May 2024

Microsoft Update for Microsoft Partners

Welcome to our news! 

Have you ever wondered what it is Microsoft has been doing lately? If so, you're in the right place. We've carefully selected Microsoft's most significant updates over the last month, making sure you're always up to date. 

As Microsoft eventually makes changes that directly impact your business, understanding the latest releases can give you a competitive edge. 

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Microsoft Updates - [05/2024]

Sections Organized Information:

1. Legacy Azure RI Price List Republished

  • Date of Announcement: May 27, 2024
  • Effective Date: May 27, 2024
  • Workspace: Pricing
  • Impacted Audience: Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners (indirect providers and direct bill) in all markets

Brief Overview:

The May 2024 legacy Azure Reserved Instance (RI) price list has been republished to remove retired reservation SKUs. This action was taken to avoid confusion caused by the inclusion of SKUs that are no longer available for purchase.

2. Monthly Security Updates for CSP Partners

  • Date of Announcement: May 17, 2024
  • Effective Date: Various (details below)
  • Workspace: General
  • Impacted Audience: Direct bill partners, indirect providers, and indirect resellers transacting through the CSP program

Brief Overview:

In continuation of Microsoft's Secure Future Initiative (SFI) launched last November, Microsoft has announced several updates aimed at enhancing security. These updates require immediate and proactive actions from partners to protect their customers' tenants. Starting July 2024, Multifactor Authentication (MFA) will be mandatory for all Azure users.

Key Updates and Effective Dates:

  • Security Workspace: Available from May 2024.
  • Global Administrator Role Filter: Effective from May 2024.
  • Security Alerts API: Preview available May 31, 2024; Full version effective July 31, 2024.
  • GDAP Auto-extend: Partners need to activate as required from May 2024.

Next Steps:

Review the "securing the channel journey map."
Sign up for CSP Technical Training.
Access the Partner Readiness Gallery for more resources.

3. Enhanced Revenue Dashboard and Reporting

  • Date of Announcement: May 8, 2024
  • Effective Date: May 8, 2024
  • Impacted Audience: Partners enrolled in the Commercial Marketplace

Brief Overview:

The improved revenue dashboard provides detailed insights into invoicing, payment status, offers, plans, and customers. This update enhances user experience and supports better financial tracking and reconciliation.

Next Steps:

Explore the new features of the revenue dashboard.

Access additional information and support via the Revenue dashboard documentation.

4. Extended Security Updates (ESUs) for SQL Server 2014

  • Date of Announcement: May 1, 2024
  • Effective Date: May 1, 2024
  • Workspace: Pricing
  • Impacted Audience: CSP partners, CSP-Hosters, and SPLA partners

Brief Overview:

With SQL Server 2014 reaching the end of its support lifecycle on July 9, 2024, Microsoft is offering Extended Security Updates (ESUs) to provide additional security coverage. These updates are available through Azure Arc and volume licensing, offering partners flexible solutions for their customers.

Next Steps for Partners:

  1. Share this critical information with relevant teams and stakeholders within your organization.
  2. Utilize the Partner Center for detailed pricing lists, migration guidelines, and other resources.
  3. Engage in scheduled webinars and Q&A sessions to clarify any uncertainties and prepare for upcoming changes.