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Everything is new in M(a)icrosoft – Part 1

March 30th, 2021 | by

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This is the name of a song or a phrase that indicates that changes are coming in May. This is also the case at Microsoft!

The university framework agreement with Microsoft is being updated and will come into force on May 1, 2021. This will change the previous licensing models for Microsoft products to new licenses.

Make two out of one

When the Microsoft Office 365 for Education offering came into effect in 2017, Microsoft set up a separate directory for members of RWTH Aachen University (employees and students), known as an RWTH tenant. All registered users with their RWTH address could access this free of charge during the term of the current framework agreement. Programs could be used as web applications, downloaded and stored locally.

When we became aware of the upcoming license changes under the new framework agreement, we decided to set up new tenants for individual groups of people with different license authorizations in preparation. This was then further accelerated in 2020 by the Corona pandemic.

In March 2020, for example, employees were given access to the M365 tenant at RWTH Aachen University so that they could use Microsoft Teams to collaborate in their home offices. This was followed in September 2020 by the Students tenant, which enables students to use various Microsoft products as web applications.

For both tenants, registration via RWTH Single Sign-On was also introduced to ensure greater security of personal data. Since then, a separate registration with Microsoft via RWTH e-mail address is no longer necessary.

In the second part of our article next week, you will find out what other changes this will mean for members of RWTH Aachen University.

Responsible for the content of this article are Désirée Lemoine and Anastasios Krikas.

6 responses to “Everything is new in M(a)icrosoft – Part 1”

  1. Vielen Dank, toller Beitrag

  2. David Meichel says:

    ich habe die Auswirkungen davon noch nicht ganz verstanden. Heißt das, dass wir OneDrive bspw. gar nicht mehr nutzen werden können?

    • Kaminski, Nicole Terese says:

      Hallo David,

      vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar bzw. Anfrage.

      Wir haben soeben zu diesem Thema einen zweiten Beitrag hier auf dem Blog veröffentlicht – hier erklären wir die Auswirkungen auf die einzelnen Nutzergruppen (Studierende/ Mitarbeitende):

      Sollten darüber hinaus Fragen bestehen, kannst du dich gerne an das IT-ServiceDesk ( wenden.

      Viele Grüße,
      das IT Center Blog Team