Note: This offer For Microsoft 365 is still valid based on my test results from May 2022. It automatically renews annually at $0. Feedback from users has been positive, but I’m not sure if it will last forever. No credit card required though.
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The Microsoft 365 Business Basic Engineering Feedback program includes 10 licenses for free with annual renewal.
It’s $7.70 per month per user for an annual subscription, which Microsoft lists the price on the website:
To do that, you need an account with Global Admin permission on your own AAD. Otherwise, you will get the following error message when you try to get business membership using work/school account.
In this case, creating a new global admin account after you add a custom domain to your own personal AAD.
If your work/school account does not have the Global Admin role you can use your personal Azure account.
As this subscription is for business, a business email address is required to login and order the M365 Business plan.
We click Custom Domain Names in your left panel and then Add Custom Domain
Add a custom domain
Verify the domain
Add a Txt record from your domain registrar’s website.
I am using Cloudflare to manage dns records.
Done adding custom domain
Buy M365 Business Basic for 0$
Create a new Global Admin user from AAD
Assign the Global Admin role
Purchase a subscription using this URL
It will ask you to log in to the Office 365 website using your work/school email. You can use the one we just created to login.
Choose 10 users for license and order with annual renewal for 0$
Click Check Out Now
Payment Method – Invoice
Solve the problem
Before assigning a license to a user, you must assign a usage location to this user. Otherwise, you will get the following error
“License not assigned”
“A license cannot be assigned to a user without specifying a usage location.“
Edit the user and assign the country Point of use:
After this step, you can assign a license to your user:
You can get an invoice notification, but the cost is $0.
And the process is likely to repeat itself. You can do this multiple times to get more than just 10 licenses to use.
Azure Subscription VS Microsoft 365 (Office 365) Subscription
Microsoft online business services such as Microsoft 365 or Microsoft Azure require Azure AD for sign-in operations and to assist with identity protection. If you subscribe to any Microsoft online business service, you automatically get Azure AD with access to all free features.
When a user signs up for a Microsoft cloud service, a new Azure AD tenant is created and the user is made a member of the Global Administrator role.
All your users have one the house Directory for authentication. Your users can also be guests on other directories. You can see the home and guest directories for each user in Azure AD.
Microsoft 365 and Azure use the Azure AD service to manage users and subscriptions. Azure Directory is like a container in which you can group users and subscriptions. To use the same user accounts for your Azure and Microsoft 365 subscriptions, you need to ensure that the Azure subscriptions are created in the same directory as the Microsoft 365 subscriptions. Remember the following points:
- A subscription is created under the directory
- Users belong to directories
- The subscription lands in the directory of the user who created the subscription. So your Microsoft 365 subscription is tied to the same account as your Azure subscription.
- Azure subscriptions are owned by individual users in the directory
- Microsoft 365 subscriptions own the directory. Users with the correct permissions on the directory can manage these subscriptions.
If you’re an Azure subscriber, you can use your Azure account to sign up for a Microsoft 365 subscription. If you’re part of an organization that has an Azure subscription, you can create Microsoft 365 subscriptions for users in your existing Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Sign up for Microsoft 365 using an account with Global Admin or Billing Admin permissions in your Azure Active Directory tenant.