July 2022 announcements

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


SDK Release on .NET Standard (v3.1.1)

Date: July 28, 2022

Summary

Partners can now download a new SDK release on .NET Standard (v3.1.1) from NuGet Gallery | Microsoft.Store.PartnerCenter 3.1.1. 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

Starting July 25, 2022, partners can start downloading the new version from NuGet Gallery | Microsoft.Store.PartnerCenter 3.1.1, along with updated public Partner Center SDK GitHub samples.

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

Important

Version 3.1.0 is deprecated. Do not download .NET SDK v.3.1.0 because it has critical bugs.

Next steps


Transition to Microsoft 365 Defender portal to be completed in July 2022

Date: July 25, 2022

Summary

The transition of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to the Microsoft 365 Defender portal will be completed in July 2022.

Workspace

General

Impacted audience

Partners accessing their customers’ Microsoft Defender for Endpoint tenants through delegated admin privileges (DAP) accounts

Details

In June 2022, we announced that as part of the transition of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to the Microsoft 365 Defender portal, access with DAP would be available through a dedicated link.

You can now access Microsoft Defender for Endpoint with a DAP account. We’ll soon add the link to the Partner Center service management page.

In August, access to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint data and features will only be available through the Microsoft 365 Defender portal.

Note

Access to the primary Microsoft 365 Defender portal isn’t supported for DAP accounts. In the dedicated URL, only Microsoft Defender for Endpoint data and features are supported. If you’re planning to provide service for additional Microsoft Defender products, you’ll need to transition to granular delegated admin privileges (GDAP). Learn more about GDAP.

Next steps

After this change is applied to your customers’ tenants, access to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint data and capabilities will be available exclusively from the Microsoft 365 Defender portal’s dedicated link for DAP. GDAP is already supported in the main Microsoft 365 Defender portal.

  • If you’re a partner accessing Microsoft Defender for Endpoint through a local tenant account, the change will be applied for you automatically. You can already move to access Microsoft Defender for Endpoint data through the main Microsoft 365 Defender portal.

  • If you’re a partner accessing your customer’s tenant through a DAP account, you’ll need to use the dedicated link until you’ve completed the migration to GDAP.

To help you prepare for the change and help a smooth transition, we've created a guide on the expected changes.

Questions?

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


New criteria for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell

Date: July 20, 2022

Summary

Microsoft is announcing changes to the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell, which includes new criteria to qualify, and updates to deal valuation to encourage partner-to-partner selling.

Workspace

Referrals

Impacted audience

Partners who engage with Azure IP co-sell

Details

Introduction to Azure IP co-sell

To better serve our managed customers, Microsoft sellers work with top-performing partners to collaboratively sell, or co-sell, partners’ intellectual property (IP) solutions built on Azure. Because these solutions drive customer success, Microsoft encourages Azure IP co-sell with related seller incentives, through which sellers can retire quota from a co-sold deal if it includes a partner solution that’s eligible for the Azure IP co-sell incentive. Partners can meet additional, specific criteria to become eligible for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell, at which point deals they close with our managed customers will qualify for a higher rate of seller quota retirement. Their eligible solutions may also be promoted to sellers to further drive co-sell opportunities and partner growth.

Changes to the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell

This year, we’re making changes to the requirements for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell to further prioritize customer needs, align to our cloud platform and strategic investments, and expand business opportunities.

Note

Aside from the changes to the criteria for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell, there is no impact to how partners qualify for Azure IP co-sell.

The changes to the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell are as follows:

  • We’re publicly releasing the updated criteria that qualifies partners for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell.

  • We’re adjusting how deal valuation works to expand which deals qualify for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell and to encourage partner-to-partner selling.

New criteria for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell

To help partners prepare their business to qualify for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell, we’re providing the full, updated criteria. Partners can meet any of the following criteria to become eligible for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell.

