I have been working with Microsoft licensing since 2008 and I have seen a lot of updates along the way. This new change, the Microsoft New Commerce Experience (NCE) has been put in place to align the licensing to Microsoft’s other offerings such as Azure, and it sets to bring major changes to the way Microsoft licenses are purchased. The Microsoft New Commerce Experience (NCE) is being introduced by Microsoft to clients using online solutions. Ultimately the NCE is a new way of transacting the online licenses which is done currently via Cloud Solution Providers (CSP) like Synergy Technology.
There are several solutions affected with the change to the NCE:
- Microsoft 365 Business Basic
- Microsoft 365 Business Premium
- Office 365 E1
- Office 365 E3
- Office 365 E5
- Microsoft 365 E3
- Dynamics 365 solutions including Business Central, Dynamics 365 for Customer Service and Sales (formerly named CRM).
- Power Platform
- Windows 365
I mentioned earlier that the NCE subscription model has been in place for Azure services and Microsoft has confirmed that the NCE will offer a simplified and flexible purchase experience for customers. Please note that there is a price increase for some of these solutions, please see our blog here.
The NCE brings 3 subscription models which is a change to the way licenses are purchased via CSP. CSP is a monthly charge which is paid as you go per user per month. The 3 new subscription models are:
This will enable license increase and decrease once a month, on a monthly basis, per full calendar month. Invoiced per user per month by your partner Synergy Technology.
A leaner price per user than the monthly subscription, offering a price protection for 12 months. The full 12 months is committed to your partner for all users on this subscription. User counts can be increased daily and only decreased annually. The licenses can only be cancelled in the first 72 hours of purchase or the full term will run for confirmed users. On expiry of the 12-month term there is a 72-hour window to decrease license numbers.
36-month subscription (multi-year)
A leaner price per user than the monthly subscription, offering a price protection for 36 months. The full 36 months is contractual to your partner for all users on this subscription. User counts can be increased daily and decreased only every 36 months. The licenses can only be cancelled in the first 72 hours of purchase or the full term will run for committed users. On expiry of the 36-month term there is a 72-hour window to decrease license numbers.
The NCE means that clients can still transact these affected Microsoft solutions on a monthly subscription raising and decreasing licenses once per calendar month. However, there will be a lower price point for the 12-month subscription and 36-month (multi-year) subscriptions, which also offers a price protection for the terms accordingly. The new subscriptions can be purchased by mixing the monthly, 12 monthly and multi-year subscriptions for their licensing needs. For contractors and license flex the monthly subscription may be the best option.
The new commerce experience will come into effect in 2022. Originally set for launch by Microsoft in October 2021, this has now been deferred by Microsoft and we expect the new subscriptions to be available from March 2022 with existing licenses moving to the new commerce experience later in 2022. Due to the changes in dates pertaining to the release of the NCE, if any further announcements are received, I will update this blog.
Here at Synergy Technology our account managers are reviewing the renewal dates for our clients. Due to the complexity of the new commerce experience transition working with a partner like Synergy Technology will save you a lot of time and help you get the Microsoft licensing right. If your business needs assistance or if you are looking to review your Dynamics 365 licensing our consultants are happy to help and advise. Please contact us here.
|Monthly||12 Months||36 Months / Multi-Year|
|Payment||Monthly. 20% uplift.||Monthly or Annually 12-month commitment.||Monthly, annually or Prepay 36-month commitment.|
|License opportunity changes||Increase anytime. Decrease 72-hour window each month.||Increase any time. 72-hour window to decrease on commencement and every 12 months.||Increase any time.72-hour window to decrease on commencement and every 36 months.|
|Cancellation||Once a month within the 72-hour window.||On 12-month anniversary within a 72-hour window.||On 36-month anniversary within a 72-hour window.|
|Pricing||20% increase.||12-month fixed price. Leaner than the monthly term.||36-month fixed price term. Leaner than the monthly.|
|Benefits||Can flex licenses monthly.||Price protected for 12 months.||Price protected for 36 months.|
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