October 2021 announcements

This page provides the announcements for Microsoft Partner Center for October 2021.


Appointment scheduling of support requests

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  • Date: 2021-10-28
  • Capabilities

Summary

Schedule an appointment with an advocate to work through a support ticket in real time.

Impacted audience

All commercial partners

Details

We want to make it easy to schedule an appointment with the advocate working on your Partner Center support ticket. After scheduling, your support advocate will call you at the scheduled time. You will be able to schedule your appointment in Partner Center only after the ticket has been assigned to an advocate.

This capability is being rolled out in phases. During the rollout, you may not be able to schedule appointments for some topics and languages.

Next steps

Review the instructions for scheduling a support appointment through Partner Center.


Now live: Introducing API throttling to partners calling Partner Center APIs

Summary

Starting October 28, 2021, Microsoft will implement API throttling to partners calling Partner Center APIs.

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  • Date: 2021-10-28
  • Capabilities

Impacted audience

Partners transacting through the Cloud Solution Provider program

Details

Starting October 28, 2021, Microsoft will be implementing API throttling for a more consistent performance within a time span for partners calling the Partner Center APIs. To prevent the overuse of resources, throttling limits the number of requests to a service in a time span. When a throttling threshold is exceeded, Partner Center limits any further requests from that client for a period of time.

Partner benefits

While Partner Center is designed to handle a high volume of requests, if an overwhelming number of requests occurs, throttling helps maintain optimal performance and reliability for all partners.

Benefits include the following:

  • Throttling ensures minimal downtime.
  • By reducing high-volume requests, we can ensure a consistent performance for all partners.

APIs to be throttled

Operation Partner Center documentation
Get v1/customers/{customer_id}/users/{user_id}/licenses Get licenses assigned to a user
Get /v1/customers/{customer_id}/subscribedskus Get a list of available licenses
Get /v1/customers/{customer_id}/entitlements Get a collection of entitlements
Get /v1/customers/{customer_id}/artifacts/{artifact_type}
/groups/{group_id}/lineItems/{lineitem_id}
/resource/{resource_id}
Get a collection of entitlements
Get /v1/customers/{customer_id}/users/{use
r_id}/directoryroles
Get user roles for a customer

We recommend that you consider using the activity log API for more efficiency and to avoid throttling. For more information on this feature, see the article API throttling guidance for partners calling Partner Center APIs.

Next steps

Review the resources for this topic, and take the necessary steps.

Change log

  • 28th October: Changes are now live
  • 21st September: Reminder for upcoming changes
  • 19th July: Original Announcement

Coming in early 2022: granular delegated admin privileges (GDAP)

Summary

Important

See the updated, November 2, 2021 version of this announcement that has additional information from the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center.


Update: Subscription analytics page on Partner Center to display billed revenue

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  • Date: 2021-10-26
  • Capabilities

Summary

The subscription analytics page on Partner Center has been updated to display the billed revenue until the previous month.

Impacted audience

Partners transacting through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program

Details

Microsoft has updated the subscription analytics report on Partner Center to display the billed revenue until the previous month.

To display billed revenue:

  1. Go to Partner Center at partner.microsoft.com.

  2. Sign in with your credentials.

  3. Access the subscription analytics report within the Insights Workplace.

  4. Go to the CSP section and select Subscription Analytics.

The trailing 12-month (TTM) billed CSP revenue is displayed at the top of the page.

The product type level TTM revenue breakup is available along with the total TTM revenue. Product types considered are Office 365, Dynamics 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, Power BI, Azure, and Cloud-Other.

TTM revenue attribution at Microsoft Partner Network level is also available at the hyperlink on the page.

To help learn about the subscription analytics report on Partner Center and how to use it, download the New subscription analytics report on Partner Center guide (245-KB PDF).

Next steps

Review the New subscription analytics report on Partner Center guide and share with the appropriate stakeholders in your organization.


Updates to new commerce software subscription autorenewal and new billing plan capabilities

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  • Date: 2021-10-25
  • Business Applications

Impacted audience

Dynamics on-premises and Cloud Solution Provider program partners

Summary

Default autorenewal will revert from "On" to "Off" for software subscriptions purchased in CSP new commerce.

Details

On October 14, Microsoft enabled auto-renew capabilities for software subscriptions purchased in CSP new commerce (auto-renew default set to "ON"). This capability's intent was to simplify the renewal process for partners and their customers, allowing for software subscriptions to auto-renew at their designated renewal date by default. (Software subscriptions purchased prior to October 14, 2021, do not have the auto-renew capability and will expire as indicated at time of purchase.)

