Microsoft breaks silence over MPN changes: 'We can't afford to run every single partner around the world for free any more'

Nima Green
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Vendor's global partner boss explains the rationale behind its deeply unpopular decision to end free IUR for partners

Microsoft has finally sought to justify its controversial decision to remove internal use rights from the MPN, with global partner boss Gavriella Schuster claiming the vendor can no longer afford to give away its software for nothing. Last week, Microsoft revealed that MPN partners will no longer receive internal user rights (IUR) for software and cloud services, including Office 365, as of 1 July 2020. In a press briefing ahead of Microsoft's Inspire conference in Las Vegas next week, ...

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