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Software Advisor September 2014

21 Aug 2014 by Insight Editor

Insight Recognized by Microsoft as Finalist for 2014 Volume Licensing Partner of the Year

Insight was recognized at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 for being a finalist for Microsoft Volume Licensing Partner of the Year Award. Insight was highlighted among a global field of top Microsoft Partners for their work in providing Volume Licensing solutions and services.
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Each Visual Studio Online account comes with five free users. As your team expands or your needs grow, mix and match user plans and resources to give each user what they need. Visual Studio with MSDN subscribers are free to join account projects exclusive of the included five free users.

Contact your Insight Account Executive to get started with Visual Studio Online.


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New Program/Product Offerings

SKU samples:

Product For more information:
Microsoft Azure – all licensing options http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/purchase-options

Azure Subscription Services Open

Microsoft Azure in Open marks the first time Microsoft has offered a consumption-based cloud service through Open Licensing. Microsoft Azure is an existing product that we are adding to all Open Programs (Open License, Open Value, and Open Value Subscription) to scale our sales motion. Customers can purchase Azure on the same Open Agreement as on-premises licenses or subscriptions to Office 365.

Azure in Open SKUs provides a set monetary commitment, but can be purchased in any quantity to reach the customer’s desired purchase amount. Please consult the Price List for the denomination in local currency (where available). The minimum order quantity is 1; new Open License or Open Value – Non-organization-wide Agreements can be signed with an order quantity of 1. Azure in Open is an Additional Product and can be added to existing Open Value – Organization-wide or Open Value Subscription Agreements.

An Azure in Open purchase generates an Online Service Activation key (one key will be created per order line item). Once a key is activated, the monetary commitment amount is valid for a period of 12 months. The monetary commitment can be used for any consumption-based Azure service.

SKU samples:

SKU Number SDU Name
5S2-00001 AzureSubsSrvcesOpn ShrdSvr ALNG SubsVL OLV NL 1Mth AP
5S2-00002 AzureSubsSrvcesOpn ShrdSvr SNGL SubsVL OLV NL 1Mth AP
5S2-00003 AzureSubsSrvcesOpn ShrdSvr SNGL SubsVL OLP NL Annual Qualified
5S2-00004 AzureSubsSrvcesOpn ShrdSvr ALNG SubsVL OLV D 1Mth AP
5S2-00005 AzureSubsSrvcesOpn ShrdSvr SubsVL OLV D 1Mth AP
5S2-00006 AzureSubsSrvcesOpn ShrdSvr SubsVL OLP NL Annual Gov Qualified
5S2-00007 AzureSubsSrvcesOpn ShrdSvr ENG SubsVL OLP NL Annual LclGov Qualified
5S4-00001 AzureSubsSvcOpnFclty ShrdSvr ALNG SubsVL OLV E 1Mth Acdmc AP
5S4-00002 AzureSubsSvcOpnFclty ShrdSvr ALNG SubsVL OLV F 1Mth Acdmc AP
5S4-00003 AzureSubsSvcOpnFclty ShrdSvr SNGL SubsVL OLP NL Annual Acdmc Qualified
5S5-00001 AzureSubsSvcOpnStdnt ShrdSvr ALNG SubsVL OLV NL 1Mth Acdmc Stdnt

Sharepoint Online Plans 1 and 2

SharePoint Online (Plan 1) Convenient online companions to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote to do light editing of documents directly from your Web browser with SharePoint Online capabilities. SharePoint Online (Plan 2) Convenient online companions to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote to do light editing of documents directly from your Web browser with advanced SharePoint Online capabilities.

SKU samples:

SKU Number SDU Name
R2Z-00001 ShrPntOnlnPlan2Open ShrdSvr SNGL SubsVL OLV NL 1Mth AP
Q9Z-00007 ShrPntOnlnPlan1Open ShrdSvr ENG SubsVL OLP NL Annual LclGov Qlfd

Yammer Enterprise

Best-in-class enterprise social for company collaboration, knowledge exchange, and team efficiency. This new offer creates consistency across programs as Yammer is available in MOSP, EA/EAS and now open.