  • Partners have 30 co-sell wins OR

  • Partners have 10 co-sell marketplace wins OR

  • Partners have a Microsoft Azure Consumption Commitment (MACC) greater than or equal to USD30 million and five co-sell marketplace wins OR

  • Partners are a global ISV priority partner and have achieved co-sell ready status OR

  • Partners have MACC greater than or equal to USD200 million and have achieved co-sell ready status OR

  • Partners have at least one industry prioritized solution (IPS) and 10 co-sell wins OR

  • Partners have at least one IPS and five co-sell marketplace wins OR

  • Partners have 30 marketplace transactable wins and have achieved co-sell ready status

This year, one of the requirements for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell—30 marketplace transactable wins and co-sell ready status—can help “on-ramp” new and developing partners to co-sell. Although these partners may not have co-sold with Microsoft previously, they show strong customer demand in our marketplace. Through the new criteria for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell, we’re making it possible for these partners to accelerate their growth with us.

Expanding selling options for Azure IP co-sell deals

To encourage partner-to-partner collaborative selling, Azure IP co-sell deal valuation will now be based on the IP solution owner. This means if the IP solution owner qualifies for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell, then the Microsoft seller quota retirement will be at the Top Tier rate. Services partners who work with a solution/IP owner eligible for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell can now register with deal valuation at the Top Tier rate—even if the services partner isn't eligible for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell.

Note

There is no change to the deal registration process. We are expanding which deals qualify for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell to include any partner-to-partner sales scenario involving an IP solution partner that qualifies for the Top Tier.

Regularly review the criteria to become or remain eligible for the Top Tier

Microsoft will continue to update the criteria for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell to align with our business priorities. We anticipate updating the criteria once per year. However, that's subject to change. Every six months, partners will be evaluated for their ability to meet the current requirements and qualify for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell. We encourage you to review the up-to-date criteria regularly to ensure your organization remains eligible.

Next steps

  1. Review the requirements for Azure IP co-sell to determine if you qualify. Requirements include achieving co-sell ready status, meeting revenue thresholds, passing a technical validation with your solution, and providing a reference architecture diagram.

  2. Review the new criteria for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell to determine whether your organization can meet the requirements and become eligible.

  3. Continue to check for updates to the criteria for the Top Tier of Azure IP co-sell.

Questions

Contact your partner development manager (PDM) or support if you have questions or need more information.


August 2022 update: Online Services and Software Channel Authorization guide

Date: July 20, 2022

Important

This update has been cancelled. See the August 16, 2022 announcement for details.

Summary

There’s an update to the Online Services and Software Channel Authorization guide.

Workspace

General

Impacted audience

Direct-bill partners, indirect providers, and multitier partners participating in the Cloud Solution Provider program

Details

In accordance with that subsection of the Online Services and Software Channel Authorization, under that section entitled “Notice of Changes” entitled “Changes to the Guides,” in your Microsoft Partner Agreement, Microsoft is hereby notifying you that the Online Services and Software Channel Authorization guide is being updated.

A preview of the updated guide is available with a redline demonstrating changes. The update will become effective 30 days from the date of this notice. There’s no further action needed to be taken by you.

Next steps

There are no actions required. This announcement is a notice only.


SDK Release on .NET Standard (v3.1.0)

Date: July 19, 2022

Summary

Important

Version 3.1.0 is deprecated. Do not download .NET SDK v.3.1.0 because it has critical bugs.

For more information, see the July 28 announcement, SDK Release on .NET Standard (v3.1.1).

Partners can now download a new SDK release on .NET Standard (v3.1.0) from NuGet Gallery | Microsoft.Store.PartnerCenter 3.1.0. 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

Important

Important

Version 3.1.0 is deprecated. Do not download .NET SDK v.3.1.0 as it has critical bugs.

For more information, see the July 28 announcement, SDK Release on .NET Standard (v3.1.1).

On July 19, 2022, partners can start downloading the new version from NuGet Gallery | Microsoft.Store.PartnerCenter 3.1.0, along with updated public Partner Center SDK GitHub samples.

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

Next steps


Changing term of subscriptions with promotions now supported

Date: July 18, 2022

Summary

Term changes for CSP subscriptions with promotions are now supported.

