U.S. Partner News for Friday, August 5, 2011

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 the U.S. Partner Community on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


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

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Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 Is Here
An intuitive and powerful development environment, Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 is the simplest way for users of any skill level to create business applications for the desktop and cloud. Download the LightSwitch trial and discover what it can help you do.

Public Sector Partners: Download our New Connect to the Cloud Guide
Learn about the highest-priority applications for public sector industries and get guidance on the steps you can take to migrate your existing applications to the Windows Azure platform or develop these applications on Windows Azure.

Get Rebates of Up to 20% for Qualifying Open Value Agreements
Sign up for the U.S. VAR Rebate Program to increase your earnings across Microsoft products when you sell qualifying new and renewal Open Value agreements. The current program runs from July 1 through December 31, 2011.

New Microsoft Office 365 Open Value Offer
Read the FAQ document to understand how this offer enables Open Value (OV) and Open Value Subscription (OVS) customers with organization-wide commitments to license Office 365 at an adjusted price, based on their Software Assurance investment.

Update: Microsoft U.S. VAR Champions Club Program
The Microsoft U.S. Value Added Reseller (VAR) Champions Club recognizes U.S. VARs that are making an impact serving customers in the small- and medium-size business market. Discover the offers, rebates, funds, and support available through this program that can help your business thrive. Program benefits and requirements have been updated for Microsoft’s fiscal year 2012 (July 2011–June 2012).

Update: Microsoft U.S. Cloud Champions Club Program
The Microsoft Small and Medium Business (SMB) Cloud Champions Club gives U.S. partners committed to the cloud the support they need to continue to grow their business around Microsoft Cloud Solutions and Services. Program benefits and requirements have been updated for Microsoft’s fiscal year 2012 (July 2011–June 2012).

Be Recognized for Your Marketing
The 2011 ASPIRE Award, from Ready-to-Go Marketing, celebrates your creativity, your success, and your partnership. Tell us your marketing story and you could win a technology makeover for your company.

Microsoft Dynamics Partners: Get Engaged with Social Media
Use our Nurture Butterfly social media marketing tool to quickly and effectively build and manage social marketing programs. Find valuable content and create a business value dialogue with ERP and CRM prospects and customers. Sign up before August 30 to get 30 days free.

Windows Intune Benefits in Cloud Essentials and Cloud Accelerate Increased
At WPC 2011, we announced an increase in Windows Intune licenses available to Microsoft Cloud Partners. Now, partners enrolled in Microsoft Cloud Essentials get a subscription for up to 25 PCs and members of Microsoft Cloud Accelerate get a subscription for up to 100 PCs.

Microsoft Cloud Benefits for You, Plus Help Migrating Mailboxes
Through September 30, sign up for the Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack and Microsoft Office 365, and we’ll give your company up to 10 licenses to the BitTitan MigrationWiz mailbox migration solution.

Expand Your Reach through Microsoft Community Connections
Want to reach new small and medium business customers with your Microsoft-based solutions? Join 1,200 of your peers who connected with local business organizations in their community last year to host more than 3,000 events and engage with more than 225,000 customers.

Training Resources

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.

Save on Certification Exams and on Practice Tests
Take advantage of training and certification offers to help you renew your membership, attain a silver or gold competency, or showcase your organization’s skills.

Online Cloud Courses for Partners Serving Public Sector Customers
New on the Partner Learning Center, four on-demand courses specifically designed for partners serving customers in the Public Sector to inform you of the benefits of adding Microsoft Cloud Services to your practice.

Microsoft Dynamics Business Excellence Series
Check out the new 10-part online Business Excellence series to understand the priorities in the Microsoft Dynamics business over the next 12 months. Start with the 90-minute overview from the U.S. Microsoft Dynamics Partner Leadership Team, and then choose the rest of your courses based on your business model, product focus, and area of interest.

Now Available: Private Cloud Sales Specialist Accreditation
This new accreditation is the first Private Cloud assessment made for sales professionals wishing to increase their cloud solutions knowledge. Get sales tips and competitive knowledge to keep you at the forefront of the latest private cloud trends.

Labcast: Prepare for the Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Exam
A partner labcast is now available for course 50509A: Implementing Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, and as exam prep for Microsoft Certification Exam 70-162. This certification counts toward attainment of the Identity and Security competency, and is intended for IT Pros who will design, implement, or manage an endpoint malware protection solution.

8/10 Webcast: Microsoft Security Bulletins for August
As part of our usual cycle of updates, Microsoft will release the August Security Bulletins on Tuesday, August 9. Register to attend and participate in the live webcast offering a brief overview of the technical details of these bulletins.

8/11 Webcast: See What’s New with the VLSC
On August 15, Microsoft will release an update to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC), the online resource for viewing Licensing information, downloading Microsoft software, and managing Volume Licensing benefits and subscriptions. Choose your best time from three live sessions covering the same content.

8/16 Webcast: Winning Proposals for Your Prospective Dynamics ERP and CRM Customers
In this webcast, we’ll help you turn your standard Dynamics presentations into meaningful, relevant presentations that address let you differentiate yourself, uncover hidden value, and deliver a value-based proposal. Convert your proposals from engagement letters back to true sales tools.

8/23 Webcast: Selling Office 365 to Government Customers
Learn how to position the value of Microsoft Office 365 to customers in federal, state, and local government. During this session, we’ll also cover the resources available to you to market, sell, and build your technical skills around Office 365.

9/14 Webcast: Ask the Experts – Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Pricing and Licensing
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 licensing now follows the familiar Microsoft “Server and CALs” model, offering customers a simplified way to purchase ERP. Join Microsoft pricing and licensing experts who will answer your questions about this change and address common pricing and licensing scenarios in a live session .

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