Microsoft announce that Power Automate Process Mining is generally available.
From a licensing perspective, you need a Power Automate Premium licence which gives you 50 MB of Process Mining Data Storage, and a further 50 MB for every additional licence that you purchase up to a maximum of 100 GB per customer.
From there, you can purchase a Power Automate Process Mining Add-on licence which gives a further 100 GB of Data Storage and costs $5,000 per month.
Find the announcement article here: https://bit.ly/47id22H, specific licensing information here: https://bit.ly/3Ks4zQO, and pricing information here: https://bit.ly/3ooVJb2.
Microsoft announce the availability of Viva Pulse to help leaders seek regular and confidential feedback about their team’s experience, and this new app is included in the existing $12 per user per month Viva Suite.
You can find the announcement article here: https://bit.ly/3DY4Bwh, and a useful Viva app comparison sheet which includes Viva Pulse here: https://bit.ly/3QqHAcz.
Microsoft announce the general availability of Dev Box – think Windows 365 optimised for developer use cases and productivity.
In common with Windows 365, users need to be licensed for Windows 11 Enterprise, Intune and Azure Active Directory Premium Plan 1, and then there’s a fee for the Dev Box services each month. And this is where it’s a bit different… You need to pay a flat monthly storage fee – which differs depending on which Dev Box configuration you’ve chosen – and then you pay an hourly compute fee for each hour of active usage during the month. However, for each Dev Box type there’s a maximum monthly price and when a Dev Box’s total cost (including its monthly storage and hourly compute) reaches the level of the maximum monthly price, billing will automatically stop for that Dev Box.
Find the announcement here: https://bit.ly/3KnMHX7, pricing information here: https://bit.ly/3QknTD5, and an article with general Dev Box information here: https://bit.ly/3rYwIZ6.
Microsoft announce that Windows 365 Frontline is generally available. Users need to be licensed with Windows 11 Enterprise, Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory Premium Plan 1, and Window 365 Frontline plans start at $42 per 3 users per month.
Get an overview of Windows 365 Frontline on our blog here: https://bit.ly/479OhFT, pricing information across the 11 different Cloud PC configurations here: https://bit.ly/44Oywm3, and the excellent announcement article with lots more useful information here: https://bit.ly/3rLf8aZ.
Microsoft announce that the centrally managed Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server is now generally available. This allows customers to assign eligible licences to their SQL Server resources in Azure at a whole Subscription or Billing Profile level rather than to individual resources, making it much easier to manage.
Find the announcement here: https://bit.ly/3MKf3MN, and the useful Learn documentation here: https://bit.ly/3Olhk2f.
Microsoft announce that SQL Server 2022 is generally available. Volume Licensing customers can download it immediately, and customers purchasing via CSP, OEM, and SPLA will be able to begin purchasing SQL Server 2022 in January 2023. This announcement article (http://bit.ly/3GmU8ww) gives lots of detail on the new features, as well as introducing a new PAYG purchasing model for SQL Server. The new licensing model is enabled by Azure Arc, and allows customers using either Standard or Enterprise edition to pay only when they use SQL Server.
Find out more about how it all works in this article: http://bit.ly/3Arq2UP.
Microsoft announce the General Availability of Virtual Machine Software Reservations. These are the newest members of the Reservations family enabling customers to take advantage of discounts by making a duration-based commitment (1 or 3 years) when they buy third-party software to run in their virtual machines.
There are a whole host of participating publishers (Canonical, Citrix, and Red Hat to name a few) with a choice of monthly or upfront payment options.
Find the announcement here: http://bit.ly/3G33q0M, an article on how to purchase them here: https://bit.ly/3EdLzmh, and specifics on how the discount is applied here: http://bit.ly/3tcTlqe.
Microsoft announce the General Availability of Teams Phone Mobile, previously known as Operator Connect Mobile, which gives users a single, business-provided number for Teams and their mobile phone.
From a licensing perspective users will need to be licensed for Teams Phone and will also need to have the $0 Teams Phone Mobile Add-on licence assigned to them.
Find the announcement here: https://bit.ly/3yO1aGi.
Microsoft announce that Viva Sales is generally available as of 3 October, 2022. Viva as a brand is about improving the employee experience, with the Viva Suite aimed at employees in any role across a business.
Viva Sales, however, is tailored to improve the employee experience for a specific role – sellers – and it enables these users to use Office 365 and Teams to automatically capture, access and register data into a CRM system, eliminating the administrative burden of manual data entry.
Viva Sales is included in Dynamics 365 Sales Enterprise and Premium licences, and is also available as a standalone licence priced at $40 per user per month.
Find the announcement here: https://bit.ly/3fZC28I, with links to other useful resources such as pricing information and an “Introduction to Viva Sales” course on Microsoft Learn.
Microsoft announce Teams Premium, which will be in Public Preview in December and generally available in February 2023. It will be licensed via an add-on to Teams with an expected price of $10 per user per month.
In terms of functionality, expect AI features such as intelligent recaps to summarise meetings with actions, and live translation for captions, as well as options for keeping confidential meetings confidential, help in streamlining registration workflows, and the availability of rich analytics.
The announcement article, which you can find here: https://bit.ly/3yJGhfi, has a lot of additional information on the feature set, and this second article is useful for comparing the features existing Office 365/Microsoft 365 customers will have access to, compared to the additional Teams Premium licence: https://bit.ly/3VzqYzm.