SKU samples:

SKU Number SDU Name
Q7Z-00003 YammerEntOpen ShrdSvr SNGL SubsVL OLP NL Annual Qlfd
Q7Z-00004 YammerEntOpen ShrdSvr ALNG SubsVL OLV D 1Mth AP

Implications/Opportunities: With these expanded offerings, now even the smallest Insight customer can take advantage of Azure and O365 skus without having to commit to a large volume licensing agreement like an EA or EAS while enjoying better pricing than purchasing off MOSP.

O365 From SA

These skus represent an Office 365 pricing benefit that is available to customers who own perpetual licenses with Software Assurance in an Enterprise Agreement (EA). Customers on active SA will receive special pricing for all Office 365 Enterprise Plans (E1, E3, E4) to reward transition continuity, recognizing their equity investment in previous fully paid perpetual licenses. Customers in renewal discussions today will be able to qualify for this benefit.

SKU samples:

SKU Number SDU Name
7R3-00002 YammerEntOpen ShrdSvr SNGL SubsVL OLP NL Annual Qlfd
7R5-00002 Off365PlanE4FromSA ShrdSvr ALNG SubsVL MVL PerUsr
7R7-00002 Off365PlanE1FromSA ShrdSvr ALNG SubsVL MVL PerUsr

Implications/Opportunities: With this offering, existing EA customers will likely see slightly better pricing on O365 skus (although this will be confirmed the week of July 14 at WPC). Conversely, those customers who are considering a new EA will find that pricing may increase as much as 18% for the O365 offering, again, to be confirmed at WPC the week of July 14, 2014.

Azure Products and Services

Given the continuous launch cycle of Azure services and our goal to bring you the most up-to-date information around releases, Azure content related to specific monthly adds, changes, or deletions to the VL price list will no longer be included in this guide. Instead, please use the following resources for up-to-date information on Azure:

  • Please visit Windows Azure for an overview of current Azure offerings
  • Please direct customers to the "EA Portal for Azure services that are both generally available and those in preview

Yammer Enterprise for Office 365 Midsize Business and Education

Beginning July 7th, Yammer Enterprise has been added to all Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Education plans. As part of this update, all existing Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Education plan customers will receive licenses for Yammer Enterprise. In addition, Midsize Business and Education customers are no longer required to purchase Yammer Enterprise licenses for external users within their external networks just as it is for Enterprise customers.


Discontinued Products

Licensing Simplification: Multiple Office SKU Discontinuations

As part of an ongoing effort to simplify the offerings on Volume Licensing price lists, multiple SKUs across the Office portfolio are being discontinued, effective August 1, 2014. These discontinuations are targeted at specific languages, price lists, and products and will not have a global impact. The SKUs in question have been determined to be non-utilized and/or replaced by an alternate SKU (e.g., Single Language) and the effect of these discontinuations on current licensing sales motions is expected to be minimal to non-existent.

SKUs across other product lines will be discontinued in future months.

Please contact Price List Guide Questions or LicenseQ if you have any general questions regarding these discontinuations. If you have specific licensing questions related to SKUs that have been discontinued from your price list, please contact your local Licensing Sales Specialist.

MapPoint, Streets & Trips and AutoRoute

MapPoint, Streets & Trips and AutoRoute will be discontinued on Dec. 31, 2014. Only two types of purchasers will be able to acquire new licenses after Dec. 31, 2014:

  • Customers with active three-year agreements that purchased licenses upon signing may add more licenses until the end of their agreement. Also, customers that added these products as Additional Products in the middle of an active agreement, thereby locking in pricing, may continue to purchase additional quantities of these products through the end of their active agreement.
  • Partners with active ISVR agreements may distribute the products for an additional two years after discontinuation under the extended distribution rule.
  • Customers who exercise these exceptions should know that Microsoft technical support will end July 14, 2015 or shortly after according to Microsoft’s normal support product lifecycle.

