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Microsoft Announces Partner Program Changes For NCE, Teams Phones, Admin Privileges

Wade Tyler Millward

A delay to a key date in Microsoft’s new commerce experience (NCE) campaign and a way to add margin to certain Teams Phone plans are part of the changes.

A delay to a key date in Microsoft’s new commerce experience (NCE) campaign, a way to add margin to certain Teams Phone plans and a new tool for Granular Delegated Admin Privileges (GDAP) upgrades are some of the biggest recent changes the tech giant has made to its partner program.

Even with the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant’s annual Inspire conference for partners not far off, Microsoft has used June to announce some major changes for its partners. Inspire will be held online only July 19 and 20.

This year, Microsoft partners have had to contend with some of the most controversial changes in years to the company’s partner program.

[RELATED: MICROSOFT DETAILS PARTNER PROGRAM CHANGES FOR NCE, AZURE AND WINDOWS]

The changes include a 20 percent premium on month-to-month commitments for popular software packages including Microsoft 365 and a new partner capability score to determine new specializations replacing Microsoft’s Gold and Silver badges.

Microsoft will host some training sessions later this year to prepare partners for upcoming program changes. Sessions for the Americas are planned for July 27 and Sept. 1, according to the tech giant.

Here are seven key changes you need to know about.

 
Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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