ANNOUNCING: The Microsoft US OCP Virtual Partner Briefing

Microsoft has always been a partner-driven company. Today, with a $1.7 trillion total addressable market for digital transformation solutions, the opportunity has never been greater. Now is the time to claim your stake! The 2018 Virtual US One Commercial Partner (OCP) Briefing is your chance to hear directly from our Microsoft US leadership team, including our…


May 2018 Hot Sheet partner training schedule

Welcome to the US Partner Community Hot Sheet, a comprehensive schedule of partner training, webcasts, community calls, and office hours. This post is updated frequently as we learn about new offerings, so you can plan ahead. Looking for product-specific training? Try the links across the top of this blog. Connect and engage with us in…


Renew your Microsoft partner program membership in 2018 in 5 easy steps

As you plan and set your business goals for 2018, keep your Microsoft Partner Network membership in mind. Renewing an existing competency or attaining a new competency takes planning and forethought, whereas renewing an Action Pack subscription is simple. Even if your next anniversary date is several weeks or even months away, considering a few…

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Inspire 2018’s U.S. Lounge features the best for our partners

Today we’ve got more details to share on the U.S. Lounge for Microsoft Inspire 2018! The Lounge will feature: A “Subject Matter Expert (SME) Desk,” where you can talk to people who speak your language. Bring questions, and keep an eye out for the upcoming schedule of topics Bite-sized, mini classes packed on the topics…


Introducing Microsoft Azure Sphere: The next step in device security

Today we see more and more connected devices powered by microcontrollers—while there are remarkable benefits to gain from this connectivity, it also gives rise to a new wave of vulnerabilities. Given that microcontroller-based devices don’t get updated as often, security concerns are no surprise. At RSA Conference 2018 this April, we announced the preview of Microsoft…

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Top Stories for US Partners: Week of May 21

Find resources that help you build and sustain a profitable cloud business, connect with customers and prospects, and differentiate your business. Read previous issues of the newsletter and get real-time updates about partner-related news and information on our US Partner Community Twitter channel. Subscribe to receive posts from this blog in your email inbox or…


Overview of Windows IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) market is growing very fast. Intel expects 200 billion connected devices by 2020, while IDC believes global spending will be $1.29 trillion by the same year. Whatever the number you go by, IoT presents a huge opportunity to both partners and customers. To this end, you may have seen the…

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US Lounge: Partners’ place to connect and learn at Microsoft Inspire

More details for Microsoft Inspire 2018 are coming together—today, we’re excited to share the strategy informing the U.S. Lounge experience! The U.S. Lounge will be partners’ destination for learning, connections, and inspiration throughout the event. The space is being designed with partners needs in mind to enable you to create and strengthen connections. Offering a…


US Partners Weekly Bulletin

Find resources that help you build and sustain a profitable cloud business, connect with customers and prospects, and differentiate your business. Read previous issues of the newsletter and get real-time updates about partner-related news and information on our US Partner Community Twitter channel. Subscribe to receive posts from this blog in your email inbox or…


Azure Stack: the last mile in Hybrid Cloud

Lee Cox, Cloud Solution Architect What is Azure Stack? In its simplest form, Microsoft Azure Stack is an on-premises extension of Microsoft Azure. The question most often asked after explaining this is “Why would I want to do that?” The answer to that question is anything but simple. Since the beginning of Public Cloud, there…


New to Microsoft Office 365: Attack Simulator, Data Privacy, and DSR updates

At the RSA Conference in San Francisco last month, we announced several new services and capabilities to Office 365 that can help partners to expand their security and compliance practice and their revenue potential. You can read about all of the announcements from RSA on our Microsoft 365 for Partners blog. This post focuses on…


Road to Inspire: Weekly sneak peek into the latest updates on Microsoft Inspire 2018!

As we get closer to Inspire 2018, we’re excited to share with our partners exclusive, behind-the-scenes information about details of the event as it comes together. U.S. Celebration: Plans are currently being finalized for the biggest U.S. Celebration yet—to be held in a classic, quintessential Las Vegas location. We’ll be sharing more details about the…