Activate your Microsoft Online Services benefits today

Internal Use Rights (IUR) licences for Microsoft Online Services (such as Office 365, Windows Intune, Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Azure) are an exclusive benefit for Microsoft Partners with an Action Pack or Competency. Read on to learn about entitlements and how to activate Office 365 IUR – please view the Product Usage Guide for guidance on other Microsoft solutions.




Office 365 IUR

Office 365 (O365) is subscription-based, per-user licensing. The O365 Enterprise E3 includes access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services), such as Lync web conferencing and Exchange Online hosted email for business. Access to Yammer Enterprise is included in O365 (E3).

As a core benefit, Action Pack subscribers and competency partners have the flexibility of using O365 (E3) subscriptions or on-premises Office client licenses (Office Pro Plus, Exchange CALs, Lync CALs, and SharePoint CALs). You have the choice to deploy your program license grants as an on-premises only, online only, or an on-premises and online combination solution. Your internal-use of online services decrement from your on-premises licenses and vice-versa. Your combined license usage for Office on-premises client licenses and O365 may not exceed your program license entitlement. Country and worldwide license maximums apply.

For example gold competency partners are granted a choice of 100 O365 (E3) seats or 100 Office Professional Plus licenses and Office server CALS for Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint, you may choose to deploy 80 seats of Office 365, and utilize 20 on-premises license for Office Professional Plus licenses and CALs for accessing Exchange Server, Lync Server, and SharePoint Server. You will maintain your Office server licenses even if you elect to use only your online O365 seats—the server licenses may be used for demonstration, internal employee training, or additional CALs you purchase.

Competency partner may experience O365 (E4) features which includes Enterprise Voice capability by using your O365 (E3) licenses along with your Lync Server 2013 and Plus CALs.


Activating Office 365

  1. Log into the partner digital download site.
  2. Click the “Microsoft Online Services” tab
  3. Select “Microsoft Office 365” and view your product key (token) – copy your token(s)
  4. Select the link to the Key Redemption Portal
  5. If you have an existing account, sign in by clicking the URL on the right. Otherwise, follow the prompts to create a new account
  6. Enter keys, if given the option select "add more seats" (do not select "extend subscription"). If entering multiple product keys, select “Add another product key”. When finished, select “Next”.
  7. You’re all set – assign users an manage your tenant through the Microsoft Online Portal


Maintaining your Microsoft Online Services IUR

Your cloud services entitlement terminates at the conclusion of your subscription/program enrolment year. You may continue to have access to your cloud services benefits past your program enrolment end date, but you will no longer have use rights through the program. During the program year, your organizations will be issued additional tokens as you qualify for more seats.

Each year when your organization renews your subscription or re-enrols into the subscription/program with a competency, a new set of tokens will be issued based on your organization’s entitlement at the time of re-enrolment. You will be required to enter these new tokens on the Key Redemption Portal each program year to avoid a lapse in your cloud services. If you do not re-enrol into the program, you must purchase the cloud services through the Volume License channel.

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