January 2023 announcements

This page provides the announcements for Microsoft Partner Center for January 2023.


Promotions page to be retired from Partner Center

Date: January 31, 2023

Summary

The Promotions page will be retired from Partner Center on February 15, 2023.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

CSP indirect providers and resellers and direct-bill partners

Details

The Promotions page in the Partner Center Pricing workspace will be retired on February 15, 2023.

Today, the Promotions page displays only a subset of available offers—traditional, license-based commerce (Legacy) promotions—and doesn't display discounts for the New Commerce Experience.

To get a complete list of current promotions (both traditional, license-based commerce and new commerce) download the Global Promotions Readiness Guide. (The guide is saved to your default download folder, sometimes with no notification.)

This retirement affects only the Promotions page at Partner Center. There's no effect on Partner Center APIs.

Next steps

For information about available promotions, download the Global Promotions Readiness Guide.


Partner Center to cease support for SDK integrations and shift to REST API

Date: January 30, 2023

Summary

Starting June 1, 2023, Partner Center will no longer provide support for the .NET SDK and will store it on GitHub as archive. Integration through the Partner Center REST API is recommended.

Workspace

APIs

Impacted audience

Partners using the Partner Center SDKs, including CSP Direct Bill, Indirect Providers, and Control Panel Vendors, may be impacted, although usage is limited.

Details

As of June 1, 2023, the Partner Center team will discontinue support for the Partner Center .NET SDK and archive it on GitHub. No further updates to the SDK will be made. Partners are encouraged to integrate through the Partner Center REST APIs instead. The final version of the Partner Center .NET SDK will be available on Microsoft Archive on GitHub for local download and maintenance, but contributions will not be accepted.

The repository for the "Partner Center .NET SDK" can be found at Partner Center developer documentation.

Next steps

Share this communication with all relevant individuals in your organization.

If you are currently using the Partner Center SDK for .NET, you can continue using it until May 31, 2023. While it will still be available after May, it will no longer be actively maintained, and we recommend you move to REST APIs.


February 2023 Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Fundamentals sessions

Date: January 30, 2023

Summary

Join us for the CSP Fundamentals training calls in February.

Workspace

Membership

Impacted audience

New CSP direct-bill partners and indirect providers, and new staff or staff members who want a refresher

Details

Join us for this 90-minute partner session that will provide step-by-step guidance for CSP direct-bill partners and indirect providers to quickly set up, manage, and transact in the CSP program. The calls will take place on February 7 and 8, depending on your preferred language and region.

The agenda will include:

  • CSP program and policies
  • CSP offers (legacy vs new commerce offers, price list and offer matrix, placing an order)
  • Invoice and reconciliation overview
  • Partner Center overview
  • Partner Center security
  • Support and resources

Next steps

Register for the appropriate session for you.


Now Live! Partner Center Technical Corner blog series: January 2023 edition

Date: January 26, 2023

Summary

The new Partner Center Technical Corner blog has capability updates, a technical roadmap, and details about downloading Microsoft Azure usage data using a new API.

Workspace

General

Impacted audience

All partners

Details

The January edition of the Partner Center Technical Corner is available now.

This edition includes:

  • Key updates about capabilities introduced since November
  • Partner Center Technical Roadmap of what’s coming in about the next six weeks
  • Spotlight topic about how partners can cut Azure usage data download time by 85% using a new, synchronous API model

Previous editions of the Partner Center Technical Corner blog

Next steps

Have an idea for a topic you’d like us to cover? Send us your blog suggestions and feedback.


Update: SQL Server 2022 SKU updates coming February 1, 2023

Date: January 26, 2023

Summary

SQL Server 2022 CAL SKUs will be available February 1, 2023.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

Cloud Solution Provider partners: indirect providers and direct-bill

Details

Microsoft will release the following SKUs to the CSP February price list.

SKU title Product ID SKU ID
SQL Server 2022 - 1 User CAL DG7GMGF0MF3T 0002
SQL Server 2022 - 1 Device CAL DG7GMGF0MF3T 0001

The SKU name:

SQL Server 2022 Standard Edition Perpetual 1 Server License plus 10 CALs

will be updated to:

SQL Server 2022 Standard Edition

Next steps


Updated Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA) coming in March 2023

Date: January 25, 2023

Summary

The MCA will have an update in March 2023 to improve the flexibility to update terms as needed in the future, align to broader changes, and future-proof for new offers.

