Why buy from a Cloud Solution Provider partner?
Buying software licenses from partners in the Cloud Solution Provider program gets you a simple purchasing experience that supports moving to the cloud at your own pace.​ If you’re evaluating cloud services and looking for value-added solutions, you can get guidance from a trusted advisor.

A better experience
Instead of buying perpetual software licenses through the Open License program, new purchases can be made through partners in the Cloud Solution Provider program. ​With the Microsoft Customer Agreement, your purchase agreement is presented, accepted, and stored through a completely digital experience.

What do I do now if I have an Open License agreement?
You can continue to buy licenses through the Open License program through the end of the year; however, no new offers will be added starting July 1, 2021. As of January 1, 2022, you won’t be able to buy new or renew software licenses or online services through the Microsoft Open License program, even if your agreement is still active. To plan for future purchases, work with a partner in the Cloud Solution Provider program to help you decide the best next steps. Partners can offer guidance and the flexibility needed to address your hybrid use needs with both software licenses and cloud offers.

Where do I get or renew Software Assurance?
You can get software licenses with Software Assurance or renew Software Assurance through the Open Value program. Open Value offers are available now to commercial and government organizations, and in July 2021, Microsoft will add offers for education and nonprofit organizations so you can make new purchases through Open Value.