Some of the principle licensing updates for July 2019 :
- Microsoft announced that Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021, and after that date the service will no longer be accessible. Between now and then, current Skype for Business Online customers will experience no change in service, and they’ll be able to continue to add new users as needed. However, starting September 1, 2019, MS will onboard all new Office 365 customers directly to Teams for chat, meetings, and calling. Please note that the Skype Consumer service and Skype for Business Server will both be unaffected by this announcement.
- What does this announcement mean for you?
- Current Skype for Business Online customers will experience no change in service through July 31, 2021. After that, customers will no longer be able to access the Skype for Business Online service.
- Skype for Business Online customers and those with Hybrid (online and on-premises) configurations will have until July 31, 2021, to transition to Microsoft Teams. We encourage partners to continue customer dialogue to start their upgrade planning and execution.
- •Support for the integration of third-party party Audio Conferencing Providers (ACP) into Skype for Business Online has been extended to July 31, 2021, with limited support for remaining active tenants to allow additional time for transition. This is an update in the ACP timeline that was originally announced April 2018.
- Ref: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Skype-for-Business-Online-to-Be-Retired-in-2021/ba-p/777833
- Effective July 1, 2019, Stream Plan 1 standalone offers will no longer be purchasable for new customers
- From July 1, 2019, Stream Plan 1 standalone offers will no longer be sold to new customers, as Microsoft streamlines the Stream Plan 1 and Plan 2 offerings. Microsoft is rebranding the Stream Plan 2 offers to “Microsoft Stream” which will continue to have all the existing Plan 2 functionality. Customers who have already purchased Plan 1 will have access to the service through the end of their contract.
- Run Office365 ProPlus on Windows Server 2019.
- With the release of Windows Server 2019 Microsoft announced that they won’t support Office365 ProPlus.
- This will change and Microsoft will support Office365 ProPlus on Windows Server2019.
- Microsoft know some customers rely on Windows Server to provide virtual desktop services for your users. For those still needing to migrate from Windows Server 2008/R2 before it reaches end of support in January 2020, or from Windows Server 2012/R2 before the October 2020 end of support for connectivity to Office 365 data, Microsoft will support Office 365 ProPlus running on Windows Server 2019.
- This enables customers to take advantage of the Files On-Demand capabilities coming to Windows Server 2019, and to leverage the latest Windows Server platform.
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