January 2020 announcements

This page details the announcements for Microsoft Partner Center for January 2020.

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Windows Server and SQL Server subscriptions available to Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners in Russia from February 1, 2020

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  • Date: 2020-01-31
  • Type: Offers/Markets
  • Status: Now Available

Summary

From February 1, 2020, Windows Server and SQL Server subscriptions will be available for purchase to CSP partners in Russia.

Impacted audience

All CSP partners transacting in Russia

Details

We're excited to announce that following our release of Azure reservations in December 2019, Windows Server and SQL Server subscriptions will be available for purchase in Russia from February 1, 2020. With Azure reservations and these server subscriptions, which include Azure Hybrid Benefit, partners in the CSP program can better address the fast-growing customer demand for more cost-effective solutions to support highly predictable and persistent cloud workloads.

Partners can now acquire, provision, and manage Azure reservations and Windows Server and SQL Server subscriptions on behalf of commercial customers through Partner Center and the Azure portal.

Note

All impacted offers can be found in the Partner Center price list.

Additional resources

Next steps

  • Share this information within your organization and with your customers.

Questions?


Meeting Room and Meetings Add-on for Microsoft 365 F1 are now available in the Government Community Cloud (GCC)

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  • Date: 2020-01-29
  • Type: Offers/Markets
  • Status: Now Available
  • Learn more

Summary

As of January 7, 2020, Microsoft has introduced Meeting Room and Meetings Add-on for Microsoft 365 F1 for the GCC. Check the price list to find out more.

Impacted audience

All partners transacting GCC offers in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program

Details

Microsoft is excited to announce that both Meeting Room and Meetings Add-on for Microsoft 365 F1 are available for the CSP GCC, as of January 7, 2020.

This launch further improves our Teams offering for Microsoft 365 F1, which is our advanced government suite that enhances productivity, security, and innovation for our government customers.

Microsoft Teams Rooms is Microsoft's native conference solution for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business meetings. Meeting Room and Meetings Add-on for Microsoft Teams Rooms enable your GCC customers' meeting rooms and huddle spaces to be able to join Teams and Skype for Business meetings, host meetings where participants can dial in to conference calls, and connect to telephony using phone systems.

Offer List

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Additional resources

Next steps

Familiarize yourself with the price list and share this information with all appropriate contacts in your organization—particularly your sales team.

Questions?

For any further question about these offers, contact your representative in the Microsoft account team or check your relevant Yammer partner community.


Available Now! Power Apps and Power Automate self-service purchase for U.S. Commercial Customers

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  • Date: 2020-01-28
  • Type: Capabilities
  • Status: Now Available
  • Learn more

Impacted audience

All partners selling online services to commercial customers.

Summary

On January 14, 2020 Microsoft released self-service purchase, subscription, and license management capabilities for Power BI for commercial cloud customers in the United States. Then on January 28, 2020 these capabilities became available for Power Apps and Power Automate in the United States.

Later in Q3 FY20, we are making self-service purchase for Power Platform available to commercial customers in several additional countries. As we release to these countries, we will update the Customer Frequently Asked Questions documentation to reflect their availability. The Customer Frequently Asked Questions is included the readiness resources noted below. Be sure to check this often over the next few months.

Review all resources in the resource gallery (see Additional Resources below) for further details regarding self-service purchasing, including instructions for implementing PowerShell if customers wish to opt out of self-service purchasing.

The PowerShell script enabling IT admins the ability to control (turn on or off) the self-service purchasing capability on a per product basis is now available. See the Additional Resources section below for technical documentation.

UPDATE: Over the past week, we’ve been listening to your feedback regarding the rollout of our self-service purchase capabilities for Power Platform products. To those of you who provided your input, thank you! Based on your feedback, we’ve adjusted our approach to better address the needs of both IT admins and end users within organizations. We’re making the following changes to our plan:

  • On November 19, we will provide IT admins a way to turn off self-service purchasing on a per product basis via PowerShell. More details will be forthcoming.
  • To provide more time to prepare for this change, we are updating the launch for self-service purchase capabilities for Power Platform products to start with Power BI on January 14 for all commercial cloud customers. More details on Power Apps and Power Automate will be forthcoming.

