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- (Update) New Microsoft Customer Agreement
- Windows 7 Extended Support Available now through rhipe
- 25% off Dynamics 365 Sales Professional SMB for Your Existing Microsoft Office Customers
- Project Online Renamed as Project Plan, and Flow Rebranded to “Power Automate” in November
- Microsoft Ignite Updates
(Update) New Microsoft Customer Agreement
What’s new: Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCAv2) will go live in rhipe PRISM portal on December 13 2019, instead of the initially planned December 1, 2019
During Microsoft Inspire 2019, Microsoft announced that from 1 October 2019 Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCAv2) will begin to replace the existing Microsoft Cloud Agreement (MCAv1) for all customers served through the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program.
Currently, a customer will need to sign an agreement with Microsoft or partners multiple times when they purchase Microsoft products through different channels or partners. With MCAv2, the agreement terms follow the customer, regardless of the channels or partners, enabling purchasing across channels without the need to resign the same terms. For partners, they can eventually assign the responsibility of managing the agreement signing process, including accountability for customer agreement acceptance and maintaining agreement records, to Microsoft.
October 1, 2019: MCAv2 becomes available- MCAv2 becomes available, however, rhipe partners will continue to use MCAv1 for their customers.
December 13, 2019: Partner attestation- rhipe CSP partners will be able to attest the signing of MCAv2 through PRISM portal. Partners can no longer attest the signing of MCAv1 in PRISM portal.
Early Jan 2020 onwards: Invitation to the signing of MCAv2 in Microsoft 365 Admin Center through rhipe PRISM portal – Partner can obtain a MCAv2 signing URL from PRISM and invite their customers to review and accept the new MCAv2 in Microsoft Admin Center through email. Partner attestation option will continue to remain available.
In future, you can also determine whether a customer has accepted MCAv2 (available in early 2020). Customers who have already accepted the agreement through Microsoft are not required to re-sign the agreement.
What does a CSP reseller need to do:
- Review Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCAv2) here.
- Communicate with your customers about the signing of the new MCAv2.
Windows 7 Extended Support Available now through rhipe
Update: Microsoft adjusted the Windows 7 Extended Support price in the CSP to align with other program on December 12. Price in the table is after adjustment (~20% increase)
Support for Windows 7 ends on January 14, 2020. While many customers are well on their way to deploying Windows 10, Microsoft understands that everyone is at a different point in the upgrade process. On December 1, 2019, businesses of any size with Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Enterprise will be able to purchase ESU through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program through rhipe. The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year.
The Windows 7 Extended support SKU will not be available for purchase directly through PRISM. Reach out to your rhipe account manager for Server subscription ordering form for the purchase of the SKU.
Details about the price of the SKU per device per year.
|Windows 7 Extended Security Updates 2020||Partner-Commercial||USD||61|
|Windows 7 Extended Security Updates 2020||Partner-Commercial||AUD||88|
|Windows 7 Extended Security Updates 2020||Partner-Commercial||JPY||7,259|
|Windows 7 Extended Security Updates 2020||Partner-Commercial||KRW||65,880|
|Windows 7 Extended Security Updates 2020||Partner-Commercial||NZD||105|
More resources about Windows 7 Extended Support can be found below:
- FAQ page from Microsoft: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4527873/itpro-faq-about-end-of-support-for-windows-7
- Support page: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/windows-7-support
25% off Dynamics 365 Sales Professional SMB for Your Existing Microsoft Office Customers
To help more customers adopt Dynamics 365, Microsoft has launched a new Dynamics 365 Sales Professional SMB offer promotion. From now until June 30, 2020, your SMB customers in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore can purchase D365 Sales Professional at a discount of 25% off and enjoy the special price for up to 3 years!
- CSP-only offer, available for customers in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore
- New Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales Professional customers only.
- Existing Microsoft Office SMB customers
- Minimum 10 customer seats up to a maximum 75 seats purchase required to qualify for customers that own Microsoft Office.
- Valid November 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
- The discounted offer SKU will be discontinued either when the qualifying licenses expire or after two annual terms. At that point, customers will need to buy a relevant offering that fits their business needs at the regular price.
