A petition started by a Microsoft partner in response to proposed changes to channel internal licensing use rights and on-premises product support incidents has reached more than 2000 signatures - doubling its initial target of 1000.
Launched on 7 July, the petition was drawn up after Microsoft announced the changes for partners that subscribe to Microsoft Action Pack, Silver and Gold competencies.
The petition’s creator, a Melbourne-based partner who gave his name as 'George', said it was refreshing to see partners unite for a common cause when they’re pushed into a corner.
He added that he intends to use the petition to "kindly" ask Microsoft to reconsider its position regarding the Partner Network changes.
Specifically Microsoft is planning to cut off free internal use association for product licenses for Microsoft Action Pack, Silver and Gold competency subscribers.
From 1 July 2020 Microsoft will no longer provide free internal use association for product licenses for the channel, meaning they will now have to be purchased out of the partners’ own pockets via a commercial arrangement.
The vendor also plans to retire on-premises product support incidents currently included with Silver and Gold competencies and in the Microsoft Action Pack, the latter which is used by smaller partners. These changes will be effective when partners renew their existing competency or subscriptions from August this year.
In addition, from 1 October core product licenses included with competencies will be specific to the competency partners attain, meaning licenses included in memberships will have to be purchased in full.
“For some partners, this is going to cost them thousands of dollars a month extra,” the petition stated.
In a statement to ARN, a Microsoft spokesperson admitted the program changes were due to the “wide-ranging impacts” of cloud computing, claiming the moves will help partners “capitalise on the opportunities possible with cloud”.