Based on partner feedback, and to give partners more time to adapt to the change, Microsoft will revert the auto-renew default of "ON" by setting the auto-renew default to "OFF." The estimated date for this reversion is October 26, 2021. Microsoft anticipates moving the default auto-renewal setting to "ON" on January 22, 2022.

All software subscription purchases made between October 14, 2021 until the rollback date will be set to auto-renew "OFF" by Microsoft. Auto-renew capability will still be available, and partners will be able to toggle auto-renew to "ON" from the new default of "OFF".

Also, to reduce cash-flow pressure and increase accessibility for customers, partners can now change billing-frequency preferences for software subscriptions. They can split large payments into several charges over time, which will put more expensive services within reach for smaller businesses with limited cash flow. Previously, one-year and three-year product SKUs supported only one-time billing. Starting October 14, 2021, new billing plans are available, with one-year term product SKUs now supporting "annual," and three-year product SKUs supporting "triennial" and "annual." In cases where the term is the same as the billing plan, it will behave as a one-time payment per term. Currently there is one product that supports a monthly billing plan (Windows Remote Desktop Server CAL 2022).

Partners using the Partner Center catalog will see the available billing plans on the review screen prior to purchasing.

Summary of billing plan changes

New billing plans are supported for software subscriptions.

  • Term: one-year: New Billing Plans: Annual

  • Term: three-year: New billing plans: Annual, Triennial, Monthly (Windows Remote Desktop Server CAL 2022 only)

  • On October 14, Get subscriptions API started returning software subscriptions.

  • Billing Plans: Partners previously passing billing cycles of "one-time" when they create cart line items should now pass the actual billing cycle value or else their transactions will start failing on "one-time" after Jan. 22, 2022. Through Jan. 22, 2022, the "one-time" value for billing cycle will be supported and will result in a software subscription's billing cycle being one payment for the full term. Following Jan. 22, 2022, values such as "Annual," "Triennial," and "Monthly" must be inputted for billing cycle, depending on partner needs and supported billing plans for the software subscriptions being purchased.

  • Term Duration: Beginning January 22, 2022, partners will need to specify a term for software subscriptions in addition to a billing plan. Until January 22, 2022, partners can purchase software subscriptions without including the term value. However, in alignment with the construction of new commerce transactions, starting January 22, 2022, partners will need to pass the term and billing cycle plan they intend to purchase and avoid hard-coded values.

Next steps

See Sell software subscriptions through the Cloud Solution Provider program to get more information about the software subscription billing plan updates.

Questions?

For more information about these offers, check your relevant Yammer communities.


October software subscription and perpetual software price list issues

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  • Date: 2021-10-20
  • Capabilities

Summary

The software subscriptions and perpetual software price lists published on October 1, 2021, had some issues pertaining to Windows Server 2022, Office 2019, and Office LTSC 2021.

Impacted audience

Indirect providers and direct-bill partners transacting software subscriptions and perpetual software in the Cloud Solution Provider program.

Details

The software subscriptions and perpetual software price lists published on October 1, 2021 had some issues related to a product refresh.

Windows Server 2022 for Software Subscriptions

Some EDU and charity segments are missing from the price list, including:

Product Title ETA
Windows Server 2022 1 User CAL November 1, 2021
Windows Server 2022 1 Device CAL November 1, 2021
Windows Server 2022 Datacenter 2 Core November 1, 2021
Windows Server 2022 Datacenter 16 Core November 1, 2021
Windows Server 2022 Standard 2 Core November 1, 2021 License Pack
Windows Server 2022 Standard 16 Core November 1, 2021 License Pack

Some Windows Server 2022 products are missing from the price list, including:

Product Title ETA
Windows Rights Management Services CAL 2022 November 1, 2021 Device
Windows Rights Management Services CAL 2022 November 1, 2021 User
Windows Server 2019 Essentials Unavailable
Windows Server 2022 Essentials Only available for OEM
Windows Server 2019 Rights Management November 1, 2021 External Connector
Windows Server 2019 External Connector November 1, 2021
Windows Server 2022 Rights Management December 1, 2021 External Connector (replaces 2019 version)
Windows Server 2022 External Connector December 1, 2021 (replaces 2019 version)

Windows 7 Extended Security Updates for Software Subscriptions

Windows 7 Security Updates products are missing from the price list, including:

Product Title ETA
Windows 7 ESU 2020 November 1, 2021
Windows 7 ESU 2022 November 1, 2021

Office 2019 and Office LTSC 2021 for Perpetual Software

  • On October 1, all Office 2019 products were no longer in the price list but were still available for purchase.

