January 2022 announcements

This page provides the announcements for Microsoft Partner Center for January 2022


Some product SKUs to be removed for commercial seat-based offers in the new commerce experience

Date: 2022-01-31

Summary

On February 1, 2022, Microsoft will remove some product SKUs for commercial seat-based offers in the new commerce experience in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. Sign in to access the full announcement.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

Cloud Solution Provider program partners

Details

On February 1, 2022, Microsoft will remove some product SKUs for commercial seat-based offers in the new commerce experience in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.

We also have an update on promotional offerings.

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

Next steps

Sign in and view the full announcement.


Co-sell solution admin role and updated co-sell solution publishing experience now available

Date: 2022-01-31

Summary

Microsoft invests in product innovations, better tooling, and access to new business opportunities, so that partners who are co-selling with Microsoft can have a smoother experience.

Workspace

Referrals

Impacted audience

Global admins who manage role permissions within their organization, and co-sell solution admins who configure and manage co-sell solutions

Details

Microsoft is evolving our co-sell solution publishing experience to help focus partner efforts in this space by increasing transparency and reducing friction. Our goal is to give our partners a best-in-class experience while still meeting the co-sell program objectives.

Effective January 31, 2022, the experience of managing co-sell data for each marketplace offer will be updated. There will be two main changes resulting from this update:

  • A new role type called "co-sell solution admin." Co-sell solution admin user roles can configure and manage co-sell solutions for their organization. For more information on user roles and how to assign or request a user role, see Assign roles and permissions to users.

  • The new experience will be available in the Referrals workspace under Co-sell Solutions. Co-sell solution admins can view and manage the co-sell information for all solutions in one location. Data that was previously entered on the Co-sell with Microsoft page within the Marketplace Offers workspace will be migrated to the new experience.

Other updates to your experience

  • Co-sell solution admins can view the co-sell status and incentive programs for all their solutions in the Referrals workspace under Co-sell Solutions.

  • Co-sell solution admins can view the review solution status once a solution is submitted for review. If there is a failure, a report is available, detailing which policy requirements weren't met.

  • Resubmission of an offer is no longer required to update co-sell information.

  • The commercial marketplace offer needs to be live in Azure Marketplace or AppSource before co-sell information can be updated.

If you're currently a Partner Center user with a developer or manager role and use the Marketplace Offers workspace, you'll be automatically listed as a co-sell solution admin within your organization during our release. If you don't automatically receive this new role, contact your global admin who can provide you with access. You can find more information here.

For more information about this change, see the resources in the next section.

Resources

For more information on this change, see these articles in the Partner Center documentation:

Next steps

  • Share this email update with the appropriate people in your organization.

  • Determine who in your organization should be assigned the co-sell solution administrator role. Work with your Partner Center global admin to review the user assigned and update if necessary.

Questions?

For more information on this change, see the resources listed in the previous section.

If you have questions, submit a support ticket at the Partner Center Support page.


Update: Monthly term option and new products available from February 1 for most remaining commercial seat-based offers in CSP new commerce

Date: 2022-01-31

Summary

Additional commercial seat-based offers in the new commerce experience in the CSP program will be available with both monthly and annual terms and new products from February.

Workspace

Customers

Impacted audience

Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) direct-bill partners and indirect providers, and resellers through their indirect providers

Details

Monthly term option

Microsoft will offer the monthly term option for nearly all commercial seat-based SKUs in CSP new commerce, starting with the February price lists and catalog in Partner Center and via API. Previously, only the product suites (for example, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365) had both the annual term and monthly term options available to CSP customers.

Go to the New Monthly Offers tab to view the list of monthly term options that are available from February 1, 2022.

Partners are reminded that monthly term subscriptions are currently subject to a promotional price discount that lowers the amount that's billed to partners to the regular price of annual term subscriptions (instead of the usual 20 percent premium compared to annual term). The monthly term promotion is scheduled to run through June 30, 2022.

Three commercial seat-based SKUs won't have the monthly term option added in February. The two Dynamics SKUs in the chart will include the monthly term option starting in March, and the Windows SKU doesn't have a target time for future availability.

