New CSP Program Updates Resource Gallery
Microsoft had announced the new CSP Program Updates Resource Gallery – a searchable collection of all CSP resources found in the Partner Center announcements enabling CSP partners to quickly find materials they’re looking for using a robust filter, sort, and free text search features.
You can access and start using CSP Program Updates Resource Gallery today.
Other resources: CSP Program Updates Resource Gallery
Kaizala Pro now available globally through CSP
Starting June 2019, Microsoft Kaizala Pro will expand globally in the Microsoft CSP program to align availability with Microsoft 365 and Office 365. They will be available for ordering through rhipe PRISM portal for ordering in July.
Microsoft Kaizala Pro will also become available as part of existing customers’ Office 365 subscriptions beginning late-May 2019. Microsoft Kaizala Pro will be visible in the Office 365 app launcher, with users seeing a Microsoft Kaizala icon and will be on-by-default for all organizations. Customers will be able to start using the Kaizala Management Portal to link their Office 365 account on the Kaizala mobile app. If Customers would like to allow users to access Microsoft Kaizala Pro, no action is needed. If they would like to disable Microsoft Kaizala Pro for their organization, follow the instructions for the tenant-level admin control.
Eligible O365/M365 SKUs that include Microsoft Kaizala Pro include the following SKUs:
Office 365 F1, E1, E3, E5, Business Essentials and Business Premium, Office 365 Education A3 and A5 and Microsoft 365 F1, Business, E3, E5 and Microsoft 365 Education A3 and A5.
Why Microsoft Kaizala?
Microsoft Kaizala brings unique capabilities to Microsoft 365, with its ability to connect and engage people both inside and outside of an organization’s directory – including contract workers, vendors, partners, suppliers, customers, and citizens – using large and flexible group types. Microsoft Kaizala enables phone number-based identity for easy onboarding and simple user experience for messaging and work management through the open directory. Microsoft Kaizala Pro gives organizations the ability to create and manage organizational groups, gather rich analytics, build custom integrations and workflows, and offers enterprise-grade security and compliance.
Retirement of Public website 3rd party link from the M365 Admin centre
Microsoft will be retiring the Public website 3rd party offerings link from the Microsoft 365 Admin centre beginning July 15, 2019.
Once the link within the Admin centre is removed, administrators should work directly with their Microsoft partner or a 3rd party website provider to create and host a public website.
Microsoft will gradually roll this change out starting on July 15 2019, and the change will be completed by the end of August.
Intune App SDK support iOS update
Starting in September 2019, Intune will move to support iOS apps with Intune App SDK 8.1.1 and higher. Apps built with SDK versions less than 8.1.1 will no longer be supported. This change will go into effect with Apple’s release of iOS 13 which is expected to come around September and had also been announced in MC181399.
With Intune App SDK or App Wrapping integration, you can protect corporate data from unapproved applications and users via data encryption. The Intune App SDK for iOS will use 256-bit encryption keys by default when encryption is enabled by Intune App Protection Policies (APP). After this change, any iOS apps on SDK versions prior to 8.1.1, which use 128-bit encryption keys, will no longer be able to share data with applications integrated with SDK 8.1.1 or using the 256-bit keys. All iOS apps will need to have an SDK version 8.1.1 or higher to allow protected data sharing.
Customers must check their Microsoft, third-party and line-of-business (LOB) apps and should ensure that all applications protected with Intune APP are using SDK version 8.1.1 or later.
- For LOB apps: Customers may need to republish apps integrated with SDK version 8.1.1 or later. Microsoft recommends the latest SDK version. More information below on how to prepare LOB apps for App protection policies.
- For Microsoft/Third Party apps: Customers should ensure that they are deploying the latest version of these apps to your users.
More information on how to prepare for App Protection Policies, follow this link.
NEW: Outlook mobile supports digital signing and email encryption with S/MIME
Outlook for iOS and Android will soon support Secure Multipurpose Internal Mail Extensions (S/MIME) to help enforce additional email message security. For customers who are using the Microsoft Sync technology (MC165218), they will be able to digitally sign and encrypt email messages as well as read S/MIME encrypted and signed messages.
Outlook mobile support for S/MIME digital signing and encryption will start to roll out no sooner than mid-July 2019 for general availability. Anyone who would like to see an early preview of Outlook for iOS with S/MIME, customers can register with the Outlook Insider program. This preview will be available at the end of June.
(Reminder) Microsoft Partner Agreement is coming September 1, 2019
Effective September 1, 2019, the Microsoft Partner Agreement (the new version of the Cloud Solution Provider program partner agreement), will be available to all regions on Partner Center, replacing existing CSP partner agreements.
Additionally, as part of this new enhanced process, all CSP indirect resellers will need to accept the Microsoft Partner Agreement on Partner Center.
Upcoming timeline for Microsoft Partner Agreement:
July 31, 2019 - The Microsoft Partner Agreement will be available for partner preview on Partner Center.
September 1, 2019 - The Microsoft Partner Agreement is available for signature on Partner Center.
January 31, 2020 - All partners in the CSP program are required to accept the Microsoft Partner Agreement to transact in the CSP program.
If you still do not have Partner Center yet, sign up for Partner Center today so that you will be ready to sign Microsoft Partner Agreement when it is available for signature. Download the Reseller onboarding to Partner Center guide and Reseller onboarding to Partner Center FAQs
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