@scottalanmiller said in Microsoft Office - Licensing Questions For 3 Scenarios:
@flaxking said in Microsoft Office - Licensing Questions For 3 Scenarios:
I think you must be missing what's going on here. This removes the requirement to integrate more directly with MS Office, instead relying on a separate library that is provided standalone from Office and thus allows saving to Excel. We've had zero issues with using this library, which is actually pretty uncommon for us.
The issue is flexibility. Using third party libraries, you can integrate with Excel or with anything else. Using the Office libraries, every user, in ever system, is bound by the limitations of the most problematic. It makes deployments more costly, and more complex.
That's true, it's the kind of self perpetuating lock-in that has served Microsoft so well. People use Excel, and they ask for saving to Excel spreadsheet, so we create the integration specially to allow Excel and not include ODF, then we help keep the industry locked into using Excel because that's all we support unless you want to just save to CSV.
As for the cost and complexity of deployments... that could be true, except that the installation of our main software is already so complex and costly that dealing with potentially installing this library is the easiest part. I think we probably only have one other developer who would be able to figure out how to install it. I've never heard of any client's IT that have been able to figure out how to install it (just calls from those who have tried), client services has to do literally every install.
I also found this.. .I'm still reading it. But could be useful.
And there is a minor rub in that. The free O365 lic includes E1 level, to do this operation they need to be E2 lic, which is under the paid section.
As the process will 'free the license' any reason why I can't push a e1 lic to an e2, follow the process - which should then release the e2 license?
I've done this too for a small office, MS doesn't delete date for at least 60 days if not longer, and you receive a ton of emails before they do it too.
But am I correct about users getting kicked out of MS Office once the subscription expires? Or do they wait a day or two after the subscription expires?
oh, I'm the expiration and renewal happened very quickly for me, so no one saw anything - I can't say what you're users will see. Maybe Greg will know.
Though knowing MS, I'd be surprised if it was a hard cut date - I would expect MS to give a several day grace period incase IT forgets to renew, etc.
Yeah I do it like once a week at least for someone. But today it's just not working.
I just got a call from Microsoft. Try going to Billing -> Subscriptions. Click on the subscription whose licenses need to be increased, and then click Change License Quantity on the far right. The link is kind of small, but it will take you to a screen where you can add licenses to the subscription you have very easily. It worked for me.