What's new in the Microsoft commercial marketplace

Learn about important updates in the commercial marketplace program of Partner Center. This page is updated frequently, so be sure to check back often!

New features

Category Description Date
Analytics Publishers of Azure application offers can view offer deployment health in the Quality of service (QoS) reports. QoS helps publishers understand the reasons for offer deployment failures and provides actionable insights for their remediation. For details, see Quality of service (QoS) dashboard. 2021-09-07
Offers Setup and maintenance of Power BI Visuals is migrating from the Office Store to the commercial marketplace over the next few weeks. This FAQ provides a summary of improvements to the offer submission process. To start, see Plan a Power BI visual offer. 2021-09-21
Offers Additional properties at the plan level are now available for Azure Virtual Machine offers. See the virtual machine technical configuration properties article for more information. 2021-07-26
Fees Microsoft has changed its fees for certain services. See Commercial marketplace transact capabilities and Common questions about payouts and taxes, "How do I find the current Store Service Fee and the payout rate?". 2021-07-14
Offers Publishers can publish a virtual machine (VM) that they have built on premises. To learn more, see Create a virtual machine using your own image. 2021-06-23
Customer engagement Publishers can now respond to user reviews on Azure Marketplace or AppSource. To learn more, see Ratings & Reviews analytics dashboard in Partner Center. 2021-06- 03
Offers Publishers now have a simpler and faster way to prepare and publish their Azure Virtual Machine-based offers in Partner Center. To learn more, see How to create a virtual machine using an approved base. 2021-03-22
Analytics Developers can use new report APIs to programmatically access commercial marketplace analytics data. You can schedule custom reports and download your marketplace data into your internal analytics systems. To learn more, see Get started with programmatic access to analytics data. 2021-03-08

Tax updates

Category Description Date
Taxation End-customer taxation in Australia is managed by Microsoft, except for customer purchases made through an enterprise agreement, which are managed by the publisher. 2021-07-01
Taxation Updated tax details page country list to include the following:
  • Argentina
  • Bulgaria
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Korea (South)
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Senegal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • Uzbekistan
  • Zimbabwe
Taxation Nigeria moved from the "shared publisher/developer-managed countries" list to the “end-customer taxation with differences in Marketplaces". 2021-07-01
Payouts Added commercial marketplace payout scenarios to the tax details page. 2021-04-26

Documentation updates

Category Description Date
Offers New article describes the quality of offer deployments reporting available on the Quality of Service dashboard. 2021-08-27
Offers The Commercial marketplace transact capabilities topic now includes a flowchart to help you determine the appropriate transactable offer type and pricing plan to sell your software in the commercial marketplace. 2021-08-18
Policy Updated certification policy; see change history. 2021-08-06
Co-sell Information added for the MACC program including, requirements, how often we update MACC status, and definitions for Enrolled, and not Enrolled. To learn more, see Azure Consumption Commitment enrollment, or Co-sell with Microsoft sales teams and partners overview. 2021-06-03
Offers Additional information regarding VM pricing options and descriptions. To learn more see How to plan a SaaS offer for the commercial marketplace. 2021-05-25
API guidance This topic gives publishers a single convenient location to find recent changes to the commercial marketplace, including updates to certification policy, changes to tax rules, and more. To learn more, see Align your business with our e-commerce platform. 2021-05-13
Policy Updated certification policy; see change history. 2021-05-07
Policy The Microsoft Publisher Agreement has been updated. To see what’s changed, see Change history for Microsoft Publisher Agreement. 2021-04-16
Offers Microsoft 365 independent software vendors (ISVs) can now link their software as a service (SaaS) offer to their related Teams apps, Office add-ins (WXPO), and SharePoint SPFx solutions in Partner Center. SaaS ISVs can also declare if their SaaS offer is integrated with Microsoft Graph API. To learn more, see Test and deploy Microsoft 365 Apps by partners in the Integrated apps portal. 2021-04-08
Policy Updated certification policy; see change history. 2021-04-02
Policy Updated certification policy; see change history. 2021-03-05