Microsoft has recently made an important announcement regarding changes in how customers purchase and manage their licenses through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program. In January 2022, Microsoft will be introducing the New Commerce Experience (NCE), which will have an impact on how you buy Microsoft 365 licenses. However, there’s no need to worry, as the NCE aims to simplify processes and offer cost savings for long-term commitments. Additionally, Microsoft plans to enhance the CSP program with new features, making it a viable alternative to the traditional Enterprise Agreement (EA).
In conjunction with the NCE, Microsoft will be implementing a price increase for certain licenses starting from March 1st, 2022. The affected licenses include:
- Microsoft Business Basic
- Microsoft 365 Business Premium
- Office 365 E1, E3, and E5
- Microsoft 365 E3
To mitigate the impact of the price increase, Microsoft is offering a 5% discount for annual commitments to Microsoft 365. This discount will be available until the end of March 2022. By committing to your licenses before this date, you not only take advantage of the discount but also avoid the impending price increase.
Regarding the NCE, it is advisable to get in touch with us before March 1st, 2022, to make a smooth transition and avoid the Microsoft 365 price hikes. We can help you with the migration process and ensure you benefit from the available discounts.
The NCE also presents an excellent opportunity to conduct a license audit and review your current licenses. This way, you can identify any unnecessary licenses or features for which you might be overpaying. We offer license optimization reviews and can guide you on which licenses are best suited for annual and monthly commitments to maximize your savings. Feel free to discuss our license audit options with us.
As one of Microsoft’s top partners, with our Azure Expert MSP status and other accreditations, we are well-equipped to assist you in navigating the New Commerce Experience. Our goal is to ensure you make the most of your licenses and take advantage of the available discounts. If you’re interested, get in touch with our experts, and we’ll be more than happy to help.
If you’re already our customer, don’t hesitate to contact your account manager to explore the best options for your licensing needs. We’re here to support you every step of the way.
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