See below link for further information and details on alternative solutions:



Product Migrations

Product Name Changes

Power BI for Office 365

The SQL prefix from the Power BI for Office 365 PFAM name description is being removed effective 8/1. This change is intended to better align with Power BI for Office 365 naming conventions and is not indicative of any changes to the Power BI for Office 365 service.

Windows Azure Name Change

Windows Azure was Azure on March 25th. This change reflects Microsoft’s strategy and focus on Azure as the public cloud platform for customers as well as for our own services Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Bing, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live.

SKU samples:

Old Product Family Name New Product Family Name
Windows Azure CDN Azure CDN
Windows Azure Compute Azure Compute
Windows Azure Identity Azure Identity
Windows Azure Integration Azure Integration
Windows Azure Mobile Services Azure Mobile Services
Windows Azure Networking Azure Networking
Windows Azure Oracle Azure Oracle
Windows Azure Platform Data Transfr Azure Platform Data Transfr
Windows Azure Storage Azure Storage
Windows Azure Web Sites Azure Web Sites



Power Up with Power BI

The Power BI for Office 365 Add-on promotion is being extended through December 31, 2014. Microsoft will offer a 40% discount on a $33/user/month price in EA and 30% discount on a $40/user/month price in Open, Open Value, and Open Value Subscriptions. This offer will apply to the new agreement and will be available to clients when the product launches. Targeted client segments include new and existing clients who are committed on Microsoft technology and evaluating solutions for Business Intelligence projects, all segments of E3/E4 clients, and all Open, Open Value, and Open Value Subscription clients.

Offer: 40% discount on a $33/user/month price in EA and 30% discount on a $40/user/month price in Open, Open Value and Open Value Subscription
Eligibility: Must have E3/E4 (In EA, Direct and Syndication); All customers in Open, Open Value, and Open Value Subscription
Program(s): E6, ESU, USG, CC, SC, OLP, OLV, OVS
Geography: Worldwide (Offered in all markets that O365 is available in with the exception of Latin America as there is currently not an Azure Data Center to serve those markets)
Promo Dates: February 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 
Sample SKU: 7YY-00008 SQLPwrBI ShrdSvr ALNG SubsVL MVL Promo PerUsr w/A3orA4

Power up with Power BI

OneDrive for Business with Office Online Promo for Office SA

The OneDrive promo will see a price reduction to better align pricing waterfall between the MOSP and OPEN programs. All other parameters of this promotion are unchanged.

Offer: Starting at $1.50/user/month for OneDrive for Business with Office Online (reduced from $5.00/user/month)
Eligibility: New agreement, Renewal agreement, Mid agreement additional license
Program(s): EA/EAS, OLV/OVS
Geography: Worldwide
Promo Dates: April 1st, 2014 – September 30, 2014
Sample SKU: 3NN-00012 OneDriveBsnssw/OfficeOnlnOpen ShrdSvr ALNG SubsVL OLV NL 1Mth AP Promo

Windows Embedded VL Promo (Extension)

Offer: Discount Windows Embedded Industry 8.1 Pro Upgrade (U) and Windows Embedded Industry 8.1 Enterprise Upgrade with SA (USA) products by 20%
Eligibility: No minimum threshold of licenses
Program(s): EA, EAS, Select, Select +, Open, OLV, OVS, USG
Geography: Worldwide
Promo Dates: 8/1/2014 – 6/30/2015
Sample SKU: 3S7-00579 WinEmbeddedIndustryEntforSA ALNG UpgrdSAPk MVL AcceleratePromo

Renew to the Cloud Promo (Extension)

Offer: 20% off Net price for O365 Midsize Business and ProPlus for first year only. 15% off Net price for E3
Eligibility: 250 or less
Program(s): OLV, OVS
Geography: Worldwide
Promo Dates: 8/1/2014 – 7/31/2015
Sample SKU: 5GV-00012 Off365MdszBsnssOpen ShrdSvr ALNG SubsVL OLV NL 1Mth AP Rnw2CloudPromo



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