September 2021 announcements

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


View the latest promotions and offers

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-29
  • Offers/Markets

Impacted audience

Partners transacting through the Cloud Solution Provider program

Summary

The latest Global Promo Readiness Guide has now been published.

Details

The latest Global Promo Readiness Guide, a consolidated view of all current and upcoming promotions, is now available on the Operations Readiness resource gallery. See active and upcoming promotions and offers here.

Next steps

Review the latest monthly Promo Guide in the Operations Readiness resource gallery. Share this information with the appropriate contacts in your organization, and let us know if the guide is helpful by responding to the “Was this page helpful?” question at the bottom of the page.

Questions?

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


The redesigned Partner Center experience is here

Summary

Today, we’ll start rolling out the first of several phases in a new user experience for Partner Center.

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-27
  • Capabilities

Impacted audience

All partners using Partner Center

Details

Our goal is to make Partner Center the most effective digital tool in our ecosystem, enabling you to take advantage of all the opportunities in the Microsoft partner ecosystem. Partner Center facilitates business transactions, promotes relationship building with other partners, and provides robust analytics. To help you get the best from your partnership with Microsoft across each stage of the partner journey, it must continuously integrate the latest information, processes, and partner feedback as we evolve the overall partner experience. Having made incremental adjustments over the last several years, we’re excited to be unveiling a reimagined user experience that offers intuitive navigation, a more consistent experience, and a guided path to finding the most relevant information and completing the actions you need to take in Partner Center.

Today, we’ll start rolling out the first of several phases in a new user experience for Partner Center. The signature characteristics of this update are workspaces, which are a new way of organizing assets and information by workflow. Implementing a structure built around workspaces allows for deeper personalization and makes it easier for partners to use Partner Center—benefits that are based in express requests from users. We’ll continue to make additional changes to improve the performance and reliability of each workspace. Grounded in our commitment to strengthen our digital capability, we’re confident that our investment in this update will support you in dynamically accelerating your business growth.

Let’s take a closer look at the advantages of the new structure, the rollout process, and the resources to help you get familiar with the new experience.

Introducing workspaces

The new Partner Center interface is built around a set of workspaces which will appear on your home page. Within each workspace, you can find the tools, links, reports, and information associated with the topic of the workspace. The workspaces you have access to will be personalized based on your organization’s business with Microsoft.

  • Benefits
  • Billing
  • Customers
  • Insights
  • Incentives
  • Membership
  • Offers
  • Payouts
  • Pricing
  • Referrals

These changes stem from partners’ feedback and are designed to make Partner Center more intuitive to navigate. The changes we’re making will also bring Partner Center into alignment with other Microsoft portals (such as the Microsoft Azure portal or Microsoft 365 Admin Center) and resource libraries you might be using, which will allow you to make business decisions more efficiently.

Transitioning to the new user experience

Starting today, September 27, all partner organizations and users will have access to the new user experience. When signing in to Partner Center, you may still see the current view, but can select the Workspaces button on the top right of the page to toggle between the old and new interface. We’ll be progressively rolling out the new experience over the coming weeks until November 15, 2021, and during that time, you’ll continue to have the option to toggle between the old and new experiences.

On November 15, 2021, we’ll have completed the rollout of the new user experience and we’ll remove the ability to use the previous version.

Our team will continue to update the user experience during and after this rollout based on user data and direct input and feedback. By toggling back to the existing user interface, you’ll be presented with a Provide Feedback window which you can use to reach our development team.

Next steps

We’ve compiled resources to support you in becoming familiar with your redesigned Partner Center. While there’s parity in datapoints and features between the old and new interfaces, you might need to allow for time to learn where to find certain information. To help you understand the new structure, each workspace will have a hovercard which, when you hold your mouse over it, will provide a brief description and useful links. You can also quickly find information organized by workspace in the Partner Center online help.

This announcement is also available as a blog post and a collection is available on the Operations Resource Gallery.

To maximize your Partner Center experience, now is also a good time to ensure your business profile is up to date, review information on managing user roles, and double check the security requirements for using Partner Center or Partner Center APIs. Keeping your account up to date will guarantee that the most relevant information is populated on your new dashboard.