Workspace

Customers

Impacted audience

CSP partners

Details

Partners can now change the term duration of a CSP subscription with a promotion midterm.

The change must be to a term duration that is available on Partner Center.

If a promotion is available for the term and billing cycle that the CSP subscription will have following the change, the promotion will be applied automatically.

Midterm changes take effect immediately.

Midterm updates to a CSP subscription's duration remove any changes that may have been scheduled. (Previously, promotions being applied to CSP subscriptions disabled immediate term changes.)

Next steps


Timeline update: Important actions partners need to take to secure the partner ecosystem

Date: July 18, 2022

Summary

Release of a tool that enables partners with existing delegated admin privileges (DAP) relationships to create a GDAP relationship with Azure AD roles has been changed to early August. More information on the tool will be available on August 1.

Workspace

Account settings

Impacted audience

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

Details

On June 1, 2022, Granular Delegated Admin Privileges (GDAP) became available to all partners in Partner Center. GDAP is a more secure model for administering customer tenants and adheres to the Microsoft zero trust principle of least-privileged access. It allows the partner to request and the customer to approve specific Azure Active Directory (AD) roles, allowing the partner to perform admin activities on behalf of the customer.

In early August, Microsoft will provide a tool that allows partners with existing delegated admin privileges (DAP) relationships to create a GDAP relationship with Azure AD roles. This tool will only be available until October 31, 2022, after which customers will need to resume approving all GDAP relationship requests. More information about the tool will be available on August 1.

Note

If a partner doesn’t have a DAP relationship with their customer, they’ll need to request GDAP and obtain customer approval.

Around the end of the third quarter of the calendar year 2022, Microsoft will stop creating new DAPs when a new relationship is created. Later, Microsoft will begin removing DAP relationships that haven’t been used for 90 days and transition active DAP relationships to GDAP with a limited number of Azure AD roles.

We’d like to remind you that if you don’t perform admin activities for your customer, DAP should be disabled. Review your DAP report and remove relationships that are no longer required.

To help partners track the changes being introduced, we’ve created a milestone view that summarizes what's changing, the steps partners need to take, and the effect if no action is taken.

Next steps

Change log

July 18: Timelines for the transition tool have been updated.

June 30: Original message


Reminder: Change to July 11 blocking of legacy CSP renewals

Date: July 14, 2022

Summary

Microsoft has extended indefinitely the previously announced July 11 end of autorenewals of legacy Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) subscriptions.

Workspace

Customers

Impacted audience

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

Details

In recent weeks, Microsoft has seen an acceleration of partners migrating legacy CSP subscriptions to the new commerce platform. We appreciate the efforts of partners that have contributed to this acceleration, and all CSP partners are encouraged to complete migrations from legacy to new commerce as soon as possible.

Previously, we communicated that legacy commercial seat-based subscriptions would no longer be autorenewed on the legacy platform starting July 11. Though our goal is still for partners to migrate legacy subscriptions to new commerce before end of term, we’ve made a business decision to continue supporting the legacy autorenewal functionality beyond July 11.

What isn't changing

The blocking of new orders of legacy CSP subscriptions that were implemented on March 10, 2022 isn’t changing.

Resources

Learn more about the continuation of legacy autorenewals in this special FAQ document in the partner readiness collection (partner sign-in required).

Next steps

Change log

  • July 11, 2022 – Reminder: Changes are now live, added FAQ
  • June 28, 2022 – Original announcement

July Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) self-serve community update and reminders

Date: July 13, 2022

Summary

The CSP monthly update newsletter is now available, along with other 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

CSP community Q&A call canceled this month

The partner community Q&A call is canceled this month.

Register here to join upcoming calls.

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.

Questions?

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


Exception process for deal registrations available in Partner Center

Date: July 12, 2022

Summary

Targeting July 12, 2022, partners can request an exception related to Azure IP co-sell deal registrations directly through Partner Center.

