March 2022 announcements

This page provides the announcements for Microsoft Partner Center for March 2022.


Reminder of CSP new commerce annual term promotional discount (5%) concludes March 31

Date: March 31, 2022

Summary

New commerce launch promotion discounts for annual terms are coming to an end.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

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

Details

On January 10, 2022, Microsoft launched promotional discounts on most CSP new commerce seat-based product SKUs (5% on annual term offers and 16.67% on monthly term offers). As previously announced, the annual term promotional discounts will end at 12 a.m. UTC on April 1, 2022.

Existing new commerce annual term subscriptions that have the 5% promotional discounts applied will retain the discount for the remainder of that subscription's term.

Next steps


SDK Release on .NET Standard (v3.0.1)

Date: March 31, 2022

Summary

Partners can now download a new SDK release on .NET Standard (v3.0.1) from NuGet Gallery | Microsoft.Store.PartnerCenter 3.0.1. You can also download updated public Partner Center SDK GitHub samples.

Workspace

APIs

Impacted audience

Direct-bill partners and indirect providers participating in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, who are using the Partner Center .NET SDK.

Details

On March 31, 2022, partners can start downloading the new version from NuGet Gallery | Microsoft.Store.PartnerCenter 3.0.1, along with updated public Partner Center SDK GitHub samples.

For SDK release notes, see .NET SDK release notes.

Next steps


Help your nonprofit customers get ready for upcoming price changes

Date: March 29, 2022

Summary

We're updating the prices of five Microsoft 365 nonprofit SKUs on September 1, 2022 for new and existing nonprofit customers.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

Nonprofit customers across all licensing channels

Details

The price changes announced today will go into effect on September 1, 2022. The price changes won't affect any offers available as a grant, including 10 licenses of Microsoft 365 Business Premium, 300 licenses of Microsoft 365 Business Basic, and 2,000 licenses of Microsoft Office 365 E1 via Enterprise Agreement.

Updated pricing for the following products will be:

  • Microsoft Office 365 E1: from 2.00 to 2.50 USD

  • Microsoft Office 365 E3: from 4.50 to 5.75 USD

  • Microsoft Office 365 E5: from 14.00 to 15.20 USD

  • Microsoft 365 E3: from 8.00 to 9.00 USD

  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium: from 5.00 to 5.50 USD

These price increases will apply globally, with local market adjustments for certain regions. We'll continue to provide nonprofits discounts of up to 75 percent on many other Microsoft 365 products.

Next steps

Provide support to nonprofit customers if questions arise, using the FAQs we've developed for partners. (The link silently downloads M365-Nonprofit-Price-Update-FAQ.pdf).

Questions?

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


Reminder: Software price list updates for CSP partners

Date: March 28, 2022

Summary

The Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) software price lists will be updated on April 1, 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 changes:

  • 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 lists 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
Product ProductTitle
ProductId ProductId
SkuId SkuId
SkuTitle SkuTitle
Publisher Microsoft Publisher Microsoft
SkuDescription
UnitOfMeasure
TermDuration
P1Y, P3Y, or Blank (Blank applies only to perpetual software.)
BillingPlan
Monthly, Annual, Triennial, or OneTime (with OneTime applying only to perpetual software)
Regions Market
US
Currency
USD
Currency
USD
ListPrice UnitPrice
PricingTierRangeMin
PricingTierRangeMax
Effective Date EffectiveStartDate
1753-01-02T00:00:00.0000000Z
Effective Date EffectiveEndDate
9999-11-30T23:59:59.0000000
Tags
Software;Perpetual or Software;Subscription
Msrp ERP
Segment
Commercial, Education, or Charity (Education and Charity only apply to perpetual software; software subscriptions will only contain Commercial.)

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 soon.

Questions?

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

Change log

March 28, 2022: This is a reminder that the change will be live on April 1, 2022.

February 28, 2022: This announcement updates the go-live date of this change from March 1, 2022 to April 1, 2022.

February 18, 2022: This announcement updates and adds to the information in the original announcement.

