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Microsoft partners fighting new terms

Microsoft has changed the terms of its Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) agreement. In a single big blow, MPN members are losing certain key benefits. A petition was launched on July 7, 2019, Quoting the petition on Change.org:

In announcing these changes it’s clear Microsoft is going to war with its Partners. The Partners who have been so loyal to the Microsoft Business and to help it achieve the status of being the most valuable business in the world to be now treated like this is just not fair.

I am a small (read: very small!) Microsoft Partner through my work. Honestly, I have not used any MPN member benefits because my Visual Studio subscription benefits suffice to meet my needs. But, I understand this petition, and have signed it myself. Microsoft is for instance removing from the partners the right to get free or discounted software, to enable them to assist their customers.

For example: as a small (not silver or gold partner), it’s been possible to me to subscribe to a so called MPN Action Pack, which has granted me a number of Windows licenses to install Windows on my devices, and further help my clients. With €400 a year, I have had the opportunity to have practically an unlimited number of Windows 10 product keys at my disposal:

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This ends now. In the future, be partners big or small, all MPN members must pay full price for all software and resources.

Here’s an example from the petition page at Change.com, if a partner in the future wants to support its customers with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement, used by a lot of IT companies, each Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement license would cost $160 per month. That’s $2400 a month with 15 customer licenses under Small and Mid Market Cloud Competency, almost 30K a year. Until now, it has been free.

From https://www.arnnet.com.au/article/663804/microsoft-petition-gains-more-than-2000-signatures/:

A Microsoft spokesperson admitted the program changes were due to the “wide-ranging impacts” of cloud computing, claiming the moves will help partners “capitalise on the opportunities possible with cloud”.

Whatever this change really means this is not a good or sustainable situation, Microsoft! Your partners have helped you grow. Now it looks like you have decided you’re big enough not to care about those who helped you get where you are today. Shame on you!

The petition against this change of rules launched on July 7, 2019, and has gained almost 3K signatures in its first two days.

If you are a Microsoft Partner, or if you work for a Microsoft Partner, please sign the petition now!


Read more: https://www.change.org/p/microsoft-disapprove-microsoft-partner-network-changes?recruiter=981697036&recruited_by_id=d3b11280-a0b6-11e9-b207-3d61d0ef804f&fbclid=IwAR2OM3hGrHMnupp-rWQQ4MUkRSoo9zISQyAAOF1QWwDO9lIeUBjvk8uE4oo


Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

4 Responses “Microsoft partners fighting new terms”

  1. Toni Fasth
    July 9, 2019 at 20:45

    Wait a minute here! Isn’t the customer supposed to pay for the products they use? Why would the partner have to pay for the licenses in the first place? I don’t understand. Sounds to me like customers are getting free software through partners as of today.

    • July 10, 2019 at 01:38

      This is one of the points in the petition. Microsoft is effectively removing the tools from official partners, the very companies and entrepreneurs who have helped them to be what they are today. The move, in some strange way, could be compared to company selling Windows to their staff so that they could do their work.

      A bit more background for this story: https://www.arnnet.com.au/article/663742/microsoft-accused-declaring-war-channel-after-axing-licensing-benefits/

      • Toni Fasth
        July 10, 2019 at 09:38

        After sleeping on it, I see your point. For this very same reason I haven’t been able to learn certain Microsoft tools because it’s not worth the money to get access to them so I could learn and experiment. Now when this benefit is taken away from the partners, they’re all in the same shoes as I’ve always been except that the cost is greater.

        Why would anyone want to be a silver or gold partner and pay for it when they get nothing in return but even more expenses. Makes no sense.

  2. July 13, 2019 at 02:25

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