Thank you again for taking the time to provide your feedback. We look forward to a continued partnership to help empower organizations to achieve more.

As the world advances down the path of digital transformation, end users and business units are increasingly adopting and purchasing a-la-carte Software as a Service solutions on their own. We’re introducing self-service purchase, to enable users to buy one to many licenses, giving greater flexibility and freedom to departments, teams, or across an entire enterprise to create their own solutions.

We’re following a phased rollout for Microsoft Power Platform products (Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate):

  • Availability through self-service begins with Power BI on January 14.
  • Rollout will start with customers in the United States then expand to other geographies.
  • This capability will not be available for government, nonprofit, or education customers at this time.
  • Details on Power Apps and Power Automate coming soon.

Partners can benefit from self-service purchases by building solutions that span Azure and Power Platform. Partners with administrative access will see individual Power Platform purchases in the Microsoft 365 admin center and can treat them as sales leads for their cloud solutions. For example, a partner that sees a work group adopting Power BI will have the opportunity to build and sell sophisticated Power BI dashboards that pull data from Azure SQL databases or other business applications. As adoption spreads virally within organizations from self-service purchases, partners could also sell broad Power Platform coverage to central IT.

Partners who do not have administrative access can still drive proof of concept projects and can build custom solutions for individuals buying Power Platform services. These partners benefit from the agility of working directly with end users and not having to go through a centralized IT purchasing motion. A successful partner engagement to ramp Power BI adoption would give the partner credibility within the company and could easily lead to other opportunities.

Additional resources

Change log

  • Original publication date: October 21, 2019
  • Updated Power BI launch date and introduced PowerShell date: November 1, 2019
  • PowerShell script now available for IT Admins. Microsoft Flow updated to Power Automate: November 19, 2019.
  • Launch of self-service purchase for Power BI and launch details for Power Apps, Power Automate, and other countries: - January 14, 2020
  • Launch of self-service purchase for Power Apps and Power Automate: January 28, 2020

Announcing a new reporting dashboard (beta) in Partner Center

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  • Date: 2020-01-27
  • Type: Capabilities
  • Status: Now Available

Impacted audience

Announcing a new reporting dashboard (beta) in Partner Center

Summary

We are introducing a new unified reporting dashboard in Partner Center for partner organizations that are members of the Microsoft Partner Network. Through this dashboard, you have access to a unified, 360-degree view of your partner organization’s key performance indicators (KPI) across cloud products such as Office 365, Azure, Dynamics 365, and licensing models such as Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) and Enterprise Agreement (EA). Intelligent insights are delivered to you so you clearly understand your business with Microsoft and can make data driven decisions with confidence.

To see this dashboard, select INSIGHTS from the Partner Center left-hand navigation menu. This dashboard uses the same underlying data as the current MyInsights reporting tool but offers richer visuals and more insightful reporting capabilities and KPIs covering customers, subscriptions, license usage, competencies, and benefits. The version of this insights dashboard offered today is a beta version and will continue to be augmented with new reports and capabilities as we approach general availability, which is planned for later in H2 FY20.

We invite you to start using this new insights dashboard where you would have used MyInsights before, and share your feedback with us using the feedback mechanism within each of the reports available through the INSIGHTS tab.

Additional resources

Change log

  • Original publication date: January 27, 2020

Action required: Remember to confirm the acceptance of Microsoft Customer Agreement by January 31, 2020

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  • Date: 2020-01-27
  • Type: Capabilities
  • Status: Now Available
  • Learn more

Impacted audience

  • Primary: Direct bill and indirect providers in the CSP program under the Microsoft Public Cloud
  • Secondary: CSP indirect resellers under the Microsoft Public Cloud

Summary

The new Microsoft Customer Agreement for all product offers in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program became available on October 1, 2019.