Workspace

Customers

Impacted audience

All new customers

Details

The MCA is a single agreement that covers all buying motions through the new commerce experience—enterprise, Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), and online. The agreement is being updated to improve the flexibility to update terms as needed in the future, align to broader changes, and future-proof for new offers.

The updated MCA applies to new customers starting March 1, 2023. Existing customers will see a notice in the Microsoft Admin Center (MAC) and Azure portal that a new agreement version is available, and that acceptance of the new agreement for existing customers is optional at this time.

March 1, 2023 CSP
New customer Explicitly accept the new MCA
Existing MCA—Azure portal Customer will see notice; optional acceptance
Existing MCA—MAC Customer will see notice; optional acceptance
Existing MCA—CSP Partner optional attestation

Next steps

  • Review the updated MCA deck and FAQ in the MCA resource collection in the resource gallery.
  • Download and share the new version of the MCA with new customers.
  • Indirect providers should share the material with their indirect resellers.
  • Train your agents and resellers on the changes to the MCA.

Customer insights for marketplace leads

Date: January 19, 2023

Summary

Partners with marketplace leads can now view rich customer insights to have better initial conversations with prospects.

Workspace

Referrals

Impacted audience

Partners with marketplace offers

Details

Partner Center now shows rich customer insights for marketplace leads, right in the Referrals workspace > Leads tab. Just sign in to Partner Center and go to the customer insights panel. See how your prospects have interacted with Microsoft in the past, or whether their contact information is valid, or how they use Microsoft products. Let us know your feedback via the like buttons on the page.

To learn more and see sample insights, see Leads enrichment insights.

Next steps

See leads in Partner Center and start engaging with your customers right away!

Now live: Updated deal details experience in Partner Center

Date: January 17, 2023

Summary

Microsoft is introducing improvements to the user experience (UX) of the Deal Details page in the Co-sell Opportunities workspace in Partner Center.

Workspace

General

Impacted audience

Referral admins

Details

Partner Center is the central place for partners to manage their relationship with Microsoft. As part of our commitment to streamlining engagement between us and making it simpler and easier to do business together, we’re continuing to invest in and update the user experience.

With this release, we’re introducing UX improvements to the Co-sell Opportunities Deal Details page to make it easier and more intuitive to use. For a limited time, users can switch between the new experience and the previous user interface, through the Try New button in the upper-right corner.

Next steps

Review the information on this topic and share with the appropriate stakeholders in your organization. To submit comments or suggestions about the new layout, select Feedback at the top of the article page.

New timelines: Important actions partners must take to secure the partner ecosystem

Date: January 12, 2023

Summary

Microsoft is extending the previously announced timelines for key actions by partners to secure their ecosystems.

Workspace

Account settings

Impacted audience

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

Details

Granular delegated admin privileges (GDAP) and delegated admin privileges (DAP) milestone updates

We’re making some shifts in the GDAP timeline. We'll provide an update on the new schedule by February 15, 2023. We'll give at least a 60-day notice period before the milestone date.

These shifts in the timeline are related to two key items:

  • Double-byte character We’ve identified the following issue: If a customer tenant name has a double-byte character, GDAP won't work.
  • Default GDAP roles Partners have requested default Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) roles when creating a new customer tenant. Microsoft is designing this feature.

GDAP milestones shifting

  • Stop new DAPs: DAP is currently granted when a new customer tenant is created. Microsoft will no longer grant DAP for new customer creation.
  • Transition inactive DAPs: Microsoft will start transitioning DAP relationships that haven't been used in 90 or more days to GDAP with limited Azure AD roles. To review which relationships are inactive, use the DAP monitoring report.
  • Transition active DAPs: Microsoft will begin transitioning active DAP relationships to GDAP with limited Azure AD roles.

GDAP/DAP coming in February

Bulk migration tool: Bulk DAP removal feature

This tool will have a new feature that allows partners to remove DAP relationships in bulk starting February 15, 2023.

