Microsoft adds support for concurrent Exchange Online license assignments.
Microsoft has released a new feature which adds support for concurrent license assignments in Exchange Online. This means that IT admins are now able to assign more than one Exchange Online license to each Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) user. This feature was previously not available for any combination of Exchange Online Essentials, Exchange Online Kiosk, Exchange Online Plan 1, Exchange Online Plan 2, Microsoft /Office 365 (F1, F2, F3, E1, E3, E5, A1, A3, A5), Microsoft 365 Business packages, as well as select Microsoft Teams and Project licenses.
The ability to stack licenses for Exchange Online customers has been available for both SharePoint Online and Microsoft Teams for some time, and the license that supports more features will take precedence over the other assigned plan. This new approach will help to streamline the Exchange Online license management process for large enterprise customers, and will be rolled out to government customers in the first half of this year.
Microsoft is also improving the Exchange Server update and deployment process in on-premises environments. IT Pros are invited to provide their feedback through an “Update Experience” survey until the end of this month.
The new feature for concurrent license assignments in Exchange Online is a welcome addition for IT admins who are looking to simplify the license management process. It should be particularly useful for companies who are switching to SharePoint or Microsoft Teams. Microsoft’s efforts to improve the Exchange Server update and deployment process is also a positive step forward.
Overall, this new feature from Microsoft will enable IT admins to manage their Exchange Online licenses more efficiently, and should make the process of switching to SharePoint or Microsoft Teams easier for businesses. With the feedback from the “Update Experience” survey, Microsoft should also be able to improve the Exchange Server update and deployment process in on-premises environments.