Grow your business, use your core benefits

When you join the Microsoft Partner Network, you receive a set of core benefits that can help you save time and money while you strengthen your capabilities, better serve customers, and build connections to reach your full business potential.

Core benefits

Core benefits are provided to all partners when they enroll or renew their membership in the Microsoft Partner Network. View the benefits below to make the most of your membership.

Sell


Earn eligibility for sales incentives, promotions, and special offers to help you drive revenue.

Benefits*

Network member

Action Pack

Silver

Gold

Whether you are doing business in the cloud, on-premises, or somewhere in between, Microsoft Partner Incentives support partner profitability and growth. The Microsoft incentive portfolio includes items such as enterprise licensing, Surface incentives, and more.

Utilize payment solutions to help qualified customers acquire your Microsoft solutions while conserving cash reserves or existing credit lines for other business priorities.

Benefits*
Microsoft Partner Incentives9
Network member
Cloud
Action Pack
Cloud
Silver
Licensing, solution, and cloud
Gold
Licensing, solution, and cloud

Whether you are doing business in the cloud, on-premises, or somewhere in between, Microsoft Partner Incentives support partner profitability and growth. The Microsoft incentive portfolio includes items such as enterprise licensing, Surface incentives, and more.

Benefits*
Microsoft Payment Solutions
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

Utilize payment solutions to help qualified customers acquire your Microsoft solutions while conserving cash reserves or existing credit lines for other business priorities.

Benefits*
Microsoft Partner Incentives9
Network member
Cloud
Action Pack
Cloud
Silver
Licensing, solution, and cloud
Gold
Licensing, solution, and cloud

Whether you are doing business in the cloud, on-premises, or somewhere in between, Microsoft Partner Incentives support partner profitability and growth. The Microsoft incentive portfolio includes items such as enterprise licensing, Surface incentives, and more.

Benefits*
Microsoft Payment Solutions
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

Utilize payment solutions to help qualified customers acquire your Microsoft solutions while conserving cash reserves or existing credit lines for other business priorities.

Market

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Win new customers and retain existing ones. Use customizable marketing materials and services to promote your solutions.

Benefits*

Network member

Action Pack

Silver

Gold

Stay up to date with Microsoft Partner Network news, business opportunities, training courses, and more.

The Microsoft Partner Marketing Center offers partners customizable marketing material and lead generation services that help drive revenue, expand customer reach, and save time. Use the Partner Marketing Center to view material such as digital assets, campaign materials, and customizable templates.

Benefits*
Partner newsletter
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

Stay up to date with Microsoft Partner Network news, business opportunities, training courses, and more.

Benefits*
Partner Marketing Center
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

The Microsoft Partner Marketing Center offers partners customizable marketing material and lead generation services that help drive revenue, expand customer reach, and save time. Use the Partner Marketing Center to view material such as digital assets, campaign materials, and customizable templates.

Benefits*
Partner newsletter
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

Stay up to date with Microsoft Partner Network news, business opportunities, training courses, and more.

Benefits*
Partner Marketing Center
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

The Microsoft Partner Marketing Center offers partners customizable marketing material and lead generation services that help drive revenue, expand customer reach, and save time. Use the Partner Marketing Center to view material such as digital assets, campaign materials, and customizable templates.

Support

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Grow and develop your practice with design, project, planning, and architecture guides. Leverage competitive sales support, one-on-one advisory sessions, and learn how to save time and money.

Benefits*

Network member

Action Pack

Silver

Gold

Partner advisory hours are the currency used to access certain key services offered to Microsoft Partner Network members. Use your hours to help build your cloud and hybrid cloud skill set with training powered by Microsoft Partner Technical Services, and get customized guidance for competing, developing, and deploying solutions for your customers.

Bring questions to fully interactive chat sessions to become more knowledgeable about Microsoft products and technologies.
Learn more about PPI

Benefits*
Partner advisory hours6
Network member
Action Pack
5 hours after first cloud sale
Silver
20 hours
Gold
50 hours

Partner advisory hours are the currency used to access certain key services offered to Microsoft Partner Network members. Use your hours to help build your cloud and hybrid cloud skill set with training powered by Microsoft Partner Technical Services, and get customized guidance for competing, developing, and deploying solutions for your customers.

