Microsoft Product Terms: November 2022


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This month we’ve 2 new M365 data related SKUs:


M365 Advanced Data Residency
M365 Cross-tenant User Data Migration

There is also the removal of:
Microsoft Threat Experts
SharePoint Advanced Management Plan 1

The SharePoint SKU was only added last month but there was very little info available, so it seems likely it was added in error. Let’s see if/when it reappears.

A nice addition – Azure Active Directory Basic now allows unlimited SSO (Single Sign On) – the previous limit was 10 apps so à really significant change.

There is a 50% off promo for Defender for Endpoint on EA from Nov 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023

Microsoft Product Terms: October 2022


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Most of the focus is on the changes that Microsoft have made to cloud and virtualisation licensing for Windows Server, Windows 11, Office and more – you can check out my analysis of that here – but there are other changes this month too.

Three new products are added:

Viva Sales

I cover this in more depth here but it is now in the Product Terms and there’s a clause that organisations must use a Viva Sales connector to link it to their CRM…so no 3rd-party or in-house connectors.

SharePoint Advanced Management Plan 1

I’ve not seen any info about this and am still looking for details – let me know if you have any info!

Workload Identities

Again, no info about these yet. Looking at Microsoft Learn/Docs, workload identities are “applications, service principals, and managed identities” but I’m not sure how this relates to the new SKU.

There was also:

The removal of Intune for EDU (device) from MCA

Windows 11 Home to Pro availability expanded to Central and South America

Microsoft Product Terms: September 2022


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Not much this month at all:

Teams Rooms Standard & Premium swapped for Basic & Pro
Qatar added as a data location
Clarified terms for Azure Databox & Stack Edge

Microsoft also revealed further details around the upcoming cloud licensing changes (which I’ll post about separately) but these aren’t in the Product Terms this month…will likely be October.

Microsoft Product Terms: August 2022


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The Product Terms were on time this month (😊) but not a huge amount has happened (as expected).

The M365 F1 & F3 maximum screen size limitation is increased from 10.1″ to 10.9″ – this expands the devices available to F SKU users and – perhaps – widens the scope of who can be assigned such a license?

“Home Use Program” is renamed “Workplace Discount Program” – no changes to terms…yet…

Microsoft Defender Experts for Hunting added (although the specific page currently has an error)

Still no sign of the rule changes around 3rd-party cloud licensing that were announced in May…

Microsoft Product Terms: July 2022


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After a bit of a wait for Redmond to publish, the latest update is here. Not surprisingly, given the time of year, there’s nothing major – mainly just a bit of tidying up this month:

Added/updated terms for:

Windows AutoPatch
MCA cancellations
Azure Limited Access Services

Removed old references for:

Business Voice
GitHub Learning Lab for Organizations
Office 365 Add-ons

Change to show 3.5K AI Builder Credits are included per SharePoint Syntex license

Academic plans added to Cloud for Non-profit qualifying licenses

Microsoft Product Terms June 2022


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Some new M365 F5 Security bundles made available – further expanding what’s possible for protecting frontline workers.

Microsoft Sustainability Manager added. This is what we’ve been calling Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability…it seems that will be now an umbrella term and Sustainability Manager will come under that.

Clarification that the SQL Server Enterprise SA benefit of running Power BI Server applies in a fail over OSE too

Tidying up of various clauses and terms.

No mention of the major changes they announced for cloud BYOL rules around Windows Server, Windows desktop, and Office.

Microsoft Product Terms: April 2022


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A few areas of activity this month:

Apparently, they’ve changed the Cloud for Healthcare licensing model from per-user to per-tenant. The “User Subscription License” option has been replaced but none of the other terms have been changed, so it still refers to add-on SLs etc. and doesn’t mention that it’s per-tenant anywhere other than the change summary. It makes sense as the other clouds are per-tenant…but we need all the info!

Microsoft Endpoint Manager Remote Help add-on has been added. Eligible pre-requisites are Microsoft 365 E3/E5/F1/F3, Enterprise Mobility + Security E3/E5, and Microsoft Intune.

System Center 2022 has been added.

“Dynamics 365 Customer Voice and Digital Messaging” added.

Windows 11 Pro (per Device) is now available via CSP.

Microsoft Bookings added to Student Use Benefit for O365 A3 & A5.

Microsoft Product Terms – March 2022


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Again, not a huge amount of change in the Microsoft Product Terms for March 2022:

Microsoft 365 Privacy Management has been rebranded “Priva”…I thought they might change their mind on this one 😂 I guess they wanted to make sure there was something people could confuse with Viva?!

Expanded pre-requisite licenses for Cloud for Healthcare add-on

Azure Virtual Desktop per user access promo extended to March 31st, 2022 (although the section doesn’t appear to have actually been updated)

SQL Server Big Data Nodes have been retired – anything other than the “core” SQL editions just never seems to quite work does it?

Updated “no cancellations after 72 hours” terms for online services under CSP NCE

Microsoft Product Terms September 2021


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After all the excitement of the price increases and CSP changes during August, the actual Product Terms changes this month are minimal.

Various terms have been clarified including Online Services step-ups and Azure Virtual Desktop. Also a statement that the Glossary terms apply.

Windows Get Genuine licenses appear to have been removed.

A mid-month update saw a new version of the Data Protection Addendum, the “Microsoft Products and Services Data Protection Addendum” (formerly called the “Microsoft Online Services Data Protection Addendum“) published. This also means that a variety of data collection related updates were made throughout the Product Terms.

Microsoft Product Terms August 2021


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We have confirmation of Windows 365 Enterprise base license requirements:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Intune
  • Azure AD P1

and the bundles that count too:

Microsoft 365 F3/E3/E5/A3/A5/Biz Prem/Student Use

Microsoft note that swapping a user’s Win365 license (by “resizing”) is not “license reassignment” and so can be done as frequently as required.

Also, you can’t use it for “digital asset transaction validation workloads” (aka Bitcoin mining I assume).

We also get confirmation that Windows 365 Business has no license pre-requisites (unlike Enterprise) although Windows 365 Business w/Windows Hybrid Benefit requires a Windows 10 Pro primary device (which is used periodically).

Azure Arc SQL has been added and Hybrid Benefit can be used…but prevents use on Listed Providers infrastructure.

There is a $0 license offer for Azure Virtual Desktop (until December 31, 2021) where you “serve Azure Virtual Desktop Customer Solutions to third parties on Azure”.

Microsoft Product Terms site is here.

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