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Microsoft has confirmed it will make changes to the way organizations can buy Power Platform solutions. The last-minute change comes as a surprise, but Redmond says its decision was driven by customer feedback.

A week ago, Microsoft told customers it would change how people could buy Power Platform licenses such as PowerApps, Flow, and Power BI. According to the company, starting November 19 self-service options would become available automatically.

IT admins would not be offered the option, it would just roll out automatically. Many businesses expressed dislike over the changes. Microsoft had argued the changes reflected demand from customers.

In an update to its FAQ on October 31, Microsoft rolled back the decision.

“Over the past week, we’ve been listening to customer feedback regarding the rollout of our self-service purchase capabilities for Power Platform products. Based on the feedback, we’re making the following changes to our plan:

“On November 19th, we will provide IT admins a way to turn off self-service purchasing on a per product basis via PowerShell. More details will be forthcoming.

“To provide more time to prepare for this change, we are updating the launch for self-service purchase capabilities for Power Platform products to start with Power BI on January 14th for all commercial cloud customers.

“Beginning January 14, 2020, self-service purchase, subscription, and license management capabilities for Power Platform products (Power BI, PowerApps, and Flow) will be available for commercial cloud customers in the United States. Self-service purchase gives users a chance to try out new technologies and enables them to develop solutions that will ultimately benefit their larger organizations. This capability will not be available to tenants in the US that are government, nonprofit, or education, at this time. Central procurement and IT teams will have visibility to all users buying and deploying self-service purchase solutions through the Microsoft 365 admin center and will be able to turn off self-service purchasing on a per product basis via PowerShell.”

While the original decision stirred controversy last week, it is good to see Microsoft has listened to admins and made changes.