Whether you’re building a solution, going to market, or co-selling with Microsoft, the new Partner Center experience is designed to streamline productivity. Informed by and tailored to your organization and role, this update is our latest investment in our partnership. Enhancing Partner Center is just the beginning of the next phase of our future together, and my team and I look forward to hearing how it elevates your practice.


New commerce experience for Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) seat-based offers readiness resources

Summary

This is a summary of key resources that you need to successfully prepare for the launch of the new commerce experience for CSP seat-based offers.

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-27
  • Capabilities

Impacted audience

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

Details

Since the August 19, 2021 public disclosure of the upcoming launch of seat-based offers in the new commerce experience, Microsoft has provided a variety of readiness resources. These materials are designed to help partners quickly learn about program, platform, and business rule changes.

The following is a summary of these key resources for you to use in your learning efforts to successfully prepare for the launch.

Available assets

New commerce experience for CSP seat-based offers collection

The collection contains resources related to the new commerce experience in the CSP program for Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and Windows 365, launching in October 2021.

Content published in the collection is available to all CSP partners.

Readiness map

The readiness map document provides a summarized view by role of the assets, communications (with links), and recorded partner sessions available within the collection. Start with this document to identify links to each asset so that you can browse the content with ease.

To start your learning path, select the role that best fits your needs, and then review the resource(s) aligned with that role.

Microsoft provides a variety of readiness resources to help partners quickly learn about program, platform, and business rule changes. The readiness map will help you go to these materials to optimize your review efforts. Any new assets added to the collection will also be added to the Readiness map.

Operating guide

The operating guide provides a more granular view (when compared to the L100, L200, and Subscription Management chart assets) and provides insights into how to adopt and subsequently transact Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and Windows 365 offers in the new commerce experience.

The operating guide will be continuously updated with information on features and additions based on partners’ questions. Look at the change log to identify updates that have been made to the document.

Partner trainings

CSP Community Call Q&As

CSP Community Call Q&As are dedicated to assisting CSP direct bill partners and indirect providers who have questions related to CSP launches and upcoming changes. Community collections are made available ahead of time in the Partner Readiness gallery where you can review materials to be discussed in the Q&A.

If you’re unable to attend the CSP Community Call Q&As on September 15 and 16, 2021, register to watch the recording for your region.

Looking ahead to October, partners can register now for the CSP Community Call Q&As occurring on October 20 and 21, 2021. During the October CSP Community Call, we’ll deep-dive into some operational aspects of this CSP seat-based launch, and partners should be ready to discuss and bring their questions.

In addition to the scheduled CSP Community Call Q&As, Microsoft will offer additional readiness opportunities for partners on the new commerce experience for CSP seat-based offers. During these calls, we’ll review how to transact Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and Windows 365 offers in the new commerce experience, as well as review new functionalities, capabilities, and policies that differ from the legacy CSP provisioning platform.

To prepare for these calls:

  • Review all seat-based offer resources in the collection, and bring your questions to the call.
  • Register for the applicable new commerce experience for CSP seat-base readiness session for your region and language preference.
Region Americas Operation (AO) Americas Operation (AO) Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Asia Pacific (APAC) Asia Pacific (APAC)
Time 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) 1:00 PM EST 10:00 AM Irish Standard Time (IST) 11:00 AM Singapore Time 1:00 PM Singapore Time
Date October 6, 2021 October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021 October 6, 2021 October 19, 2021
Language English Spanish English English Japanese
Registration Register here Register here Register here Register here Register here

CSP Spotlight calls

CSP Spotlight calls are monthly webcasts that cover the latest CSP licensing information and are available to all partners. During the September CSP Spotlight calls, the commercial licensing team covered the new commerce experience for CSP seat-based offers launch.

You can register to watch the recordings from September and use the same link to register for the live upcoming CSP Spotlight calls scheduled for October 6 and 7, 2021 where the new commerce experience for CSP seat-based offers launch discussion will continue.