Available now

  • On January 9, 2023, Microsoft enhanced the capabilities of detecting and notifying Azure fraud alerts.
    • Partners will be able to register a new webhook, azure-fraud-event-detected, in Partner Center webhook events.
    • The Partner Center webhook APIs allow partners to register for resource change events. These events are delivered in the form of HTTP POSTs to the partner's registered URL.
    • To receive an event from Partner Center, partners will host a callback where Partner Center can POST the resource change event. The event will be digitally signed so that the partner can verify that it was sent from Partner Center.
  • Partners will now be able to see Azure fraud events in the activity logs. To see fraud events in the activity logs:
    1. Sign in to Partner Center and select the Settings (gear) icon on the upper-right corner, and then select Account settings.
    2. Go to the activity log and select Azure Fraud Event Detected as operation type Recent Azure fraud alerts that are affected are displayed.

Launching towards the end of January 2023

A security contact can start receiving Azure fraud emails. Today, emails are sent to Admin agents, but if an Admin agent is just-in-time (JIT) enabled and the JIT expires, the email won't be delivered. Therefore, having a security contact will help detect and protect Azure fraud events.

To enable a security contact for your organization, see Cloud Solution Provider security contact.

Exchange Online automation affecting change on March 31, 2023

The Legacy Exchange Online Public Client ID (app ID a0c73c16-a7e3-4564-9a95-2bdf47383716) will be retired on March 31, 2023.

This public client ID is also known as the ExO PowerShell public client.

The legacy public client was previously used by the open-source Partner Center PowerShell module (GitHub here).

Any code that incorporates either the legacy public client (a0c73c16-a7e3-4564-9a95-2bdf47383716) or the Partner Center PowerShell module will cease to function on March 31, 2023.

You can find further details, including information on how to prepare for this event, under Additional information in the following section.

Additional information

This section provides additional information related to the retirement of the legacy Exchange online public client)

Microsoft recommends that partners review any code or automation to locate any use of the legacy public client ID (app ID a0c73c16-a7e3-4564-9a95-2bdf47383716).

We’re aware of cases where developers have used the open-source PowerShell module sources as an implementation reference for proprietary automation.

It's further possible that the use of the public client ID may not be obviously related to Exchange Online use cases. That means it’s possible that any code derived from the ExO or Partner Center PowerShell might also cease to function when the legacy public client is retired.

It’s important that the code searches for this risk focus on the public client ID and the use of ExO or Partner Center PowerShell module as published.

The Partner Center PowerShell module isn't supported by Microsoft but is supported by the community.

How to prepare for this event

  1. Search automation code for the use of this client ID (app ID a0c73c16-a7e3-4564-9a95-2bdf47383716).

  2. Any code using that client ID immediately migrates to the modern Exchange Online PowerShell V3 module. (Install from the PowerShell gallery as described in the Exchange Online PowerShell module.)

Next steps

Introducing Downloads hub in the Partner Center Insights workspace

Date: January 12, 2023

Summary

The new Downloads hub in the Partner Center Insights workspace is a unified report hub in the Insights workspace that addresses your reporting needs for all supported programs.

All reports are organized in one place for you to customize and download them to help you to make data-driven decisions about your business.

Workspace

Insights

Impacted audience

CSP Partners

Details

The new Downloads hub in the Partner Center Insights workspace is a unified report hub in the Insights workspace that addresses your reporting needs for all supported programs.

All reports are organized in one place for you to customize and download them to help you to make data-driven decisions about your business.

In Downloads hub, you can:

  • Schedule reports to be downloaded based on a defined frequency

  • Create or use templates

  • Filter on data

  • Preview data before it's downloaded

  • Favorites for user defined templates

  • Access curated list of Areas and Templates to help discovery of reports

For more information, see Downloads hub in the Partner Center documentation.

Important

On Feb 17, 2023, Downloads hub will replace Insights | Download reports.

Next steps

We encourage you to use Downloads hub at https://partner.microsoft.com/dashboard/insights/analytics/downloadshub?source=document


January Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) community update and reminders

Date: January 11, 2023

Summary

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

Workspace

General

Impacted audience

CSP direct-bill partners and indirect providers

Details

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.

Register here to join upcoming calls.

Always available—Launch content on demand

Within the 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 can submit a question up to 48 hours before the call.

