Microsoft announce an update on the old Azure offer in CSP. Today, there are two offers that a partner can transact to sell the Azure consumption services to their customers: the “old” Azure offer which is the original way that partners transact these services, and the new Azure plan which is billed via the new commerce platform.
When the Azure plan launched, Microsoft were clear that at some point the old Azure offer would be retired, and there’s now information on the timeline for this to happen. Firstly, customers new to Azure will only be able to purchase through the Azure plan from 21 July 2021, then partner incentives for the old Azure offer will be retired sometime in 2022, and in the third phase, on a date to be determined, customers on the old Azure offer will be migrated to the Azure plan.
Find the announcement with a few more details here: http://bit.ly/3iEmhBu.
Microsoft’s new commerce experience means that eligible Enterprise Agreement customers can transition to buying their Azure services through the Microsoft Customer Agreement.
If you’ve got questions on how this transitioning process works, then this FAQ might be useful: http://bit.ly/2ITH1XO.
There’s an updated (April 2019) Microsoft Commerce Experience FAQ which focuses on the new way that customers can buy the Azure services direct from Microsoft through the Microsoft Customer Agreement.
There aren’t major changes to this document, but there is a link included now to view the new Microsoft Customer Agreement.
Find this FAQ in the Volume Licensing Programs section here: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.
The Microsoft Customer Agreement is Microsoft’s latest agreement that gives customers a framework within which to purchase their products and services. It’s a non-expiring contract and is currently available for purchases made through the Microsoft Store for Business.
From March 2019 it’s also the agreement that customers in eligible countries can use if they want to buy Azure services through their internal Microsoft representative.
Read more about this new agreement and the new commerce experience it facilitates here: http://bit.ly/2Isb0E6 and/or check out the agreement itself (in the language of your choice) here: http://bit.ly/2TS0Anu.