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The Microsoft Partner Network is in the process of integrating our Cloud Partner programs—Cloud Essentials, Cloud Accelerate, and Cloud Deployment—into the Microsoft competencies and the new Microsoft Action Pack subscription. Cloud Essentials and the cloud internal-use software benefits have been integrated into the network; however, the Cloud Accelerate and Cloud Deployment programs will continue until the launch of cloud into the competencies. Learn more about what is changing and the benefits you receive as a Microsoft Cloud Partner.

What you need to know

Cloud Essentials
The industry-leading Cloud Essentials program has been integrated into the new Microsoft Action Pack subscription to offer new resources tailored to specific business models. Cloud Essentials will be fully retired by the end of June 2014.

Get the new Action Pack subscription

Cloud Accelerate
The Cloud Accelerate program will continue. Requirements are as follows:

  1. Sell or deploy Microsoft Office 365, Windows Intune, or Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to three customers for a total of 150 seats within the past 18 months (12 months if you are renewing your program membership).
  2. Attain a Microsoft Action Pack subscription or a Microsoft competency.

After you have completed these requirements, you will automatically be enrolled into the Cloud Accelerate program and can begin accessing the benefits listed in the table on this page.

New Cloud Accelerate partners will no longer receive cloud internal-use software licenses because they are being integrated into the Microsoft Partner Network core benefits, which are available to Action Pack subscribers or competency partners.

Cloud Deployment
The Cloud Deployment program will continue with the following requirements:

  1. Become a Cloud Accelerate partner.
  2. Attain a Silver or Gold Collaboration and Content, Communications, Devices and Deployment, Messaging, or Project and Portfolio Management competency.
  3. Complete one Office 365 deployment of more than 150 seats in the past 18 months by March 31, 2014.

After you have completed these requirements, you will be automatically be enrolled into the Cloud Deployment program and can begin accessing the benefits listed in the table on this page.

Cloud internal-use software licenses transition
All partners holding current internal-use software licenses available through a cloud program must make the transition so that they are in alignment with the new internal-use software license process and entitlements, which are available to Action Pack subscribers or competency partners, prior to June 30, 2014, or your internal-use software licenses will expire.

Download the instructions to transition to the new system


Cloud program benefits and resources
Benefit Cloud Accelerate Cloud Deployment
Send product trial quotes and purchase offers to customers for Office 365, Windows Intune, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Manage customer accounts with delegated administration for Office 365 and Windows Intune

Eligible for core advisor incentives and advisor accelerators

Download the channel incentives guide

Eligible to participate in special Office 365 deployment offers:

Learn about the latest customer deployment offer

Find information about past offers
Get prioritized marketplace exposure on Microsoft Pinpoint
Receive premier listing as an Office 365 Cloud Deployment Partner in the Microsoft Office 365 Marketplace
Reach more new customers with marketing resources available through the Partner Marketing Center
Demonstrate your expertise with your customized Cloud Accelerate logo or your Cloud Deployment designation in online marketplaces Cloud Accelerate logo Cloud Deployment designation
Share your achievement with a customizable press release template Cloud Accelerate Cloud Deployment
Receive five partner advisory hours for Technical Enablement and Advisory Services from Microsoft consultants
Resolve technical issues quickly with unlimited, no-cost online technical support for cloud technologies and your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Access Microsoft Partner Network telephone support
Access Office 365 dedicated partner support for your Office 365 questions through your local Regional Service Centers
Access Cloud Deployment tools:

Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
Build your skills with cloud training courses and learning paths

Explore cloud training
Get tools and resources to speed your business growth through Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365
Work with a cloud licensing distributor to boost your cloud business

*Your enrollment in Cloud Essentials or Cloud Accelerate entitles you to internal-use rights software benefits, as listed in the preceding table. If your current seats are actively being used, they will be extended through June 30, 2014, with no action on your part. If they are not actively being used, the seats will expire on the expiration date noted in the Microsoft Online Services Portal.