Education Sessions from Microsoft Inspire


The Microsoft Inspire conference is always a useful place to find where Microsfot are pushing their ideas, topics and goals with its Education Partner but the content can be relevent too those who aren’t Microsoft Partners.

Understanding where partners, solutions and education solutions from Microsoft will enable thought leaders, Directors of ICT and other education leaders to plan for the next 12 months and ensure they too have their goals for IT across their Schools/Academies,  Multi Academy Trusts or whole countries.

Below are a set of linked I’ve found from the Inspire agenda for you to listen in and what was presented on the screens.  If you are interested in finding out about certain services such as Azure, AI or Microsoft 365, there is also plenty of content.

Microsoft Cloud for Education – Bradley Tipp, Industry Solutions Manager, Microsoft

Back to School 2018 – Stephen Liffick, General Manager, Microsoft

Transformation in Digital Learning – Anthony Salcito, Vice President – Worldwide Education, Microsoft

Microsoft Education: What’s new and how to win – Eric Herzog, Education Field and Partner Marketing, Microsoft

FREE Webinar: Understanding Microsoft 365 Education


Not many people are talking about Microsoft 365 Education and its new license type.  All EES agreements are changing to this cloud first licensing model but there isn’t much material out there about it.


During this FREE webinar we will go through the licensing changes and what you get in the Microsoft 365 Education.

It was interesting in the recent survey I did on Office 365 Education and its usage that some people think that Office 365 and Microsoft 365 and the same so we’ll talk about this myth and put it to bed.

The session is at 3:30pm UK time on Monday 19th March.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Speaking at #BETT2018 on #GDPR


I’m delighted to have the opportunity to be speaking at BETT in one of the side sessions put on by the team at GDPR in Schools.

I was recently catching up with the team there and discussing what we have done at BFC Networks and with Provisio365 around data protection, handling personal information from school MISs and how we are going to manage existing customers where we have full access to their Office 365 Education environment.


It is important for both suppliers and customers to know what kind of data you have access to, how it is handled and what else might they have access to.

Other speakers includes Head of Data Strategy from the Department of Education, The Common Framework and also the team behind the GDPR in Schools Data.

If you are supplier and interested to see how other businesses have done it and how we have done it for both our customers, Office 365 Education and also our products to help customers to be more complaint, please come and join the session on Friday morning at BETT. 


Introducing Microsoft 365 Education


In the past month Microsoft announced changes to their licensing model for education. Also known as the EES license (Enrollment for Education Solutions), the changes come under the same name but have a completely different focus.  The changes will enable you to get more out of Office 365 and other products and services in the cloud.  If anything, you are getting more from your licensing and better security.

Cloud First Licensing

When Satya Nadella was appointed Microsoft CEO he set out a new vision for the organisation which has seen the business grow and change under his leadership.  “Mobile First, Cloud First “.  Even though Microsoft are now publically focusing on AI (artifical intelligence) this moto is true to any business and should help to focus change within business in delivering better services to their employees, customers, teachers and learners.

Office 365 has changed over recent years to include more education features such as Microsoft Teams Edu, OneNote Class Notebook and Learning Tools but there have been lots of other changes to the platform for security, Cloud Telephony, Minecraft for Education, the list continues but these have all been available to us but at an extra cost on top of our EES agreement.

The new EES agreement is a cloud first based licensing enabling you to get more out of some of those paid for solutions at a very similar price to what you are paying now.

With Office 365 Education licensing you don’t have to purchase anything from Microsoft (including EES) to get this free license which has now been renamed to Office 365 A1 and if you do purchase EES you can get the Office 365 A1 Plus added, adding the Office 365 Pro Plus client for your users to use.   As part of your EES (2015) license you would get your server licenses, productivity suite server licenses and also your client access licenses with that single benefit to the cloud (Office 365 A1 Plus).  With the new licensing model (EES 2017) and Microsoft 365 Education, things flip the other way so you get your licenses in the cloud first which then enable you to license products in your own environment.

Additional Solutions from the Cloud

You will now purchase Microsoft 365 Education licenses at either the A3 or A5 depending on the features you want for those users and get additional functionality for that level.  The best of these in my opinion is Minecraft for Education – all students and teachers will get this license, what a great addition to your licensing and Microsoft Cloud Platform.

Other features include (depending on if you buy A3 or A5)

  • Azure AD Premium
  • Intune Education
  • Office 365 Advanced Treat Prevention
  • PowerBI Pro
  • My Analytics
  • Enterprise Mobility Suite
  • Office 365 A3/A5
  • PSTNConferencing / Cloud Telephony

Note, you still get the ability to install client software on your machines, depending on the licensing provider (we’ll get to this in a future post).

Look out for the changes with your licensing provider and I look forward to sharing more about these features in the future.