Organizations have lots of choice in terms of the licenses they buy to use Office 365 and Microsoft 365 functionality. If you're interested in compliance and data governance, maybe the Office 365 E5 plan delivers the best combination of functionality and price. Let's see what the numbers say.
After figuring out how to convert a script from using Azure AD licensing cmdlets (due to stop working in June 2022), we move on to create a licensing report for a tenant using cmdlets from the Microsoft Graph SDK for PowerShell. The code is pretty straightforward, but you need to do some up-front work to extract and prepare some input files containing product and service plan codes. Given that Microsoft is increasing its license fees, it's a good time to report this information...
After a decade of no price increases for Office 365 licenses, Microsoft plans to introduce new pricing effective March 1, 2022. The uplifts range from $3 to $4 extra per user per month. This doesn't sound much, but an extra $36 per user per year for Office 365 E3 quickly mounts up. And when you look at the overall installed base, some eyewatering numbers are involved. While we might complain about increases, I still think Office 365 and Microsoft 365 are reasonable value.
Microsoft posted an announcement about a new Teams Pro license last week and promptly confused everyone. The clarification posted a few days later didn't help too much either. Here's what we know about Teams Pro and how we think this new licensing capability will be used.
MVPs Sigi Jagott and Paul Robichaux move forward with licensing expert Ben Marshall where they are discussing Office 365 License Management.