October’s CSP Spotlight calls will address additional topics in the seat-based offers in new commerce release such as promotions, incentives, migration from legacy CSP, add-ons, and renewal options.

Also, in conjunction with the October launch, the CSP Spotlight presenting team will host a special one-hour online webinar for CSP partners that will provide an overview of the release, with opportunities to ask questions during the webinar in three separate sessions scheduled for October 28. (Register here.)

Next steps

Review the resources mentioned in this communication, and share them with the appropriate stakeholders in your organization.

Questions?

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


Product keys available for Business Central for dual use rights

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-23
  • Capabilities

Summary

Starting September 23, 2021, product keys for the on-premises version of Business Central for dual use rights will be available for customers through Microsoft 365 admin center.

Impacted audience

CSP partners

Details

Starting September 23, 2021, product keys for the on-premises version of Business Central for dual use rights benefit will no longer be available in Partner Source Business Center (PSBC). Customers can self-serve their organization’s product keys through Microsoft 365 admin center.

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

Next steps

Questions?

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


Reminder: Introducing API throttling to partners calling Partner Center APIs

Summary

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

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-21
  • Capabilities

Impacted audience

Partners transacting through the Cloud Solution Provider program

Details

Starting October 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, refer to the details here.

Next steps

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

Change log

  • 21st September: Reminder for upcoming changes
  • 19th July: Original Announcement

Coming soon: Delegated administrative privileges monitoring and self-service removal

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-14
  • Capabilities

Summary

Microsoft is launching new reporting tools that display active delegated administrative privileges (DAP) connections so partners can turn off unused DAP connections.

Impacted audience

Direct-bill partners, indirect providers, and indirect resellers transacting through the Cloud Solution Provider program

Details

Partners can use delegated administrative privileges (DAP) to manage and support their customers' services.

To improve security within the partner and customer ecosystem, Microsoft recommends turning off DAP when it’s not in use.

Microsoft will be launching new reporting tools so partners’ administration agents can audit DAP connections with their customers. This reporting will capture how partner agents are accessing customer tenants across all tenants through DAP. Partners can then review and remove DAP connections that aren't in use.

To learn more about this new reporting feature, we’ve created a guide that documents the various filters and fields that are available within the report.

Key considerations

  • Turning off DAP access for a customer will turn off the partner’s administrator privilege to manage capabilities on the customer tenant.
  • Transacting partners can continue to place orders on behalf of their customers.
  • Partner agents can no longer raise a support ticket for their customers to Microsoft.
  • Turning off DAP won’t affect current role-based access control roles on a subscription and won’t affect partner-earned credits.

Next steps

Review the resources about this topic, and share with the appropriate stakeholders in your organization.

September Cloud Solution Provider community update and reminders

Categories

  • Date: 2021-9-10
  • Community | Capabilities

Summary

The Cloud Solution Provider (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:

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 Q&A community call.

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.


September co-sell with Microsoft Q&A community call reminder

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-09
  • Community | Invites and reminders

Summary

Register now for the September community session, which highlights the latest launches and enhancements to the commercial marketplace and referrals modules in Partner Center.

Impacted audience

This session is dedicated to Partner Center-specific user roles who manage the:

  • Commercial marketplace module for offer publishing management.
  • Referrals module for leads and co-sell opportunity sharing management.

All other Partner Center users can access content on demand in the Operations Readiness resource gallery.

Details

Key articles for this month include:

Commercial marketplace

Referral

Refresh

Next steps

Review the community resources, and register for the Q&A community call.

Questions?

The Q&A community call is the best place to bring questions about operational changes. You can 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.

If you have any questions on other topics, visit the Partner Center support page.


New validation rules for company name and email address on September 22

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-07
  • Readiness

Summary

To help partners and customers run their business based on trust, we're updating the validation rules for a customer’s company name and email address. This will apply to both new and existing customer details. There are no API changes required.

Impacted audience

CSP direct bill partners and indirect providers

Details

Microsoft runs on trust. We’re committed to providing a compliant, safe, and secure method of validating customer company name and email address information. As of September 22, 2021, we will be updating email and company name validations. For additional information, see How to add a new customer record.

