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Hey peeps,

In February, we communicated to you the repackaging of our Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance value – including a planned increase to the price for the Microsoft 365 E5/A5 Compliance add-on – to reflect the new products and value being added to the SKU.


UPDATE: Given the difficult economic situation and current health crisis, we are no longer moving forward with this price increase. The commercial estimated retail price (ERP) for Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance will remain US$10 per user, per month. Microsoft 365 A5 Compliance prices for Education customers also will not change. The April Volume Licensing pricelists will not reflect the corrected price; however, orders placed will receive the correct price. This will be fixed in May pricelists.


The other repackaging updates that were planned – such as adding new products and value to Microsoft 365 E5/A5 Compliance add-on, and providing more choice with new Microsoft 365 E5 “mini suite” add-ons – will continue to launch on April 1.


In summary, here’s what’s changing on April 1:


1. Repackaging the Microsoft 365 E5/A5 Compliance SKU with new value, including:

  • Advanced Auditing
  • Insider Risk Management
  • Communication Compliance
  • Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS)


    2. Making it easier for customers to customize and choose the new Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance “mini-suite” add-ons:

    • Information Protection and Governance (US$7 per user, per month)
    • Insider Risk Management (US$6 per user, per month)
    • eDiscovery and Audit (US$6 per user, per month)


      3. Sunsetting Office 365 Advanced Compliance and Azure Information Protection (AIP) Plan 2 SKUs.


      We remain committed to helping our customers through this challenging time. As organizations look to save money and enable employees to be more productive while they work from home, we see strong customer demand for solutions that enable remote work in a secure and compliant way (for example, Teams DLP or Communication Compliance) and can provide costs savings by helping to consolidate vendors (for example, Advanced eDiscovery).


      ACTION: Talk to your customers about these changes and the new products and value available in the Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance SKU today. Please make sure to visit the Microsoft 365 Compliance Partner Portal for additional resources coming soon.



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      April 2 - Understanding how the latest Microsoft Information Protection solutions help protect your sensitive data

      The exponential growth of data and increasing compliance requirements makes protecting your customers’ most important and sensitive data more challenging than ever. We’ll explain the latest Microsoft Information Protection capabilities to discover, classify and label, protect, and monitor customers’ sensitive data across hybrid environments. We’ll also discuss how Microsoft Information Protection solutions make configuration and management easier for admins, along with covering how user experiences help balance security and productivity.


      April 8 - Secure your SMB customers as they cope with COVID-19

      You're slammed with requests to help small and medium business (SMB) customers transition to remote work. Make sure you're doing all you can to help them be secure. The technologies in Microsoft 365 Business – including Conditional Access, Windows Virtual Desktop, and Intune – can help secure employees working from home. We’ll share guidance from Microsoft and best practices learned from partners in the trenches.


      April 9 - Accelerate your customers’ move to Teams for Calling and Meetings

      Discover the advantages for your customers of moving to Microsoft Teams from Skype for Business. We'll discuss the value of the modern communication platform that's built to scale and enable users inside and outside your customers' organizations. You'll also gain a better understanding of our framework and strategy for moving customers from Skype for Business to Teams.


      Happy Learning!