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Inspire 2021: 5 Big Updates In Microsoft 365, Teams And Industry Clouds

Microsoft’s sixth industry cloud offering, along with new Teams capabilities and a Windows “cloud PC” service, are among the major announcements at the Inspire partner conference this week.

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Other Teams Updates

Independent software vendors will gain the ability to sell apps within Teams this summer, Microsoft disclosed at Inspire. Teams administrators can buy and install third-party apps from one location in the Teams admin center with a credit card or invoice, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft also announced that commercial marketplace fees are reduced from 20 percent to 3 percent for all transactions. And in addition, ISVs will be given the capability to set different prices for customers and Cloud Solution Provider partners, allowing ISVs to provide CSP partners with margin, Microsoft said.

“CSP partners can also add a price markup when reselling to customers outside of the commercial marketplace,” the company said in a blog post. “This new flexibility is intended to create stronger connections among partners and incentivize ISVs to share margin with resellers.”

Meanwhile, third-party apps for Teams will be released by ISVs including Atlassian Confluence, Salesforce, SAP Cloud for Customer (C4C), ServiceNow and Workday, according to Microsoft. “All these integrations bring structured business processes and data together into the context of collaborative work,” Microsoft said in the blog post.

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