About Azure in Open Licensing
Each Online Service Activation (OSA) Key lasts for 12 months from the date of redemption and can be used against any consumption-based Azure service. Note that purchasing a credit is not the same as activating an OSA Key. The 12-month subscription period only begins when you redeem your OSA Key.
Working with a Reseller
One of the benefits of purchasing Azure via Open Licensing is the ability to work with the same resellers that you may purchase from currently under the Open Volume License Programs. Be sure to take advantage of the services and expertise they offer as well as help with managing your account. If you are looking for a reseller, visit Microsoft Pinpoint.
Applying your Azure credits
Azure in Open Licensing credits can be applied towards any Azure Service that is eligible for Monetary Commitments, when purchased online. Services that are not eligible for use with monetary commitments, such as Azure RMS and Azure Active Directory Premium, cannot be procured using Azure in Open.
Azure pricing is specific to the services consumed. View complete list of Azure Services available for Monetary Commitments and detailed pricing here.
Monitoring your account balance
You will be sent an email notification when your account balance reaches 30 percent of the initial purchase. You can sign up for up to five additional alerts in the Account Management Portal in the Alerts menu. We recommend adding your reseller as a co-administrator on your account so that they can help with monitoring and managing your account. Even if you choose not to add your reseller as a co-administrator, please be sure to include your reseller email when you register so they can also be notified of a low balance on your account.
Buying more Azure credit
You can purchase additional Azure credits at any time from your reseller. Azure service credits are redeemable in increments of the approximate equivalent of $100 per unit purchased. See the equivalent amount of Azure service credit per unit purchased by currency using the currency selector. The below table is the list of currencies that can be used to purchase Azure.
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Managing your account
Use the Azure Management Portal to handle the administration of domains, end users, subscriptions, and co-administrators. You can also elect to have your reseller manage your account on your behalf. To do this, you will need to add your reseller’s credentials to your account as a co-administrator.
If you have not yet activated your OSA Key, you can return the key any time within the standard Open license return period. Once your OSA Key has been activated, it cannot be cancelled, and there are no returns for any unused Azure credits. Upon the expiration or complete use of your Azure credits, you can let your subscription expire. Data is retained for 90 days after the expiration date. You may require a Support ticket to reactivate your account if you reach a zero balance, depending on the services you are utilizing.
Contact your reseller for support or submit a support case online through the Azure Management Portal. Subscription and billing issues do not require a support contract. However, technical/break-fix issues will require an Azure support plan, which is sold separately. For details on available support plans, visit the Azure Support Plans page. For an overview of technical and billing support options, visit the Azure Support Options page.
More details on Azure in Open, such as offer availability, usage quotas, service level agreements, and usage quotas, can be found on our Pay-As-You-Go page.