Benefits*
Product support
Network member
Pay-per-incident (PPI) US$499 for one incident
Action Pack
10 incidents
Silver
15 incidents
Gold
20 incidents

Bring questions to fully interactive chat sessions to become more knowledgeable about Microsoft products and technologies.
Learn more about PPI

Benefits*
Partner advisory hours6
Network member
Action Pack
5 hours after first cloud sale
Silver
20 hours
Gold
50 hours

Partner advisory hours are the currency used to access certain key services offered to Microsoft Partner Network members. Use your hours to help build your cloud and hybrid cloud skill set with training powered by Microsoft Partner Technical Services, and get customized guidance for competing, developing, and deploying solutions for your customers.

Benefits*
Product support
Network member
Pay-per-incident (PPI) US$499 for one incident
Action Pack
10 incidents
Silver
15 incidents
Gold
20 incidents

Bring questions to fully interactive chat sessions to become more knowledgeable about Microsoft products and technologies.
Learn more about PPI

Plan and enable

Back to top

Deploy and manage your business in the Microsoft cloud. Use what you sell and access training to become a recognized expert.

Benefits*

Network member

Action Pack

Silver

Gold

When you join the Microsoft Partner Network by either subscribing to Microsoft Action Pack or earning a competency, you earn IUR licenses for Microsoft software and online services. You can choose any combination of on-premises software and online services to suit your needs.

The Microsoft Office 365 Demo tenant helps you sell more cloud to customers by providing access to the cloud benefit and demo content. With this demo tenant you have access to Microsoft Office 365, Power BI Pro, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and Project Online.

Benefits*
Internal Use Rights cloud services and on-premises software3,4
Network member
Action Pack
Up to 10 licenses per product
Silver
Up to 25 licenses per product
Gold
Up to 100 licenses per product

When you join the Microsoft Partner Network by either subscribing to Microsoft Action Pack or earning a competency, you earn IUR licenses for Microsoft software and online services. You can choose any combination of on-premises software and online services to suit your needs.

Benefits*
Microsoft Office 365 Demo tenant
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

The Microsoft Office 365 Demo tenant helps you sell more cloud to customers by providing access to the cloud benefit and demo content. With this demo tenant you have access to Microsoft Office 365, Power BI Pro, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and Project Online.

Benefits*
Internal Use Rights cloud services and on-premises software3,4
Network member
Action Pack
Up to 10 licenses per product
Silver
Up to 25 licenses per product
Gold
Up to 100 licenses per product

When you join the Microsoft Partner Network by either subscribing to Microsoft Action Pack or earning a competency, you earn IUR licenses for Microsoft software and online services. You can choose any combination of on-premises software and online services to suit your needs.

Benefits*
Microsoft Office 365 Demo tenant
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

The Microsoft Office 365 Demo tenant helps you sell more cloud to customers by providing access to the cloud benefit and demo content. With this demo tenant you have access to Microsoft Office 365, Power BI Pro, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and Project Online.

Core requirements

Membership opportunities have an individual set of core requirements designed to closely align with customer needs. For each opportunity, your company must fulfill these minimum requirements.

Summary

Details

Network member

Action Pack

Silver

Gold

Membership12
Annual investment
Partner profile
Complete a partner profile
Customer evidence
Customer references13
3
5
Business assessments
Business-focused competency assessments
1
2
Technical credentials
Technology professional(s) must pass the technical exam assessment or both14
1
2
Membership12
Details
Annual investment
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold
Partner profile
Details
Complete a partner profile
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold
Customer evidence
Details
Customer references13
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
3
Gold
5
Business assessments
Details
Business-focused competency assessments
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
1
Gold
2
Technical credentials
Details
Technology professional(s) must pass the technical exam assessment or both14
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
1
Gold
2

Core benefits

Core benefits are provided to all partners when they enroll or renew their membership in the Microsoft Partner Network. View the benefits below to make the most of your membership.

Sell


Earn eligibility for sales incentives, promotions, and special offers to help you drive revenue.

Benefits*

Network member

Action Pack

Silver

Gold

Whether you are doing business in the cloud, on-premises, or somewhere in between, Microsoft Partner Incentives support partner profitability and growth. The Microsoft incentive portfolio includes items such as enterprise licensing, Surface incentives, and more.

Utilize payment solutions to help qualified customers acquire your Microsoft solutions while conserving cash reserves or existing credit lines for other business priorities.

