I’m happy to announce that our new Technical Communities program is now up and running. You might have known this as User Group Support Services in the past. The program has been changed and updated to better serve the needs of User Groups and other technical communities. If you are a User Group leader please read on for what the program is all about and how to join. As a User Group Leader I encourage you to join! After all it’s free!
The new Microsoft Technical Communities Program is targeting Community Leaders with the goal to foster the career growth and job skills of their members.
Community leaders can connect with their peers easily to share best practices, content and opportunities through the MSTC Wiki and Forum environment. With the launch of this new program it is now very easy to find and connect with the ideal speakers for events run by community leaders.
The program also entails a variety of offers and promotions that make it easier for the community members to get up to speed on the latest Microsoft technologies. Members of the new MSTC will have the option to choose from extended trial versions, skills-based training, special discounts, and more.
Also, the UGSS Event funding limit allocation of $1000 no longer applies. Funds can be requested for events on predefined topics focusing on Microsoft technologies. At launch Community leaders can request funding for the following topics (and new ones will be added constantly over the course of the year):
- Windows 8
- Windows Azure
Another great help to guarantee a successful Community event is the content Microsoft makes available via MSTC in the form of TechTrax and DevTrax sessions. These are train-the-trainer sessions where Microsoft’s top technical experts detail the best ways to deliver content for topics focusing on Microsoft technologies like Windows Server, Windows Azure, Windows 8 and others. This content library will be extended over time.
Make sure to sign up now if you are a Community Leader. Visit www.technicalcommunity.com to start the registration process and benefit from this new program.
To members of the Microsoft UGSS Program: The MSTC is an evolution of UGSS (“Usergroup Support Services”). Please note that your old UGSS account will not be migrated to the new Microsoft Technical Communities Program. So make sure to register at www.technicalcommunity.com to continue to receive great benefits from Microsoft.
I’ve signed up as a Technical Expert within Technical Communities so make sure say g'day!