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


Update: Partner support can now use Teams for meeting appointments

Date: January 11, 2023

Summary

Partner support representatives can now use Microsoft Teams for scheduled meetings or by request.

Partners can proactively book a Microsoft Teams meeting using schedule a support appointment to check available time slots or request a Microsoft Teams meeting during a call.

Workspace

Help + Support

Impacted audience

All Partner Center users who report problems with Partner Center (using the Help icon (?), Help + Support , or by selecting Contact Support)

Details

You can now:

  • Schedule a support appointment with the partner support representative assigned to your support request.
  • View available time slots.
  • Book a confirmed Teams meeting at a convenient date and time.

We recommend that partners proactively use Schedule appointment if:

  • Their request is complex.
  • They have a busy schedule.
  • They're hard to reach by phone.
  • They only want to be contacted at a specific time (that is, not called back at unscheduled times).

Next steps

To learn more, see schedule a support appointment.


Microsoft Teams Premium preview now available

Date: January 10, 2023

Summary

Teams Premium preview is now available. IT admins can enroll in the trial through the Microsoft 365 Admin Center and activate a free Teams Premium licensing trial.

Workspace

General

Impacted audience

Solution Provider (CSP) partners

Details

On December 16, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Teams Premium is broadly available for preview as a limited trial for commercial customers through the Microsoft 365 Admin Center.

The features under this offering began rolling out last December and will continue to roll out through January. General availability of Teams Premium is scheduled for early February 2023.

Teams Premium makes every meeting—from one-on-ones, to large meetings, to virtual appointments, to webinars—more personalized, intelligent, and secure.

With Teams Premium, customers can:

  • Extend their organization’s brand and company culture across meetings with branding, organization backgrounds, and organization Together mode scenes.

  • Use AI to make the meetings they attend (or miss) more productive and impactful through:

    • Live translation of captions to remove language barriers
    • Intelligent recap features that offer smarter recordings with autogenerated chapters
    • AI-suggested action items
    • Insights to quickly catch up on missed meetings where their name was mentioned
  • Apply advanced meeting protection such as:

    • Watermark
    • End-to-end encryption for meetings
    • Sensitivity labels for meetings with prevent copy/paste of meeting chat to better protect your virtual meetings
  • Deliver a high-quality webinar experience through:

    • Advanced capabilities to streamline event workflows with registration waitlist and manual approval
    • Facilitating behind-the-scene actions through virtual greenroom for presenters (separate from attendees) before the event begins
    • Managing the attendee experience so they only see shared content and participants brought on-screen
  • Manage the end-to-end virtual appointment experience with:

    • Advanced features like text reminders
    • Custom-branded virtual appointments
    • Centralized Virtual Appointment dashboard for a quick view into schedules, queues, and analytics to keep track of key usage insights such as no-shows and wait time information per appointment

Steps to support your customers to enroll in the preview

Partners can start sharing the news with their customers to start enrolling tenants in the preview as a trial through the Microsoft 365 Admin Center by searching for Teams Premium in the catalog. Once enrolled and activated, tenant admins receive a limited number of 30-day trial licenses that they can assign to users in their organization.

Admins can also enroll in the public preview to gain access to Teams Premium features—such as understanding the configuration options for the capabilities or assessing how they'll be used in their environment—without assigning the trial licenses to end users.

If a user is assigned an expired Teams Premium trial license, they won't have access to those Teams Premium features. Similar to user license assignment, after the public preview duration has expired, IT admins lose access to these features.

Resources

Next steps


Microsoft Dynamics 365 Bridge to the Cloud 2 NCE promotion

Date: January 10, 2023

Summary

On February 1, 2023, Microsoft is launching the Bridge to the Cloud 2 NCE promotion.

This promotion offers eligible Dynamics on-premises commercial customers a 40% discount during a three-year term when migrating to most Dynamics 365 online products licensed through an eligible, partner-led NCE subscription.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

Partners transacting through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program

Details

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Bridge to the Cloud 2 Promotion

Eligible Products: This promotion applies to customers migrating from most Dynamics on-premises perpetual products purchased through DPL to functionally similar Dynamics 365 online offers for commercial customers with a three-year term on NCE. For a detailed list of eligible “from” and “to” products, see Exhibit 1 on page 4 of the Bridge to the Cloud 2 Promotion policy download.

