Week of June 6: Highlights for U.S. Partners

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).

For more partner news, resources, and recommendations, visit us on the U.S. partner portal and Virtual Partner Concierge, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. If you are a Microsoft Action Pack subscriber, read Julie Golding’s monthly Q&A.


Diane Golshan
Sr. Marketing Manager, U.S. Partner Team
Learn more about what I do at Microsoft.

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WPC 2011 News (Conference site at http://digitalwpc.com/)

June 9 Webcast: How to Make the Most of Your WPC 2011 Attendance
Learn. Grow. Plan. Network. Attend our one-hour webcast to find out how to accomplish these things and more at WPC 2011 next month. Lori Stutsman, President of Extra Mile Marketing, explains how to use your attendance to help move your business ahead with Microsoft.

Day Pass Options for WPC 2011 Offer Cost-Effective Attendance
If you can only attend one or two days of WPC 2011, consider purchasing an Event Day Pass. We hope you’ll use yours to come to the U.S. Partner Track on Thursday, July 14, when you’ll have an opportunity to attend sessions geared toward U.S. partners on a variety of topics.

Ballmer, Turner, Roskill Headline WPC 2011
Our lineup of compelling, thought-provoking vision keynotes offers WPC 2011 attendees an opportunity to hear from top Microsoft executives. An estimated 250 Microsoft executives from across the world will be on-site in Los Angeles, with many delivering value keynotes and all available for high-impact networking and inspired collaboration.

The Application Lifecycle Management Competency Could Be Your Ticket to WPC 2011
Be one of the first ten partners to achieve the Application Lifecycle Management competency before June 24, and you may be eligible to get a free pass to the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011. If you need help with competency requirements, contact the U.S. Microsoft Partner Network Experts team.

Partner News

Promote Your Success with Microsoft Victory Lap
Our new Victory Lap site is a place for Microsoft Partner Network members to celebrate success. You work hard for those wins, and we want to help you tell your story. Use Victory Lap to stand up and tell the world just how great your company’s Microsoft-based solutions are. It’s all about more exposure with customers for you, your company, and Microsoft.

Microsoft Office 365 Beta with Partner Features
Join Microsoft Cloud Essentials or Microsoft Cloud Accelerate for access to the enhanced version of the Microsoft Office 365 Beta. Additional features include the ability to send customized trial invitations to your customers and to be designated the customers’ partner of record at the beta stage.

Planning to Take Your Customers into the Cloud?
Start by experiencing the benefits for yourself. Subscribe to the Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack and sign up for the Microsoft Office 365 Beta by June 30 to receive up to 10 complimentary licenses for the BitTitan MigrationWiz mailbox migration solution.

Unified Communications Competency Announcement
Starting in October, you’ll be able to better differentiate your Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Lync expertise with customers. The Unified Communications competency will be divided into two parts: the Messaging competency (for partners with Exchange solutions) and the Communications competency (for partners with Lync solutions).

Solution Finder and Solution Profiler Retire June 30
The Solution Profiler tool and website will be retired June 30. Microsoft Pinpoint will be the single destination for you to profile your company and list your solutions, services, and applications. Read our guidance about the transition.

MPN Guidance for Microsoft Dynamics Partners
Microsoft has announced a lot of changes to the Microsoft Partner Network that will continue to happen through January 2012 and beyond for Microsoft Dynamics partners.

Extended to June 30: Try, Buy, and Go Live with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Qualified organizations can receive $200 from Microsoft for each Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Subscription license, and organizations can license Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for only $34 per user per month through June 30.

Launch of New Microsoft Dynamics CRM Cost Comparison Tool
Microsoft has released the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Cost Comparison Tool which provides a customized estimate of potential cost savings customers can achieve by purchasing Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online in the United States.

Watch How Windows Phone Helps a Busy Mom at the Tribune
“I’m not doing double the work anymore,” says Denise Schuster, an SVP at the Tribune and a mom. Windows Phone keeps her productive with Outlook mobile, while texting helps her stay connected. Learn how your customers can benefit.

Earn $250 for Completing Your First Windows Azure Application
Get $250 to help market your Windows Azure application when you verify application compatibility through Microsoft Platform Ready before June 17. Follow the instructions on the Microsoft Platform Ready Exclusive Offers page. Download the offer terms and conditions.