January 19, 2022: Original announcement


Now live: Launching Delegated Administrative Privileges (DAP) Removal API

Date: March 24, 2022

Summary

In Dec 2021, Microsoft launched new reporting tools that display active DAP connections and allow partners to turn off unused DAP connections. Now the API to remove DAP is also available for all partners.

Workspace

Account settings

Impacted audience

Direct-bill partners and indirect providers

Details

The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) continues to detect nation-state (NOBELIUM) activity that exploits partner trusted relationships and admin privileges to gain access to downstream customers. To learn more about how to protect yourself and your customers, read the following:

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 launched reporting tools (in December 2021) so partners' administration agents can audit existing DAP connections with their customers. This reporting captures how partner agents are accessing customer tenants across all tenants through DAP. Partners can then review and remove the DAP connection when it isn't in active use. Partners can use the new DAP removal API to disable relationships with their customers to minimize security impacts related to DAP.

To learn more about this 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 turns 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 on behalf of 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.


Reminder: Upcoming dual-mode attestation API relaunch

Date: March 22, 2022

Summary

Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partner model attestation API changes are relaunching on April 4 and will be required for every transaction.

Workspace

APIs

Impacted audience

Indirect providers in the CSP program

Details

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

In September 2021, indirect providers in the CSP program were notified of a new requirement, the CSP partner model attestation, acknowledging the following on behalf of the partner’s 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."

On February 23, 2022, this CSP partner model attestation requirement went live in the Partner Center user interface (UI) and API. The API change was temporarily removed so that partners could focus on other in-flight changes, and transactions from indirect providers using previous APIs or updated APIs have been allowed. The Partner Center UI experience still requires the attestation for you to complete a purchase.

On April 4, 2022, we’re relaunching this requirement for every transaction. If your organization hasn't implemented these changes, CSP transactions will be blocked, and your organization will not be able to successfully submit purchases using the previous API.

Review the instructions on how to access documentation and API previews, and familiarize yourself with the new capabilities and required API updates.

Blocked transactions will result in this error message: “CatalogItemId: {0} requires attestation acceptance” (See Partner Center REST error codes - Partner Center app developer.)

  • No further transactions can be completed.
  • Existing experiences for APIs will break.

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

Next steps

  • Share this information with all appropriate contacts in your organization.
  • Check Partner Center announcements for future updates.
  • Find more details in the Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) webinar:
    • View the deck at the Microsoft Cloud Yammer Community.
    • View the recording at the Microsoft Cloud Yammer Community.
  • Implement changes as needed to your organization’s APIs.

Questions?

Visit the Partner Center Help page for questions, queries, or more information.

Feel free to join the EAP Yammer group to review previous questions and answers, or to post additional questions.


Change to cancellation and seat-reduction window in CSP new commerce

Date: March 17, 2022

Summary

Partners now have seven calendar days--increased from 72 hours--to cancel or reduce seats after ordering or renewing new commerce subscriptions in CSP.

Workspace

General

Impacted audience

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

Details

Microsoft announces the implementation of a new cancellation-window duration for commercial seat-based offers in CSP new commerce that will go into effect at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on March 18, 2022 (12 a.m. UTC on March 19).

Starting then, any new commercial seat-based subscription orders in CSP new commerce will allow seven calendar days for cancellations and seat reductions instead of the previous 72-hour window.

This change is intended to provide partners with additional time to make post-purchase corrections to orders.

Charges for canceled subscriptions or seat reductions will be prorated from the time the subscription is created until it's canceled or seats are reduced, as was the case with the 72-hour window. See the billing scenarios documentation for examples on how cancellations and charges work for seven day cancellations. Also, the seven-day window will apply retroactively to subscriptions purchased seven days prior to the implementation of the change (for example, starting at 12 a.m. UTC on March 12). Orders submitted prior to that date and time won't be available for retroactive cancellation. As a result, a partner that ordered a subscription during the prior seven-day period can cancel or reduce seats on that subscription for up to seven days, post-purchase. For example, a subscription that was purchased at 11 a.m. local time on March 15 can be canceled (or have seats reduced) up until the same time on March 22.

