Below are all the items we published in this week’s U.S. partner newsletter. If you feel that the version you received in e-mail, targeted to you according to your company’s partner profile and your role at your company, is missing something critical from this superset, please let me know by commenting here or sending me an e-mail (partnerQ@microsoft.com).
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Local Recommendations for December
- Join your local Region for their monthly partner call:
- The Big Easy Offer 5.0 is back through December 31; with a qualifying purchase, customers earn money back in the form of a partner subsidy.
- Join the Local Engagement Team on 12/17 for part 3 of their webcast series about how to get started with Microsoft Online Services.
- Secure your existing customer relationships by helping your SMB customers renew their licensing agreements.
- Use our new Partner Training Finder to see in-person and online training that will help you grow your skills: East Region, Central Region, West Region.
Get Discovered by New Customers through Microsoft Pinpoint
Did you know that on average more than 100,000 business customers visit Pinpoint each month in search of a partner? Once customers locate a partner on Pinpoint, they are clicking through to partner websites, downloading white papers, trials, and more. Create or update your company’s profile on Pinpoint to make sure you aren’t missing out on new prospects.
Build Your Business When You Join the IAMCP-U.S.
Harness the power of networking with other Microsoft partners, through the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners. The IAMCP-U.S. chapters link members with one another to learn about industry news from Microsoft. Find the chapter near you and learn how to join.
Give Your Small Business Customers Antivirus Software for Free
Microsoft Security Essentials is now available to genuine Windows users on up to 10 PCs at no cost. Preinstall Microsoft Security Essentials for your small business customers to help them protect their PCs from spyware, viruses, and other threats.
Find Entry-Level Talent with Microsoft Students to Business (S2B)
With Microsoft Students to Business, easily find students with Microsoft skills for your short-term projects, internships, and entry-level jobs.
Receive Customized Support with Partner Technical Services
Get advisory and competitive sales assistance tailored specifically to your needs. Focus on a specific cross-technology solution or learn about the latest Microsoft products and technologies. Download the Partner Technical Services catalog to see current offerings.
4-1-1 SMB Partner Webcast—Expand Your Business with BPOS Sales
Join us on Friday, December 17 for Part 3 of our series about how Microsoft cloud services can help increase your competitive advantage to drive sales and recurring revenue, how to meet common sales objectives, and more.
Earn More Money with Windows Phone 7 Apps
The Microsoft in-app ad solution for Windows Phone 7 helps developers earn more revenue, makes integrating ads easy, and provides actionable reporting using the industry’s first real-time, mobile ad exchange.
Microsoft Platform Ready Online Testing Tool
We’ve made application testing simpler and faster with a new, no-cost, online test tool available through Microsoft Platform Ready for multiple technologies, including Windows Phone 7, Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, and Exchange Server 2010.
Download Microsoft Lync Server 2010
Lync Server 2010 ushers in a new connected experience transforming communication into a more collaborative and engaging interaction that is accessible from virtually any location with Internet connectivity. Begin your free 180-day trial today.
Cloud Power Opportunities from Ready-to-Go Marketing
Accelerate your business growth with the Ready-to-Go Marketing Cloud Power campaign. It includes materials to get you up to speed, case studies that demonstrate how customers are benefiting from cloud computing, and customizable, customer-ready content.
More Mobility, More Productivity from Ready-to-Go Marketing
Help your customers boost productivity with the Windows Optimized Desktop Ready-to-Go Marketing campaign. Ready-to-Go Marketing provides you with the templates and event-planning tools you need to reach more customers.
Content for Dynamics Partners
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Software Advisor Program Update
To receive payment for selling Microsoft Dynamics CRM through the Software Advisor Program, partners are now required to accept the terms of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Software Advisor Agreement during re-enrollment in the Partner Network.
Microsoft Dynamics Partner Strategy Announcement
In October, we made several announcements that further evolve our Microsoft Dynamics partner strategy and complement the recent Microsoft Partner Network announcements. Information about the four new programs is on PartnerSource, the exclusive site for Microsoft Dynamics partners.
New Microsoft Dynamics Offers in Market
Microsoft has a host of offers to help Dynamics partners finish the calendar year strong. Based on your feedback and requests, a number of new offers have been added to the list. Review the Offers Summary Sheets on PartnerSource, the exclusive site for Microsoft Dynamics partners.
Content for Small Business Specialist Community Members
U.S. SBSC Monthly Partner Call—Using Social Media to Expand Your Business
Join Jeremy Epstein in an engaging and entertaining presentation on the three “macro-forces” affecting marketing. You’ll also get suggestions on how you can best take advantage of social media tools to generate positive word of mouth.
Business Model Transformation Workshops for Online Services
Join Microsoft and IPED for a free, one-day, in-person workshop at the Microsoft office in Irvine, where partners who have successfully added cloud services to their Microsoft practice will guide you through developing your cloud business plan.
Practice Accelerator for Desktop Optimization
Help improve productivity and agility for your customers with Practice Accelerator. Register today to learn how to guide organizations to create a more secure and reliable desktop environment by using delivery methodology and templates.
Optimize Your Desktops Training Sweepstakes
Learn how to change the way you provision and manage your desktops. Complete one of our courses on Optimizing Your Desktop, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of six Nook color e-book readers.
Self-Paced Training for the Windows Azure Platform
This on-demand series updates materials already available on the MSDev.com site to reflect the latest developments in the Windows Azure platform.
Microsoft Education Partner Briefing on December 13
Join us for this quarter’s Education Partner Briefing on December 13. The focus will be on the new Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions. Learn how this new subscription enrollment will provide you with more flexibility when making licensing investments.
Sales Improvement Program Base Camp
Attend this Sales Success System (S3) kickoff event in Atlanta on January 18, in Dallas on January 19, or in Bellevue on February 10. The S3 program offers expert coaching, proven systems, and the power of community to drive measurable results.
Take Advantage of Our Partner Training Opportunities
Use our learning resources to find a relevant virtual or in-person course near you, build product expertise with a learning plan, prepare for an exam or attend events for Microsoft U.S. partners. Our Training and Events portal page summarizes the various ways you can take advantage of learning opportunities—many of them offered at no cost to partners.