The New Year is well underway, and Microsoft has been busily announcing a host of new product updates, resources and partner incentives. Frankly, there’s more to discuss than we can reasonably cover in one blog post. But we’ve pulled together the announcements that we think are most worthy of your attention.
Let’s get cracking!
Microsoft’s New Commerce Experience (NCE) has now come into effect. And it’s still causing plenty of befuddlement. You’ve probably heard that it involves a price rise across Microsoft 365 licences, but there’s a few details you might be fuzzy on:
To explain the nitty gritty of NCE, we’ve put together these content-filled resources:
Combining ‘365 Business Voice’ and ‘Teams Calling Essentials’, this new Microsoft offering means that customers can now use Teams to make phone calls (both landline and mobile). Microsoft says that it’ll help “SMBs reduce costs and simplify operations”. We say it’s a great new bundle worth explaining in more detail. We’ll be doing just that during our webinar on 8 February. Reserve your spot here.
How can you stay up to date with Microsoft’s latest partner incentive updates? This dedicated page should help. It features a host of detailed guides, including a Microsoft Commerce Incentive Overview and FAQ resource.
Here’s a quick snapshot of some other Microsoft updates worth knowing about.
As of mid- February 2022, your customers can try Microsoft Project or Microsoft Visio with a free 30-day trial. They’ll be able to sign-up for a trial themselves, or by submitting a direct licence request to their IT team. Both individual users and departments without global or billing admin rights can claim this offer.
From March 2022, Microsoft are releasing an updated software price list for CSP partners – featuring both software subscriptions and perpetual software products. Further details will be announced via the Digital Operations Centre.
Finally, any commercial marketplace leads originating from Microsoft AppSource, Azure Marketplace, and Azure portal are now all visible in Partner Centre. That means all of your sales pipeline can be managed in one convenient place.
Microsoft’s latest announcements are coming thick and fast. If your head’s spinning and you’re looking for more information, get in touch with the Westcoast Cloud team – we’re always happy to help!