New rules for company name and email address

As of September 22 2021, the following new validation rules will apply.

When entering a company name, the following won't be permitted:

  • Using only one character.
  • Using only special characters, such as &$^# (see validation rules).
  • Using only spaces and/or tabs.
  • Using standalone abbreviations from the restricted list, such as LLC, Inc, etc. (see validation rules).
  • Using names with internet Top-Level Domain (TDL) extensions such as “.com”, “.org”, “.edu”, ".club", etc. (see validation rules).
  • Using the same character repeated three or more times with no other characters, such as 999.
  • Using spaces and/or tabs mixed with individual characters, such as 1 2 3.

When entering a customer email address, the following won't be permitted:

  • The email address can't contain @microsoft.com.
  • The customer email address can't contain the same domain name as the partner. For example, a partner called ABC can't create a customer email with @abc.com.

Further details can be found during the EAP webinar:

Partner and Customer Impact

Partners will not be able to create customers unless they adhere to the above rules from September 22nd.


Readiness: Dual-mode attestation and additional reseller declaration

Summary

We’re requiring partners to attest that they’re acting as direct or indirect partners when using the same tenant ID per transaction.

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-07
  • Pilot readiness for WW launch occurring in December

Impacted audience

Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) indirect and direct partners

Details

Microsoft runs on trust. We’re committed to providing a compliant, safe, and secure method of for transacting customer subscriptions in the CSP program.

As of September 7, 2021, we’ll open a pilot for partners to test against new attestation requirements occurring in the Create Cart, Update Cart, and Create Order APIs. These changes will break existing experiences for these APIs. Therefore, it’s strongly advised that partners take the opportunity to participate in the pilot prior to the full launch in December.

Partner and Customer Impact

  • Breaking change: Indirect partners can’t complete purchases without first attesting that they’re acting as direct or indirect partners.
  • EU/EFTA partners won't be in compliance with EU regulations if they don't declare and include any additional resellers that are involved within the transaction
  • Further details can be found during the Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) webinar:

The following APIs will be impacted, and details have been shared and updated accordingly:

Next steps

To participate in the pilot, reach out to your subject matter expert (Ali Khaki), and provide the partner tenant ID so that they can be added to flight.


Perpetual software and software subscriptions price lists republished to fix price increases in Russia

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-03
  • Offers/Markets

Summary

The perpetual software and software subscriptions price lists published on September 1, 2021, was republished on September 3 to correct a pricing issue in Russia.

Impacted audience

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

Details

The perpetual software and software subscriptions price lists published on September 1 had an incorrect 15.2% price increase listed for all products.

The price increase of ~15.2% will go into effect on October 1, 2021, not in September. The price lists have been republished with the correct pricing information.

Partners who purchased products between September 1 to September 3 will be charged at the corrected prices which is reflected in the latest price lists.

Next steps


Corrections to September license-based services price list and October preview for Microsoft 365 Business Basic (USD)

Summary

The September price list and October preview had an incorrect List Price for Microsoft 365 Business Basic in USD.

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-02
  • Offers/Markets

Impacted audience

Indirect providers and direct bill partners transacting license-based services in the Cloud Solution Provider program.

Details

The September price list and October preview for license-based services posted on September 1, 2021 had an incorrect List Price for Microsoft 365 Business Basic. Corrected price lists were published on September 2, 2021. This impacts USD only.

The impacted offer includes:

  • Offer Name: Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Offer ID: bd938f12-058f-4927-bba3-ae36b1d2501c
  • Before: List Price = 2
  • After: List Price = 4

Next steps

Partners who transact licensed-based services in USD should download the latest price list to see the corrected price.


Nigeria and Thailand are now Microsoft-managed countries

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-01
  • Capabilities

Summary

Nigeria and Thailand are now Microsoft-managed countries.

Impacted audience

Partners transacting in Nigeria and Thailand.

Details

See Tax details for commercial marketplace publishers.

Questions

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


Announcing Intune per-device for Enterprise for CSP partners

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-02
  • Capabilities

Summary

We are announcing a new Intune per-device offer, available as of September 1.

