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Matt Scherocman brings more than 15 years of experience in the information technology industry to Interlink Cloud Advisors. His experience includes both the system integrator and manufacturer sides of the business. During his time at the Microsoft Corporation he was responsible for all the the Large Account Reseller (LAR) relationships in the four ...state Heartland Area of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Prior to Microsoft, Scherocman led a Cincinnati based IT consulting company to grow 5000% and become a Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year. He is actively involved in the strategic vision and operation decisions of the company including finance, selling strategy and marketing. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Miami University and is a Certified Expert in Microsoft licensing including speaking engagements at both Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference and Channel Partner Summit. He is a frequent contributor to leading industry publications. More
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Can you have 15 Copies of Microsoft Office on a single subscription?

Yes, when you purchase one subscription of Microsoft Office 365, you receive the right to install 5,5,5 copies of Office on different devices for that single user. We have highlighted the following points that speak to this licensing fact:

From Microsoft Official Volume Licensing Documentation*:

Italics are ours for clarification or emphasis:

  1. Each user to whom you assign a User SL (Subscription License) may activate the software for local or remote use on up to five concurrent OSEs (Operating System Environments). (5 copies for Windows and / or Mac)
  2. Each user to whom you assign a User SL may also activate Microsoft Office Mobile software to create, edit, or save documents on up to five of their smartphones and five of their tablets

In our words:

Each user of Office subscription, E3, or E4 can run up to 15 copies of Office - up to 5 that are full function 2013 (PC or Mac) AND up to five on mobile phone AND up to five more copies on tablets (currently only iPad Office is available – Android tablet to follow at a time that is unclear). Additionally, any user who has access to the web applications (K1, E1, E3, E4 plans or a-la-carte) could access Office functionality via any modern web browser.

Need a quick comparison chart? https://www.interlink.com/component/easyblog/?view=entry&id=26

*To check out the details, please see the Microsoft Office Services Use Rights Document and lookup Office 365 ProPlus:

http://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/DocumentSearch.aspx?Mode=3&DocumentTypeId=31 

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How to simplify the Office 365 admin experience

Starting this month, Microsoft is rolling out new capabilities that will help users manage their services more quickly.  These updates allow you to:

  • Have Office 365 proactively check your DNS records to find and fix DNS issues.
  • Manage more efficiently with streamlined common admin tasks.
  • Get to what you need faster with commonly used settings in the admin center.

Have Office 365 proactively check your DNS records to find and fix DNS issues

If your DNS records do not match what Microsoft expects for your environment, you will receive a notification when you are logged into your Office 365 admin center. Microsoft will then provide you with proposed actions to fix your potential DNS records issue.

Manage more efficiently with streamlined common admin tasks

One common admin task is adding new users to your Office 365 environment. Microsoft has reduced the number of steps required to create new users by adding the ability to automatically assign your available Office 365 licenses.

Get to what you need faster with commonly used settings in the admin center

Microsoft is simplifying the Office 365 admin center navigation experience by adding to the Office 365 admin center settings commonly used with Office 365 that previously were found only in other admin portals.

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OneDrive Announced A Terabyte Per User! – Microsoft Gets Serious About Cloud Storage

Microsoft recently announced updates to OneDrive for Business, previously called SkyDrive Pro. As part of this announcement, Microsoft offers some enticing advantages that make OneDrive for Business your cloud based solution of choice:

  • Storage has been increased from 25 GB to 1 TB per user
  • OneDrive for Business can be purchased as part of an Office 365 plan or as a stand-alone solution
  • Most Office 365 plans already include OneDrive for Business
  • Those plans that do not include OneDrive for Business are eligible to receive exceptional promotional pricing
  • Migration assistance is available


OneDrive for business offers one solution that provides organizations all the tools essential to collaborate virtually. OneDrive for Business is a file sync and share software designed to allow users to access documents from anywhere in the world, from multiple devices, among multiple users; collaborating with colleagues in real time, all through a reliable and secure service offered by Microsoft.


As Corporate Vice President John Case stated, "The cloud is about breaking down walls between people and information. Not building a new set of islands in the sky. Make sure you bet on a file sync and share solution that helps you embrace that."

Click Here to View the Annoucement on Microsoft's Blog

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How is Microsoft Protecting Your Data From Government Snooping?

There have been a growing number of stories related to government surveillance of internet data in recent days. Our customers have taken notice and we have heard a number of concerns related to the privacy of their data in Microsoft’s Cloud.

While we share in these concerns, the bottom line is Microsoft is doing everything they can to keep your data safe. More importantly, there is no indication that any of Microsoft’s data has been breached by the government. We are told that on the business platforms, Microsoft has had only a handful of requests to share data with the government and was able to work with clients to provide notice and assistance in the vast majority of the cases.

A recent press release explains what Microsoft is doing to keep your data private.

Highlights include:

Expanding Encryption:

  • Microsoft is expanding or strengthening encryption across all of its services; particularly while data is transmitted over the internet
  • If you are on Office 365, Microsoft already encrypts all information moving between your business and Microsoft, and Microsoft’s internal data centers by default
  • These communication channels are protected by best-in-class cryptography including Perfect Forward Secrecy and 2048-bit Key lengths
  • All information which is stored in a Microsoft data center is protected by industry leading encryption and security protocols

Reinforcing legal protections:

  •  Committed to notifying any company when Microsoft receives a government request for access to their information
  • Working with other cloud providers to make the government go directly to an individual company, rather than a cloud provider, to obtain data

Increasing Transparency:

  •  Increasing the transparency of their software code, making it easier for customers to see for themselves that Microsoft products do not contain back doors.
  • Opening a network of transparency centers in the US, America and Asia

 

For more information or to read the full press release, please see this article from Microsoft

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What Are The Different Packages That Microsoft Offers in Office 365?

Follow this link to the slides that Interlink has customized to make Office 365 pricing easier to understand.  The top chart includes all of the a la carte options that clients have.  The bottom chart are the suites that are available.  If you are considering an EA agreement, the E plans are the ones that qualify toward the minimum user count of 250.  The EA agreement offers an immediate 15% discount on the monthly prices of the service.  Let us know what questions you might have on the pricing.

Interlink- Office 365 Pricing Slides Updated

This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.

 
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