As with the previous cancellation window, partners can submit the cancellations and seat reductions via either the Partner Center UI or their integrated API. Cancellations within the seven-day window will be enabled for the following commercial subscription scenarios:

  • New seat-based subscription purchases on new commerce
  • Seat-based subscriptions that have been renewed on new commerce
  • Seat-based subscriptions purchased on new commerce as a result of a migration from legacy CSP
  • Partial new commerce upgrades that resulted in a new subscription
  • Reducing seats from incremental seat adds on existing subscriptions or on new subscription orders

Partner assets in the CSP new commerce experience for seat-based offers collection are in the process of being updated to reflect this change.

Next steps

Partners should implement this change within their provisioning and billing systems and marketing content and should communicate the extended cancellation period to customers when transacting CSP offers. No API changes are required of partners to operationalize the change.

Questions?

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


Monthly security update: securing the partner and customer ecosystem

Date: March 16, 2022

Summary

These are the latest steps Microsoft is taking to secure the partner and customer ecosystem.

Workspace

Account settings

Impacted audience

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

Details

Securing the channel: journey to zero trust
Cybersecurity continues to be one of the top challenges of our digital age, and Microsoft partners play an important role in securing cloud transformations around the world. We now find ourselves with the urgent opportunity to adopt a zero-trust approach to security and assume all activity, even by trusted users, could be an attempted breach.

Zero trust follows the principles of verify explicitly, use least privileged access, and assume breach. Organizations who operate under these principles become more resilient, consistent, and responsive to new attacks. Together with our partners, we’re taking steps aligned to zero trust to encourage users to adopt a holistic security approach that properly secures the channel.

What’s new?

Delegated admin privileges (DAP)
  • Partners should review the DAP reporting in Partner Center.
  • Partners are encouraged to immediately disable DAP relationships that aren’t needed or are inactive.
  • If you require access to your customer’s tenant, we recommend moving to Granular Delegated Admin Privileges (GDAP). You can find all available workloads here.
  • Microsoft will begin disabling DAP relationships that have been inactive for 90 days or more in FY22 Q4. Shortly after, we’ll start transitioning active DAP relationships to limited GDAP roles.
GDAP
  • The technical preview is now available in Partner Center and Graph API, which lets customers set granular admin permissions at the workload level.
  • The service support administrator role is now available. This user role can see service health reports, and create and manage service tickets.
  • Azure workloads are now available, and the Azure management portal link has been added to the Partner Center customer service management page.
  • Power Platform and Power BI workloads will be available in late March.
  • SharePoint workloads will be available in FY22 Q4.
  • You can find the current list of workloads that are available in the technical preview here.

Participate in the GDAP technical preview

To help you plan your transition from DAP to GDAP, this is our recommended approach:

  1. Audit DAP relationships.
    Use the DAP monitoring tool to determine if your users are performing admin tasks for customer tenants.
  2. Disable inactive DAP.
    If your users haven’t used DAP for 90 days or more, you should disable DAP immediately. Microsoft will begin disabling inactive DAP relationships after GDAP is generally available.
  3. Identify Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) admin roles.
    Determine the admin tasks that you’re performing for your customer and then check which Azure AD role you’ll need to continue this activity.
  4. Request Azure AD roles.
    Submit a request to your customer for the appropriate Azure AD roles.
  5. Create security group.
    After the customer has approved the Azure AD role(s), you’ll need to create a security group in the Azure portal.
  6. Add users to security group.
    Once the security group has been created, you’ll need to assign users to the group through the Azure portal.
  7. Assign security group to customer admin relationship.
    You need to assign the security group to the customer admin relationship. During this process, you’ll be allowed to choose the Azure AD admin roles that the customer has allowed you to access.
  8. Remove admin agent role (optional).
    If you’d like to verify that the GDAP roles are working properly before disabling DAP, remove the admin agent role from the user and confirm that they can still perform admin tasks.
  9. Disable active DAP.
    Finally, you should disable the DAP relationship now that you've established a GDAP relationship.

Important

If your customer has an Azure subscription and you disable DAP, you’ll lose admin access to the subscription. To maintain access to the Azure subscription, you must request the Azure AD directory reader role, assign the role to a security group, and then assign the user to the security group.

