Microsoft Product Terms: July 2020


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There was no English document available on the 1st when I did this (I guess the end of FY took it out of them 🤣), so I used the French version…my now 909 day Duolingo streak is coming in handy!

Nothing major changed or announced which is to be expected; being the start of their new financial year (and when everyone goes on holiday), July & August are often pretty quiet. What we’ve got is:

“System Center Configuration Manager” is renamed to “Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager”. The first real sign of anything happening with this new product name since it was announced a few months back.

“Azure Monetary Commitment” is now “Azure prepayment”.

If you have 1 or more licenses of Project Plan 1/3/5, all O365 users on that tenant get limited access to “Project for the web” customer data. No access to Power Platform apps and doesn’t apply to public sector.

Microsoft Product Terms – December 2019


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December 2019 sees the following additions:

Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (MDATP) for “cross-platform devices”. Available only via the EA/EAS volume licensing programmes, this allows MDATP to be run on up to 5 non-Windows devices concurrently.

Power Virtual Agents are added, with no extra info. These aim to enable anyone to create AI-powered chat bots and look to be a new member of the Power Platform:

From https://powervirtualagents.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-power-virtual-agents-is-now-generally-available/

There are a couple of lines added covering the recently announced Intune access for SCCM users. This confirms SA is required on the existing licenses but, perhaps a little confusingly, doesn’t mention the “Microsoft Endpoint Manager” name at all.

Microsoft Endpoint Manager


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It’s Microsoft Ignite 2019 and they’ve have announced Microsoft Endpoint Manager – the next generation of their desktop and endpoint management strategy. It brings together the various disparate elements including:

  • System Center Config Manager (SCCM)
  • Intune
  • Device Management Admin Center
  • Desktop Analytics

It will be interesting to see if other desktop related elements come under here too, in time.

As part of this, Microsoft are making Intune licenses available free of charge to all SCCM licensed customers – to manage Windows devices. If you want to manage non-Windows devices, paid licenses will still be required.

See more from Microsoft here – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/11/04/use-the-power-of-cloud-intelligence-to-simplify-and-accelerate-it-and-the-move-to-a-modern-workplace/

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