U.S. Partner Newsletter for Friday, July 1, 2011

The eagerly anticipated launch of Office 365 has finally arrived. Now you can lead the way to the cloud with the most trusted name in business productivity. Customer excitement for this new offering is high—and partners have reason to be excited as well. In today’s newsletter, look for links to Office 365 resources for partners, and make sure you check out the Training Recommendations section below for Office 365 training recommendations that are customized to your role.

You may be surprised to see the newsletter posted on a Friday. We have made a couple of changes to the newsletter to continue to improve how we serve U.S. partners. We are reducing the frequency of the newsletter to twice per month, on the first and third Fridays. You will no longer receive The Learning Curve edition of the newsletter, but we are incorporating much of the content you are used to seeing in that training-specific newsletter here.
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.


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


Partner News

Let Us Help You Plan Your Microsoft Partner Network Membership Renewal
If your company’s Microsoft Partner Network membership will expire in the next couple of months, we’d like to help you plan your renewal so you can meet your goals for attaining a new Microsoft Partner Network competency. Contact our Partner Network Experts by email, phone, or chat (if an agent is available to chat, you will see a notification at the link above). Our competency roadmaps may also be helpful.

Microsoft Office 365 Is Here—Meet the Growing Demand for Cloud Solutions
Microsoft Office 365 uses the cloud to deliver enterprise-level productivity solutions to businesses of all sizes. It can help you expand your customer base and increase your business by delivering solutions that combine cloud-based and on-premises offerings, creating Microsoft SharePoint sites, and providing IT-management services.

Microsoft Office 365 Client Readiness Assessment Available in July
Join the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) 6.0 Beta for Office 365. Available later this month, the MAP 6.0 Beta will help you perform an agentless, automated inventory of your customers’ hardware infrastructure and assess your customers’ hardware readiness for Office 365 and other solutions.

U.S. WPC Blog: Stay Informed About WPC 2011
The U.S. Partner Team’s WPC blog is your best source of information about U.S. activities at Worldwide Partner Conference, including the U.S. Track Day, U.S. Lounge, and U.S. Party. We’ll post updates there leading up to and throughout WPC. We’re also tweeting live from the Conference on @WPC11US, using the #WPC11 hashtag.

Join Windows at WPC 2011 and Win Big
Attend any of the Windows 7 sessions or Windows keynote addresses at the Worldwide Partner Conference in July, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a Samsung Series 9 900X3A laptop.

Get the Latest News About Windows Intune at WPC 2011
Attend Windows Intune sessions at WPC to discover new sales opportunities, hear from other partners about their successes with Microsoft in the cloud, and more.

Demystify Complexity, Deliver Highly Visual BI Solutions
Partners are combining Visio Services in SharePoint and Office 365 to deliver intuitive business intelligence solutions for customers. Help customers unleash BI buried in complex data, and optimize revenue opportunities for your company. Join Visio sessions BP07 and BP17 at Worldwide Partner Conference to learn the Visio and SharePoint, better-together story.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Webcast for July
Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the Microsoft security bulletins for July, which will be released on July 12, in keeping with our usual cycle of monthly security updates.

New Campaigns from Ready-To-Go Marketing
Your customers are looking to improve their decision making and to stay up to date with their software. Help them get the solutions that meet their business needs with two new campaigns from Ready-to-Go Marketing.

Important Reminder: Support for Windows Vista SP1 Ends on July 12
Understand the technical implications and get resources to help support your conversations with customers about upgrading to Windows 7.

Get Your Windows Phone Resources and Start Increasing Your Productivity
Learn how you and your customers can stay productive with our go-to resource site. Discover educational training tools, case studies and proof that the smartphone can help grow your mobile business.

Training News

Find training opportunities and recommendations anytime on the U.S. Partner Learning blog, Learning Plan Tool website, and the Local Activities Section of the Training and Events page on the U.S. partner portal.

How to Access Your Training Opportunities
Each member of the Microsoft Partner Network can take low-cost and no-cost training through the Partner Learning Center. While you already have access to this great membership benefit, your colleagues may not be aware how easy it is to take advantage of our training offerings. Pass it on!

Save on Microsoft Practice Tests for Microsoft Certification
Let us help you meet your goals for attaining a Microsoft Partner Network competency or becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional. For a limited time, receive 40% savings on select Microsoft practice tests.

Prepare to Pass Your Microsoft Certification Exam
Exam coaching sessions can help you get ready for a variety of Microsoft exams. Choose from one-hour crams or in-depth sessions.

Stay Up to Speed on Windows Intune
Sign up for this five-part webcast series to learn about the latest research from IDC, how to increase Windows Intune sales with professional automation services, and more.

Put Your Microsoft Online Services Knowledge to the Test
Take our Sales and Services Assessment to test your knowledge about Microsoft Online Services. The assessment covers customer value propositions, target customers, key features of pricing and licensing for Office 365 and Windows Intune, and more.

Are Your Sales and Marketing Teams Up to Speed on Microsoft Online Services?
Use our Sales and Services Assessment to test their knowledge. The assessment covers customer value propositions, target customers, key features of pricing and licensing for Office 365 and Windows Intune, and more.

Office 365 Training Recommendations by Role

Microsoft Office 365 Training Recommendations for Business Decision Makers

Microsoft Office 365 Training Recommendations for IT Pros

Microsoft Office 365 Training Recommendations for Developers

Microsoft Office 365 Training Recommendations for Sales

Microsoft Office 365 Training Recommendations for Marketing

Microsoft Office 365 Training Recommendations for Training Roles

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