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Microsoft's New Commerce Experience

➲ The New Commerce Experience: licensing simplified

Starting March 10th, 2022, Microsoft is introducing a more simplified approach to licensing: the New Commerce Experience (NCE) for online services such as Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform and Windows 365. The NCE licensing model is built on an annual or multi-year commitment, aligned with the other Microsoft agreements (Enterprise Agreement, Open Value Agreement).

We've lined up the most important changes here, starting March 10th, 2022: 

· All new subscriptions will be provisioned through the NCE licensing model. It will soon be the platform on which all CSP products and services are provisioned. 

· All new subscriptions (provisioned through the NCE) will be invoiced for the full term once the order is confirmed.

· Existing subscriptions (no commitment) with renewal dates after June 30th, 2022, will be transitioned to the NCE committed subscriptions, starting July 1st, 2022. You can find your subscription renewal dates on the Subscription page in the Inova Customer portal.

· New monthly term subscription option lets you cancel or reduce seat counts in any given month.

· Annual and multiyear pricing offers best value, which means you save money when committing longer.

· Annual and multi-year pricing offers long-term price protection.

· Switch from monthly to annual term whenever you need.

· You can cancel your subscription within 7 days (168 hours). After this period, you will not be able to cancel, reduce or change the term of your subscription. When changes are made within these 7 days, you will only be charged for the pro-rated use of the subscription.

Customers can still procure through the current CSP program until NCE is mandated on March 10th, 2022, for new subscriptions. Seats changes in existing subscriptions can still take place through the current CSP program until June 30th, 2022.

 

➲ Frequently Asked Questions: 

What does the NCE mean for my business? 

NCE is designed to simplify and streamline how you buy Microsoft products, and to offer you more options for tailoring these purchases to your business needs and goals. The NCE licensing model is built on an annual or multi-year commitment, aligned with the other Microsoft agreements (Enterprise Agreement, Open Value Agreement).

I like having the flexibility to cancel or reduce seats whenever I want. Isn't Microsoft taking this flexibility away with NCE?

If you would like to cancel or reduce seats whenever you want, we advise you to take a monthly subscription. Note that customers committing to an annual or multi-year term will benefit from the more favorable pricing of long-term subscriptions and price protection for the commitment term.

When will my subscription on the current platform be required to be moved to NCE?

Starting March 10th, 2022, all new subscriptions will be provisioned through the NCE licensing model. Existing subscriptions (no commitment) with renewal dates after June 30th, 2022, will be transitioned to the NCE committed subscriptions, starting July 1st, 2022. You can find your subscription renewal dates on the Subscription page in the Inova Customer portal.

Can I have both monthly and annual term subscriptions? 

It's possible to have both a monthly and an annual subscription for the same seat-based offer at the same time to accommodate your business needs.

How will I be invoiced? 

All new subscriptions (provisioned through the NCE) will be invoiced for the full term once the order is confirmed. The invoices for NCE products will not be added to any prepaid balance. This aligns your purchasing process with other existing agreements, such as Open Value and Enterprise agreements, and improving your experience with us. 

 

What to do next?

Evaluate your current and future business needs. Schedule a call with your trusted Inova Solutions account manager, who can guide you through the options and opportunities available to help you manage the upcoming changes. We will help you plan optimal use of your current IT resources, while assisting you in making valuable future investments.

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Microsoft's Price Increase

 Price Increase

Starting March 1st, 2022, price increases will go into effect for some Office 365 and Microsoft 365 services. The price increases will affect commercial and government users of Microsoft’s software as a service (SaaS) offering.

Microsoft’s price increase – a decade after introducing Office 365 – is due to the increase in value over the years. Since the launch of Microsoft 365, our partner has added several much-loved apps to Microsoft 365 and Office 365, such as Teams, Power BI, and OneDrive, and not to mention countless new security features and automation capabilities.

Microsoft’s updated annual and multiyear pricing will go into effect on March 1st, 2022*:

· Microsoft 365 Business Basic

From $5 to $6 per user per month

· Microsoft 365 Business Premium

From $20 to $22 per user per month

· Microsoft 365 E3

From $32 to $36 per user per month

· Office 365 E1 

From $8 to $10 per user per month

· Office 365 E3 

From $20 to $23 per user per month

· Office 365 E5 

From $35 to $38 per user per month

What to do next?

Watch the video below to understand more:

*Above prices are per user per month, based on annual or multi-year billing through the NCE. The announced price changes are currently not applicable to education products. These increases will apply globally with local market adjustments for certain regions.