Microsoft Cloud Computing Solution: Windows Azure Platform Development Accelerator
Offer your customers a quick and easy way to get to the cloud with a little help from Microsoft. The Development Accelerator Extended Offer is a combination of the Windows Azure and SQL Azure Core offers and gives users a 52% discount.

Bytes by MSDN Interview: Jason Jacobs, CEO of Runkeeper
Jason Jacobs, CEO of RunKeeper, shares his experiences with developing on the Windows Phone platform. If you’re a mobile developer and fitness enthusiast, this is one interview you won’t want to miss.

Live@edu Migration Opportunities for Partners: Hotmail to Outlook Live
Enrich your education customers’ email experience today and prepare them for the future. Hotmail was the basis for the Live@edu infrastructure for education institutions. Now you can offer your customers a better solution in Live@edu with Outlook Live.

New Future of Productivity Campaign
Use our new Ready-to-Go Campaign, Future of Productivity, to get the materials you need to market your Microsoft Productivity Platform solutions to customers. From discussion guides to customer offers, from case studies to event email invitations, we’ll help you showcase your company.

Training Recommendations

Accelerate Adoption of Microsoft Private and Public Cloud Platforms
Help customers effectively plan their journey to the cloud with migration assessments for the Windows Azure Platform, Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track, Office 365, and more.

TS2 Office 365 and Online Services Partner Roadshow
Attend this event in a city near you to take advantage of the growing interest in Office 365 and Microsoft Online Services opportunities. You will learn everything you need to know to drive successful sales engagements based on the Microsoft solution sales process.

Office 365 Technical Ignite Tour
This workshop is for IT Professionals and Technical Pre-Sales roles who are proactively looking to stay ahead of the market by learning about the future capabilities of Office 365. Attend in a city near you.

Building Solutions Together Tour Provides You with Insights to Serving SMB Customers
Join us for an evening Showcase and Reception in a city near you, where you’ll hear from Microsoft and Intel executives about the current SMB market and how you can take advantage of current opportunities to help increase your revenue.

Updated: Microsoft Office 365 Partner Readiness Checklist
We’re keeping this checklist updated with the latest resources to help you drive customer awareness and excitement leading up to the general availability of Microsoft Office 365. Read our recommendations for training, demos, tools, and more.

June 7 Webcast: Adding Scale Easily to ASP.NET Apps
The one-hour session will show you how to address common scaling solutions such as caching, global traffic distribution, and load balancing.

June 8 Exam Cram Marathon: We’ll Help You Pass Your Next Certification Exam
We’ve asked Microsoft Certified Trainers to host “Exam Crams.” These one-hour online presentations, offered at no cost, will cover important topics and concepts that will be on the certification exam for products like SQL Server, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008.

June 14 Webcast: Information About Microsoft June Security Bulletins
Partner Technical Services offers you partner-specific information about the Security Bulletins scheduled to be released in our regular monthly update, on June 14.

June 15 Webcast: Tips and Tricks to Make Mobile Apps Scale and Perform
Your goal is to have the same app run on as many mobile platforms as possible. Just as important is scalability, while providing a seamless user-experience. Join us to learn how to use libraries for your mobile apps and architect for scalability.

July 19 Webcast: Microsoft Office 365 Partner Opportunity with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
This live webcast goes deep on the opportunity for Microsoft Office 365 partners to sell Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2011. We’ll explore best practices and business modeling for how Office 365 partners can be successful and profitable selling CRM Online.

Windows Phone Resources to Help Develop Solutions and Increase Business
With Windows Phone, you can start doing more in less time. Learn how this smartphone blends apps and services so your customers can develop the mobile business they deserve.

Windows Intune Partnercast Sweepstakes
Download and listen to these short podcasts to learn how Windows Intune can help your customers simplify their PC management and security. For each partnercast you complete before June 30, you will receive one sweepstakes entry.

Applying SDL Requirements Practices Within Windows Azure
When planning for security and privacy, what are the similarities and differences when deploying to Windows Azure? Watch videos that will teach you how to map the existing and new risks to the cloud-based environment.

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