Microsoft Licensing News
WHAT'S HAPPENING: Consistent Global Pricing to take effect in September 2023
WHEN: September 1, 2023
As stated on the Microsoft blog, pricing adjustments will be made to align global markets to US dollar levels: Consistent global pricing for the Microsoft Cloud - Stories
WHAT'S HAPPENING: Microsoft to begin proactively migrating legacy CSP subscriptions to the New Commerce Experience (NCE)
WHEN: January 2024
Microsoft will begin migrating commercial legacy seat-based subscriptions to new commerce. All legacy subscriptions that Microsoft migrates to new commerce will be set to an annual term, with the same billing plan and seat counts that the customers had in legacy. The Microsoft-led migration will occur on the date of subscription renewal, starting with all subscriptions renewing in January 2024 and continuing throughout the 2024 calendar year.
Additionally, beginning in November 2023, public sector (academic, government community cloud [GCC], not-for-profit [NFP]/charity) offers will be available in new commerce for new and renewing customers. These public sector customers will also be automatically migrated to NCE on the subscription renewal date in 2024, same as described above for commercial customers.
WHAT'S HAPPENING: Pricing for Microsoft 365 Copilot Announced
On July 18, Microsoft announced pricing for Microsoft 365 Copilot when it is released (still to be announced). Microsoft 365 Copilot will be available for commercial customers for $30 per user per month (USD MSRP, subject to change) for Microsoft 365 E3, E5, Business Standard and Business Premium customers when broadly available.
WHAT'S HAPPENING: Bing Chat Enterprise available in preview
WHEN: July 18, 2023
Microsoft has introduced Bing Chat Enterprise, an AI-powered chat for work with commercial data protection. Bing Chat Enterprise is rolling out in preview today and is included at no additional cost in Microsoft 365 E3, E5, Business Standard and Business Premium. In the future, it will be available as a stand-alone offering for $5 per user, per month (USD MSRP, subject to change). You can access Bing Chat Enterprise using your work account wherever Bing Chat is supported — Bing.com/chat and the Microsoft Edge sidebar. In the future, Bing Chat Enterprise will also be accessible from Windows Copilot.
WHAT'S HAPPENING: Microsoft launches Power Automate Process Mining
WHEN: August 1, 2023
Power Automate Process Mining will be generally available on August 1, 2023. With this release, the following changes will also be made to the Power Platform license model:
The following updates will take effect on August 1, 2023:
- Customers will be able to buy “Power Automate Premium” (the former “Power Automate Attended RPA per user”) for $15 per user per month (USD MSRP, subject to change). This license will continue to include both unlimited cloud flows, known as digital process automation (DPA), and unlimited desktop flows, known as robotic process automation (RPA) in attended mode as well as entitlements to Power Automate Process Mining.
- The “Power Apps per user” license will be renamed to “Power Apps Premium.”
- A new “Power Automate Process” license will be available, which will give customers access to an automation ‘bot’ which can be used for unattended desktop automation (RPA), or to run an organization-wide cloud-flow based process that needs to be accessed by unlimited users in an organization.
Organizations can get started with Power Automate Process Mining by subscribing to the new Power Automate Premium license. Microsoft will also offer the “Power Automate Process Mining add-on” for additional capacity at a price of $5,000 per tenant per month (USD MSRP, subject to change) with entitlements of 100 GB Process Mining data storage.
WHAT'S HAPPENING: Azure Active Directory is being renamed to Microsoft Entra ID
WHEN: Second half of 2023
Azure AD is becoming Microsoft Entra ID. All licensing plans and pricing for Azure AD and Microsoft 365 plans that include Azure AD remain the same, with only the display names for the licensing plans changing. Features and capabilities of Azure AD will continue to be available in Microsoft Entra ID. Prices, terms, and service level agreements also remain the same. To make the transition seamless for customers, the Azure AD URLs, APIs and authentication libraries are staying the same, as are developer experiences.
Only the name is changing, no action is required.