A new Microsoft support article clarifies premium features used by Office 365 Groups that require premium licenses. While good to know when you have to pay extra, it is baffling why some of the features fall into the premium category and why so many licenses are needed. The solution is to buy the Enterprise Mobility and Security suite. Or just pay for the extra licenses.
In today’s Ask the Admin, Russell Smith explains the different licensing options for G Suite and how they compare to Office 365 plans.
Microsoft clarified what AAD features need premium licenses at Ignite. Tenants need many of those features to control Office 365 Groups and Teams, and some of the listed features are surprising. Did you know that the group creation policy is a premium feature? Or adding a default classification. The chosen set of features seems odd, but at least Microsoft is now clear about what you must license.
After returning from the Ignite conference, I have pages of notes to pour over. Here are some of the more interesting things i learned about Office 365, including who should be in my “inner loop” and “outer loop”, why Microsoft talks about Microsoft 365 when they really mean Office 365, and some Exchange Online cmdlets I had not heard about before.
A UK-based leak revealed a plan to require Office 365 inactive mailboxes to have licenses. Storage costs, but because Microsoft told people to use inactive mailboxes for purposes such as keeping content for ex-employees, it wasn’t a good idea to suddenly demand licenses. Good sense prevailed and the plan isn’t going ahead.
Find out why the recent changes to the licensing of Windows 10 Enterprise through the Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) program is a big deal.
Microsoft has announced sizing and pricing details for a successor to the Azure A-Series virtual machines, aimed at common/simple workloads that do not require much horsepower.
Aidan Finn describes some of the significant changes to Windows Server licensing that are coming with Windows Server 2016, that are sure to catch most of you by surprise.
Aidan Finn provides advice on choosing a Microsoft Azure billing plan, including pros and cons for enterprise agreements, direct billing, Azure is Open, cloud solution providers, along with a list of freebies to get your hands on.
Microsoft has announced details on Windows Server 2016 licensing, which includes a switch to a per-core licensing model.
Russell Smith discusses the changes to the wording of Microsoft’s Services Agreement and how Windows 10 might help decrease the amount of pirated software.
Aidan Finn lists five announcements emerging from Microsoft’s 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference that IT pros should care about.
Aidan Finn discusses his top five most wanted improvements to Microsoft Azure, which include changes to strategy, management, and pricing.