Microsoft Licensing changes in EA and Dynamics CRM

March 22nd, 2016 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

This blog post seems to have slipped past many Microsoft partners and customers.

“Beginning on July 1, 2016, the minimum Enterprise Agreement (EA) commitment for commercial customers signing new Enterprise Enrollments or Enterprise Subscription Enrollments will increase from 250 users or devices to 500. Along with this change, we are guiding new commercial customers within the 250 to 499 user or device range to our modern volume licensing solutions: the Microsoft Product and Services Agreement (MPSA) and the Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP)………….At the expiration of their current EA term, existing commercial customers with fewer than 500 users or devices can choose to transition to MPSA or CSP, or they can renew their EA by extending it for one additional 36-month period. The extension option is recommended for customers whose unique needs are not yet supported by MPSA or CSP, as well as for customers who simply prefer to continue with the EA. Please note that the change to the minimum commitment does not impact EA customers with greater than 500 users or devices, Public Sector customers, or the Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE).
Start preparing for the change today. While changes do not go into effect until July 1, 2016, customers can start planning ahead today. Commercial EA customers with fewer than 500 users or devices should contact their partner or sales executive to learn more, and visit our online resources for EA, MPSA, and CSP. For updates, real-time information and direct engagement, please follow us on Twitter”

However, as reported by Linda Rosencrance at, Microsoft is now offering customers more flexible licensing terms for such online services as: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online increased-capacity add-ons and Office 365 E1 and K1.

That means that organizations can license Microsoft software for just portions of a year by taking advantage of new short-term options in Microsoft’s Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). This new capability gives customers a way to license short-term business scenarios not previously addressed by existing licensing options, company officials said in a statement.

Available as of March 1, these short-term options are aimed at companies that employ seasonal retail workers or organizations that have changing business demands and may not need full-year subscriptions, according to the statement. Companies can get short-term MPSA contacts to cover “one to 11 months” licensing periods and they can initiate these contracts at any time – something not previously addressed by existing full-year subscriptions. This option will be particularly helpful for customers who hire additional retail workers during holidays; manage fluctuating volumes from one season to the next; or initiate special projects that require additional capacity for less than a year.

Besides Dynamics CRM Online and Office 365, other services available for short-term subscriptions are:
•Enterprise Mobility Suite
•SharePoint Online Plan 1 and Plan 2
•Exchange Online Kiosk Plan 1 and Plan 2

In September, Microsoft also added multiple-year options under its MPSA contracts for its Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) licensing. ECS licenses combine Office 365 licenses, EMS Enterprise Mobility Suite licensing and the Windows Software Assurance annuity upgrade guarantee, officials said.


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