Securing our partner and customer ecosystem is important. While Microsoft regularly asks customers to review their relationships, we encourage partners to build this into your plans to help secure the channel.

Next steps


Changes to Azure offer related to the new commerce experience in CSP

Date: March 14, 2022

Summary

This is a reminder about the changes to the Azure offer availability in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) for the new commerce experience.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

Partners transacting through the CSP program

Details

Three phases

Phase 1: Launched on July 21, 2021. You can find details of phase 1 in the July 2021 announcements.

Phase 2: Launched on February 1, 2022. You can find details of phase 2 in the February 2022 announcements.

Phase 3: Beginning July 2022. 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). Any existing Azure Partner Shared Services (APSS) on the previous Azure offer will continue to be available until they're transferred to a different sales motion or until APSS is removed. APSS will eventually be removed from the previous Azure offer and won't be available as part of the new Azure offer (Azure plan).

APSS transfer from previous Azure offer in CSP to a different sales motion (April 2022)

  • APSS will no longer be available for purchase starting April 1, 2022.
  • Beginning in April, Microsoft will transition existing APSS subscriptions and reserved instances to the self-service motion.
  • Once APSS subscriptions have been transferred to the self-service motion, partners will need to update their APIs to access information from the Azure portal instead of the current Partner Center portal.
  • Azure Stack Hub customers will see no disruption in service, but certain changes will be necessary to replace the APSS registration.

For more information on the removal of APSS and changes that will need to be made by partners, we've created an FAQ document that will continuously be updated over the coming weeks. We’ll document and share directly with partners detailed guidance on steps that they need to take.

Migration from the previous Azure offer to the new Azure offer (July 2022)

  • Continue to transition your previous Azure offers in CSP to the new Azure offer (Azure plan) to ensure that you’re earning incentives and partner margin.
  • Starting in July 2022, Microsoft will migrate customers who are still on the previous Azure offer to the new Azure offer (Azure plan).
  • This migration will begin in early July. We expect the migration to be completed by the end of July. We'll communicate the migration timelines to partners in advance.

Partner earned credit (PEC)

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

  • Effective February 1, 2022, incentives and partner margin opportunity were removed from the previous Azure offer. Continue to transition your previous Azure offers in CSP to the new Azure offer (Azure plan).
  • You can migrate your customers today. Get started by visiting this page.
  • If you have customers who haven't migrated by July 2022, we ask that you let them know that Microsoft will begin migrating the subscriptions from early July 2022.
  • If you purchase or sell APSS, be prepared to transition these subscriptions in April. We’ll share more guidance directly with partners in the coming weeks.

Review the following resources.

PEC

The new commerce experience

Questions?

For recommendations and guidance, see Partner Center support.

Change log

  • March 2022: Microsoft will transition existing APSS subscriptions and reserved instances to the self-service motion only, not the enterprise motion as communicated earlier.
  • February 2022: Initial announcement for phase 3 and APSS

New features and key dates in CSP new commerce seat-based offers

Date: March 10, 2022

Summary

New additions to Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) seat-based offers in new commerce are available now.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

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

Details

As a follow-up to the February 23, 2022, Partner Center announcement, Microsoft is announcing the addition of coterminosity capabilities and the Home Use Program (HUP) to the new commerce experience (NCE) in the CSP program.

Additionally, all new subscription orders for commercial seat-based offers in CSP must be transacted in the new commerce experience as of 12∶00 AM UTC on March 10, 2022. (Brazil is excluded from this restriction until later in the calendar year 2022.)

The legacy CSP price list will contain a new value within the A, C, D, and U columns, flagging the offers with “DEPR” (deprecated) for retired or no-longer-supported offers.

Starting March 10, 2022, if a partner attempts to add or buy a legacy CSP commercial seat-based offer when there’s an equivalent new commerce offer available, the partner will see an error message for the following APIs:

  • Create an order
  • Update order
  • Create a cart

Review the latest version of the Operating Guide to learn more about the new user experience and API error message updates for this change. 

