsoft 365 Business Voice in November 2019 for the UK and Canada, with plans for global availability in 2020. This is a single Add-on licence which includes access to Phone System, Audio Conferencing, and a Domestic Calling Plan, and can be added to an Office 365 plan (Business Essentials, Business Premium, A1, E1, A3, E3) or a Microsoft 365 plan (Business, A3, E3). It’s limited to up to 300 users in an organisation, and the price per month is £12.00 per user.

Find the original announcement here: http://bit.ly/2Yt80gU and a useful overview page here: http://bit.ly/2Yw4LoR.

PowerApps and Power Automate Licensing FAQs

If you’re interested in the licensing of PowerApps and Power Automate then you may find this page of licensing FAQs useful. It covers a diverse range of topics including trial licences, the Common Data Service, Add-ons, Portals, and AI Builder. Find it here: http://bit.ly/32U9ocP.

PowerApps and Flow Licensing Guide

There’s an updated (November 2019) PowerApps and Flow Licensing Guide. There are only small changes to this guide since the main changes to PowerApps and Flow licensing happened in October 2019. Find the changes detailed in the Change Log on page 21, and note that this guide isn’t yet updated for the renaming of Flow to Power Automate. Get this latest guide here: http://bit.ly/PowAppLGNov2019.

Power Platform Updates

Microsoft announce some changes to the Power Platform of which the most notable enhancements are: Microsoft Flow is renamed to Microsoft Power Automate, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is added for delivering an end-to-end automation solution, and Microsoft Power Virtual Agents are added to allow intelligent AI-powered virtual agents to be created and deployed. Find the full announcement here: http://bit.ly/2NWKFQT.

SQL Server 2019 Generally Available

Microsoft announce that SQL Server 2019 is generally available. There are the usual product enhancements you’d expect with, from a licensing perspective, the most significant being support for deploying Big Data Clusters. A new SA benefit gives customers an allowance for licensing Big Data Cluster nodes, with additional licences available in the (inevitable) 2-core pack. There are also SA benefits added for licensing Disaster Recovery solutions.

Find the announcement here: http://bit.ly/2pGwlD5, with a 42-page Licensing Guide here: http://bit.ly/SQL2019LGNov2019.

Dynamics 365 Licensing Guide

There’s an updated (November 2019) Dynamics 365 Licensing Guide. There are a number of changes which, as usual, you can find detailed in the Change Log on page 68. The most interesting ones include the addition of Digital Messaging – a new messaging Add-on for Customer Service Enterprise, licensed by user (page 19), and Chatbot Sessions for use with Azure Bot Framework bots, where each Chat and Digital Messaging licence receives an entitlement of 50 chatbot sessions pooled at the tenant level, with additional chatbot sessions available as an Add-on (page 31). There’s also some wording added on page 6 to clarify when logins are shared and individual with Device SLs.

Find this guide here: http://bit.ly/D365LGNov2019.