Microsoft 365 Developer Program: September 2023 updates
We recently conducted an end-to-end review of the Microsoft 365 Developer Program to help us identify challenges our customers face. We have started to address the feedback provided. Here, we highlight the recent updates and share ideas for new features and benefits.
Enhanced Visual Studio integration
One of the benefits of a paid Visual Studio subscription is the option to get a Microsoft 365 E5 developer subscription that includes 25 users and renews automatically. Previously, to activate this benefit, you had to start from the Visual Studio benefits portal. Customers who activated their subscription from a different location did not receive the subscription benefit that renews automatically. Now, we check your email in the background and if you’re an active Visual Studio subscriber, we ensure you receive a subscription that is linked to your Visual Studio account and renews automatically.
To check if you have the right subscription, log into your Dashboard – Microsoft 365 Dev Center and associate your existing subscription with Visual Studio. If you need to change the association to a different subscription, you can visit the Accounts Linked section of your profile to manage your linked accounts.
Do you contribute to the Microsoft 365 community on GitHub? Those contributions now accrue toward your Microsoft 365 subscription renewal. To get credit for contributing to the community, go to the Accounts Linked section of your profile and associate your developer program membership to your GitHub account.
Microsoft 365 developer research panel
We are building a research panel of Microsoft 365 developers who can help shape and influence the program evolution. By participating, you have the opportunity to help us prioritize upcoming features, share pain points, walk through design prototypes, and provide ideas to improve the program. When you become a participant, we’ll contact you to show you designs or other study types and request your feedback.
As a member of the research panel, you will receive invitations to participate in user research studies. You can decide how frequently you want to participate and which studies to complete. You can opt out of the panel at any time.
Features under investigation
We’re investigating new features to enhance the program, but we do not have a timeline for planned release dates. Research panel participants will help influence the development of these features.
- Start fresh: Request to immediately delete your current subscription and start fresh with a new instant sandbox.
- Azure: Easily attach an existing Azure subscription to the developer program Microsoft 365 subscription.
- Updated sample content: Include new sample content for the latest APIs.
- Support for special configurations: Unblock customer-requested scenarios beyond a “one size fits all” tenant (multiple tenants for a single customer, test tenants that mimic specific configurations like GCC, access to additional capacity for large-scale testing, and so on).
We’re happy to have you with us on this journey and we value your membership in the Microsoft 365 Developer Program. We look forward to continuing to partner with you to help you with your Microsoft 365 development process. Comments or questions? Please respond to this post and check back later for ongoing updates to the program.
For more information, you can visit our Microsoft 365 Dev Center.
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