Compare differences between Azure offers in the CSP program

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This article describes the key differences between Azure offers in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.

Overview of key differences between Azure offers

The following table provides an overview of the key differences between the different types of offers in the CSP program offers.

Offer Azure plan Third-party marketplace offers Azure Reservations Server Subscriptions sold through CSP License-based offers New commerce license-based offers
Billing Monthly Variable (offer dependent) End customer Up front for the full term or three-year term Monthly or Annual Monthly, Annual, three-year
Licensee End customer Variable (offer dependent) End customer End customer End customer End customer
Coverage Term Active until canceled Variable (offer dependent) See offer description All Azure reservations have their own unique coverage period. All Server subscriptions will have their own unique coverage period. Additional licenses can be applied for the term. Additional licenses can be applied for the term.
Auto-Renew Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Multi-Currency Invoice based on customer location / currency Invoice based on customer location / currency Invoice based on customer location / currency Invoice based on customer location or currency Based on partner location currency Based on partner location currency
Invoice and recon file One invoice and recon file for partner location currency. We will also provide daily rated usage files (for both bill and unbilled portions) One invoice and recon file for partner location currency. One invoice and recon file for partner location currency. One invoice and recon file for partner location currency. All orders on one invoice and recon file One invoice and Recon file for partner location currency.
Price List Published monthly per customer market, priced in USD* Published monthly per customer market Published monthly per customer market, priced in USD* Published monthly per customer market. Single file for all currencies. Published monthly per customer market
Offer Matrix Not available. Not available. Not available. Not available. Offer matrix updated monthly, includes all markets, no preview Offer matrix updated monthly, includes all markets, API accessible, no preview
Returns & Exchanges Not applicable. There is no commercial transaction in purchasing action of an Azure plan Varies between one-month and 12-month license based offers as well as usage-based offers. Returns less than 5 days after order date will receive a 100% credit. Returns greater than 5 days after order date will receive a pro-rated credit and a 12% early termination fee of the pro-rated credit; Cap of $50,000 USD (or local currency equivalent) per customer per year Returns less than 60 days from order date will receive a 100% credit license keys will be deactivated. Partial returns will not be accepted. Suspensions or cancelations less than 30 days will receive a 100% credit, greater than 30 days will receive a pro-rated credit. 72-hour cancellation policy
Geo Availability 139 countries, full list available at the Azure pricing FAQ. The New Commerce Offers Country Availability and Customer Currency Matrix shows the scope of where these offers are eligible to be made available in CSP by the partner. See New Commerce Offers Country Availability and Customer Currency Matrix for full details. The same rollout schedule applies to all new commerce offers. See New Commerce Offers Country Availability and Customer Currency Matrix for full details. The same rollout schedule applies to all new commerce offers. 247 countries 247 countries
Support requirements Standard CSP support requirements. Offer publishing company is responsible for technical support. CSP Partner is responsible for pre-sales activities, transaction, and billing support. Standard CSP support requirements. Standard CSP support requirements. Standard CSP support requirements. Standard CSP support requirements.

*Microsoft will provide price list APIs in Q4 for real-time access programmatically on Azure meter prices.

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