  • On October 8, the replacement products for Office 2019 were turned on (Office LTSC 2021).

  • On October 13, the Office 2019 products were removed.

  • Partners should transact the Office LTSC 2021 products moving forward.

  • For Japan only, the related Office 2021 products are listed as Access 2021.

Next steps

Partners who transact software subscriptions and perpetual software should refer to the price list that will be published on November 1 to see the pricing information.


Breaking change: dual-mode attestation and additional reseller declaration

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  • Date: 2021-10-19
  • Capabilities

Summary

New requirements for partner attestation and EU/EFTA indirect reseller identification are coming soon.

Impacted audience

Direct and indirect Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners and indirect providers transacting in European Union/European Free Trade Association (EU/EFTA) countries

Details

Microsoft is enhancing features, and we're inviting CSP partners to get an early look at the new capabilities and begin testing new attestation requirements and another resellers (EU/EFTA only) changes. These features will be launched in December 2021 for the user interface (UI) and API.

The technical preview provides instructions on how to access documentation and API previews so that partners can start getting used to the new capabilities and required API updates. ​Note that these changes will break existing experiences for these APIs. Therefore, we strongly advise partners to participate in the pilot program prior to the full launch in December.

These changes will also be updated and available from the customer order UI in Partner Center in December.

Partner and customer impact

  • Breaking change: Indirect partners won't be able to complete purchases without first attesting that they're acting as direct or indirect providers.

  • Partner attestation requires acknowledgment on behalf of the organization:

    • I confirm that my organization is acting as an indirect partner when choosing a reseller and as a direct partner in the absence of selecting a reseller.

    • I confirm that I'm not reselling products purchased within this order or subsequent licenses thereafter, to other partners that are affiliated with my parent organization.

EU/EFTA partners might not be compliant with EU regulations to declare and include any additional indirect resellers (up to a maximum of five) that are involved within the transaction.

The following APIs have been updated with the required changes and are now available:

The additional resellers changes will affect partners transacting in the following EU/EFTA countries and regions:

Country Country Country
Andorra Greenland Netherlands
Austria Guernsey Norway
Belgium Holy See (covers Vatican City) Poland
Bulgaria Hungary Romania
Croatia Iceland San Marino
Cyprus Ireland Slovakia
Czechia Isle of Man Slovenia
Denmark Italy Spain
Estonia Jersey Svalbard and Jan
Faroe Islands Latvia Mayen
Finland Liechtenstein Sweden
France Lithuania Switzerland
Germany Luxembourg United Kingdom
Gibraltar Malta
Greece Monaco

Next steps

  • Share this information with all appropriate contacts in your organization, and check Partner Center announcements for future updates.

  • You can find more details in the Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) webinar:

Questions?

Feel free to join and post questions to the EAP Yammer group at Partner Center early adopters program - All conversations.


Price corrections for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint P1

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  • Date: 2021-10-19
  • Offers/Markets

Summary

Two prices for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE) P1 are incorrect in the November Preview price list. The next price list update will have the correct prices: $3.00 for MDE P1 Commercial and $1.45 for MDE P1 for Education.

Impacted audience

Partners who may transact with MDE P1 globally beginning in November.

Details

The November Preview price list was not correctly updated to the GA prices. Instead it included placement prices for the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE) P1 commercial ($0.00) and education ($0.23) offers. Both prices are incorrect.

The correct prices for MDE P1 are $3.00 for commercial and $1.45 for education. These will be available to transact beginning in November.

This announcement serves as notification of the pricing correction. The November Preview price list will not be republished. The correct pricing will be on the next price list update that includes current pricing for November.

Next steps

  • See the November price list for current offers, which will contain the correct MDE P1 prices for commercial and education as described above.

Strengthen cybersecurity with a free subscription to Azure AD Premium Plan 2

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  • Date: 2021-10-19
  • Capabilities

Summary

A free, 24-month subscription to Azure AD Premium Plan 2 is available for partners in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program with delegated administrative privileges (DAP).

Impacted audience

Partners transacting through the CSP program

Details

Today we're announcing a free, 24-month subscription to Azure AD Premium Plan 2 for partners in the CSP program with DAP to customer tenants. Managed service providers can strengthen their security controls by taking advantage of premium security features such as Azure AD Privileged Identity Management (PIM) and risk-based conditional access capabilities, as well as viewing sign-in logs for a longer period at no extra charge.

