Each year, Microsoft Inspire, the annual partner conference, provides a unique opportunity for Microsoft Partners and service providers to develop new partnerships as well as strengthen existing ones. Partners come together to celebrate what they’ve accomplished so far, to make new connections, and to review what’s in store for the year to come.
However, Microsoft had caused a bit of a firestorm before the event when it proposed a few changes – related to the partner programs, competencies and Internal Use Rights – that would have brought severe implications on certain partner perks. Reports later confirmed that Microsoft backtracked on those changes in a bid to address some of the partner concerns.
PARTNER PROGRAM CHANGES ROLLBACK
Corporate vice president for Microsoft’s One Commercial Partner organization, Gavriella Schuster, in a recent blog, stated, “Given your feedback, we have made the decision to roll back all planned changes related to internal use rights and competency timelines that were announced earlier this month. This means you will experience no material changes this coming fiscal year, and you will not be subject to reduced IUR licenses or increased costs related to those licenses next July as previously announced.”
Earlier, Microsoft had announced that partners would no longer be receiving internal user rights (IUR) for software and cloud services, including Office 365. But the technology giant reversed course and vowed to eliminate the planned changes that upset partners last week.
Schuster further stated that Microsoft, each year, reviews how they engage with partners and evolve their approach to ensure best-in-class support to partners and stay ahead of market changes. They committed to providing more advanced notice and consultation with their partner community to monitor concerns and address issues upfront. Schuster also apologized for the confusion caused before the Microsoft Inspire event.