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MICROSOFT TO START SELLING MORE AZURE SERVICES DIRECTLY STARTING IN MARCH
Microsoft is changing the way it will sell Azure services to small and midsize businesses (SMBs) starting in March. Microsoft will be advising customers to use its Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA) to buy directly from the company its Azure services and certain third-party products in the Azure Marketplace. Microsoft did little to publicize the change, which it announced officially through a January 10 note on its licensing page. (I saw the note thanks to a January 15 blog post from Redmond Magazine.) The MCA is meant to replace methods that customers are currently using to buy Azure through Enterprise Agreements and the Azure Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE), Microsoft officials said. Via the new MCA, customers will get access to a single offer catalog and an 11-page simplified contract that is completely digital. New Azure agreements will be handled by the MCA and existing ones will be eligible for rollover to MCA when their renewal date comes up, according to a frequently asked questions (FAQ) page about the Microsoft Commercial Licensing "Commerce Experience.". There will be no interruption to services in this transition; it's the billing relationship for the subscription that is changing. MARY JO FOLEY READ MORE