Microsoft insists that encrypted SharePoint and OneDrive for Business files found by eDiscovery searches can only be decrypted by Advanced eDiscovery, which requires Office 365 E5 licenses. This seems unfair, especially as Office 365 E3 tenants can create and use sensitivity labels to protect Office documents stored in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. An example of not very joined up thinking when it comes to software licensing?
In this week’s Practical 365 podcast, Steve and Paul get down into the detail of Windows 365 – will it be a hit or a miss? And we discuss the new version of SharePoint Server that is arriving – plus we talk through the licensing for Viva. Is it worth it?
When performing a cost-benefit analysis of the Microsoft 365 E5 license for users in your organization, cost is usually the deciding factor as the quality of the features are rarely disputed. However, there are some who argue that to maintain a “Better” Security and Compliance posture as suggested by Microsoft, some of these key security features should be made more widely accessible and affordable and therefore included in the E3 license structure. Microsoft MVP Peter Rising took his debate to Twitter, conducting a straw poll where the results show there is clearly an appetite for more choice when it comes to Microsoft 365 licensing.
This week Microsoft announced Windows 365 – launching on August 2nd, which is (arguably) Microsoft’s big entry into Desktop as a Service (DaaS). Windows 365 allows you to provide users with persistent virtual desktops without managing the supporting infrastructure. AVD gets new features too, with Azure AD Join and Intune management now in Preview.