Microsoft says that several changes designed to make Office 365 client licensing technology more reliable for subscription-based Office clients like Office 365 ProPlus will be rolled out during August.
Office 365 is part of the Microsoft 365 software offer which also bundles Windows 10 and EMS (short for Enterprise Mobility + Security), a bundle that provides customers with an easy way of enjoying a simple to manage and secure online productivity platform in Microsoft's vision.
"In August, we’ll start slowly rolling out these changes to commercial customers on Monthly Channel. The roll-out will continue to Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) in September, and Semi-Annual Channel in January 2020," says Microsoft.
While the Office activation and licensing changes will affect both users and admins who manage Office devices, the activation process will not be changed in its entirety.
More to the point, Office users will still have to activate their installation by sign-in in on their devices, with the software to automatically detect their credentials and activate itself if single sign-on is enabled.
Also, Office users can still deploy and activate Office apps on up to five desktop devices, five smartphones, and five tablets as part of their Office 365 client subscription.
The changes Microsoft will start rolling out during August are designed to remove prompts when deactivating Office installations, as well as automatically sign out users when the sign-in limit is reached:
Administrators will also notice several differences in the device reallocation and activation reporting processes as Microsoft's Shubham Gupta further explains:
Last week, Microsoft also added a new user activity-based expiration policy for Office 365 groups in private preview, available for select Azure AD Premium customers and allowing for automated lifetime renewals without the need of any user intervention.
This new groups expiration policy will allow all Office 365 admins to improve their groups' lifecycle management once it reaches public preview by making sure that active groups are not haphazardly removed and data is irremediably lost.