As 2019 begins, Microsoft continues to launch developments and packages that improve security and give users greater insights into their working habits to help improve their productivity.

Microsoft launch two new security suites

On 1 February 2019, Microsoft will launch two new security-focused suites to customers these were announced in a blog by Ron Markezich, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365. The new offerings are Identity & Threat Protection and Information Protection & Compliance. These have been introduced to allow customers a simpler and more affordable route to purchase Microsoft’s premium security products.

The two bundles will include existing security products which had previously only been available as part of flagship suites, such as Microsoft 365 E5.

The new suites include:

Identity & Threat Protection.

  • Microsoft Cloud App Security
  • Azure Active Directory Plan 2
  • Azure Advanced Threat Protection
  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
  • Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2 (Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection + Office 365 Threat Intelligence)

Information Protection & Compliance.

  • Azure Information Protection P2
  • Office 365 Advanced Compliance (Advanced eDiscovery, Advanced Data Governance, Customer Key, and Privileged Access Management)

These new suites will not affect the price or construction of any existing Microsoft offering such as Microsoft 365 E5.

MyAnalytics – better availability and functionality

In a separate blog, Microsoft announced that their MyAnalytics service is now available to everyone using Office 365, Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Business suites. Previously this was a service only available to customers with an E5 plan or who had the MyAnalytics add-on.

MyAnalytics evaluates and summarises how employees spend their time at work. Using metrics from Outlook and Skype to evaluate working habits, making recommendations to improve efficiency.

This month Microsoft will also add data from Microsoft Teams, One Drive and SharePoint to increase the breadth and accuracy of MyAnalytics reports.

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Written by Tom McEwing

Tom is one of our Microsoft Licensing Specialists who advises our customers on how to get the most from their Microsoft volume licensing and contracts