Autotask partners with Microsoft CSP programme to maximise Azure opportunity


IT management software provider Autotask has announced a partnership with Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme and MessageOps to launch CSP Boss.

The product is aimed at Autotask customers looking to “maximise the cloud services opportunity”. Service providers can automate management, billing and support of Microsoft’s cloud portfolio, including Office 365, Azure, and SharePoint, while value added services can also be provided in the form of an integrated help desk and knowledge base. According to the dedicated page for CSP Boss, 20% gross profit margins are promised for resellers.

“Microsoft is excited to see the strategic partnership between Autotask and MessageOps,” said Brent Combest, Microsoft director of partner profitability and compete in a statement. “This combined offering furthers our vision to provide a platform through CSP from which members of the Microsoft channel can create operational efficiencies and ultimately increase profitability via the sale of our online services.”

Elsewhere, Microsoft announced a series of new cloudy and machine learning features to its Office 365 apps. Outlook will be offering @mentions, while Word will incorporate new editing and researching features. “As a cloud-based service, Editor will get better with time,” wrote Kirk Koenigsbauer, Office corporate vice president. “It will expand upon Word’s current spelling and grammar tools to inform you why words or phrases may not be accurate – teaching at the same time it is correcting.”

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced its latest financial results, with Azure revenue growing 102%, and compute usage more than doubling year on year.

You can find out more about CSP Boss here.