Next steps

The full announcement is available only to Microsoft partners. Sign in to access the full announcement.


Windows Server 2022 subscriptions available

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  • Date: 2021-10-19
  • Capabilities

Summary

Windows Server 2022 is now available through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) channel for software subscriptions.

Impacted audience

CSP direct-bill partners and indirect providers, as well as resellers through their indirect providers

Details

As a follow-up to last week's announcement, Windows Server 2022 is now available for software subscriptions.

As a reminder, with the release of Windows Server 2022 and the resulting product enhancements, Microsoft is increasing the price of Windows Server 2022 Standard edition and Windows Server 2022 Client Access Licenses (CALs) by 10 percent. Windows Server 2022 Datacenter edition pricing will remain the same.

In alignment with previous announcements, Microsoft won't be launching Windows Server 2022 in the Open License program.

For additional information, see:

Next steps

  • Partners who transact software subscriptions should download the latest price list to see pricing.

  • Share information with your organization's relevant stakeholders, and update your catalogs with Windows Server 2022.

Questions?

For any questions about these offers, check your relevant Yammer communities.


Enhanced enrollment experience for the Cloud Solution Provider program

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  • Date: 2021-10-18
  • Capabilities

Summary

The Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program has a new, enhanced sign-up process.

Impacted audience

Partners creating new enrollments through the CSP program

Details

We're excited to announce an enhanced, intuitive process that helps new partners to enroll in Partner Center in just one sitting.

New partners can enroll in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), and partners can associate an existing MPN ID with a CSP account or tenant.

Timeline

  • New direct-bill providers started being redirected to the new enrollment process in September.

  • In October, all new direct-bill providers and indirect providers will use the new enrollment process, and new indirect resellers will incrementally start being directed to it.

  • Future changes will make it easier to sign up for multiple programs across the partner network. We'll share more information as new features become available.

Next steps

For more information, see these updated resources:


Product keys for on-premises versions of AX and customer relationship management (CRM) for dual-use rights available via Microsoft 365 admin center

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  • Date: 2021-10-14
  • Business Applications

Impacted audience

Dynamics on-premises and Cloud Solution Provider program partners

Summary

Effective October 14, 2021, product keys for the on-premises versions of AX and CRM for dual-use rights will be available to customers through the Microsoft 365 admin center.

Details

Effective October 14, 2021, product keys for the on-premises versions of AX and CRM for dual-use rights benefit will no longer be available in Partner Source Business Center (PSBC). Customers can self-serve their organizations’ product keys through the Microsoft 365 admin center.

There are no changes to the ordering process or country code change fulfillment process.

Next steps

Questions?

If you have questions, contact your Regional Operations Center using the Call Logging Tool (CLT) at clt.partners.extranet.microsoft.com/CLT or via explore.ms. Follow the standard CLT process closely so that we can resolve your query as quickly as possible.


October Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) community update and reminders

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  • Date: 2021-10-13
  • Business Applications

Summary

The CSP monthly update newsletter is now available, along with additional CSP community resources that provide you with essential program updates.

Impacted audience

CSP direct bill partners and indirect providers

Details

This month’s resources cover the following topics:

Launches

Clinics

CSP Community Q&A reminder

The monthly CSP community Q&A session provides you with an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about changes affecting the program. This month’s call will focus on the topics listed in the previous section and more.

Register here to join the call.

Always available—Launch content on demand

Within the monthly CSP community collection, you can find:

For a consolidated view of all recent and active launches in a single place, visit the new partner launch calendar. You'll find a timeline for each launch and links to published materials to help you learn more about that launch.

Need licensing readiness? The monthly CSP spotlight webinars cover the latest CSP licensing information available for all partners.

Next steps

Review the community resources and register for the Community Call Q&A.

Questions?

The monthly CSP community Q&A call is the best place to bring questions about operational change in the CSP program. You may submit a question up to 48 hours before the call. All launch-related questions will be answered in the call and/or in the Q&A document published after the call. You can visit last month’s community collection and review the Q&A document that was published after the August event.

Questions on any other CSP topic? Visit the Partner Center support page.


New calendar of recent and upcoming updates in the Operations Readiness resource gallery

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  • Date: 2021-10-13
  • Drive Efficiency and Scale

Impacted audience

Cloud Solution Provider partners

Summary

A new monthly calendar will provide a view of recent and upcoming launches to help partners stay up to date with changes in how you do business with Microsoft.