Workspace

Referrals

Impacted audience

Co-selling partners, referral admins, alliance managers, partner sellers, and individuals from partner organizations who create referrals in Partner Center

Details

As previously communicated, Microsoft is bringing enhancements to the deal registration experience through which partners have their Azure IP co-sell deal registration validated. As part of the latest improvements, partners now have an opportunity to request an exception related to Azure IP co-sell deal registrations if they run into issues during referrals management in Partner Center.

With this new feature, partners can request exceptions directly through Partner Center during the following primary scenarios:

  • A referral that’s marked as won and isn’t eligible for Azure IP co-sell deal registration due to a programmatic check failure. Read about the conditions for a referral to be eligible for Azure IP Co-sell deal registration.
  • A referral for which deal registration is in progress or a decision has been taken by the deal validation team (for example, the deal registration is in a failed state due to a validation failure during the review process).

What’s new in Partner Center?

  • For both the previously mentioned exception scenarios, partners will now see a link to Request Exception on the right corner of the Partner Center user interface. The link is visible only for deals where the referral is in the Closed state. (It can be in won, lost, or error substatus.)
  • Partners can make only one exception request with respect to a referral, and the decision of the exception council is final and binding.
  • On selecting Request Exception, partners will see a dialog box asking them to explain clearly why an exception should be granted for the request. They can explain their cases with up to 5,000 characters when creating an exception request.
  • It can take up to 14 working days for the exception council to decide whether to validate the request from the partner based on the evidence presented.
  • Further, the validation team can contact the partner via email to gather more evidence before granting or rejecting an exception.

If an exception is approved, partners will be presented with the following options:

  • If the referral was originally not eligible for registration and an exception is approved, the option to register the deal for Azure IP co-sell will be enabled for the partner in Partner Center.
  • If the Azure IP co-sell deal registration was in a failed state and the exception is approved, the partner can edit the details of the registration with the correct information and resubmit the registration for the deal validation team to review the details. In both cases, some of the programmatic validations related to the dates will be relaxed so that the partner can enter the correct data as per the contract documents.

Note

Don’t create support tickets for cases where an exception request has been rejected because the decision of the exception council cannot be overridden by support.

Next steps

  • Review the information in this communication to understand the new exception process for Azure IP co-sell deal registrations in Partner Center.
  • Share this communication with the relevant people in your organization.
  • For more information on these updates, see Register your deals.

Change to CSP new commerce software subscriptions cancellation policy

Date: July 11, 2022

Summary

From July 11, 2022, partners have seven days (168 hours) after an order is placed to cancel new purchases or renewals for software subscriptions in CSP new commerce.

Workspace

Customers

Impacted audience

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

Details

Effective July 11, 2022, to implement consistency, Microsoft is changing the cancellation window duration for partners to seven days (168 hours) for new purchases or renewals of software subscriptions (which currently include Windows Server, SQL Server, and Azure SQL Edge) in CSP new commerce.

As of this date, for any new purchase or renewal of a software subscription in CSP new commerce, partners have 168 hours (seven days) from the subscription order or renewal date to cancel the subscription, regardless of the term, instead of the previous 30-day window. The partner will receive a prorated refund when canceling within the first 168 hours of the term (proration calculated daily). After the 168-hour period, cancellation isn’t available, and no refund will be provided.

The perpetual software cancellation policy isn’t affected by this change.

Information about this upcoming change in the cancellation window is included in the following documents:

Next steps

Plan to implement this change within your provisioning and billing systems and marketing content, and communicate the revised cancellation window to your customers when transacting software subscriptions in CSP.


Readiness: Enabling a new secondary deal review upload feature

Date: July 6, 2022

Summary

A new feature to support our partners’ ability to submit and manage secondary deal review documents will be available in Partner Center.

Workspace

General

Impacted audience

Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) indirect providers located in Colombia, Brazil, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, India, Taiwan, Hungary, and Poland

Details

To help partners and customers run their business based on trust, we’ve added a new feature to support our partners’ ability to submit and manage secondary deal review documents. The feature is available now in Partner Center.

Next steps

See the full announcement.