- Offer SKU Name: Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional (SMB Offer)
- Offer SKU ID: 0ACF8D18-7B68-483C-ABBA-411736E6F0DC
- SKU MRP: USD 48.50 / AUD 66.60 / NZD 73.30
More details about the promo terms and conditions can be found at: https://www.rhipe.com/dynamics-365-sales-professional-smb-offer-is-now-available-through-rhipe-25-off/
Project Online Renamed as Project Plan, and Flow Rebranded to “Power Automate” in November
On October 29, 2019, Microsoft announced the general availability of the new Microsoft Project Plan 1 (coming to CSP soon) and the renaming of Microsoft Project Online Professional and Premium.
Project Plan 1 is a combination of some of the Project Online Professional and Project Online Premium features. Microsoft also is renaming Project Online Professional "Project Plan 3" and Project Online Premium to "Project Plan 5." The new names will be reflected in rhipe CSP pricelist starting November. Both Project Plan 3 and 5 will include the Project Plan 1 capabilities.
The new Project Plan 1 (RRP US$10 / AU$13.70 / NZ15.10 ) is currently not available in the CSP pricelist but is expected to come to CSP soon. Meanwhile, Project Online Essentials (RRP US$7/ AU$9.60 / NZ$10.60 / KRW7,900 / JPY760) continue to be available in the CSP pricelist for now.
More details about the new Project Plan can be found at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/10/29/new-microsoft-project-rolls-out-worldwide/
Microsoft has also re-branded Flow as "Power Automate" to make its brands more consistent with the other 2 products, Power BI and PowerApps, in the Power Platform. The new name will be reflected in the CSP price list in December.
Microsoft Ignite Updates
This month Microsoft kicked off with Ignite 2019 in Orlando Florida and provided insights into a lot of products and features which are something to look forward to this holiday season. The following section of the Newsletter cover some of the Ignite updates that you should know:
Azure AD Report Only Mode for Conditional Access (Preview)
Microsoft 365 includes Conditional access (CA), which helps in controlling who should have access to apps, data, or services within the organization. This is simply done by creating a Conditional access policy in the Azure AD and supplementing it with suitable access controls. However, sometimes we must understand the impact of the policy being deployed for users across the organization, which is where report only mode for Conditional access kicks in.
By deploying CA policy in report only mode, IT pro can measure the impact of the policies without enforcing them on users. This allows the admins to fine tune to the policy before making them the security baseline for the organization.
Conditional access (CA) is now part of Microsoft 365 business and above. Report only mode for Conditional access is still in preview and you can find more information by clicking this link here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/conditional-access/concept-conditional-access-report-only
Intune New Reporting Framework (Preview)
Intune is one of the best mobile device management tools out there and it is no surprise as Microsoft is a leader in the latest Gartner magic quadrant for unified endpoint management 2019. Now, Intune is getting even robust with the new reporting framework (Preview), which would be handy when we need to get insights into the device compliance for the whole tenant. Check out the reporting feature in your new device management portal now [Screen shot below].
Intune is part of the M365 business, E3 and E5. Please contact your AM for more information.
Azure AD Entitlement Management is Generally Available
Azure AD Entitlement Management is a premium feature of Azure active directory P2. Entitlement management helps non-admins provision access packages (consisting of apps, SharePoint site collection etc.) for their respective teams, which at some point in time would utilize these resources to get their jobs done.
To learn more about Azure AD Entitlement Management please click the link here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/governance/entitlement-management-overview
Microsoft Productivity Score: Insights that transform how work gets done
Productivity Score gives you insights that transform how work gets done. It will provide you visibility into how your organization works, insights that identify where you can enable improved experiences so people can reach their goals, and actions to update skills and systems so everyone can do their best work.
To learn more about Microsoft Productivity Score please click the link: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-365-Blog/Microsoft-Productivity-Score-Insights-that-transform-how-work/ba-p/969722
To request access to the private preview please fill out the form at https://aka.ms/productivityscorepreview
(Reminder) Microsoft Partner Agreement is now available for signing in Partner Center
Effective September 1, 2019, the Microsoft Partner Agreement (the new version of the Cloud Solution Provider program partner agreement) will be available to all regions on Partner Center, replacing existing CSP partner agreements.
As part of this new enhanced process, all CSP indirect resellers will need to accept the Microsoft Partner Agreement in Partner Centre digitally by January 31, 2020 to transact in the CSP program.
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To stay up to date with what’s happening in the Microsoft CSP program, we will strongly encourage you to also join the Microsoft CSP licensing update call: https://commercial_licensing.eventbuilder.com/YearToDate_ALL
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