Benefits*
Microsoft Partner Incentives9
Network member
Cloud
Action Pack
Cloud
Silver
Licensing, solution, and cloud
Gold
Licensing, solution, and cloud

Whether you are doing business in the cloud, on-premises, or somewhere in between, Microsoft Partner Incentives support partner profitability and growth. The Microsoft incentive portfolio includes items such as enterprise licensing, Surface incentives, and more.

Benefits*
Microsoft Payment Solutions
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

Utilize payment solutions to help qualified customers acquire your Microsoft solutions while conserving cash reserves or existing credit lines for other business priorities.

Benefits*
Microsoft Partner Incentives9
Network member
Cloud
Action Pack
Cloud
Silver
Licensing, solution, and cloud
Gold
Licensing, solution, and cloud

Whether you are doing business in the cloud, on-premises, or somewhere in between, Microsoft Partner Incentives support partner profitability and growth. The Microsoft incentive portfolio includes items such as enterprise licensing, Surface incentives, and more.

Benefits*
Microsoft Payment Solutions
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

Utilize payment solutions to help qualified customers acquire your Microsoft solutions while conserving cash reserves or existing credit lines for other business priorities.

Market

Back to top

Win new customers and retain existing ones. Use customizable marketing materials and services to promote your solutions.

Benefits*

Network member

Action Pack

Silver

Gold

Stay up to date with Microsoft Partner Network news, business opportunities, training courses, and more.

The Microsoft Partner Marketing Center offers partners customizable marketing material and lead generation services that help drive revenue, expand customer reach, and save time. Use the Partner Marketing Center to view material such as digital assets, campaign materials, and customizable templates.

Benefits*
Partner newsletter
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

Stay up to date with Microsoft Partner Network news, business opportunities, training courses, and more.

Benefits*
Partner Marketing Center
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

The Microsoft Partner Marketing Center offers partners customizable marketing material and lead generation services that help drive revenue, expand customer reach, and save time. Use the Partner Marketing Center to view material such as digital assets, campaign materials, and customizable templates.

Benefits*
Partner newsletter
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

Stay up to date with Microsoft Partner Network news, business opportunities, training courses, and more.

Benefits*
Partner Marketing Center
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

The Microsoft Partner Marketing Center offers partners customizable marketing material and lead generation services that help drive revenue, expand customer reach, and save time. Use the Partner Marketing Center to view material such as digital assets, campaign materials, and customizable templates.

Support

Back to top

Grow and develop your practice with design, project, planning, and architecture guides. Leverage competitive sales support, one-on-one advisory sessions, and learn how to save time and money.

Benefits*

Network member

Action Pack

Silver

Gold

Partner advisory hours are the currency used to access certain key services offered to Microsoft Partner Network members. Use your hours to help build your cloud and hybrid cloud skill set with training powered by Microsoft Partner Technical Services, and get customized guidance for competing, developing, and deploying solutions for your customers.

Bring questions to fully interactive chat sessions to become more knowledgeable about Microsoft products and technologies.
Learn more about PPI

Benefits*
Partner advisory hours6
Network member
Action Pack
5 hours after first cloud sale
Silver
20 hours
Gold
50 hours

Partner advisory hours are the currency used to access certain key services offered to Microsoft Partner Network members. Use your hours to help build your cloud and hybrid cloud skill set with training powered by Microsoft Partner Technical Services, and get customized guidance for competing, developing, and deploying solutions for your customers.

Benefits*
Product support
Network member
Pay-per-incident (PPI) US$499 for one incident
Action Pack
10 incidents
Silver
15 incidents
Gold
20 incidents

Bring questions to fully interactive chat sessions to become more knowledgeable about Microsoft products and technologies.
Learn more about PPI

Benefits*
Partner advisory hours6
Network member
Action Pack
5 hours after first cloud sale
Silver
20 hours
Gold
50 hours

Partner advisory hours are the currency used to access certain key services offered to Microsoft Partner Network members. Use your hours to help build your cloud and hybrid cloud skill set with training powered by Microsoft Partner Technical Services, and get customized guidance for competing, developing, and deploying solutions for your customers.

Benefits*
Product support
Network member
Pay-per-incident (PPI) US$499 for one incident
Action Pack
10 incidents
Silver
15 incidents
Gold
20 incidents

Bring questions to fully interactive chat sessions to become more knowledgeable about Microsoft products and technologies.
Learn more about PPI

Plan and enable

Back to top

Deploy and manage your business in the Microsoft cloud. Use what you sell and access training to become a recognized expert.