Product ID Product SKU display name Comment
CFQ7TTC0LFNL Dynamics 365 Field Service Device Will be available on the March 1, 2022 price list
CFQ7TTC0LFNJ Dynamics 365 Team Members for Migration Will be available on the March 1, 2022 price list
CFQ7TTC0LFNW Windows 10/11 Enterprise E5 Offer under investigation

New products

Microsoft will offer additional products for purchase for all commercial seat-based SKUs in CSP new commerce, starting with the February price lists and catalog in Partner Center and via API. Go to the New Products Offers tab to view the list of monthly term options that are available from February 1, 2022.

Next steps

  • Download the February and March price lists for license-based subscriptions in new commerce from the Pricing section of Partner Center to view the monthly term SKUs that are now available for transactions with customers.

  • Review the resources and training materials in the new commerce experience for CSP seat-based offers collection.


Partner Center Analytics applications are being retired

Date: 2022-01-31

Summary

Partner Center Analytics apps are being retired on January 31, 2022. Partner Center Insights in Partner Center is an alternative.

Workspace

Insights

Impacted audience

Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) direct providers, indirect providers, and indirect resellers who are using the Partner Analytics app

Details

The Power BI template applications (direct provider template, indirect provider template, and indirect reseller template) in Partner Center will be retired. This is because the Power BI templates are old and the metrics displayed are no longer useful. More importantly, all the metrics and more are available in the Partner Center Insights pages and reports.

From February 1, 2022, partners need to use the Partner Center Insights pages in Partner Center, which provide a richer set of data and visualizations for partners. Partners can download reports from Partner Center to investigate further. You can find the full list of reports available and the data definitions for each of them in Insights data definitions.

Partners can no longer download the Power BI template for the apps from the App Store. Current users can continue using the app; however, there won't be any support if the app doesn't function properly or if there's a data issue.

There are three ways that users can access similar data:

  • Use Partner Center to view the metrics on the reports.

  • Download the reports from the Partner Center Download reports sections.

  • Download the reports programmatically via the available APIs. You can view more details in Get started: Programmatic access to analytics data.

Next steps

If you're using Partner Center Analytics Power BI apps, we recommend that you get familiar with the Partner Center Insights pages, reports, and APIs. Partner Center Insights will provide a better experience in terms of the richness of data, business metrics available, analytics ability, and control on the data sets.

Learn more by viewing the following resources:

Partner Center Insights workspace

Cloud product usage reports

Programmatic access APIs

User guide

Questions?

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


Update: Teams Phone with Calling Plan

Date: 2022-01-25

Summary

We're working to resolve an issue affecting customers with Microsoft 365 for Business who want to buy the new Teams Phone with Calling Plan offer.

Workspace

General

Impacted audience

Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) direct bill partners and indirect providers

Details

We're currently experiencing an issue affecting customers with Microsoft 365 for Business including: Business Basic, Business Standard, and Business Premium. Due to an identified issue on the back-end system, customers with Microsoft 365 for Business who want to buy Teams Phone with Calling Plan currently won't meet the prerequisites. Our teams are working to resolve this issue, and we'll provide an update in due course.

How can Teams Phone with Calling Plan be purchased?

Teams Phone with Calling Plan can be purchased directly from Microsoft or a Microsoft partner. Teams Phone with Calling Plan requires a business to be on a Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription that includes Microsoft Teams. It can be added onto the following eligible subscriptions: Microsoft Teams Essentials, Microsoft 365 Business Basic (to be added), Business Standard (to be added), Business Premium (to be added), F1, F3, E3, A3, and Office 365 F1, F3, E1, E3, A1, A3.

Next steps

Provide support to customers if questions arise, and access Teams Phone small and medium businesses (SMB) resources in the new Teams Phone for SMB partner playbook.  

Questions?

For further questions, check the Microsoft 365 partner community on Yammer.


Update to new commerce software subscription auto-renewal capability

Date: 2022-01-24

Summary

The auto-renew default for software subscriptions purchased in CSP new commerce is now set to "ON."

Workspace

General

Impacted audience

Cloud Solution Provider program partners

Details

The auto-renew default for software subscriptions purchased in CSP new commerce is now 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. Note that software subscriptions purchased prior to October 14, 2021, do not have the auto-renew capability and will expire as indicated at time of purchase.

The original date for the auto-renew default of software subscriptions being set to "ON" was October, 14, 2021. Based on partner feedback, and to give partners more time to adapt to the change, Microsoft pushed back this date. See this past announcement regarding the push-back of software subscription auto-renewal: October 2021 announcements

Next steps

For more details on the software subscriptions, review Sell software subscriptions through CSP.

Questions?

