In the past, MPN Partners with the Cloud Essentials and Cloud Accelerate had access to Internal Use Rights for Office 365. Now, however, all partners with a Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) as well as Partners with a Silver or Gold competency all have access to free Internal Use Rights licenses for Office 365. This gives you an opportunity to try out the service, so you can speak from experience when you discuss the benefits with your customers. It also means that someone else takes care of running your servers so that you can spend more time working and less time patching and troubleshooting.
I wanted to share a few resources to help get you started. First, the page with all the information you need on your Internal Use Rights licenses, how to access them, how to earn more licenses, and how to activate your partner features is available at: http://aka.ms/mpniur.
In the following video, York Hutton walks through the Internal Use Rights (IUR) core benefits, discussing how they now give partners the power of choice to mix and match online services and on-premises software licenses. Microsoft partners can choose between work-alike solutions for productivity, demonstration, development, testing, and internal training purposes.
In this video, York walks through the process of activating your IUR benefits, whether you are using them for the first time, or transitioning from a previous license grant:
A few additional resources:KB2887467: Support Article: What are my internal use rights benefits?
Office 365 partner features how-to guide (Learn about partner features available to help you sell to and manage your customers, including how to offer and use delegated administration, and how to send quotes and trials.)
If you have program questions (how do I get my license, where is my key, how do I sign up for MAPS or renew my membership?) visit the Partner Membership Community
If you have technical questions (why am I getting an error message when migrating my mailboxes? how do I resolve a DirSync error about an invalid attribute?), visit the Partner Online Services community.
If you have a Silver or Gold competency, you have access to 20 and 50 (respectively) hours of advisory services consultation with a Partner Technical Consultant. These consultants are a great resource to help plan for a deployment (even if it is an internal deployment). Submit an advisory request via: http://aka.ms/mysupport
All partners holding current internal-use software licenses available through a cloud program must make the transition so that they are in alignment with the new internal-use software license process and entitlements, which are available to Action Pack subscribers or competency partners, prior to June 30, 2014, or your internal-use software licenses will expire.Download the instructions to transition to the new system