Starting February 1, 2020, a partner’s confirmation of Microsoft Customer Agreement acceptance will be required to make new orders for any CSP offers in all regions under Microsoft Public Cloud. From that date, a partner in CSP will not be able to make a new purchase including changing seats and renewal of existing purchases without the acceptance of the Microsoft Customer Agreement from the customer.

Note

Microsoft Customer Agreement and the new commerce experience in CSP for Azure:** Customer acceptance of the Microsoft Customer Agreement is required for purchasing via the new commerce experience in CSP for Azure that became available November 1, 2019.

The Microsoft Customer Agreement is a simplified purchase agreement that provides consistent purchase terms for customers, regardless of the way customers choose to buy. Since October 1, 2019, the new Microsoft Customer Agreement is available in the CSP program and replaces the existing Microsoft Cloud Agreement.

Partners can present the new Microsoft Customer Agreement to customers in much the same way that they previously did for the Microsoft Cloud Agreement. After a customer has reviewed and accepted the agreement, partners must confirm the customer’s acceptance with Microsoft. The Partner Center Dashboard, Partner Center API, and .NET SDK have been updated to support a partner confirming customer acceptance of the Microsoft Customer Agreement.

Next steps

  • Confirm the acceptance of the new Microsoft Customer Agreement before January 31, 2020.
  • Train your agents and resellers on the new agreement terms, and in presenting the new agreement and validating customer acceptance. Indirect providers need to work with indirect resellers to validate a customer’s acceptance.
  • Direct bill and indirect providers who are using APIs will need to update existing implementation to accommodate the new Microsoft Customer Agreement using Updated API.
  • Direct bill and indirect providers can also use the Partner Center web UI to confirm customer acceptance.
  • A Microsoft Customer Agreement in CSP guide Microsoft Customer Agreement FAQs
  • A link to the Microsoft Customer Agreement
  • API information for partners using APIs to confirm customer acceptance of the agreement.

Note

Coming later in Q1 CY20, partners will have the additional option to invite customers to an authenticated Microsoft portal to view and sign the Microsoft Customer Agreement. Microsoft will own the responsibility to confirm customer acceptance of the Microsoft Customer Agreement.

Change log

  • January 15, 2020: Original announcement published.

Price list and offer update schedule for January 2020

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  • Date: 2020-01-07
  • Type: Capabilities
  • Status: Coming soon

Impacted audience

  • All partners participating in the CSP program

Summary

Per the holiday lockdown schedules, the January 2020 price lists will be available January 6 at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) instead of the typical availability schedule.

Details:

Because of holiday scheduling, the price list updates posted to the Partner Center sales page for January 2020 will be available January 6 at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) instead of the typical availability, which is at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on the last day of each month. The catalog updates will also be available on January 6 to align with the price list updates. The January 2020 schedule is for all price lists posted on the Partner Center sales page:

  • License-based price lists and offers
  • Usage-based price lists
  • Reservations price lists
  • Software subscriptions price lists

The Azure plan price lists on the Marketplace page will be up to date throughout, as those price lists are dynamic and are continually updated.

License-based price list issues

The January license-based price list has the following known issues we expect to address in next month’s price list updates for February.

These offers should not be in the price list and will be removed next month:

  • Offer: Microsoft 365 Phone System - Virtual User Trial ID: b9a1d576-43fd-464b-8ad9-4b1eafc5db77
  • Offer: Forms Pro Addl Responses for GCC Offer ID: ac14473c-8e5d-4e44-aff1-6087109be980
  • Offer: Microsoft Forms Pro USL for GCC Offer ID: 1e9dab89-7a71-4aa9-a3e5-9b8be2f296ba

These offers should not be in the price list and will be removed next month:

  • Offer: PowerApps per app plan for Students Offer ID: e1f379e8-cf22-4a7d-97fd-dcf9d62fc132