For further information about these offers, use your relevant Yammer communities.


The Microsoft Open License Program (OLP) ended January 1, 2022

Date: 2022-01-21

Summary

Partners can no longer transact offers in OLP.

Workspace

Benefits

Impacted audience

Partners previously transacting offers through OLP

Details

From January 1, 2022, there are no new orders in OLP, and all other associated functionality has now been turned off. However, customers can still access their purchased software and services acquired through OLP, and partners can initiate returns for Open License transactions until March 1, 2022.

With the retirement of OLP on December 31, 2021, as customers seek to purchase new software and services outside of the OLP, partners should now drive those with hybrid needs to purchase perpetual software licenses through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program and licenses with Software Assurance through the Open Value program. These changes reflect a big step toward implementing the new commerce experience for our customers.

Next steps

To learn more about the OLP retirement and perpetual software in CSP, review these resources in the Operations Readiness gallery:

You can also view the steps for enrolling in the CSP program as an indirect reseller.

Questions?

For questions, check your relevant Microsoft partner communities.


Reminder: Updates to the GetMargins API are coming in early 2022

Date: 2022-01-19

Note

The information in this announcement was updated in a subsequent announcement on Feb 15, 2022.

Summary

The GetMargins API will be updated in February 2022 to include customer-specific margins. In March, GetMargins will begin including specific pricing information for each offer.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners who currently use (or plan to use) the GetMargins API to fetch ISV-to-partner private offer (margin sharing) data

Details

With the general availability of independent software vendor (ISV)-to-partner private offers (margin sharing), ISV publishers can limit the scope of their private offers to specific customers of the CSP partner. To align with this capability, the GetMargins API will begin including customer information in the response to show which customers each margin is applicable to. The customer information will include the customer name and customerID.

The response will look like this:

{
    "id": "a9ab166c2fd6_ed160696-58de-4587-8fac-97cf82cc624e",
        "productId": "DZH318Z08L40",
        "publisherName": "Market Place Test",
        "productTitle": "Software As A Service Support Preview App",
        "productType": "SaaS",
        "skuTitle": "Big Plan",
        "skuId": "0002",
        "customerId": "6388642d-89d6-455c-a10b-8a61fa6f66f5",
        "customerName": "Test customer",
        "marginPercentage": 10.0,
        "startDate": "2021-11-29T05:09:20.2460039Z",
        "endDate": "2022-01-31T23:59:59Z",
        "status": "live",
        "statusDate": "2021-11-29T05:09:20.2460039Z"
}

In March, ISV publishers can also set specific prices for their private offers. To align with this capability, GetMargins will begin including specific pricing information for each offer in the response. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Next steps

Look out for more detailed updates in February 2022.

Questions?

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


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

Note

The information in this announcement was updated in a subsequent announcement on Feb 18, 2022.

Date: 2022-01-19

Summary

The CSP software price lists will be updated in March 2022.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

CSP partners who use the software subscription and perpetual software price lists

Details

To drive consistency across Partner Center price lists in the new commerce experience, we'll be updating the software price list for CSP partners, which will include the following:

  • There will be a single software price list, which will include both software subscriptions and perpetual software products. Partners should use the Tags column to identify the type of software product (for example, perpetual software or software subscription).

  • Software price lists will be combined into one row on the price list page in Partner Center with one downloadable file that includes all software products.

  • Software price lists will be downloadable by country or region.

  • Software price list will become available via API.

  • The updates will include new columns, updated headers, and additional product details, including TermDuration and BillingPlan as detailed.

Current column name Future column name
Product ProductTitle
ListPrice UnitPrice
Msrp ERP
Effective Date
Regions Market
SkuDescription
TermDuration—P1Y, P3Y, or Blank (Blank applies only to perpetual software)
UnitOfMeasure
BillingPlan (Monthly, Annual, Triennial, or OneTime, with OneTime applying only to perpetual software)
PricingTierRangeMin
PricingTierRangeMax
EffectiveStartDate
EffectiveEndDate
Tags–Software;Perpetual or Software;Subscription

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 in February, via Digital Operations Center (DOC).

Next steps

  • Share this update with the appropriate people in your organization.

  • You might be required to make changes to your systems to support this change. More details will be available in early February.

Questions?

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


Link your Partner Center account to your support contract

Date: 2022-01-19

Summary

Partners can now link their support Advanced Support for Partners (ASfP) or Premier Support for Partners (PSfP) contract to their Partner Center account to view their status and renewal dates.