Signup Period: February 1, 2023 – December 31, 2024. To sign up, a partner must enroll in an applicable CSP NCE subscription with this promotion selected and complete the steps in To order the promotional offer in Partner Center (below) to notify Operations (ROC) to extend the customer’s on-premises EP benefits.

Promotion Duration: Non-renewable, fixed, three-year term from enrollment. After the promotional period ends, normal pricing applies.

Pricing: 40% discount on the standard commercial list price.

Licensing Program: Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) (NCE partner-led only)

Promotion Details: Review the Bridge to the Cloud 2 Policy and FAQ on the Bridge to the Cloud Promotion Collection page (partner sign-in required).

To order the promotional offer in Partner Center:

  1. From the Partner Center main menu, select Customers and then choose the applicable customer.

  2. Select + New Subscription.

  3. On the Online Services tab, search for the desired Dynamics 365 product.

  4. Choose the relevant product by selecting the expand button to the right of the product name. (The product must be labeled New Commerce Experience to be eligible for the promotion.) Then, enter desired quantity and select Add to Cart.

  5. Add any other products that you want to purchase to the cart.

  6. Select Review. On the review screen, choose the Triennial term for the promotional products. (Only purchases with a fixed, three-year term are eligible).

  7. Also on the review screen, select 40% discount from the Promotions dropdown box.

  8. Select Details to confirm that you’ve selected the Bridge to the Cloud 2 promotion, and then select Done.

  9. Select Buy to complete the purchase.

  10. To obtain renewal of the on-premises system with $0 EP, open a request/ticket with your regional operations center (ROC) using PSBC or email and include:

    • The customer’s PSBC account number
    • Online tenant ID
    • A screenshot from Partner Center that shows the online subscription purchase

Questions?

For questions about this promotion that aren't answered in the Bridge to the Cloud Promotion Collection page, contact your regional operations center (ROC) using the email addresses provided in the FAQ.

For questions regarding a customer’s CSP subscription or billing, submit a support request.


Holistic Business Case (HBC) assessment now available as partner-led option

Date: January 10, 2023

Summary

The Holistic Business Case (HBC) Microsoft Solution Assessment has been updated to enable partner-led engagements. This new motion is called HBC Partner-Led.

Partners who qualify can submit HBC nominations in Partner Center now and run HBC engagements end to end.

For the latest information, see the Holistic Business Case collection.

For more information about qualifying, download the Partner Program Guide and go to page 12.

Workspace

General

Impacted audience

All partners, especially partners qualified to deliver Microsoft Solution Assessments

Details

The Holistic Business Case (HBC) Solution Assessment type was originally a Microsoft field seller-driven offering that partners had limited ability to initiate, influence, or conduct on their own.

The new HBC Partner-Led model enables qualified partners to use Partner Center to nominate their own customers for HBC engagements and then run those engagements end to end.

The Microsoft HBC is a type of Microsoft Solution Assessment for Azure that uses special tooling to uncover multiple business cases (customer opportunities) for a given account.

You can think of HBC as a way of helping customers better understand their environment and look holistically at migration and modernization opportunities across databases, infrastructure, and applications.

For more information, see the Holistic Business Case collection.

Note

HBC Partner-Led is included in the Microsoft Solution Assessment Incentive Program guide download.

Next steps

  • Familiarize yourself with the HBC model, readiness requirements, and statement of work (SOW) using the HBC Partner-Led Execution Guide and related assessment resources.
  • Become trained on one of the HBC customer scanning engines (UnifyCloud, Dr Migrate or Azure Migrate) prior to nominating/conducting an HBC.
  • Once trained, start nominating your customers with cross-workload use cases and begin conducting HBC engagements.
  • Reach out to your local Microsoft Solution Assessment team for other support requirements.

Questions?

Contact your local Microsoft Solution Assessment team or your Partner Development Manager.


View the latest promotions and offers

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.

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?

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


SQL Server 2022 CSP availability and price list changes

Date: January 6, 2023

Summary

There's additional information that you should be aware of for the SQL Server 2022 launch.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

CSP Partners

Details

SQL Server 2022 SKUs launched in CSP on January 1, 2023.

