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Microsoft Licensing Changing to New Commerce Experience (NCE)


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Microsoft has introduced a new commerce experience (NCE) for license-based services. The new commerce experience offers partners more flexibility and capabilities when purchasing and managing products like Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Windows Intune, and other services that have been available for years.

These changes came in January of this year, and as of March 10, 2022, all new subscriptions are provisioned in NCE. As of July 1, 2022, any renewals must be renewed in NCE. If your renewal date is 7/1/22 or after, you will be made aware of the changes to renew through NCE upon this next renewal.

Key Differences Between CSP and NCE Licensing

  • Pricing – There will be no changes to pricing unless you choose to have a month-to-month plan. In CSP (the legacy licensing), you could pay monthly or annually, and it was the same cost overall. With NCE, if you opt to stick with monthly, there is a 20% premium charge.
  • Cancellation Options – In CSP, we could offer a prorated refund on any cancellations at any time. With NCE, you receive a prorated refund only within the first 72 hours of the subscription purchase or renewal.
  • Trials – In CSP, there was a manual conversion to a paid subscription. In NCE, you get auto-converted to a paid subscription.
  • Terms – In CSP, it was always annual terms, even if you paid monthly. In NCE, you can opt for monthly, annual, and multi-year.

Before the renewal date of your current CSP, your Yeo & Yeo Technology Account Manager will reach out to discuss your options and create an appropriate plan that meets your organization’s needs.

Have any questions about Microsoft NCE licensing? Contact us.

Sources: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/news/new-azure-experience-in-csp

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