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Understanding how licensing works after your upgrade


Applies to: Exchange Online Protection

Topic Last Modified: 2014-09-25

Office 365 Message Encryption is packaged and sold as part of Microsoft Azure Rights Management (Azure RMS), giving customers a complete solution that includes Information Rights Management (to help safeguard digital information from unauthorized use) and Office 365 Message Encryption (to encrypt and send secure email messages to anyone). With the upgrade, your organization will receive and benefit from both capabilities. For more information, see Active Directory Rights Management Services Overview.

  • Information Rights Management (IRM): Functionality that helps safeguard digital information from unauthorized use by applying various IRM options to your email messages. IRM improves the security of your SharePoint libraries by setting up appropriate permissions. Files are protected both online and offline, whether they are viewed by using Office Online or downloaded to a local device.

  • Office 365 Message Encryption: A policy-based service that lets email users to send encrypted email messages to anyone. You can set policy by defining encryption rules and you have the option of customizing encrypted email messages with your brand. Office 365 Message Encryption complements IRM by helping to secure information that is sent to external recipients.

After the upgrade from Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) to Office 365 Message Encryption, the licensing section of the Office 365 admin center will show an Azure RMS upgrade subscription with a price of $0. This subscription will expire together with your current EHE subscription and you will be offered the ability to use the new Office 365 Message Encryption service as part of Azure RMS. The price is set at $0 to prevent you from being charged for the new encryption service while your EHE agreement is still active.

When your EHE subscription expires, your initial Azure RMS subscription will also expire. At that time you will have to renew your Azure RMS subscription to continue to use the new Office 365 Message Encryption service. You can purchase your renewal through the Microsoft Office 365 portal or through an authorized Microsoft reseller partner.

For more details about how to add seats to your existing EHE subscription, or how to renew your licenses when your EHE subscription expires, see the following topics:

For more information about your EHE to Office 365 Message Encryption license upgrade, see the section below that represents your Program Type.

If you purchased an EHE subscription on an active Microsoft volume licensing agreement—including Enterprise, Open Value, Open Value Subscription, Select or Select Plus, Campus & Student, and Government agreements—you will be provided with the equivalent number of Azure RMS licenses to facilitate the upgrade.

The license term will expire together with your existing subscription. When the current EHE subscription under your volume licensing agreement expires, the Azure RMS licenses granted to replace EHE will also expire. At that time, you will have to purchase your Azure RMS renewal through the Microsoft Office 365 portal or through an authorized Microsoft reseller partner. For more information, see How to renew your Azure Rights Management subscription.

Your existing volume licensing agreement will govern your use of Exchange Online Protection (EOP) during the upgrade period.

If you purchased EHE through a FrontBridge agreement, we will provide you with licenses for Azure RMS. At the time of the new licenses, the legacy FrontBridge agreement will expire and you will no longer be billed for the EHE service. If there are other services on the FrontBridge agreement, we will discontinue billing for the EHE service only. We won't terminate your agreement.

By accepting and using these licenses, you are bound by the Microsoft Office Online Service Agreement.

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