Workspace

Account settings

Impacted audience

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

Details

Microsoft is introducing capabilities within Partner Center wherein CSP partners can view their ASfP or PSfP contract details.

You can view the status of your support contract by going to:

Partner Center > Account Settings > Identifiers

Existing partners with active support contracts will see the contract status and the renewal date in Partner Center.

Net-new partners will be asked to associate their Microsoft Partner Network ID to their support contract (ASfP or PSfP). Once the association is successful, the contract details will be available in Partner Center.

Next steps

Share this with the appropriate stakeholders in your organization. For more details on support offerings, visit the following pages:

Change log

January 27: Navigation update: Partner Center > Account Settings > Identifiers

January 19: Original announcement


Now live: Manage your organization's commercial marketplace leads in Partner Center

Date: 2022-01-18

Summary

From January 17, 2022, you can manage all commercial marketplace leads originating from Microsoft AppSource, Azure Marketplace, and Azure portal in Partner Center.

Workspace

Referrals

Impacted audience

Marketing managers or alliance managers who publish offers to the Microsoft commercial marketplace

Details

From January 17, 2022, all leads originating from Microsoft AppSource, Azure Marketplace, and Azure portal will be visible within Partner Center in the Leads tab of the Referrals workspace. This will provide one place to manage these leads, making it easier to manage your pipeline. A previously configured destination isn't required for these leads to be visible in Partner Center. If a destination has been previously configured, leads will be visible in Partner Center along with the destination configured previously for each offer.

Your leads in Partner Center will include campaign IDs, which are automatically populated in the marketing campaign of the referral. Bulk export of the leads in CSV format will be available from Partner Center. More information is available in Manage leads.

Leads for offers published through the Office program in Partner Center aren't included as part of this release. We'll provide more information on when Office program leads will be available in March 2022.

If you're a first-time user of Partner Center, contact your account admin who will provide you with referral admin access to view and manage leads in Partner Center. You can find more information on the referral admin role in Assign roles and permissions to users.

Next steps

Share this communication with the relevant individuals in your organization.

This communication is for awareness only; there's no action required on your part. The changes described in the previous section will be applied automatically.

Questions?

More information on this change is available in Manage leads.

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


January Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) community update and reminders

Summary

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

Categories

  • Date: 2022-01-14
  • Capabilities

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 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 January event.

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


Improved help and support without leaving your workspace

Summary

We’re making it easier to get the help and support you need, right where you are in Partner Center.

Categories

  • Date: 2022-01-13
  • Capabilities

Impacted audience

All Partner Center users

Details

We're introducing improvements during the month of January to give you better help and support without having to leave your current workspace. Selecting the Help icon (?) in Partner Center opens the Help + support panel. Within the panel, search results and recommendations are tailored to the workspace you're in, making it easier to find the help you need right where you are. It also ensures that if you need to contact support, your request will go to the right support team.

You can return to working in Partner Center at any time by selecting outside the Help + support panel. When you do, Help + support closes, but it reopens with anything you’ve typed or searched for still there if you select the Help icon again.

Next steps

Review the updated documentation at Get help and contact support in Partner Center Docs


Extension of legacy Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) seat-based offer incentives to December 31, 2022

Categories

  • Date 2022-01-13

  • Capabilities / Grow your business

Summary

Legacy CSP incentives for seat-based offers will be extended to December 31, 2022.

Impacted audience

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

Details

Microsoft will extend partner incentives for legacy seat-based subscriptions for offers such as Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365 through the October to December 2022 period--the second quarter of fiscal year 2023 (FY23 Q2). Previously, Microsoft communicated a plan to retire legacy CSP seat-based offer incentives on September 30, 2022 as we transition the business to the new commerce experience (breadth motion). This incentive's extension will provide additional time for CSP partners to earn incentives on the legacy business while migrating customers to the new commerce experience.

This decision applies to all three CSP partner programs (CSP direct-bill partner, CSP indirect provider, and CSP indirect reseller). FY23 Q2 legacy CSP seat-based offer incentives will continue to be earned with the current rebate or Channel Incentive Co-Operative Marketing Fund (Co-op) mix, providing additional Co-op funds for usage in the second half of FY23 on marketing and readiness investments by eligible partners. This change doesn't affect the plan to retire Azure incentives on legacy CSP on February 1, 2022.

