Microsoft Monthly Newsletter - May 2022
Tom Walker
Head of Vendor Alliances

Read below for all the latest news and updates from Microsoft this month.

Microsoft Defender for Business 

This is Microsoft Defender specifically for organisations under 300 users and in May 2022, this was made available as a standalone product for approx. £3 per user

Retirement of 24/7 Problem Resolution Support

Microsoft announce that they will fully retire the 24×7 Problem Resolution Support SA benefit effective 1 February, 2023. Customers will now require a Microsoft Unified Support contract for direct Microsoft professional support

System Centre 2022

For those that missed it, Microsoft announced the general availability of System Centre 2022 in April. The licensing has not changed.

Non-Profit Price Increase

Following the price increases for commercial customers, Microsoft announced a price increase for non-profit customers in September 2022. The increases are on the same products and same level as the commercial increases in March 2022. For clarity, this breaks down as:

•    Office 365 E1 (up to £2.50 from £2)
•    Office 365 E3 (up to £5.75 from £4.50)
•    Office 365 E5 (up to £15.20 from £14)
•    Microsoft 365 E3 (up to £9 from £8)
•    Microsoft 365 Business Premium (up to £5.50 from £5)

Home Use Program

The Home Use Programme is now live and it is an employee purchase programme for Microsoft’s valued customers. It offers selected Microsoft 365 Family and Personal subscriptions and Surface devices and accessories at a discounted rate through your company.  

More details can be found here or contact us

Azure Immersion Workshop: Azure Virtual Desktop

A cohesive virtual desktop doesn't just keep your projects organised; it can help employees stay up to date on projects while they work remotely. The Azure Immersion Workshop: Azure Virtual Desktop is designed to help you foster seamless collaboration through a virtual desktop experience.

You'll start your day with an in-depth learning session introducing you to desktop virtualisation, its values, and specific use cases, followed by an afternoon of hands-on learning featuring two labs designed to get you proficient in AVD creation. Increase your confidence in a remote workforce with Microsoft Azure.

Register for our Azure Immersion Workshop on Wednesday 18th May here.

Technical Deep Dive Into Automation

For those of you who are new to it, IA-Connect integrates with Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platforms to add advanced capabilities such as the automation of Citrix or RDS-hosted applications and advanced Java, Mainframe and SAP automation support.

Following our participation in an exclusive Microsoft Power Platform Virtual Hackathon last year, as part of their One Commercial Partner (OCP) programme, we launched IA-Connect's integration with Power Automate.

Join this webinar for a technical deep dive on the Thursday 19th May here.

Work together to meet challenges effectively with Microsoft Power Platform

Microsoft Power Platform is a group of products offered by Microsoft to develop and build complex business solutions, analyse, and draw data visualizations, automate a business process, or build virtual agents for communication. All these products offer a platform in which no code is required to build the applications.

Join this webinar on the 15th June to learn how you can work together to meet challenges effectively with Microsoft Power Platform—analyse data, build solutions, automate processes, and create virtual agents.

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