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May 2024 Microsoft Licensing News

WHAT'S HAPPENING: New pricing announced for select Dynamics 365 products

WHEN: October 1, 2024

Updated pricing has been announced for many Dynamics 365 Plans. Below is the list of products for which prices are being updated with effect from October 1, 2024. Pricing shown is USD MSRP.

Product Price before October 1, 2024 Price as of October 1, 2024
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales Enterprise $95 $105
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales Device $145 $160
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales Premium $135 $150
Microsoft Microsoft Relationship Sales3 $162 $177
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service Enterprise $95 $105
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service Device $145 $160
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service $95 $105
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service Device $145 $160
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance $180 $210
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management $180 $210
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Commerce $180 $210
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Human Resources $120 $135
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Project Operations $120 $135
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Operations – Device $75 $85


Prices for Dynamics 365 on-premises customer engagement and operations products will increase by the same percentage as the respective cloud versions. Pricing for cloud products not listed above, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, will remain unchanged.



WHAT'S HAPPENING: Microsoft releases new offering, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management Premium

WHEN: April 8, 2024

Microsoft has released a new offer, Supply Chain Management Premium, which expands on the functionality of Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management and allows you to adapt quickly to demand shifts with new demand-planning capabilities powered by Microsoft Copilot. Users who need to create plans, budgets, forecasts, or demand analysis reports will need to have a Supply Chain Management Premium license. This new license retails for $300 USD per user per month with a minimum purchase requirement of 10 users.



WHAT'S HAPPENING: SQL Server 2014 ESU availability

WHEN: July 9, 2024

SQL Server 2014 will reach the end of its 10-year product lifecycle on July 9, 2024. As with previous versions, SQL Server 2014 Extended Security Updates will offer up to three years of critical security updates. Extended Security Updates are free for workloads running in Azure. The updates will be offered for sale to use on-premises and in multicloud environments.

Customers have multiple options for the SQL Server in their data estate that is nearing the end of support. These options include migrating or modernizing to Azure, upgrading to SQL Server 2022, or purchasing Extended Security Updates if more time is needed before the upgrade or migration. For SQL Server 2014 (as well as SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012/R2), customers can protect their workloads with Extended Security Updates enabled by Azure Arc. With Azure Arc, organizations will be able to activate and seamlessly deploy Extended Security Updates in on-premises or multicloud environments, right from the Azure portal. It is offered as a monthly subscription which will automatically stop when you migrate or upgrade—pay only for what you need.

In addition, volume licensing SKUs of ESUs for SQL Server 2014 will be available after June 1, 2024. This offering provides coverage for customers who have SQL Server/CAL licensing model or customers from regulated industries where internet connectivity might be a constraint. Also, the volume licensing option allows customers to purchase ESUs at an annual billing cycle. Customers will require a Software Assurance (SA) or an equivalent subscription to be eligible to buy the associated ESU.



WHAT'S HAPPENING: Entra ID multi-tenant organization capabilities now generally available

WHEN: April 25, 2024

Microsoft has released a set of multi-tenant organization (MTO) capabilities within Microsoft 365, now generally available to enhance your organization's collaboration, communication, and administration across multiple tenants. These capabilities span Microsoft 365 People Search, Microsoft Teams, Viva Engage and Microsoft Defender XDR, which can be enabled via the Microsoft 365 admin center or Microsoft Entra admin center. You can learn more about these features here.

These benefits are available to users who are licensed for Microsoft Entra ID P1. Only one Microsoft Entra ID P1 license is required per employee per multi-tenant organization. Please note that MTO capabilities in Viva Engage require a Viva suite license or an Employee Communications & Communities (C&C) license.



WHAT'S HAPPENING: Copilot for Microsoft 365 (Education Student 18+) now available

WHEN: May 1, 2024

Starting May 1, 2024, Copilot for Microsoft 365 will be available for higher education institutions to purchase as an add-on for students aged 18 and above. In terms of eligibility requirements, students or faculty must be assigned Microsoft 365 or Office 365 A3 or A5 licenses. On May 15, 2024, eligibility was expanded to include A1.


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