It was a part of Microsoft’s $1 billion Public Cloud for the Public Good commitment. It offered qualified organizations free credits to redeem on Azure services, normally Microsoft EMS (Enterprise Mobile Security) E3.
Microsoft EMS E3 includes Azure Active Directory and Azure Information Protection. It also includes Microsoft Intune and Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics.
Originally a $5,000 credit to use towards these Microsoft services, Microsoft then reduced the sponsorship to $3,500 and gave away 50 EMS E3 licenses (or seats).
As of September 1, 2019. This 50-seat donation offer has been retired.
What does that mean?
With the retirement of this offer, there are now two scenarios.
- Scenario 1: An Existing EMS customer who has provisioned EMS 50 donated seats prior to September 1, 2019.
Customers who have provisioned EMS donated seats before September 1, 2019, can continue to use up to 50 donated seats. These customers are not impacted by the September 1, 2019 retirement. So, anyone who did take advantage before September 2019 is grandfathered in.
- Scenario 2: New customers who do not have EMS 50 seat donation in their tenancy.
For new customers, we still believe EMS E3 is worth the price, $30 annually per seat, but nonprofits need to budget for it. If you need any help with budgeting for this suite or advice on how you can use it in your organization – get in touch with Insource today.