These offers were incorrectly removed from the price list in January but are still available; consult the December price lists for their pricing. Plans are to add these offers back to next month's price list:

  • Office 365 A1 for faculty (for Device) Offer ID: 0757d14e-7c57-456f-8dab-47d164f2ff1f
  • Office 365 A1 for students (for Device) Offer ID: bae285a9-d56b-4384-b02f-38adc61a6f12
  • Microsoft 365 A1 Offer ID: 778a4dce-0014-4d53-8647-314ef2b091d2
  • Dynamics 365 Remote Assist Trial Offer ID: 545484f9-1c3e-426d-a387-0aa029146443
  • Dynamics 365 Remote Assist Attach Trial Offer ID: 7ce81df9-f10c-49a3-843d-e9de6fdc779f

Change log

  • December 20, 2019: Original announcement published
  • January 7, 2020: Added license-based price list issues section

Microsoft has now released additional Dynamics 365 products, and more will be coming on February 1, 2020

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  • Date: 2020-01-02
  • Type: Offers/markets
  • Status: Now Available

Impacted audience

  • Partners offering Dynamics 365 through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program (These updates relate to all locations worldwide, unless advised differently.)

Summary

Microsoft has released additional Dynamics 365 products today, January 2, 2020. New products will also be released on February 1, 2020.

Details

Today, January 2, 2020, Microsoft released new products for Dynamics 365 Power Virtual Agent, as well as Biz Apps and Power Platform. On February 1, 2020, additional new products will be released for Dynamics 365 Biz Apps and Power Platform.

Dynamics 365 Power Virtual Agent

On January 2, 2020, the following Power Virtual Agent offers were released:

  • Dynamics 365 Virtual Agent for Customer Service

See the detailed SKU information in the file "Dynamics CSP Offers 1-1-20" here.

Biz Apps and Power Platform

On January 2, 2020, the following Biz Apps and Power Platform offers were released:

  • Introduction of student offers for existing PowerApps per-app plan

See the detailed SKU information in the file "Dynamics CSP Offers 1-1-20" here.

On February 1, 2020, the following new and updated offers for Biz Apps and Power Platform will be released:

Human Resources new offers

  • Dynamics 365 HR users can purchase Dynamics 365 Unified Ops Additional DB/File Capacity USL offers
  • Dynamics 365 HR Self-Serve offers
  • Dynamics 365 Human Resources (user, tenant)

loT Intelligence for Supply Chain Management new offers

  • IoT Intelligence Scenario (tenant level)—includes entitlement up to six scenarios and ten machines (prerequisite is Supply Chain/Unified Ops Management user base or attach SKU)
  • IoT Intelligence Additional Machine (tenant level)—add-on to the IoT Intelligence Scenario (the prerequisite of this offer) which provides licensing for 10 additional machines

eCommerce name change

  • Dynamics 365 Retail offers will be changed to Dynamics 365 Commerce.

Customer Insights license update

The following SKUs will have the licensing type changed from AddOn to NON:

  • Dyn365ECstmrInsights ShrdSvr ALNG SubsVL MVL
  • Dyn365ECstmrInsightsEDU ShrdSvr ALNG SubsVL MVL

The following offers will no longer be available for Dynamics 365 Human Resources:

  • Dynamics 365 Talent, Dynamics 365 for Talent from SA, Attract, Onboard, and Comprehensive Hiring offers

Pending SKU information

On February 1, 2020, Microsoft will change the names of some product families and offers to align the naming for existing Dynamics 365 and Power Platform offers to the name used in other channels and regions.

See the specific changes in the file "Dynamics CSP Offer Name Changes – Feb 2020" here.

Additional resources

Next steps

  • Share this information with the appropriate contacts in your organization.
  • If you want to dig deeper into the licensing updates and the value proposition, familiarize yourself with our readiness content in the Additional resources section and on PartnerSource.

Questions?

  • If you have any questions strictly relating to your operations with Microsoft, contact Support.

Change log

  • January 2, 2020: New communication.