Impacted audience

Partners transacting in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.

Details

Microsoft Intune is the most comprehensive unified endpoint management platform to manage and secure both physical and virtual endpoints in your organization. We are announcing a new Intune per-device offer to help Enterprise organizations manage devices that are assigned to an authenticated user (i.e. not used by multiple authenticated users).

This offer, available September 1, 2021, leverages Intune per device while adding Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). It is a fully functional out-of-the box experience and includes the following service plans:

  • Exchange Foundation
  • Microsoft Intune
  • Azure Active Directory for Education.

Based on feedback from our Microsoft partners, Intune per-device for Enterprise has been created to be included in a per-device sale (device + Windows + Intune) as a five-year offering that will span the life of the device. This new offer will help CSPs simplify deal structures and offer a more competitive deal to their customers.

Items to note about the new Intune per-device offer:

  • It's a SaaS Enterprise offer and is not designed for Small & Medium Business (SMB) customers.
  • It's only available for CSPs and not available in Volume Licensing or Web Direct.
  • Cost is $150 (USD/ERP) for a five-year subscription.
  • Offer ID: 5170ccfb-e95b-49a4-b7f3-31f631a356ba
  • It will work out-of-the-box for Windows devices assigned to a single authenticated user.
  • The offer does not include Device Based Conditional Access.

Questions

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


Key updates for the new commerce experience for Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) seat-based offers

Summary

As a follow-up to the August 19, 2021 disclosure, Microsoft has key updates for the new commerce experience for CSP seat-based offers.

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-01
  • Capabilities

Impacted audience

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

Details

On August 19, 2021, Microsoft announced the new commerce experience for Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and Windows 365 seat-based offers for breadth motion coming in October 2021. As a follow-up to this announcement, we have the following key updates to help your organization prepare for this transformation:

  • Launch of the seat-based offers for integrated sandbox testing
  • Reminder for upcoming CSP Q&A calls in September
  • Microsoft Commerce Incentive program

Launch of seat-based offers for integrated sandbox testing

Effective September 1, 2021, Microsoft has enabled seat-based offers for integrated sandbox testing in the new commerce experience for the CSP program.

The addition of Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and Windows 365 offers in CSP to the new commerce experience is another major milestone in our new commerce journey. Microsoft is investing in product innovations, better tooling, and access to new business opportunities that enable partners to grow their CSP revenue and provide more options to customers. We are evolving our commerce platform and streamlining the ordering and subscription management processes to help partners and customers succeed through digital transformation.

Partners who participate in the sandbox testing environment will have early visibility into the new commerce experience for seat-based offers, allowing advance planning, operationalization, and technical integration for these offers.

Participating in the sandbox environment enables your organization to:

  • Perform API integration in a testing environment before deploying in production
  • Have adequate time to operationalize the new commerce experience prior to launch

The table provides a summary of the key features that are available in the integrated sandbox testing environment:

Partner/customer delegated admin privileges set-up Partial sub upgrade–full feature
1-tier, 2-tier models Partial subscription upgrade via support
Side-by-side discovery of current and new experience Scheduled changes at renewal
Discover and purchase Modern (select products) Suspend/resume (via support)
Manage subscription (auto-renew toggle, add seats, cancel motion) Free trials (MAC-only presentment)
Independent add-ons Partner currency
Billing plans Price transparency
Subscription lifecycle management (grace period) Annual billing plans for multi-year offers
Ownership constraints Suspend/resume (via self-serve)
Invoice/ recon files Auto-seat reassignment for full quantity SKU transitions
Mid-term full quantity SKU upgrades Free trial (with full presentment)
Cancellation policy enforcement: 30-day block cancel after 30 days (will change at general availability to 72 hours)

Reminder for upcoming CSP Q&A calls in September

Register for the upcoming CSP Q&A Community Calls on September 15 and September 16 to learn and ask questions about the new commerce experience for Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and Windows 365 seat-based offers for breadth motion coming in October 2021. CSP Community Q&A calls are dedicated to assist CSP direct bill and indirect partners with questions related to CSP launches and upcoming changes. For your convenience, community collections are made available ahead of time in the partner readiness gallery where you can review material that will be discussed on the Q&A call.