Offers in the following categories won't be blocked from new legacy transactions on March 10, 2022:

  • Noncommercial segments (such as Government, Education, and Nonprofit)
  • Offers with promotions that aren't configurable in NCE
  • Nonstandard offers with term durations not supported in NCE (terms outside of 30-day trials, one month, one year, and three years)

Starting March 1, 2022, the offer matrix (OLM) will contain the list of offers that will be retired in a new sheet entitled “Legacy Deprecated.”

On April 1, 2022, the price list will be published with offers that have been blocked for new purchases marked with “DEPR,” and pricing will continue to show up for them.

Offers that are no longer available for purchase in legacy CSP won’t be discoverable via the Partner Center catalog and will be removed from the monthly CSP price lists.

Existing legacy subscriptions will still have the options for the partner to add or remove seats, purchase add-ons, and upgrade the subscription through the subscription term, regardless of the blocking of new commerce purchases from March 10, 2022.

As a reminder, the price promotion for the CSP annual term commercial seat-based offers in new commerce will end on March 31, 2022. The promotion for monthly term offers will remain in place until July 1, 2022.

Coming up

On April 1, 2022, the end-of-sale product retirement date addition to the CSP price lists will be available to help you identify an upcoming product that will no longer be available for purchase in the new commerce experience.

Starting in July 2022, all existing CSP seat-based subscriptions must be renewed in new commerce, and monthly term offers will return to being priced at a premium. Later in the calendar year 2022, partners can expect the launch of popular enterprise-grade offer types in the breadth motion, including three-year terms for Modern Workplace SKUs, Hybrid Use Benefits (HUB) offers, and multi-geo add-ons for Microsoft 365. Enforcement of seat-count limits to partner benefits in the CSP program will occur later in Microsoft fiscal year 2023 (FY23).

Next steps

Partners in the CSP program should take advantage of a variety of training and readiness resources for the upcoming releases.

  • Learn more about new coterminosity functionality in CSP new commerce that makes it possible for a partner to align a customer's term end dates for new or renewing new commerce subscriptions.
  • View the details on HUP in the Operating Guide.
  • View the summary of how to migrate existing subscriptions to new commerce through Partner Center or via an API, and a list of subscription types that aren't eligible for migration.
  • Download the latest version of the Operating Guide to learn more about the new commerce experience. A change log at the end of the document provides a list of changes from the previous publication of the document: DG1.
  • Review the recordings of the seat-based offers for the CSP webinar and CSP Spotlight calls for September through January in which the Get Licensing Ready team walks partners through a wide variety of provisioning and billing scenarios in new commerce.
  • Register to view the February special Operations training session on this release, and the recordings for the October, November, and December sessions.
  • Review the recordings from the three-day technical and API workshops held in November.
  • Review this video to learn how to browse the new commerce experience for CSP seat-based offers collection and resources.

March Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) community update and reminders

Date: March 9, 2022

Summary

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

Workspace

General

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.

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


View the latest promotions and offers in the Global Promo Readiness Guide

Date: May 2, 2022

Summary

The latest Global Promo Readiness Guide has now been published.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

Partners transacting through the Cloud Solution Provider program

Details

The latest Global Promo Readiness Guide, a consolidated view of all current and upcoming promotions, is now available in the Operations Readiness resource gallery. It has been updated to include information on additional discounts that were made available on March 1, 2022. See active and upcoming promotions and offers at the Global Promo Readiness Guide collection. This update contains expanded information specific to new commerce experience promotions.

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.


Changes to seat-based offers in Cloud Solution Provider (CSP)

Date: March 8, 2022

Summary

On March 10, 2022, Microsoft will implement some important changes affecting partners transacting in the CSP program.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

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

Details

On March 10, 2022, Microsoft will implement some important changes affecting partners transacting in the CSP program.

The changes include the following:

  • Starting March 10, all new subscription orders for commercial seat-based offers in CSP must be transacted in the new commerce experience. Any new seat-based subscription orders in the existing (legacy) experience in CSP must be submitted by 12∶00 AM UTC on March 10 (4∶00 PM Pacific Time on March 9).* The Home Use Program (HUP) will be available in new commerce, so customers’ employees can receive discounts on purchases of certain Microsoft 365 consumer offers.
  • The new coterminosity functionality will launch in new commerce so that partners can align customer subscription end dates.

