Audio Conferencing complimentary dial-out period extended to Nov 30 2019
Microsoft has announced the extension of the complimentary dial-out period for Microsoft Skype for Business Online Audio Conferencing to November 30, 2019. After November 30 2019, Microsoft will move to the Audio Conferencing steady state in which customers will receive 60 minutes per user per month (pooled at the tenant level) that they can use for dial-out conferencing to the 44 Zone A/“Included” countries.
During the complimentary period began since the end of 2015, Microsoft allows meeting organizers or authorized attendees to make dial-out calls from within the meeting to non-premium phone numbers in the 44 "Zone A" countries at no additional charge, up to a 900 min per user per month reasonable use limit.
Starting December 1 2019, though Microsoft will move to the Audio Conferencing steady state in which customers will receive 60 minutes per user per month (pooled at the tenant level) to apply to dial-out conferencing to non-premium phone numbers within the 44 Zone A/“Included” countries. Once the subscription minutes are consumed, dial-out to Zone A countries will require Communication Credits. Dial-out to non-Zone A (“Pay-as-you-go”) countries will continue to be charged on a per-minute basis, requiring Communication Credits.
What is Audio Conferencing?
Learn more about the Dial-Out / Call Me At benefits
Audio Conferencing complimentary dial-out period and Zone A countries
How to set up communication credits
Windows Virtual Desktop Hands-on lab now available
Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop public preview was made available in March 2019. Windows Virtual Desktop is the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimisations for Office 365 ProPlus and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments. It allows you to deploy and scale Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, and get built-in security and compliance features.
To help partners understand the interface and management of Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft has added the lab resources to Microsoft hands-on lab. To access the hands-on lab, visit: https://handsonlabs.microsoft.com/handsonlabs/SelfPacedLabs?storyGuid=C552F008-20D1-4A33-A0B7-EC9F9AA483A4
More details about Windows Virtual Desktop can be found in the rhipe April blog here.
Other Microsoft resources:
- Windows Virtual Desktop Documentation
- Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure
- Announcing the public preview of Windows Virtual Desktop
Microsoft Kaizala Pro coming to CSP Program in July
Starting July 2019, Microsoft Kaizala Pro will be coming to the CSP program, aligning with the availability of Microsoft 365 and Office 365. Kaizala Pro standalone licenses will be available 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.
Kaizala Pro is included in 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.
Azure Marketplace software solutions now available in CSP
CSP resellers can now bundle and deploy Azure services with Azure-optimized ISV software to better serve customers and grow their services business. Read the announcement on Azure.com.
Purchasing ISV software through CSP provides some key advantages for partners and customers.
- Access to a curated set of ISV solutions optimized for Azure;
- Streamlined deployment and provisioning of VM-based and managed application solutions in the customer’s Azure tenant; and,
- Consolidated billing and account management.
Talk to your rhipe account manager to find out more today.
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