Next steps

Share this communication with the relevant individuals in your organization.

Questions?

Contact Support if you have any questions or need more information.


Now available: Teams Phone with Calling Plan

Categories

  • Date 2022-01-13

  • Capabilities

Summary

Teams Phone with Calling Plan is now available for purchase in 31 markets. Access new Teams Phone SMB resources to grow your Teams Phone practice.

Impacted audience

CSP direct-bill partners and indirect providers

Details

Teams Phone with Calling Plan is now available for purchase in CSP in 31 markets.

What is Teams Phone with Calling Plan?

Teams Phone with Calling Plan is a cloud-based phone system that enables users to make, receive, and transfer calls to and from landlines and mobile phones on the public switched telephone network (PSTN) in Microsoft Teams.

Teams Phone with Calling Plan includes a phone system and a domestic calling plan. The domestic calling plan includes 3,000 minutes for the US and Canada, and 1,200 minutes in other available markets.

How to build a profitable managed services practice with Teams Phone

  • Get familiar with Teams Phone for SMB. Learn about the product, customer benefits, and growth opportunity from building and expanding your Teamwork practice.

  • Access resources in the new Teams Phone for small and medium business (SMB) Partner Playbook. We have created a repository of materials to help grow your Teams Phone practice. Resources include an FAQ, a pitch deck, and readiness training (sales and technical), plus marketing and sales assets.

  • On-demand webinar: Introducing Teams Phone with Calling Plan. Register to view the on-demand session and take a closer look at how to get started with the new offering. The webinar topics include licensing, market availability, and best practices to expand a successful Teams Phone practice.

Next steps

Access new Teams Phone SMB resources and learn how to build a profitable managed services practice with the Teams Phone for SMB Partner Playbook.

Questions?

For any further questions, check the Microsoft 365 Partner Community on Yammer.


Update: Self-service trials available for Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio

Categories

Note

The information in this announcement was updated on Feb 22, 2022.

  • Date: 2021-01-12

  • Capabilities

Summary

Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio trials are now available to individuals and departments via self-service sign-up or direct license request to their IT team.

Impacted audience

Partners selling online services to commercial customers

Details

Starting mid-February 2022, customers and individuals without global or billing admin rights can sign up for Microsoft Project or Microsoft Visio 30-day trials before directly purchasing subscriptions or engaging their IT procurement team. This means that customers' existing business sign-in details can be used to sign up or request licenses for the following trials on their established tenants managed by their organization.

Eligible subscriptions include:

  • Project plan 1

  • Project plan 3

  • Visio plan 1

  • Visio plan 2

Note

These trial capabilities are available worldwide except for India. They're not available to Education or Government customers.

Global or billing admins

Admins can use the same self-service purchase controls to turn off self-service trials while making use of subscription management capabilities to oversee and manage trial licenses on the Licenses page in the Billing section of the Microsoft 365 admin center.

Partner benefits

Partners offering their partner services to individuals and departments will have another option for their customers to sign up for trial experiences, with a more streamlined way to procure trial licenses from IT departments or through self-service sign-ups. Partner services can span project management or diagramming and data visualization, consulting, and training services.

Additional resources

Next steps

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

Questions?

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


New resources available: technical release of granular delegated admin privileges (GDAP)

Summary

Microsoft is releasing a technical preview for granular delegated admin privileges (GDAP), which will allow partners to test granular and time-bound access to workloads in production and sandbox environments.

Categories

  • Date: 2022-01-12
  • Capabilities

Impacted audience

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

Details

As we announced in December, Microsoft is investing in securing the customer and partner ecosystem. In late January 2022, we will release a technical preview of GDAP that allows your organization to use the new capabilities before general availability and to begin planning your transition from DAP to GDAP, thus better securing your ecosystem. As part of this technical preview release, all Microsoft 365 and existing DAP-enabled Dynamics 365 workloads will be in scope.  

To assist your organization with preparing for the upcoming technical release and to help transition from DAP to GDAP, we have prepared the following guidance documents:

Reminder

Access the DAP monitoring tool now to review active and inactive DAP connections. Remove any inactive DAP connections as soon as possible.

Next steps


Reminder: General availability and promotions start January 10, 2022 for seat-based offers in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) new commerce

Summary

The general availability (GA) and introductory price promotions for seat-based offers in CSP new commerce begin on January 10, 2022, at 4:00 PM Pacific Time/12:00 AM January 11, 2022 UTC.

