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Microsoft commercial marketplace announcements at Inspire

 

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Microsoft Inspire was an incredible conference with tens of thousands of attendees from around the world, inspiring keynotes from Microsoft and industry leaders, and many product and program announcements. So many, in fact, that it can be very difficult to keep track, so I've consolidated a list of the new commercial marketplace functionality we've introduced.

 

Here is a simple list with links to documentation, and keep an eye out in the coming days and weeks for deep dive articles on each one that highlights our early adopters and best practices.

 

Microsoft AppSource purchase experience

 

Customers can now find, try, and buy software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings directly from Microsoft AppSource! Needing nothing more than a work account (aka Azure Active Directory) and a valid credit card, users can purchase software subscriptions that are managed in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center.

 

Customer documentation for the purchase experience

 

Commercial marketplace offerings in the Cloud Solution Provider program

 

Transactable offerings that are sold through Microsoft's commerce platform can be made available to the network of approximately 70,000 Cloud Solution Providers to bundle and resell. With simply the click of a box, your product is included in the catalog of software available through CSP.

 

Publisher documentation for Cloud Solution Provider

CSP documentation for commercial marketplace offers

 

Marketplace rewards program

 

A new benefits program which will enhance the success of publishers with transactable offers in the commercial marketplace. Through this program you can unlock sales, marketing, and technical benefits to help accelerate success.

 

Marketplace rewards

 

Per-user and metered billing for SaaS

 

New monetization models for SaaS offerings! With simple API integration and support for AAD single-sign on, you can leverage new billing models software designed in a web app model. Like Office 365, you can charge on a per-user basis, or using the new metering service, you can define any unit dimension you wish. This is great for overages, add ons, or consumption based monetization, and some of the most popular examples are bandwidth, emails, instances, and devices.

 

Create a SaaS offer for the commercial marketplace

SaaS fulfillment API documentation

Metered billing API documentation

 

SaaS free trials that convert to subscription

 

With the check of a box, you can now add a free month trial to the start of a SaaS subscription. This lowers the barrier for customers to try your solution and fall in love before they commit to a full paid subscription. After the month period ends, it will automatically convert to a normal subscription unless the customer disables auto-renew. This is compatible with per-user or flat fee offerings with support for metered billing in the future.

 

Add a free trial to paid SaaS subscriptions

 

Managed Services in Azure Marketplace

 

The newest offering type for Azure Marketplace, Managed Services integrates seamlessly with Azure Lighthouse and Partner Admin Link for simplified discovery, engagement, fulfillment, management, and influence recognition. Azure Delegated Resource Management - a function of Azure Lighthouse - provides you with automated provisioning for access to the customer's infrastructure so that you can manage Azure on their behalf.

 

Introducing Azure Lighthouse

Create a Managed Service offering

 

Offer creation and management in Partner Center

 

Starting with SaaS and then on a per-offer type basis, we are transitioning from legacy management portals into the new commercial marketplace experience in Partner Center.

 

Commercial marketplace publishing in Partner Center

 

Business Applications ISV Connect Program

 

ISVs that build on Microsoft Dynamics 365 and PowerApps can offer their customers innovative apps they couldn’t build elsewhere using connections to industry-leading cloud services on Azure and developer tools built just for them. The new Business Applications ISV Connect Program from Microsoft brings together platform and program benefits created especially for ISVs to support their success.

 

Business Apps ISV Connect Program

ISV Connect enrollment documentation

 

 

Have questions or need help?

 

Please reply in the comments, check out the commercial marketplace publisher guide, and don't hesitate contact marketplace publisher support.