Microsoft ending its Open License Program in 2022 – what you need to know
The evolution and expansion for the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program is here. As part of the new commerce experience initiative, Microsoft has announced the sunset date for the Open License Program on January 1, 2022.
In September 2020, Microsoft announced changes to the Microsoft Open License program with the introduction of perpetual software license purchases through the new commerce experience. If you’re a small or midsized customer, you can now buy software licenses from partners participating in the Cloud Solution Provider program. Purchases through the Open License program will be ending on December 31, 2021. If you have a small or midsize organization with little or no IT resources, CSPs can provide expertise and services and build unique solutions with the latest Microsoft services and offers.
Here’s what you need to know:
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.
Now that you are up to speed on the upcoming changes, let’s walk through what the next steps are:
Understand the changes and answer any questions you may still have
Learn more about the move to the Cloud Solution Provider program and familiar yourself with the changes.
Learn more about CSP
Learn more about the Cloud Solution Provider Program, it’s benefits and how we’re here to help you through the transition.
Get established with the CSP Program
We all know change can be scary but sometimes change is good. Luckily for you, there’s good in this change. With the new changes to the Open License Program, you can take advantage of the new commerce experience for CSP benefits.
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