@JPMi : There is currently no ETA when this will be added to MPN IUR benefits, additions to IUR benefits do not happen regularly, and not automatically when a new software version is released.
However, you have also the M365E3 benefit which includes both Windows 11 E3 and M365 Apps for Enterprise, so you have access to Office Apps which is even newer than Office 2021.
More than year later Office 2021 and Project 2021 are missing in Action pack software.
Will MS close standalone versions ? Or just MS don't care for action pack users ?
@kgoranov Overall Office LTSC versions certainly play a lesser role than few years ago, the recent Office version is available in O365E3. And for testing you can deploy Office, Project, Visio 2021 LTSC via Office Deployment Toolkit without keys as well.
This is not a confirmation that they will never be updated, last thing I heard was that it should happen, but I don't know an ETA, I asked several times for this. Personally I think some updates are due latest when new Microsoft Cloud Program starts - when looking at the new benefits for Solution Partners and the fact that there are little LTSC versions at all also for them, there is an indication what's happening though.
Thanks for the update. Given this, what is the best/lowest cost way for a partner to add apps like VISIO to their subscription? Do we just buy the retail version cloud subscription of it?
@Meppyman Yes, if what you need is not included in any MPN benefits package you can obtain, the alternative option is to buy the license directly - retail in any store or simply via the M365 Admin portal. There is no further discount for Partners though, so the options are the same as for any other customer.
Note also that some Visio functionality, the web app, is included in O/M365 subscriptions, not the standalone app though: Microsoft Visio is Rolling Out to Microsoft 365 Commercial Subscribers Worldwide - Microsoft Tech Community
In the middle of 2022 we still not have access to MS Office 2021 , also 2021 versions of MS project and Visio are missing.
This is not acceptable. Action pack was used to give access to latest software versions, now we have 3 years old versions. Why ?
Ok Windows 11 is now added, thank you to Microsoft MAPS Team, but it could be usefull to have Office 2021 at least for testing purposes.
Already, as Alescan said, the number of licenses with O365 is not the same, but morover, Project Pro and Visio Pro are *NOT* included in O365 too.
@C-Dryk : Will come as well. Note that for Office 2021, each activation means a consumed license, the activation count will not be increased - while with Office 365 E3, the licensed user can install Office Apps on 5 devices with a single license. So actually, O365E3 offer 25 installs (5 users with each 5) at the same time, with the option to move installs toa new machine, while Office 2021 only allows for 10 installations in total.
Yes you have 25 installs, but you have to share the same accounts to 25 different employee and for many organizations that's not ideal, not to mention bad practice for security and other reasons.
@alescan Primary issue is sharing of accounts is not compliant from licensing perspective - you are always licensing a person, not the user account (See definition of a "licensed user" in the license terms)
But in the admin interface of Microsoft 365 you can assing 1 license every user you create. Every user can install office on 5 different machines and login to the account for activate the installation.
So, as far as I can uderstand, are user or person the same thing? A person is a user with a password to access the resources.
@alescan : When it comes to licensing, they are not the same. Licensing rules and technical requirements often do not align.
User Account: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Person: John Doe, Jane Doe.
Now, John Doe and Jane Doe could share the account email@example.com, the both know the username and password. While technically possible, they would need two licenses. Technically you would even only consume one license since only one user account has this license assigned, but from licensing perspective you would need two.
Other example: John Doe could use both firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com, only John knows the password, he is using both accounts in parallel. In this case, only one license would be required form licensing perspective - but for technical reasons you would need to assign one license to every user account, otherwise John could not activate Office when logging in with firstname.lastname@example.org .
in your scenario - 5 persons can install 5 copies of the software. While you can say 5 persons each share one user account, so in total 25 persons can each work on one Office - from licensing perspective you would need 25 licenses.
So, was I right? I have to share the user and password (so one license) across more than one employee to install office on 25 machines. And sharing accounts is not best practice for most of IT admin.
In the meantime is an ETA available for office 2021 in MAPS?
@alescan Yes, never said you were wrong that this is not a good practice 🙂 Just mentioned that sharing accounts is not even allowed from a licensing perspective for user-based licenses, since one employee = one license. So not only "against best practice", it is "no allowed practice"
No, no new updates reg. Office 2021 I can share, unfortunately.