Thursday, June 04, 2009

Announcing Digital Distribution of Microsoft Software Benefits

The partner community provided us with feedback to improve access and management of software benefits—we listened. We’re pleased to announce that you can now digitally access your software benefits from one, central location at any time.

The advantages of the Microsoft Partner Program digital distribution solution:
By directly downloading your internal-use software, you can gain access to software and updates the moment they’re made available—no need to wait for your Microsoft Action Pack Subscription or Microsoft Gold Certified or Certified Partner box shipment. Benefits include:
Faster and more flexible: Access software immediately—24x7 availability.
Greater visibility: View all of your software benefits summarized in a license statement.*
Improved software benefits management: Add or remove users and manage their access to downloads, keys, and a license statement.
Decreased environmental impact: Help reduce the amount of waste from manufacturing, shipping, and disposing of disk kits.
*Available August, 2009.

What you need to know about this beneficial, new change:
• At launch, you’ll be defaulted to receive Digital-Only software distribution or Digital-Plus-Physical software distribution, depending on your location.* View the frequently asked questions for details.
• If you’re defaulted to receive Digital-Only software distribution, you can always order physical media (software discs)—additional fees may apply. Visit your local Microsoft Partner Program portal for information on fees and expenses.
• If you’re defaulted to receive Digital-Plus-Physical software distribution, you must wait until re-enrollment to change to Digital-Only.
• Software benefits will always be available digitally, even when you’re receiving physical media.
• Access to software keys and license statement will only be available digitally, even when you’re receiving physical media.
• Marketing and sales resources are available online—in a few weeks, you’ll receive a communication to access these resources.
• Microsoft Gold Certified and Certified Partners will still be shipped Microsoft Partner Program plaques and certificates as appropriate.
*Certain locations will receive physical media (software discs) due to digital accessibility issues. (Hilton: This includes Australia. When you renew your MAPS, you currently have a "Digital only" or "Digital and DVD media" choice to make. The price is the same - ie, the disparity between the Australian MAPS and US MAPS pricing has not been rectified at the time of publishing this blog article.)

How to get digital access:
From this link, you can access your software benefits today. You can use a step-by-step instruction guide for assistance.

How to order physical media and when you can make changes:
If you aren’t automatically receiving physical media for your location, you can order it at any time—additional fees may apply. You’ll still have digital access to your software benefits.

For more information:
Check here for the latest details specific to your location and to review frequently asked questions. If you need support, please contact your local Regional Service Center.

Regards,

The Outspoken Wookie

1 comment:

Chris Knight said...

It will be interesting to see how many Australian MAPS subscribers will go digital-only if there's no price difference between the two.

The reason I went for TechNet Plus Direct was because the price difference meant that I could bump up my download quota and still save some money over a TechNet Plus subscription.