Details

Microsoft has created a new calendar that provides you with a view of recent and upcoming launches to help you stay up to date with changes in how you do business with Microsoft. We've included changes that were launched in the past 90 days and any upcoming changes that have already been announced.

We'll publish this calendar each month, and from it, you’ll find links to the announcements, published communications, and other key operational readiness resources across all Microsoft channels and programs on the Operations resource gallery.

We've also added quick links to the most up-to-date Partner Community content and to the popular Promotions Guide and Product Launch Calendar.

Every time we publish new materials on the Operations resource gallery, we'll add them this new calendar view, so that you can easily see all the resources for that change in one convenient timeline.

Next steps

See the new partner launch calendar on the Operations Readiness resource gallery, and view updates that are important to your business. Share the link to the calendar with your team.


Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Partner Center update: Windows Server 2022 Perpetual Software

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  • Date: 2021-10-12
  • Capabilities

Summary

Windows Server 2022 is now available through the CSP channel for perpetual software.

Impacted audience

CSP direct bill partners and indirect providers, as well as resellers through their indirect providers transacting perpetual software.

Details

With the release of Windows Server 2022 and the resulting product enhancements, Microsoft is increasing the price of Windows Server 2022 Standard edition and Windows Server 2022 Client Access Licenses (CALs) by 10 percent. Windows Server 2022 Datacenter edition pricing will remain the same.

In alignment with the previous announcements listed below, Microsoft won’t be launching Windows Server 2022 in the Open License program.

Both the perpetual software and software subscriptions price lists were republished on October 8, 2021, to include the Windows Server 2022 products. However, partners may have observed that the software subscriptions products are currently unavailable for purchase. Windows Server 2022 software subscriptions will be available soon, and a follow-up announcement will be published.

Next steps

  • Partners who transact perpetual software should download the latest price list to see pricing.

  • Share the information with the appropriate stakeholders in your organization and update your catalog with Windows Server 2022 perpetual software.

Questions?

For further questions about these offers, check your relevant Yammer communities.


Marketplace price list updates for Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners

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  • Date: 2021-10-08
  • Capabilities

Impacted audience

CSP partners who use the commercial marketplace price list

Summary

The marketplace price list will be updated on November 15, 2021.

Details

To have consistency across Partner Center price lists in the new commerce experience, we’ll be updating the marketplace price list.

From November 15, 2021, the marketplace price list will include new columns and updated headers. This announcement is for awareness only. Partners might need to make changes to their systems to support this change. We’ll share more details of the changes with partners on November 5, 2021, via Digital Operations Center (DOC).

To get an early preview, here are the upcoming changes to expect:

Current column name Future column name (As of November 15)
Product Product title
Type Will move under a new column, “Tags”
Subtype Will move under a new column, “Tags”
Description SKU description
Billing frequency Term duration—P1Y or P1M
Purchase unit Unit of measure
Regions Market
Term Billing plan—annual or monthly
List price Unit price
Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) Estimated retail price (ERP)
Pricing tier range minimum
Pricing tier range maximum
Effective start date
Effective end date
Meter IDs
Meter type
Tags—Azure, Software as a Service (SaaS), or third party

Next steps

Share this update with the appropriate people in your organization.

Questions?

If you have any questions, visit the Partner Center Support page.


Coming soon: New commerce experience for CSP seat-based offers technical release

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  • Date: 2021-10-05
  • Capabilities

Impacted audience

CSP direct bill partners and indirect providers, and resellers through their indirect providers

Summary

On October 14, Microsoft will move seat-based online services offers to the new commerce production environment, enabling all partners in the CSP program to transact these offers.

Details

Microsoft continues its digital transformation journey in the new commerce experience. We've previously introduced Azure plan and Reserved Instances, server software, and perpetual software to the new commerce experience in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, and the next stop in this journey is the availability of seat-based offers, including Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and Windows 365 in the new commerce experience.

On October 14, Microsoft will move seat-based online services offers to the new commerce production environment, enabling all partners in the CSP program to transact these offers. This technical release, a precursor to general availability, provides CSP partners with new sales capabilities and delivers operational efficiencies.

Microsoft realizes that partners need time to implement these changes and ensure successful adoption. To accommodate the requirements for partners’ operational and sales readiness, we are adding several weeks for partner preparations to deploy new commerce seat-based offers and the new policies and capabilities leading up to the general availability release in early January 2022. We will continue working with partners as they test and operationalize changes needed to transition existing business to new commerce, and we will introduce additional features to new commerce to improve the partner and customer experience. You can review the readiness assets and partner training along with technical resources to support your transition.

