Announcement

New Microsoft Partner Agreement (MPA) for Cloud Solution Provider program

New Microsoft Partner Agreement (MPA) for Cloud Solution Provider program

As part of the new Microsoft commerce experience, Microsoft has introduced the new Microsoft Partner Agreement (MPA).  The aim of this agreement is to make the contract experience easier, to provide more transparency and to meet regulatory requirements.

The enrollment period has already started and all partners in the CSP program must accept it until the 31st of January 2020 to continue transacting in the Cloud Solution Provider program.

The Cloud Solution Provider program will be the first partner channel to leverage the Microsoft Partner Agreement. The goals of the Microsoft Partner Agreement are to make the contracting experience easier, continue meeting regulatory requirements and provide a higher degree of transparency.

 Main Changes

  • MPA will replace current CSP partner agreement, agreements outside CSP programme will not be affected at this time.
  • All CSP indirect resellers need to onboard onto Partner Center to be able to accept the MPA. Partner Center dashboard will be the main method of communication.
  • Single set of core terms for all partners, with additional terms based on partner type, go-to market (GTM)/offer etc.

 How to enrol:

  • Onboard to Microsoft Partner Center (if not yet):
  • Accept the MPA:
    •  1. Log in to Microsoft Partner Center (https://partner.microsoft.com) with your MPN credentials (must be accomplished by MPN administrator). | 
    • 2. Under Dashboard/Overview click “Accept and continue”.

Timeline for Microsoft Partner Agreement

  • September 1, 2019: The Microsoft Partner Agreement has become available for signature on Microsoft Partner Center.
  • January 31, 2020: All partners in the CSP program are required to accept the Microsoft Partner Agreement to transact in the CSP program.
  • After January 31, 2020: Indirect Resellers who have not accepted the Microsoft Partner Agreement will have their CSP transactions blocked
  • From August 31 2020: Indirect Resellers who have not accepted the Microsoft Partner Agreement will be off-boarded from the CSP Program

 

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

A: The Microsoft Partner Agreement will be available on Partner Center starting 1st September 2019.

A: Simplification and reassurance! Partners will become up-to-date on compliance and privacy terms and gain an onboarding experience that meets compliance standards (anti-corruption, vetting, discount pass-through) and enables a simplified licensing experience to transact new and existing offers (Azure, Per User).

A: The Microsoft Cloud Reseller Agreement will expire on 31st August 2019 and is not renewable. New and existing Cloud Solution Provider partners are required to sign the MPA to continue transacting in the Cloud Solution Provider programme.

After 2nd January, Cloud Solution Provider partners that have not accepted the Microsoft Partner Agreement will be limited to the management and servicing of existing customers and subscriptions until 31st August 2020.

A: Each partner must accept the terms and conditions of the Microsoft Partner Agreement through Partner Center. It is the responsibility of each partner to ensure terms are either signed with pen, signed electronically or accepted via a click (in keeping with your country’s legal manner of acceptance) so that you can place an order with Microsoft. Indirect resellers are expected to onboard onto Partner Center and sign the Microsoft Partner Agreement relevant to them.