On March 31, 2022, Microsoft will also end the promotional discount on annual term seat-based offers in the new commerce experience. The promotional discount on monthly term new commerce seat-based offers will continue to June 30, 2022, as originally announced.

* The restriction on legacy subscription orders won’t apply to partners in Brazil. The end date of new legacy CSP subscriptions for Brazil partners will be announced later.

Next steps

Review the resources about this topic in the Operations Readiness resource collection, and share this communication with the appropriate stakeholders in your organization.

Questions?

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


Action Center now available in Partner Center

Date: March 8, 2022

Summary

Action Center is the new communication hub in Partner Center where you can view all the Partner Center actions and notifications relevant to you.

Workspace

Action Center

Impacted audience

Partner Center users

Details

Action Center is the new communication hub in Partner Center where you can view all the actions and notifications that are relevant to you as a Microsoft partner, so you can prioritize the actions that you need to take for your organization. Each action or notification is related to a workspace within Partner Center and is sent to you because your user account has been granted a specific role by an administrator in your organization.

Actions are communications that require you to perform a task within Partner Center. There are two types of actions:

  • Recommended actions represent tasks that should be completed by the due date for additional business opportunities with Microsoft within Partner Center. An example of this is updating your tax profile so that you can receive timely incentives with the right details. You can archive these actions if they’re not something that you’d like to act on.
  • Mandatory actions represent tasks that need to be completed by the due date to continue your business with Microsoft within Partner Center. An example of this is completion of account verification. These actions can’t be archived.

Notifications communicate a change that’s related to one of your areas of responsibility within Partner Center. There are two types of notifications:

  • Transactional notifications update you on the status of various engagements that you have within Partner Center. An example of this would be the successful publication of your commercial marketplace offer to Azure Marketplace.
  • Promotional notifications inform you about potential features, launches, or events that can benefit your organization. An example of this would be an upcoming Partner Center feature with new benefit programs that your organization might be eligible for.

You can also manage your individual preferences, like communication email address, within Action Center.

Note

Until September 28, 2022, you might receive emails from Partner Center that aren’t visible in Action Center. This is expected as we internally transition all communications to a new platform.

Next steps

Questions?

For recommendations and guidance, see Partner Center support.


Introducing a new award for 2022: Partner Operational Excellence award

Date: March 7, 2022

Summary

We’re excited to introduce the Operational Excellence award and invite partners to submit self-nominations by April 5, 2022.

Workspace

General

Impacted audience

All eligible partners. Download the Award Guidelines and rules and regulations PDFs.

Details

The Operational Excellence Partner of the Year award recognizes a partner who has excelled in driving superior execution excellence, which has resulted in demonstrated digital and business transformation that meets or exceeds customer satisfaction. Partners applying for this award should demonstrate how their focus on compliant, operational excellence has enabled agility and scale, and helped to improve customer transactional experience, making it easier for customers to do business with Microsoft.

To get full eligibility details, download the awards guidelines. (See page 62 for Operational Excellence.)

How to apply

Microsoft Partner of the Year awards are based on a self-nominating process by partners through the nomination tool.

When to apply

All nominations must be submitted by April 5, 2022, 6:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC+8).

Next steps

Submit your nomination for the Partner Operational Excellence award. All nominations must be submitted by April 5, 2022, 6:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC+8). For award guidelines and criteria, download the Award Guidelines document. (Go to page 62 for Operational Excellence.) Rules and regulations apply, which you can download as a PDF file.


Microsoft is suspending all new sales of Microsoft products and services in Russia and adjusting RUB price list

Date: March 4, 2022

Summary

Microsoft is suspending all new sales of Microsoft products and services in Russia and adjusting RUB price list.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

All partners using the RUB price list. All partners or customers with sales in Russia.

Details

Microsoft partners can sign in to access the full announcement.

Next steps

See the full announcement.


