On October 1, Microsoft will update the Claiming Partner of Record (CPOR) and the Online Services Usage Incentive program for Microsoft 365 (OSU-M365). The updates will improve the claims process, provide greater visibility into your customers’ Microsoft 365 usage, and deliver actionable insights about how to grow active workload usage.

Make sure you’re ready to capitalize on these opportunities when the updates are launched on October 1. Enroll today in CPOR and OSU-M365 through your Partner Center Dashboard on Partner Center. Our step-by-step guide can walk you through the process.

We’re excited to share the wide array of announcements for Modern Work & Security at this year’s all-digital Microsoft Ignite. News and announcements relevant to our community span the breadth of the Modern Work & Security portfolio:

  • Security, Compliance, and Identity
  • Teams, including Meetings, meeting room experiences, Calling, chat and collaboration, Microsoft 365 integrations, Firstline Workers, healthcare, management, and Power Platform and custom development
  • Small and midsize business (SMB)
  • Microsoft 365 IT pro, including Project Cortex, Microsoft Productivity Score, SharePoint admin and migration, Cortana, next versions of Office client and on-premises servers, new FastTrack self-serve features, Microsoft Bookings updates, the new Outlook for Mac, and more

Check out our news article to get details and find out where you can learn more about how you can make the most of the opportunities related to these announcements.

Interested in all the news announced at Microsoft Ignite? Check out the Microsoft Ignite Book of News, a comprehensive resource that covers all announcements from this year’s event.


In addition to supporting block blobs, Azure Blob storage lifecycle management now offers a rich, rule-based policy to manage the retention of your append blobs.

Azure Blob storage lifecycle management now supports append blobs


Announcing the release of our newest Application Insights .NET SDK version 2.15. This release is directly in response to customer feedback and introduces a new set of features and bug fixes.

Announcing Application Insights .NET SDK version 2.15


The latest Azure Site Recovery update provides provides fixes, updated Linux support for the Mobility service, and download links for Site Recovery components.

Azure Site Recovery update rollup 50 – September 2020


August updates include jobs improvements, a new file upload feature, a preview of the new data export feature, CLI updates, and documentation enhancements.

Azure IoT Central new and updated features – August 2020



Azure Time Series Insights now supports Azure Active Directory groups through access policies.

Azure Time Series Insights now supports AAD groups


Confidential computing DCsv2-series virtual machines (VMs) are now available in East US, Canada Central, Canada East, Southeast Asia, UK South, West Europe, and West US 2.

Azure Virtual Machines DCsv2-series are now available in Southeast Asia


UK West, Germany West Central, Switzerland West and Australia Central 2 are now Public Preview for customers to start collecting telemetry and analyze their services for health using Application Insight.

Public Preview: Application Insight in UK West, Germany West Central, Switzerland West and Australia Central 2


Microsoft is updating Azure services in a phased manner to use TLS certificates from a different set of Certificate Authorities.

IoT Hub TLS certificate update


The Azure Sphere 20.09 OS quality update is now available for evaluation via the Retail Eval feed

Azure Sphere OS update 20.09 is now available for compatibility testing


Additional SQL Gateways are being added for Azure SQL Database in Germany West Central effective 12 October 2020.

Sep 10

Additional Azure SQL Database gateways changes effective October 12, 2020


Query Acceleration for Azure Data Lake Storage is now generally available in all Azure regions.

Query Acceleration for Azure Data Lake Storage is now generally available


Azure Synapse SQL on-demand is now enforcing TLS 1.2 for outbound connections used by all SQL client applications.

Azure Synapse SQL on-demand now enforces TLS 1.2 on outbound connections


Azure Resource Health now provides live health status and status history for Azure Cloud Services deployments and roles.

Azure Cloud Services – Introducing support for Resource Health


Object replication allows you to replicate your block blob data at the blob level from one storage account to another anywhere in the Azure.

Azure Blob storage object replication is now generally available

For existing Dynamics 365 customers with PSA:

  • Continue to use Dynamics 365 PSA until October 1, 2020, or until the end of their most recent contract or renewal, whichever occurs first.
  • Dynamics 365 PSA will autorenew for one year until October 1, 2021 in CSP, allowing contracts to continue until October 1, 2022.
  • Dynamics 365 PSA licenses will automatically receive Project Operations as part of their current licenses by December 31, 2020.
  • At the end of Dynamics 365 PSA contracts, customers need to transition to Project Operations, which will have a zero user minimum PSA transition SKU.


Additional resources


27 October  |  10:00
Let’s Talk Security – CISO Breakfast Series

29 October  |  12:00
Azure Webinar Series:
Professional Services



New Dynamics 365 licensing guide.


Azure Sales Play: Windows Server


Azure Sales Play: SQL on Azure


Azure Sales Play: SAP on Azure


Azure Sales Play: Disaster Recovery



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