Registration

Microsoft Collaborate program is offered through Partner Center and requires registration. If you already have an account in Partner Center it is best to use the same account to enroll in Collaborate.

Important

You can use one of the following accounts to work in Partner Center:

  • Microsoft Account (personal account)
  • Azure AD (organizational account)

Only users with global administrator role can register using Azure AD account. If you do not have this role, you can try to find global administrator for your organization to help you register.

How to register as an individual

  1. Navigate to the Partner Center Directory.

  2. If you're not already signed, sign in now using existing account or create new Microsoft Account.

  3. Scroll down to Developer programs section and click on Get Started link for Microsoft Collaborate.

    Get Started

  4. The Get Started link will take you to the registraion page.

    Account Info

    Note

    If you signed in with the existing Partner Center account the page will contain information from that account. You can modify Publisher display name and Contact info if needed.

    Important

    The following error indicates that user is signed in with an Azure AD account that does not have administrator privileges and registration cannot be completed.

    We could not validate your identity as a global administrator.

    Try to find global administrator for your organization or sign out and sign in again using Microsoft Account.

  5. Select the Account country/region in which you live, or where your business is located. You won't be able to change this later.

  6. Select your Account type (individual or company). You won't be able to change this later, so be sure to choose the right type of account.

  7. Enter the Publisher display name that you wish to use (50 characters or fewer). Select this carefully, as this name will be used when you interact with Collaborate (download content, submit feedback and etc.). For company accounts, be sure to use your organization's registered business name or trade name. Note that if you enter a name that someone else has already selected, or if it appears that someone else has the rights to use that name, we will not allow you to use that name.

    Note

    Make sure you have the rights to use the name you enter here. If someone else has trademarked or copyrighted the name you picked, your account could be closed. If someone else is using a publisher display name for which you hold the trademark or other legal right, contact Microsoft.

  8. Enter the contact info you want to use for your account.

    Note

    We'll use this info to contact you about account-related matters. For example, you'll receive an email confirmation message after you complete your registration.

    If you are registering as a company, you'll also need to enter the name, email address, and phone number of the person who will approve your company's account.

  9. Review your account info and confirm that everything is correct. Then, read and accept the terms and conditions of the Collaborate Agreement. Check the box to indicate you have read and accepted these terms.

  10. Click Finish to confirm your registration.

How to configure access for multiple users

Tip

Partner Center leverages Azure AD for multi-user account access and management. If your organization already uses Office 365 or other business services from Microsoft, you already have Azure AD. Otherwise, you can create a new Azure AD tenant from within Partner Center at no additional charge.

What happens when an Azure AD tenant is linked to a Partner Center account

  • No changes are made to the Azure AD tenant itself
  • Tenant ID is added to the account data
  • Account Administrator gets the ability to view Azure AD users and add them to the account
  • Tenant Global Admin gets the ability to create new users in the Azure AD tenant and invite guest users using Partner Center user management pages

How to register as an organization

Before you begin

To create an account on Partner Center, you’ll need to have on hand the following information. You may want to take a few minutes to gather these items before you get started:

  • Global administrator work email. If you're not sure what your company's work account is, see how to find global administrator.

  • If your company doesn’t have a work account, you can create one during the account creation process.

  • Your company’s legal business name, address, and primary contact. We need this information to confirm that your company has an established profile and that you are authorized to act on its behalf.

  • Authority to sign legal agreements. Ensure that you are authorized to sign legal agreements on your company's behalf as you’ll be asked to do so during the enrollment process.

  • Name and company email of the person you want to act as your primary contact.

Guidelines

When creating a company account, we suggest that you follow these guidelines, especially if more than one person needs to access the account.

  • Create your Microsoft account using an email address that doesn't already belong to you or another individual, such as *MyCompany_PartnerCenter@outlook.com*. You may not be able to use an email address at your company's domain, especially if your company already uses Azure AD.
  • If you plan to join Windows program for app development in future and want to reuse your partner center account, then it is recommended that you enroll to Windows program first and then join Collaborate. Otherwise you might have to create separate accounts for these programs.
  • Add a company phone number that does not require an extension and is accessible to key team members.

How to access the Collaborate portal

  1. Navigate to MS Collaborate: https://aka.ms/collaborate.

  2. You will be asked for credentials to sign in. This is your Partner Center account credentials. If you have more than one account, select the appropriate account that you used to sign up for Partner Center. This can be a personal (Microsoft Account) or work (Azure Active Directory) account.

  3. Once you are signed in, the Collaborate dashboard will appear, showing you the engagements, packages, and feedback, you are configured to see.

    Note

    If you are not a member of any programs or engagements, the lists will be blank. You need to join or request access an engagement to interact with content or feedback.

Next steps

Before you can download content or submit feedback, you need to join an engagement. Some engagements require an invitation from Engagement Owner or Power User (when your organization is already added to an engagement). Other engagements are Open for users to join.