The old CSP licensing model only considered the term of a subscription. Thus, it was possible to book subscriptions or adjust the number of users at any time. With the new NCE license model, those conditions will be restricted and extended by new guidelines. This affects all "user-related" solutions such as Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, or Power Platform.
License quantities and license upgrades
While you could reduce license quantities at any time in the old CSP license model, the NCE license model is more restrictive: It only allows booking adjustments within 72 hours. After this period, you can reduce licenses again only at the so-called renewal date (=renewal at the end of the term).
On the other hand, license quantities can be increased at any time. These are billed pro-rata based on the remaining term until the end of the subscription.
A license upgrade, for example, from M365 Business Standard to M365 Business Premium, can also be initiated at any time. There are two different types of upgrades:
Downgrade in NCE
The NCE license model does not support downgrading. This is only possible during the first 72 hours after booking and after the subscription expires.
Promo pricing in NCE is available now.
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