Schools that have purchased Microsoft 365 A3 or A5 through VL are now able to distribute Office and Minecraft: Education Edition through a single action. Previously, school admins had to assign Office licenses in the admin center, then go to Store for Education to assign Minecraft licenses.
This requires the admin to have to take two assignment actions for each user that comes or goes, and learn about and manage a new portal. Furthermore, not all administrators are aware that Minecraft licenses can only be assigned out of the Store for Education, resulting in a large portion of paid Minecraft licenses left unassigned.
If a school has Minecraft: Education Edition licenses on their tenant as part of their Volume Licensing A/3/5 subscription, admins can choose to entitle Minecraft: Education Edition for Students using Office 365 A3 A5. By default the admin setting is turned OFF. This can be enabled in either of these two portals:
- Office 365 A3 A5 details page in Microsoft Store for Education, under Settings & actions, you can select Allow access to Minecraft: Education Edition for users of Office 365 A3 or Office 365 A5
- Office 365 A3 A5 inline edits or from details page in Microsoft 365 Admin center, under Billing > Products & services > you can select Allow access to Minecraft: Education Edition to users of Office 365 A3 or Office 365 A5
1. When access to Minecraft: Education for users with an A3/A5 license is OFF (default)
2. When access to Minecraft: Education Edition for users with an A3/A5 license is ON
What should I do to enable this feature in Admin center, if my tenant is not part of the first Preview release ring?
Even if your tenant is not part of the first Preview release ring, you can enable Preview release by going to Settings > Organization profile > Release Preferences > Edit > Targeted release for everyone in Admin center. Please give 24 hours for the change to take effect.
Why are we releasing this feature?
We continue to see VL customers with paid Minecraft licenses confused, or unhappy by the fact that they have to go to a different portal, and manage Minecraft licenses separately. As a result, we see much lower Minecraft licenses assigned compared to the other products included in M365. We’re enabling this feature to allow admins to more easily manage their M365 VL subscription as a single product.
What is the default setting?
By default it’s OFF.
What happens if I unassign Office 365 A3 A5 license from a user? Does it affect any M:EE users who are already entitled to use M:EE based on the Office 365 A3 A5 license?
As M:EE licenses are cached 30 days, all the current M:EE users who are entitled to use M:EE based on the Office 365 A3 A5 can use M:EE till the cache expires.
Who is the target audience for this release?
Any tenant with Microsoft 365 A3 A5 VL will see this experience.