Microsoft backtracks on self-service purchase plan

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Microsoft has backpedalled on its plan to allow enterprise users to buy Power Platform products following a backlash.

The company had planned to give all end-users within an organisation the ability to bypass Office 365 admins and buy their own licences for Microsoft Power Platform subscription.

However, following outrage from users and a global industry body for IT managers, the vendor will now provide admins with a way to turn off self-service purchasing on a per-product basis via PowerShell.

In a blog update published on 31 October, Microsoft said it will also delay the launch for self-service purchase capabilities for Power Platform products to start with Power BI on 14 January for all commercial cloud customers.

The vendor claimed it had been “listening to customer feedback” after more than 6,800 users voted against the change on UserVoice.

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