During 2021 Microsoft announced a considerable number of licensing updates, launches, and price changes that would take place in the following year. Now we are at the beginning of 2022, and there are certain things and dates organizations should look out for. Here is a list of the Microsoft licensing changes that will take place during this year.
1. Price increase on March 1st, 2022
In August 2021, Microsoft announced the first substantive updates to their pricing for Office and Microsoft 365, since their respective launches in 2011 and 2017.
Here is one of our articles with all the details about the subscriptions that will be affected by these changes.
2. Audio Conferencing as part of some Microsoft/Office 365 plans
In the same article listed above, we mentioned the changes in communication and collaboration that came with this price increase. These changes include extended Audio-Conferencing capabilities as part of certain Microsoft/Office 365 plans. Read about it here.
3. SIP Gateway for Microsoft Teams
Thinking about those organizations with existing investments in legacy devices, Microsoft announced SIP Gateway. This solution helps customers leverage their current telephony hardware as they move to Teams Phone.
Compatible SIP phone models: Cisco, Poly, Yealink, and AudioCodes.
For more details about this solution, read this article.
4. Teams Essentials, the first standalone for Microsoft Teams
Teams Essentials simplifies communications for small and medium-sized businesses with a single solution for chat and meetings. It includes work tools and technologies, such as Office web apps, file sharing, group chats, and more.
For more details about Teams Essentials, click here.
5. Microsoft Defender for Business
To address the fact that our data is more exposed than ever, Microsoft invested in security solutions. In November 2021, they introduced Microsoft Defender for Business.
This tool was thought to bring enterprise-grade and easy-to-use endpoint security that is cost effective, to organizations with up to 300 employees.
Read more about Microsoft Defender for Business, here.
6. New Commerce Experience (NCE) for Seat-based offers term changes on March 10th, 2022
Any new subscriptions that are purchased after March 10th, 2022, will be NCE and not legacy. Legacy can continue to renew until June 30th, 2022.
For more information about the New Commerce Experience, read this.
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