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Active Dynamics 365 on-premise customers can renew their Enhancement Plan (EP) through CSP program and receive online licences
After careful consideration of the current environment and the potential business impact of COVID-19 on Dynamics Price List (DPL) on-premises customers, Microsoft has created an offer enabling existing customers who are active on their EP to renew their EP through the CSP program and receive Dynamics 365 Business Central online licenses. Customers who choose to renew their EP through the CSP-EP renewal offer will receive the following benefits:
- A price point that is equal to the EP renewal quote
- Dual use and downgrade rights to their current on-premises DPL product (Dynamics 365 Business Central, on-premises, Dynamics NAV, Dynamics GP, and Dynamics SL)
- A monthly billing option (vs. annual billing for EP)
- Enhancement Plan benefits
- Dynamics 365 Business Central (cloud) licences for migration to the cloud
Take note that the CSP-EP renewal offer is a new option for customers to renew their EP. Customers will continue to have the option to annually renew their EP via DPL for their on-premise solution. To account for the challenges that businesses are facing due to the current global health crisis, Microsoft is allowing exceptions for customers who lapsed on their EP between January 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020. They can re-enrol their EP through the CSP-EP renewal offer without penalty but must licence the CSP-EP renewal offer by July 31, 2020.
These offers are available through CSP from the June 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
For more information, please reach out to your account manager, who will connect you to a rhipe CSP partner enablement specialist. You can also email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Retirement of Microsoft Kaizala Pro standalone SKU w.e.f July 1, 2020
Effective July 1, 2020 the Microsoft Kaizala Pro offering will not be available to new or renewing customers. The service will continue to be accessible through other Microsoft 365 and Office 365 licences.
Kaizala and Teams will continue to be accessible as part of the Microsoft 365 and Office 365 SKUs. This change is being implemented to assure new and renewing customers are licenced to easily transition from Kaizala to Teams.
You can learn more about the Microsoft 365 and Office 365 offerings that Kaizala and Teams will continue to be accessible in at these sites: Microsoft 365 for Business, Microsoft 365 for Enterprise, Microsoft 365 for Education.
New Microsoft 365 Business Basic / Office 365 E1 1st 6 months free promotion for eligible customers
To support customer’s business continuity and help partners in response to Covid-19, Microsoft has recently replicated the CSP Microsoft Office 365 E1 and Microsoft 365 Business Basic Promos to all global Partner Centre.
The CSP Office 365 E1 and Microsoft 365 Business Basic Promos are designed for new customers only and are transactable as traditional paid subscription licences.
- Microsoft Commerce systems will validate that customers meet “New Customer Only” criteria as part of the purchase.
- After the initial 6-month promotional period, Microsoft and rhipe will begin billing at normal rates for monthly bills in months 7 through 12 of the annual commitment.
- Standard cancellation policies apply.
- Valid only for net new subscriptions, monthly billing only.
- Microsoft 365 Business Basic (< 300 users) and E1 (300 to 3000 users) monthly billing SKU will be provisioned.
(Reminder) Microsoft Partner Agreement Update
The Microsoft Partner Agreement is a simple, unified and digitally accepted partner agreement framework. It offers concise terms to help partners, customers and Microsoft comply with regulatory requirements, supporting enhanced privacy, security, compliance and transparency.
All CSP indirect Resellers are required to accept Microsoft Partner Agreement to create new customers or place new orders for existing customers in the CSP program. Partners who have not accepted the Microsoft Partner Agreement will not be able to place new orders and will be limited to managing existing subscriptions only.
As of January 31, 2020, all partners in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program should have accepted the agreement for all transacting CSP tenants. Microsoft previously communicated that the next phase of implementation for the agreement would begin in April 2020, however, to help prevent any disruption to the business, Microsoft has extended the next phase of implementation beyond April 2020.
What you need to do:
- You must enrol as a CSP indirect reseller before signing the MPA. Please enrol here. Note that having Partner Centre access doesn’t mean that you are automatically enrolled as a CSP indirect reseller
- If you have previously onboarded to the Partner Centre as an Indirect Reseller, accept the Microsoft Partner Agreement on the Partner Centre dashboard page using Global Admin credentials.
We have also prepared a step-by-step guide to guide your through the Partner Centre sign up and MPA signing process. Click on the link here to learn more.
More resources are also available at Microsoft CSP resources gallery page.
(Reminder) Renaming of Office 365 Business SKUs and Microsoft 365 Business in rhipe PRISM Portal in May
Microsoft renamed all Office 365 SMB offers on April 21, 2020. The following changes are reflected in the rhipe PRISM portal for all new subscriptions and existing customer subscriptions affected.
- Office 365 Business Essentials are renamed Microsoft 365 Business Basic. This is the entry-level offering for customers looking for basic cloud services.
- Office 365 Business Premium are renamed Microsoft 365 Business Standard. This is the core offering for SMBs, including cloud services and cloud-connected desktop apps.
- Microsoft 365 Business are renamed Microsoft 365 Business Premium. This remains the Hero SKU for high-end SMBs looking for additional security, device and identity value.
- Microsoft has adopted Microsoft 365 Apps as the new name for our two Office client subscriptions:
- Office 365 Business will become Microsoft 365 Apps for Business.
- Office 365 ProPlus will become Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise.
This renaming allows customers to better understand the incremental value included in each offering, allowing partners to better position upsell opportunities for their accounts. It also addresses naming inconsistencies in the Office 365 / Microsoft 365 Business plans. Similarly, this renaming clearly separates core Office applications, sold through the new Microsoft 365 Apps for business / enterprise, from broader plans.
Please visit our M365 Partner landing page to learn more.
Screen recording available in Microsoft Stream
In a time where many of us are working from home, a feature for screen recording is now available in Microsoft Stream for easier recording and sharing of information. Video creators can use options to record any window or screen, add mic or system audio and include webcam video. There is no need to download any new software, the tool is web based and works with latest version of Edge or Chrome.
Screen recording is now available to all Microsoft Stream users who have permission to upload video content in their organisation. Users that have permissions to upload videos into Stream will also be able to use the screen recording feature.
To know more about this feature, start it here!
Microsoft Teams - Increasing team membership limit to 10K
On May 22, 2020, Microsoft announced that they have increased the team membership limit to 10,000 and it is now available to all tenants.
All new and existing teams can host up to 10,000 members. Increase in team size will help customers utilise teams for scenarios such as companywide, department wide and inter-departmental communications.
No explicit action is needed from admins and both new and existing teams will be able to grow to 10,000 members. To know the best practices in managing large teams in Microsoft Teams, visit this link.
Removing OneDrive admin centre link from the OneDrive web page for admins
Starting June 22, 2020 on the OneDrive web page, Microsoft will be retiring the OneDrive admin center link, available only to SharePoint and Global admins.
Microsoft recommends accessing the OneDrive admin center through the Microsoft 365 admin centre. Once this change is implemented SharePoint and Global admins will no longer be able access the OneDrive admin centre from the OneDrive web page.
To prepare for this change, instead of using the OneDrive admin center link on the OneDrive web page, Microsoft recommends going to the Microsoft 365 admin centre or bookmarking admin.onedrive.com
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