Correction regarding Viva Goals price list preview

Date: July 6, 2022

Summary

The price shown in the price list preview published on July 1 has been revised.

Workspace

Pricing

Impacted audience

Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners

Details

We previously communicated pricing for the new Microsoft Viva Goals offer that’s scheduled to launch on August 1, 2022. That pricing has now been revised.

At launch, the Viva Goals Commercial USD estimated retail price (ERP) will be $6 per user per month (/u/m), and for Education (faculty only), pricing will be $1.20 per user per month. (There will be no student SKU.)

The updated price list will be available by August 1, 2022.

Affected SKUs include:

Channel Segment Offer name Offer ID July 1, 2022 price list preview August 1, 2022 launch price
CSP Charity Microsoft_Viva_Goals (Nonprofit Staff Pricing) b7cbeab2-7afe-4190-bba3-2da771dfc937 $1/u/m $1.50/u/m
CSP Educational - Faculty Microsoft_Viva_Goals_FAC a45587ba-bda8-4cd3-9e15-4826ba4064fc $1 faculty/u/m $1.20/u/m
Modern—partner-led Commercial Microsoft_Viva_Goals CFQ7TTC0PW0V:0001 $4/u/m $6/u/m

Next steps

Share these details with the appropriate stakeholders in your organization.


Introducing Windows 365 Enterprise promotion for Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) customers

Date: July 1, 2022

Summary

The Windows 365 Enterprise trial experience is now available through CSP partners as a promo. Get up to three users 100 percent free for one month.

Workspace

Customers

Impacted audience

CSP indirect providers and resellers and direct bill partners

Details

We're excited to announce the launch of the Windows 365 Enterprise trial experience for CSP customers. This new offer is a perfect opportunity for CSP partners to introduce and pilot Windows 365 with their customers. With the Enterprise edition, partners can provide deployment and management services, using tools such as Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Lighthouse. This new trial experience is available to eligible customers in the CSP channel.

  • A monthly term subscription of Windows 365 Enterprise 2 vCPU, 8 GB, and 128 GB
  • 100 percent off for the first month
  • Up to three licenses per tenant
  • Offer valid from July 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022

To qualify, customers need to be new to Windows 365* and have specific prerequisites, one of which is Microsoft 365 Business Premium. (See the complete list of Windows 365 Enterprise technical requirements.)

Note

New to Windows 365 is defined as having no paid subscriptions of Windows 365 Enterprise or Windows 365 Business in the new commerce experience since August 2021.

For customers who need a simplified IT management option with Windows 365, partners can offer a trial experience for Windows 365 Business. (See the offer details in the Global Promo Readiness guide.) The Windows 365 Business promotion in the CSP channel has been extended to September 31, 2022.

Next steps

  1. Promote the new Windows 365 Enterprise trial offer through your digital campaigns and customer outreach.
  2. Upsell Windows 365 Enterprise to Microsoft 365 Business Premium customers.

Questions?

Contact Support if you have questions or need more information.


NCE for CSP seat-based offers operating guide retirement

Date: July 1, 2022

Summary

The operating guide for the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) new commerce experience (NCE) for seat-based offers has been retired.

Workspace

General

Impacted audience

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

Details

As a reminder, the operating guide for the CSP NCE for seat-based offers will be retired effective July 1, 2022. The CSP NCE handbook and the technical documentation on the Microsoft website will continue to be available as resources for partners.

The CSP NCE handbook serves as a learning tool in helping partners adapt to the release of CSP seat-based offers in new commerce. It instructs partners on the provisioning, billing, and subscription-management processes involved in selling these offers in NCE.

You can also find the technical content in the operating guide on the Microsoft website. Use the Technical and API content for NCE for CSP seat-based offers to quickly find technical documentation that’s relevant to you and your organization.

If you’ve bookmarked the operating guide, you’ll be redirected to the Technical and API content for the NCE for CSP seat-based offers.

Next steps

Familiarize yourself with the Technical and API content for the NCE for CSP seat-based offers to prepare for the retirement of the operating guide.