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Does New Outlook require a separate desktop license for each email address?

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I have a business standard license which includes desktop versions of all Office products including Outlook.  When I tried to add my other exchange email address to Outlook, I was blocked and have been told by Microsoft support that I must purchase a separate Outlook license for each email address.  As I have 3 emails, I would pay over $500/year just for Outlook.  If this is true, New Outlook is now being licensed on a per email basis rather than a per person/user basis, inconsistent with all other Office products.  Can anyone verify that this is correct?  Ironically, I can add as many gmail or other email addresses as I want, so Microsoft is penalizing people for using exchange email by blocking them from adding these addresses to a valid Outlook desktop license.  

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@JanetVanPelt 

No, that information is incorrect. Currently, only your first account requires to have an Office license associated with it to unlock the ad-free version of Outlook.

 

When adding an additional Exchange account, make sure that these Exchange accounts also actually support New Outlook and/or Outlook Desktop at all.

 

For instance, Exchange On-Premises is not supported in New Outlook yet. F3 licenses do not support Outlook Desktop configuration in general (neither Classic, nor New). Many organizations have also disabled New Outlook support for now and only allow you to use Classic Outlook. 

 

Hopefully, that clears things up a bit for you.

 

Additionally see; How licensing works for work and school accounts in the new Outlook for Windows (microsoft.com)

@Robert Sparnaaij Thanks so much for your response!  I have the same link so I didn't think this was correct, but I've gone through two separate support responses from Microsoft where I sent them this link and they have insisted I need three desktrop outlook licenses one for each email.  I have one Business Standard license for my primary email and Business Basic licenses for other email accounts, which is the exact license configuration described in the link.  When I try to add the emails to new Outlook I get this:

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After pointing Microsoft support to this link and going back and forth with them several times, here was the response from the first support person:

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And here from the second attempt, again after going back and forth a number of times:

 

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Any thoughts on how to get this resolved since Microsoft support doesn't seem to understand their own licensing?

 

Really appreciate the help, this has been an incredibly frustrating process.

 

Janet

 

 

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Sorry for the confusion here @JanetVanPelt. I will follow up with these support agents to correct this mistake. The article is correct. And since you are on a Mac, you can reference this one which says the same thing from Mac. You'll find it by clicking the Learn More link in that dialog box you shared. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/how-licensing-and-access-works-in-outlook-for-mac-13365c6...

If you are still seeing that error, it is because you are on an older build of Outlook for Mac. Please update to 16.82.120.0 or greater.

Thanks @Allen Filush for stepping in and thanks @JanetVanPelt for the screenshot as that made it clear you were on a Mac. The version Allen referred to is the February 2024 release.

Thank you, that worked. I had just gotten the computer a week or so ago so didn't think I would need to update; I was on 16.81, so close! The support experience was horrendous, this was a last resort so really appreciate the help!
Robert thank you as well, and sorry not to have mentioned the Mac piece of the puzzle!

@JanetVanPelt 

There is a lot of false information being reported from Microsoft employees about the "New Outlook" and correct licensing. The official Microsoft whitepaper for enabling and disabling the new outlook for users states "The new Outlook for Windows is enabled by default for all users with a Microsoft Entra account and Exchange Online account." Enable or disable access to the new Outlook for Windows | Microsoft Learn

 

This indicates that any account with an exchange online license will work with the new outlook. So Microsoft needs to stop trying to hose people out of more licensing and make their product work like it should.

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best response confirmed by JanetVanPelt (Copper Contributor)
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Sorry for the confusion here @JanetVanPelt. I will follow up with these support agents to correct this mistake. The article is correct. And since you are on a Mac, you can reference this one which says the same thing from Mac. You'll find it by clicking the Learn More link in that dialog box you shared. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/how-licensing-and-access-works-in-outlook-for-mac-13365c6...

If you are still seeing that error, it is because you are on an older build of Outlook for Mac. Please update to 16.82.120.0 or greater.

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