Benefits*

Network member

Action Pack

Silver

Gold

When you join the Microsoft Partner Network by either subscribing to Microsoft Action Pack or earning a competency, you earn IUR licenses for Microsoft software and online services. You can choose any combination of on-premises software and online services to suit your needs.

The Microsoft Office 365 Demo tenant helps you sell more cloud to customers by providing access to the cloud benefit and demo content. With this demo tenant you have access to Microsoft Office 365, Power BI Pro, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and Project Online.

Benefits*
Internal Use Rights cloud services and on-premises software3,4
Network member
Action Pack
Up to 10 licenses per product
Silver
Up to 25 licenses per product
Gold
Up to 100 licenses per product

When you join the Microsoft Partner Network by either subscribing to Microsoft Action Pack or earning a competency, you earn IUR licenses for Microsoft software and online services. You can choose any combination of on-premises software and online services to suit your needs.

Benefits*
Microsoft Office 365 Demo tenant
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

The Microsoft Office 365 Demo tenant helps you sell more cloud to customers by providing access to the cloud benefit and demo content. With this demo tenant you have access to Microsoft Office 365, Power BI Pro, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and Project Online.

Benefits*
Internal Use Rights cloud services and on-premises software3,4
Network member
Action Pack
Up to 10 licenses per product
Silver
Up to 25 licenses per product
Gold
Up to 100 licenses per product

When you join the Microsoft Partner Network by either subscribing to Microsoft Action Pack or earning a competency, you earn IUR licenses for Microsoft software and online services. You can choose any combination of on-premises software and online services to suit your needs.

Benefits*
Microsoft Office 365 Demo tenant
Network member
Action Pack
Silver
Gold

The Microsoft Office 365 Demo tenant helps you sell more cloud to customers by providing access to the cloud benefit and demo content. With this demo tenant you have access to Microsoft Office 365, Power BI Pro, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and Project Online.

View page footnotes


1IDC, “The Business Value of the Microsoft Partner Network Core Benefits.” Mira Perry, Steven White, July 2012
*Benefits are provided per partner organization for one year of membership and are renewed annually, when you renew your membership in the Microsoft Partner Network.
3Most products have up to 10 client access licenses (CALs), and server products have one license. If you have met the requirements for the Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency, you receive 25 licenses, plus an additional 10 licenses.
43 Visual Studio Professional subscriptions (licensed per user) are available to you through for your Microsoft Action Pack subscription.
5To qualify for the no-charge Technical Presales Assistance offering, you must provide the customer name and details of the project. The US$3,000 revenue minimum does not apply to deals made for cloud services or free software like Windows Internet Explorer. For smaller deals, you can also use your partner advisory hours to access this benefit.
6Partners are allocated partner advisory hours that they can use as currency for Technical Enablement, and Technical Presales and Advisory Services. For partners with silver or gold competencies, partner advisory hours are not deducted for presales services used with deals worth US$3,000 or more. Additionally, we will no longer support on-premises products with the exception of Windows 10, Windows Server, Microsoft Dynamics AX, and Microsoft SQL. Advisory hours may continue to be used for all Cloud and Hybrid scenarios.
7Online response times vary between four hours and two days, depending on membership opportunity. Visit the Partner Support Community for details. Critical incidents are defined strictly as severe customer issues that immediately impede the operation of a customer’s business (such as when a server is down).
8Performance competencies include Cloud Customer Relationship Management, Cloud Platform, Cloud Productivity, Enterprise Mobility Management, and Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions.
9Hybrid competencies include Application Development, Collaboration and Content, Communications, Customer Relationship Management, Data Analytics, Data Platform, Datacenter, Devices and Deployment, Messaging, Midmarket Solution Provider, and Project and Portfolio Management.
10Partners must meet additional eligibility requirements for solution and licensing incentives, including enrollment in specific competencies.
11Fees vary by geography. In the case of the Competency membership, partners must pay the silver competency fee or gold competency fee one time, per year—no matter how many competencies they have attained. If a partner attains a gold competency after first attaining a silver competency, the partner does not have to pay a fee to upgrade unless the partner is within the 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due.
12Partners may use customer references from silver competencies toward gold competencies.
13Requirements vary by competency. There are fewer technical credentials required for the three performance based competencies. If you sell commercially available applications based on Microsoft technologies, you may qualify through an application track that may have a different set of requirements.