Partner documentation released for CSP new commerce Modern Work pricing offset

Date: March 2, 2022

Summary

Microsoft has provided documentation to support CSP partners in operationalizing the temporary offset of the price increases on Modern Work SKUs in new commerce.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

CSP direct bill partners and indirect providers, and resellers through their indirect provider (excluding Brazil CSP partners)

Details

On February 28, 2022, Microsoft announced a special set of discounts for CSP partners transacting SKUs in new commerce that are subject to the March 1, 2022 Modern Work pricing changes. This temporary offset of the March 1 price increases will be in effect in CSP new commerce until 12 a.m. UTC on March 15, 2022, and is intended to allow partners to clear the backlog of orders for these SKUs due to high demand in advance of the March 1 price increases.

The Modern Work pricing changes were activated on time on March 1, and the temporary offset is made possible through additional discounts via new commerce promotions. These discounts are in addition to the current promotional discounts on annual and monthly term commercial seat-based offers in CSP new commerce that have been in effect since January 10, 2022.

To assist partners with implementing the operational changes required for transacting the SKUs impacted by the temporary pricing offset, Microsoft has updated the new commerce license-based promotions topic that provides details about how the additional discounts apply to the CSP new commerce purchases.

As a reminder, this offset period allows all CSP new commerce transactions for the six commercial Modern Work products listed below that are submitted into the system no later than March 14, 2022, at 5 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), or 12 a.m. UTC on March 15, 2022, to be invoiced at the February 2022 pricing when the additional discount applies.

  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium
  • Office 365 E1
  • Office 365 E3
  • Office 365 E5
  • Microsoft 365 E3

All CSP new commerce transactions for these six Modern Work SKUs submitted after March 14, 2022, 5 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), or 12 a.m. UTC on March 15, 2022, will be invoiced at the increased March price list pricing, without the additional promo discounts. The original promotional discounts on commercial seat-based offers in CSP new commerce will remain in effect until the previously announced end dates of March 31, 2022 (annual term), and June 30, 2022 (monthly term).

Next steps

Share this information with the appropriate contacts in your organization.

Questions?

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


Security enhancement: Port 25 disabled in new Azure subscriptions in Cloud Solution Provider (CSP)

Date: March 2, 2022

Summary

Beginning March 1, 2022, changes were implemented in Azure subscriptions obtained by customers through partners in the CSP program.

Workspace

Customers

Impacted audience

All partners in the CSP program

Details

Beginning March 1, 2022, changes were implemented in Azure subscriptions obtained by customers through partners in the CSP program. These changes ensure better security for Microsoft partners and customers, protection of Microsoft’s Azure platform, and conformity to industry standards.

Situation

Port 25 is a default gateway for transmitting email messages and has existed in internet platforms for several decades. Most of Microsoft’s primary competitors and internet service providers block all outgoing port 25 traffic from their customers as an anti-spam measure.

However, until now, Microsoft has enabled port 25 for Azure customer subscriptions obtained through a partner in the CSP program. Over time, this has resulted in a growing trend of bad actors using port 25 via Azure to conduct large-scale spamming activities that are outside of Azure’s terms of use.

Microsoft is committed to providing customers and partners with the most secure environment to confidently and productively conduct business, and therefore has enacted changes to reduce bad behavior associated with port 25.

Changes

To address this challenge and protect Azure infrastructure, Microsoft’s approach going forward will include the following:

  • New Azure subscriptions - Since March 1, 2022, new Azure subscriptions* obtained through a partner in the CSP program have port 25 disabled, and the option to enable it has been removed. This change eliminates the ability for bad actors to abuse Azure by continually signing up for large numbers of new subscriptions via a partner in the CSP program and using port 25 to conduct spam campaigns.
  • Existing Azure subscriptions - All current Azure subscriptions obtained through a partner in the CSP program before March 1, 2022 have no changes to port 25. This is so that, in the long term, ethical customers can continue their use of Azure through their CSP program partner without any disruption. However, if Microsoft detects a use of Azure outside its terms of use, it retains the right to disable any such subscription.

Because the change to port 25 is only for new Azure subscriptions obtained through a CSP program partner, no action is needed by customers or partners.

*Offer types: Azure in CSP 0145P, 0159P, Action Pack (MPN) 0025P, Azure in Open Licensing 0111p, Microsoft Azure BizSparkPlus 0036P, Microsoft Azure Sponsorship Offer 0143P, Pay-As-You-Go 0003P, Pay-As-You-Go Dev/Test 0023P, and Visual Studio Enterprise (MPN) subscribers 0029P

Next steps

If you or a customer have questions about the change in port 25 for new Azure subscriptions, see Troubleshoot outbound SMTP connectivity problems in Azure.