Categories

  • Date: 2022-01-10
  • Capabilities

Impacted audience

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

Details

Note

The Microsoft 365 / Dynamics 365 new commerce experience general availability introductory promotions planned for 1/10/2021 9 AM PST are delayed until 4 PM PST. Until that time, partners will see the promotions in the catalog but not see them get applied on the review screen. Hold off and avoid purchasing these until we resolve this issue. See the Partner Center service health page for ongoing updates.

Available now

January 10, 2022, marks the next step in Microsoft's new commerce journey with the GA of seat-based offers for Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and Windows 365 in the CSP new commerce experience. With GA, Microsoft has launched two time-bound promotions for CSP partners to help accelerate adoption of these new commerce seat-based offers.

Beginning in January, commercial seat-based offers in new commerce will be priced at a 5 percent discount for annual term subscriptions, and monthly term subscriptions will be priced the same as the regular annual term price. Monthly term promotional pricing will be in effect through June 2022. Annual term promotional pricing will be in effect through March 2022. However, Microsoft reserves the right to extend annual term promotional pricing up to, and including, June 2022. These promotions apply to all commercial offers in the new commerce experience, except Windows 365, and to subscriptions of up to 2,400 seats. Learn more about promotions.

Note

Windows 365 in CSP in new commerce is currently available only for monthly terms at nonpromotional pricing. Windows 365 is also available for monthly terms within the Enterprise motion.

Additional incentive-earning opportunities for partners

Microsoft launched incentive rebates for new commerce transactions in the CSP program under the Microsoft Commerce Incentive (MCI) program in October 2021. This incentive program for CSP direct-bill partners, indirect providers, and indirect resellers rewards partners for driving customer adoption and consumption of Modern Workplace, Security, and Business Applications products and services through the new commerce CSP experience. In December 2021, Microsoft announced a new accelerator taking effect on January 1, 2022 and focusing on rewarding partners for customer acquisition, also on seat-based offers. In all, these incentives reward CSP direct-bill partners, indirect providers, and indirect resellers for driving customer adoption and consumption of Modern Workplace, Security, and Business Applications products and services through the new commerce CSP experience.

You can find more information on these earning opportunities at Microsoft Commerce Incentive resources.

March 2022 and beyond

To provide more time for partners to transition existing CSP subscriptions to new commerce, Microsoft will extend the period during which subscriptions can be renewed on the existing platform to June 30, 2022 (instead of the previous date of March 10, 2022). This extension gives partners three additional months to help customers transition their subscriptions to the new commerce experience. The ability to place new orders on the existing platform will end on March 10, 2022, as previously announced.

The general availability for seat-based offers in Microsoft's updated commerce experience sets the stage for further additional capabilities and offer types coming later in the calendar year 2022. Partners and their customers can look forward to changes that will streamline the move to new commerce even more. Changes include the following:  

  • There will be more three-year terms for seat-based offers, in addition to the current Dynamics 365 three-year term offers.  

  • The Home Use Program (HUP) in new commerce will become available so that a customer's employees can receive a discount on purchases of certain Microsoft 365 consumer offers.

  • Customers can use the multigeo add-on capability for Microsoft 365, so that a user on a subscription can tap into the Microsoft datacenter nearest to the user location.

Other important dates

  • On January 12, 2022, telco offers in the new commerce experience will be available for purchase in Canada. To learn more about telco offers, review the Telco and pay as you go section in the operating guide.  

  • On January 22, 2022, Microsoft will set the auto-renewal default to "On" for software subscriptions purchases in CSP in the new commerce experience. Refer to the announcement shared on October 25, 2021 for further details. This capability simplifies the renewal process for partners and their customers so that software subscriptions can auto-renew on their designated renewal date by default.

Partner training opportunities and readiness resources

  • Review the seat-based offers for CSP webinar recording in which the Get Licensing Ready team walks partners through a wide variety of provisioning and billing scenarios in new commerce.  

  • Register to review the recordings for the October, November, and December special operations training sessions.

  • Review the recordings from the three-day technical workshops held in November that focus on technical capabilities and API integration.

  • Review this video to learn about the new commerce experience for CSP seat-based offers collection and resources.

Next steps

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


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

Summary

The January 2022 price list and February 2022 preview had an incorrect List Price for Microsoft 365 Business Basic in USD.