To coincide with the January general availability launch, Microsoft will offer two time-bound promotions, on monthly-term and annual-term offers, between January and June 2022. The promotions will apply to all new commerce seat-based commercial offers except Windows 365, and to subscriptions of up to 2,400 seats. These promotions on new commerce offers are designed to encourage migration to the new commerce experience. Further details regarding these promotions will be provided soon.

Other than changes in timeline, all other capabilities, features, and policies as part of the October technical release remain unchanged.

Microsoft recognizes how technology has accelerated change for organizations worldwide. As a result, our customers' businesses are always evolving, and the Microsoft partner ecosystem must continue to evolve with them to effectively meet their needs. With these changes to seat-based offers in new commerce, and by extending the timeline for general availability, we're building a foundation together today that will provide greater opportunities for the future.

Questions?

For any further question about these offers, check your relevant Yammer communities.


November 2021 update: Online Services and Software Channel Authorization guide

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  • Date: 2021-10-04
  • Capabilities

Impacted audience

Direct bill partners, indirect providers, and multitier partners participating in the Cloud Solution Provider program

Summary

There’s an update to the Online Services and Software Channel Authorization guide.

Details

In accordance with that subsection of the Online Services and Software Channel Authorization, under that section entitled “Notice of Changes”, entitled “Changes to the Guides”, in your Microsoft Partner Agreement, Microsoft is hereby notifying you that the Online Services and Software Channel Authorization guide is being updated. A preview of the updated guide is available here with a redline demonstrating changes available here. The update will become effective 30 days from the date of this notice. There’s no further action needed to be taken by you.

Next steps

There are no actions required. This is a notice only.


Final 90 days to transact offers in the Open License program

Summary

No renewals of Software Assurance (SA) and online services, or new purchases of software licenses and online services can be made through the Open License program after December 31, 2021.

Categories

  • Date: 2021-10-04
  • Grow Your Business

Impacted audience

Partners transacting offers through the Open License program

Details

Technology is transforming the way that we do business worldwide. Our industry has predominantly moved to a cloud subscription business model that provides the flexibility, capabilities, and scalability that organizations need to support a hybrid workforce. Microsoft is committed to helping partners and customers succeed and grow through digital transformation.

We’re continuing our own digital transformation journey and have prioritized investments in:

  • Our commerce experience platform
  • The Microsoft Partner Network
  • Evolving our licensing and incentives programs

We’re making it easier for partners to help their customers move to the cloud, take advantage of new offers, and capitalize on the growth of the cloud technology market, with the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program at the core.

December 31, 2021 is the last day to transact Open License program offers. No renewals of Software Assurance (SA) and online services, or new purchases of software licenses and online services can be made through the Open License program thereafter. Microsoft stopped launching new offers in the Open License program on July 1, 2021. Software in CSP offers better partner economics. Therefore we encourage partners to start transacting perpetual software in the CSP program immediately. Review helpful assets in the Operations Readiness gallery, including the latest information on transitioning from Open License to CSP, as well as on-demand webinar sessions to help partners onboard and transition customers as needed.

Next steps

For partners who are not yet onboarded to the CSP program, remember that December 31, 2021 is the last day to transact Open License program offers for your customers. As of midnight, local time on January 1, 2022, partners must have joined and onboarded to the CSP program to transact the perpetual software offers in CSP. To protect your revenue streams, you will need to transition your Open License program customers sooner rather than later and move their new purchases and renewals to the offers in CSP, Open Value, or Open Value Subscription.

Partners are also encouraged to join one of four Ops-hosted Office Hours sessions occurring November 3 and 4 (Partner Center Onboarding and Overview for Indirect Resellers in CSP) and another set of four sessions happening on November 10 and 11 (Open Value Partner Operations Considerations).

Share this update with your internal teams as needed.

Questions?

Review helpful assets on the Operations Readiness gallery:

For questions about these offers, check your relevant Microsoft Partner Connect communities.


View this month’s product launches and offers

Categories

  • Date: 2021-10-01
  • Capabilities

Impacted audience

All partners transacting through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program

Summary

The October product launch calendar is now published.

Details

The October 2021 product launch calendar is now available in the Operations readiness resource gallery. View the upcoming product launches and offers here.

Next steps

Review the product launch calendar, and share the information with the appropriate stakeholders in your organization.

Questions?

For any further questions about these offers, check your relevant Yammer communities.