Tuesday 28th April 2020
If your organisation is making use of the Government Job Retention Scheme and has Furloughed employees, you may be able to save money by downgrading Office and Microsoft 365 subscriptions or removing them entirely. We know licensing is tricky, so we are here to help if you need us.
It is possible to remove a user entirely, retain their data and bring it back to life once they return to work. Here’s what to consider:
To learn more please see Delete a user from your organisation.
As an Enterprise Agreement customer you will have pre-paid for the year, so unfortunately reductions of quantities or downgrades are not possible until you reach your next agreement anniversary. On-premises perpetual licenses cannot be reduced until the end of the agreement term – Enterprise Subscription Agreements do allow for an annual reduction as long as the software is no longer in use. If you have an Online Services only Enterprise Agreement then you can reduce licenses down to a minimum of 500 users. You should understand the implications of reducing a subscription to a less suite or removing the licence altogether to avoid a loss of data.
To support customers in severely affected industries (Retail, Travel and Hospitality etc.) Bytes have worked with Microsoft to provide deferral of invoices (new agreements, standard annual payments, True Ups, Azure usage etc.) or spread payments. If you are in need of support please contact your Bytes Account Manager.
Cloud Solutions Provider program (CSP)
As a CSP customer you have a lot more flexibility as it is possible to amend the quantity of licenses, or downgrade them, on a daily basis. However, data retention concerns must first be addressed. For example, if you move a user from an Office 365 E3 licence to Business Premium you would need to note the following limitations:
Our Quantum 365 service can help you see your whole desktop estate:
More information on our Quantum 365 Service.
Office 365 E1 Trial
This trial provides access to full Office 365 E1 suite, including Microsoft Teams, for 6 months free of charge for up to 3,000 users. To learn what's available with an E1 license, read Office 365 E1. Bytes can help you deploy the services included within the E1 suite through our FastTrack Service.
Microsoft Power Platform Free Six-Month Product Offer
To empower organisations to take advantage of Microsoft's Power Platform and Dynamics 365 solutions, Microsoft are making Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Apps portals and Power Virtual Agents available for a free six-month product offer, that includes all premium capabilities for customers in the healthcare, education, non-profit, and government sectors.
See the full list of Microsoft Offers available
For immediate advice on all of the above, please contact the team on 01372 418500 or email email@example.com and one of our 130 licensing specialists will contact you.
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