Categories

  • Date: 2022-01-06
  • Offers/Markets

Impacted audience

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

Details

The January price list and February preview for license-based services posted on January 1, 2022 had an incorrect List Price for Microsoft 365 Business Basic. Corrected price lists were published on January 4, 2022. 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.


Phase 2 coming soon: Changes to Azure offer availability related to the new commerce experience in Cloud Solution Provider (CSP)

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  • Date: 2022-01-05
  • Capabilities

Summary

This communication is an update to the changes in the Azure offer availability in CSP for the new commerce experience.

Impacted audience

Partners transacting through the CSP program

Details

In January 2021, we informed partners about planned changes to the previous Azure offer availability in the CSP program.

We announced that there will be three phases of change to the previous Azure offer. We'd like to remind you that the start date of Phase 2 will be February 1, 2022.

Three phases

Phase 1 (Launched on July 21, 2021):

Details of Phase 1 can be found in the July 7, 2021 announcement

Phase 2 (Beginning February 1, 2022):

In Phase 2, incentives and partner margin opportunity will be removed from the previous Azure offer.

Previous Azure offer in CSP:

  • The partner margin opportunity and incentives associated with the previous Azure offer in CSP will be removed.

  • The price of the previous Azure offer in CSP will equal the estimated retail price for Azure.

  • Azure partner shared services (APSS) in the previous Azure offer will continue to be available until an alternative solution is available.

New Azure offer in CSP (Azure plan)

  • Partners will continue to be eligible to earn partner earned credit (PEC) on subscriptions in the new Azure offer (Azure plan) in CSP.

  • Partners enrolled in Microsoft Commerce Incentive (MCI) will continue to be eligible for incentives related to the new Azure offer (Azure plan) in CSP.

  • Partners with a silver Cloud Platform competency are eligible for additional incentives related to the new Azure offer (Azure plan) in CSP (effective October 2021).

Phase 3 (Timing to be announced):

In Phase 3, any remaining customers on the previous Azure offer will be migrated to the new Azure offer in the CSP program (Azure plan). As with the previous phases, we'll provide advance notice about the timing for Phase 3.

Partner earned credit

With the new commerce experience, partners are recognized for differentiated value-added services on an ongoing basis through the PEC model. PEC rewards partners who focus on driving customer success via value-added services that generate sustainable profitability.

Next steps

Review the following resources.

Partner earned credit:

The new commerce experience:

Questions?

For recommendations and guidance, see Partner Center support.


View this month's product launches and offers

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  • Date: 2022-01-04
  • Capabilities

Summary

The January product launch calendar is now published.

Impacted audience

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

Details

The January 2022 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.


Perpetual software and software subscriptions price lists updated January 3

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  • Date: 2022-01-03
  • Capabilities

Summary

The software subscriptions and perpetual software price lists published on January 1, 2022 had issues with two products: Windows 7 Extended Security Updates and Windows GGWA (Edu), along with several products in Japan. The price lists were republished with corrections on January 3, 2022.

Impacted audience

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

Details

The following products had issues in the January 1, 2022 price list publish, corrected on January 3, 2022.

Expected updates per previous business announcements were not reflected for the following products. This is corrected now.

  • Office Professional Plus 2021 (Japan only)

  • Office Standard 2021 (Japan only)

  • Office Standard for Mac 2021 (Japan only)

  • Project Professional 2021 (Japan only)

  • Project Standard 2021 (Japan only)

  • Project Standard 2021 (Japan only)

  • Visio Professional 2021 (Japan only)

  • Visio Standard 2021 (Japan only)

  • Windows GGWA (Edu only)

Windows 7 Extended Security Updates products new SkuIds were not originally updated in the price list. This is corrected now.

Before

Product ProductId SkuId SkuTitle
Windows 7 Extended Security Updates DG7GMGF0FL73 0002 Windows 7 Extended Security Updates 2020
Windows 7 Extended Security Updates DG7GMGF0FL73 0003 Windows 7 Extended Security Updates 2021

After

Product ProductId SkuId SkuTitle
Windows 7 Extended Security Updates DG7GMGF0FL73 000B Windows 7 Extended Security Updates 2020
Windows 7 Extended Security Updates DG7GMGF0FL73 0009 Windows 7 Extended Security Updates 2021

Next steps

  • Partners who transact above products should refer to the updated price list that was published on January 3 to see the corrected information.

  • Refer to previous business announcements on expected changes. These changes are now correctly represented on this updated price list.