Questions?

Contact Support for questions, queries, or more information.


View the latest promotions and offers

Date: March 2, 2022

Summary

The latest Global Promo Readiness Guide has now been published.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

Partners transacting through the Cloud Solution Provider program

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 at the Global Promo Readiness Guide collection. This update contains expanded information specific to new commerce experience promotions.

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.


Transfer of Azure subscriptions and reservations between partners now available on Azure portal

Date: March 1, 2022

Summary

Azure portal has been enhanced for the transfer of Azure subscriptions and reservations between partners.

Workspace

Customers

Impacted audience

Partners transacting through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program

Details

Expanding on the new commerce experience for Azure, transition tools enhance the flexibility to manage Azure in ways that adapt to customers’ evolving business needs. On February 18, 2022, Azure portal was enhanced so that a customer’s Azure subscriptions and reservations can be transferred between partners in the CSP program.

Azure portal can also transfer Azure subscriptions of customers transacting through the Microsoft field-led motion to a partner in the CSP program.

Azure reservations can also be transferred through Partner Center. These new capabilities through Azure portal and Partner Center will be rolled out to partners in phases over the coming weeks.

Key capabilities and considerations

Transition tooling makes it easy for you and your customers to use the enhanced Azure new commerce experience in CSP and position for growth now and in the future.

  • Transition is driven by customer decisions and occurs only when both partners take explicit action. In the case of transition from the Microsoft field-led motion to partner breadth, both parties would need to take action.
  • The automated transition tool reduces errors, saves time, and provides visibility to you and your customers.
  • Transition is immediate, with no customer downtime and no impact on Azure services.

Refer to this guide to learn more about this new capability.

Next steps

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

Questions?

For further questions about this transition capability, check your relevant Microsoft partner community.

Change log

February 18: Original message
March 1: Clarifying that the capabilities will be rolled out in phases.


View this month’s product launches and offers

Date: March 1, 2022

Summary

The March product launch calendar is now published.

Impacted audience

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

Workspace

Pricing

Details

The March 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.


Readiness: Dual-mode attestation change on hold with new date

Date: March 1, 2022

Summary

To help partners and customers run their business based on trust, requirements for partner attestation have changed.

Workspace

APIs

Impacted audience

Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) indirect providers

Details

Microsoft runs on trust. We’re committed to providing a compliant, safe, and secure method of transacting customer subscriptions in the CSP program. In the September 2021 announcement, we notified CSP indirect providers about a new requirement, the CSP partner model attestation, which acknowledges the following on behalf of the partner’s 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."

On February 23, 2022, this CSP partner model attestation requirement went live in the Partner Center user interface (UI) and API.

However, we've temporarily removed this attestation requirement for the API to allow partners to focus on other in-flight changes. During this change hold, indirect providers can transact either with previous APIs or updated APIs.

Take note that the Partner Center UI experience will still require the attestation for a purchase to be completed. Therefore, this critical requirement will be relaunched on April 4, 2022. The extension until April 4, 2022, is short-lived and CSP indirect providers should use this time to make appropriate changes to business processes and systems.

Review the instructions for accessing documentation and API previews, and familiarize yourself with the new capabilities and required API updates. Once live, the CSP partner model attestation will be required for every transaction.

The following will occur if the attestation isn't implemented:

  • Transactions will be blocked.
  • The transaction will result in an error message: “CatalogItemId: {0} requires attestation acceptance.” (See API Error Codes.)
  • No further transactions can be completed.
  • Existing experiences for APIs will break.

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

Next steps

  • Share this information with all appropriate contacts in your organization.
  • Check Partner Center announcements for future updates.
  • Find more details in the Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) webinar: View the deck and the recording in the Microsoft Cloud Yammer community site.
  • Implement changes as needed on your organization’s APIs.

Questions?

Feel free to join and post questions to the EAP Yammer group for the Partner Center early adopters program.