If you'd like to attend and/or find past recordings of CSP Fundamentals calls, refer to CSP fundamentals registration.

Microsoft Commerce Incentive program

On September 1, 2021, Microsoft has informed partners of the next steps in the evolution of its partner incentive program to be available in October. The two primary components of this communication will be the FY22 incentives guides and information on the enhanced incentives experience being developed within Partner Center.

  • Enhanced partner experience Targeting early October for availability to partners, Microsoft is investing in a single engagement and activity platform within Partner Center that will be a centralized destination for partners to earn incentives across purchasing motions and stages of the customer life cycle.

  • New approach to incentives New incentive and investment offers will continue to be added to the Microsoft Commerce Incentives program. In alignment with the effort to simplify the partner experience, Microsoft will consolidate the incentive program guides into a single document hosted within Partner Center.

Next steps

Launch of seat-based offers for integrated sandbox testing

  • No action is required if your organization has provisioned an integrated sandbox environment. If your organization doesn’t have an integrated sandbox environment, follow these steps to create one.
  • Review the CSP operating guide for Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and Windows 365 in the new commerce experience to learn more about the features, business rules, and step-by-step instructions for the release. Regularly check the operating guide, as it will be updated periodically.
  • Review the resources outlined in the Readiness map.
  • Review the API documentation folder.
  • For support, log a support ticket or post to the conversations on the Partner Center SDK and API Yammer group, where presentations and recordings of feature walk-throughs will be posted throughout the month of September.

Reminder for upcoming CSP Q&A calls in September

  • Register for the upcoming CSP Q&A Community Calls on September 15 or September 16.
  • Review the new commerce experience for CSP seat-based offers collection for this launch.
  • Attend the CSP Q&A Community Call and ask questions that your organization has regarding the new commerce experience for Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and Windows 365 seat-based for breadth motion.

Microsoft Commerce Incentive program

Questions?

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


View this month’s product launches and offers

Summary

The September 2021 product launch calendar is now published.

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-01
  • Grow Your Business

Impacted audience

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

Details

The September 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.


Software in Microsoft China Cloud Solution Provider program (MCCL CSP) to start transactions from August 12

Summary

As a follow-up to our August 3 update, software in MCCL CSP will start transactions from August 12, 2021.

Categories

  • Date: 2021-09-01
  • Grow Your Business

Impacted audience

MCCL CSP program partners

Details

MCCL CSP transaction start

  • On August 12, 2021, MCCL CSP will start transactions for China customers.

  • Customers can continue purchasing software licenses with the help of a partner in the Open License program until December 31, 2021. Perpetual licenses will be available in both MCCL CSP and the Open License programs until the deprecation of the Open License program.

Open License program deprecation

  • Beginning January 1, 2022, customers can no longer buy or renew software licenses through the Microsoft Open License program.

  • Customers can continue to have full rights and access to all perpetual software licenses acquired through the Open License program even after its deprecation. They can also still access Volume Licensing Service Center to manage those licenses and services.

Software Assurance (SA) purchases

  • The SA offers with Open License (L&SA) will continue to remain available in Open Value (OV) and Open Value Subscription (OVS). However, neither SA nor L&SA are available in the MCCL CSP program because there’s no plan to offer this in MCCL CSP.

  • SA benefits will continue until the SA term expires, even if the expiration is after January 1, 2022.

  • The Microsoft OV program is recommended for future purchases that include SA.

Note

There are no plans to change the OV and OVS programs.

Partner change management

  • Existing Microsoft Open distributors have onboarded as MCCL CSP indirect providers.

  • Indirect providers and selected indirect resellers will be invited to conduct production environment testing in August to ensure the transaction function.

  • Readiness workshops for indirect partners kicked off in July and will continue until December 2021.

Next steps

Get ready for this change through the following resources:

Note that these changes apply only to MCCL CSP and have no impact on 21 Vianet CSP.

Questions?

If you have any additional questions, speak to your local partner development manager.