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What is the best way to purchase Office 365 subscriptions or standalone plans?

What is the best way to purchase Office 365 subscriptions or standalone plans?

You can purchase your Office 365 subscription in a few different ways (or channels):

  1. Through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. Best for any number of users.
  2. Directly from Microsoft through their website. Best for 1-10 users.
  3. In a Microsoft Volume Licensing channel (cheapest option, annual commitment). Not recommended.
  4. Via your EA agreement, from your Microsoft Large Account Reseller (custom terms).

Please call or email us if you know what you are doing and want to discuss Volume Licensing option. Otherwise, we recommend you to go with the best overall option, which is the CSP.

So, why purchase your subscriptions in CSP or why switch to CSP from Direct or any other licensing channel:

  • Access to new plans – all new Office 365, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365 plans appear ONLY in CSP channel. Microsoft’s goal is to slowly decommission the Advisor (direct) model which you are using right now. So, it’s better to switch sooner than later.
  • Free consulting support. Depending on how much you spend each month, you may get a certain number of free consulting hours from us which you can spend on anything IT-related.
  • Better terms and no cancellation fees. There’s no commitment if you purchase in CSP (compare with annual commitment for all enterprise (E1-E5) and standalone plans and 25% cancellation fee)
  • Free break-fix support – you get support from us AND from Microsoft. Both. And, trust me, it makes sense to have an MS Gold Partner on your side in case something happens – it’s easier to reach us then Microsoft, we have years of experience working with Microsoft and we can escalate complex issues faster and better…
  • It’s not a benefit but worth mentioning. In CSP channel price is the same as when you purchase directly from Microsoft.

To move forward with CSP you need to do the following:

  1. Complete our short New Customer Application form
  2. Authorize Tech Data (an official Microsoft distributor) to provision licenses to your tenant by clicking this URL
  3. Optional: Authorize IT Partner if you want to get consulting and IT support from us by clicking this URL

After that we will do everything else:

  1. Provision CSP licenses to your tenant.
  2. Work with Microsoft to cancel advisor (direct) licenses and do a refund for unused portion of your direct subscription.
  3. Send you an invoice for licenses purchased in CSP channel.