Summary of Feb 1 changes to Microsoft Product Terms

Posted by on February 12, 2018 10:06 pm
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Microsoft recently updated their Product Terms. The Feb. 1, 2018 changes were relatively minor, summarized below with my commentary. You can link to the current version of the document here

2/1/2018 Product Terms Changes:

Swlicenseguru commentary: Pages 53 – 56: Added terms for Microsoft 365 Education A1 Device SL: This is a device-based license with a six year term, only available via the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP).

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Microsoft Azure Services: The Microsoft Azure Hybrid Use Benefit is now called Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server. In addition to the naming change, terms have been added to clarify Use Terms for Windows Server Standard: Customer may not concurrently allocate a Standard License to Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server and assign the same License to a Server dedicated to its use, except on a one-time basis, for a period not to exceed 31 days, to allow Customer to migrate those workloads to Azure. Also added language clarifying that customers may deploy Windows Server Standard or Datacenter VMs under the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server.

Microsoft 365: Added terms allowing United States Government Community Cloud customers to use KMS activation in lieu of Azure AD-based activation for the Windows component of Microsoft 365 F1.  Added language clarifying that Microsoft 365 F1 includes rights to Client Management Licenses for System Center Configuration Manager and Advanced Threat Analytics. Consolidated Microsoft 365 F1 specific terms into a single subsection. Consolidated academic specific terms into a single Academic Programs subsection (2.5). Swlicenseguru commentary: Microsoft continues to refine and clarify their F1 offering, which is the replacement for the old “K” plans. Unlike other O365 and M365 plans, F1 is designed with a specific type of user in mind – the “frontline” worker. It’s a blend of core M365 functionality plus LOB applications from the O365 suite like StaffHub, and a limited use license of the Windows OS. 

Office 365 Applications: Consolidated academic specific terms into a single Academic Programs subsection (2.6).

Office 365 Suites: Consolidated academic specific terms into a single Academic Programs subsection (2.5).

Appendix B – Software Assurance

24×7 Problem Resolution Support: Updated the Conversion of Software Assurance 24×7 Problem Resolution Support Incidents to Premier Support Services section to include Unified Support as an option to convert SA 24×7 Problem Resolution Support Incidents.

Appendix H – Student Use Benefits and Academic Programs

Consolidated Student Use Benefit terms from Product specific entries into Appendix H – Student Use Benefits and Academic Programs, including a list of the Products that provide Student Use Benefits by Program and the quantity of student benefit instances for each faculty/staff or knowledge worker offer. Added a table outlining Product and offering type available to pre-2017 EES customers. Swlicenseguru commentary: Handy addition to the Product Terms.

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