We have the following updates and clarifications to the CSP offerings:

  • SQL Server 2022 CAL SKUs are currently not generally available. Until the price list is updated, later in Q1, with SQL Server 2022 CAL SKUs, SQL Server 2019 CAL SKUs are available for ordering.
  • The SQL Server 2022 Server + 10 CAL SKU is mislabeled as including 10 CALs. Soon, the SKU label will be updated to SQL Server 2022 Standard Edition.

Next steps

Review the resources at SQL Server 2022 Partner Resources (microsoft.com) about this topic and share with the appropriate stakeholders in your organization.


Introducing the new Infra and Database Migration to Microsoft Azure specialization

Date: January 5, 2023

Summary

The new Infra and Database Migration to Microsoft Azure specialization validates core infrastructure migration capabilities and replaces previous specializations.

Workspace

Membership

Impacted audience

Microsoft partners with an Azure solutions partner designation

Details

As of January 9, 2023, the new Infra and Database Migration to Microsoft Azure specialization will combine and replace the following specializations:

  • Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure
  • Linux and Open-Source Database Migration to Microsoft Azure

The new Infra and Database Migration to Microsoft Azure specialization is intended to:

  • Simplify validation of core infrastructure migration expertise for customers
  • Align with customer expectations
  • Accommodate the overlap of the capabilities validated in the specializations that are being replaced.

For more information, see Introducing the new Infra and Database Migration to Microsoft Azure specialization.

Next steps

On January 9, 2023:

  • Partners can enroll in the new specialization.
  • Partners with active enrollments in the previously mentioned specializations will be auto-enrolled into the new Infra and Database Migration to Microsoft Azure specialization.

Learn more at Introducing the new Infra and Database Migration to Microsoft Azure specialization.


Important licensing changes to Microsoft Commercial Business in the European Union (EU), Norway, and UK

Date: January 5, 2023

Summary

Microsoft will implement important licensing changes to Microsoft Commercial Business in the EU, Norway, and UK.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

Microsoft partners in the EU, Norway, and UK

Details

Microsoft will implement important licensing changes to Microsoft Commercial Business in the EU, Norway, and UK.

Sign into the Operations Readiness gallery to access the full announcement and the FAQ for partners in the EU, Norway, and UK.

Next steps

Review the full announcement about this change (available only to Microsoft partners) by signing in.


Changes to CSP partner benefits for Azure reservations now implemented

Date: January 4, 2023

Summary

The changes to Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partner compensation for Azure reservations announced in September 2022 have now been put into place.

Workspace

Benefits

Impacted audience

Partners transacting through the CSP program

Details

The changes to CSP partner compensation for Azure reservations announced in September 2022 have now been implemented. For more details, download the the full announcement, which is available only to Microsoft partners.

Next steps

Sign in to download the full announcement, which is available only to Microsoft partners.


Enhancements to Partner Center new commerce migrations

Date: January 4, 2023

Summary

A few enhancements are now available in Partner Center for new commerce migration experiences.

Workspace

Customers

Impacted audience

Direct-bill partners and indirect providers

Details

The ability for partners to migrate their traditional license-based subscriptions to new commerce was made available in March 2022. Since then, various enhancements have been made to the experiences and new support for offer migration. Two recent enhancements:

  1. Add-on migration: Until now, partners could only migrate add-ons along with their base subscriptions. This limitation has been removed and partners can now migrate add-ons independently of their base subscriptions. This new capability is currently available only using the Partner Center APIs. Support for add-on only migrations will be available in the Partner Center user interface experiences in the coming months. More about add-on migration can be found in the migration how to documentation add-ons section.

  2. Up-to-date migration data: Partners can discover new commerce product SKUs that are compatible with their traditional license-based subscriptions by using the offer list matrix. This data file, available in the Pricing and offers section of partner center, includes a NCE Mapping sheet. We've recently updated this data to ensure accuracy and have added an extra column Migration enabled so partners know which offers support the easy of use migration capabilities in Partner Center portal and APIs. More about migration mapping and migration capabilities can be found in the migration how to topic mapping section.

Next steps

Review the Partner Center migration how to topic to find out more about migrating to new commerce.