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Microsoft told its North American partners they couldn’t pay for it with checks starting Dec. 1.

A notice posted last week for partners warns that “effective October 1, 2022, Microsoft will remove the check payment option from new commercial invoices. This change only affects the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. »

“All new and potential partners will be required to remit payment to Microsoft via wire transfer or ACH only.” ACH is a bank-to-bank money transfer mechanism intended to replace the use of physical checks.

Microsoft will stop including details about how to pay by check on invoices issued starting October 1.

The software giant hasn’t explained why it will stop accepting checks, but it’s not hard to guess why: checks require manual processing, and the funds they describe are transferred much slower than expected. is possible with digital transfers. Data from the US Federal Reserve indicates that the popularity of checks has also declined: the organization processed 72 million a day in 1989, but only processed 14.5 million a day in 2021 (although it is interesting note that the average value of each check has steadily increased).

Microsoft’s partner newsfeed also includes good news for users in the form of cheaper prices for Windows Server and the Microsoft 365 bundle.

Cloud solution providers have been notified of a price drop for the Windows Server 2022 Standard – 8 Core 1 Year License Pack from $272 to $213.60 effective October 1.

But purchasers of Windows Server 2022 Remote Desktop Services Single-User CALs will face a price hike from $56.04 to $77.04.

New one- and three-year subscriptions to the Windows Server Datacenter edition are also on the way, priced at $3091.68 for eight cores over three years and $1481.28 for a single year.

The software giant hasn’t said when these offerings will go on sale.

But he told partners they would have to find new small business customers for Microsoft 365 or upgrade existing users. To make that happen, Microsoft is offering a 16.7% discount to bettors who sign up for monthly payments.

The offer runs from September 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 and covers the following products.

  • Microsoft 365 Enterprise Basic
  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Microsoft 365 Enterprise Premium
  • Microsoft 365 Apps for business
  • Microsoft Teams Essentials
  • Microsoft Defender for Business

While prices are falling for commercial users, Microsoft also reminded resellers that it was increasing the cost of certain products for nonprofit customers.

“We will continue to offer nonprofit organizations discounts of up to 75% on many other Microsoft 365 products,” Microsoft’s message reads. ®

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