U.S. Partner News for Friday, July 6, 2012

imageOn the first and third Friday of each month, the U.S. Partner Team delivers a newsletter for U.S.-based members of the Microsoft Partner Network. This week’s newsletter is a blog post only. We will resume the personalized newsletter delivery for the July 20 issue.

The local Microsoft U.S. teams have been busy preparing for next week’s Worldwide Partner Conference, so we do not have their usual Local Recommendations listed, but you can find links to their local calls, blogs, and upcoming training on the U.S. partner portal:

WPC 2012 News

U.S. Partner’s Guide to a Great WPC 2012
Watch and listen to our online U.S. Partner's Guide to WPC 2012 to finalize your WPC preparation! It features U.S. executives Jenni Flinders, Cindy Bates, Jane Boulware, Angus Norton, and Vince Menzione offering their WPC recommendations. You'll also get details about the U.S. party, U.S. Lounge, and U.S. Track.

Prepare for Your WPC 2012 Attendance
Refer to our single slide that includes links, tips, and even a tag you can scan with your phone to easily get to and save the link to our U.S. community page for reference while at WPC.

WPC Vision Keynotes Streamed Live Online Starting Monday
If you are unable to join us in Toronto for WPC, you will still be able to tune in online to hear executives like Steve Ballmer, Kevin Turner, Jon Roskill, Satya Nadella, and others keynote the Conference on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings, and you’ll see episodes of MPNLive before and after the keynotes, plus at the end of each Conference day.

Follow and Join the #WPC12 Conversation
The U.S. Partner Team live-tweet keynotes and frequently share news from WPC 2012 for non-attendees through @msuspartner. If you are a Twitter user, use #WPC12 to join the conversation through your favorite tweeting tool. If you are not a Twitter user, you can follow the conversation through a tool like Tweetchat.

Partner News

How to Stay Informed as a Microsoft U.S. Partner
It’s a big year for Microsoft and for you, our partners, with several product releases coming over the next several months. Stay informed about your opportunities and the programs, campaigns, and initiatives that will help you take advantage of them, by choosing your favorite way (or ways) of staying informed.

New Microsoft Education Partner Network for U.S. Partners
Partners serving schools and universities should visit the new Microsoft Education Partner Network. MEPN is a dedicated community for Microsoft partners who provide technology solutions to education clients,offering relevant tools and a community to help grow your business.

U.S. Microsoft Dynamics Marketing Services Bureau
We’ve assembled a wide variety of marketing services from Dynamics-savvy vendors. Whether you need a list, consulting services, an outsourced marketing director or a social media solution, the Marketing Services Bureau can help fill your marketing gaps and accelerate your path to new leads.

Ready-to-Go Marketing Events Site Simplifies Your Event Planning Experience
The new Ready-to-Go Marketing Events site lets you create event registration pages for in-person and online events, automate customer event reminders, and leverage event content to help you plan and execute your event. Check out the features of the new site and start planning your next event.

Microsoft Dynamics Partner Strategy Announcement and Q&A Sessions
During the week of July 9, we will announce program changes, and we want to provide you with ample notice to help you understand and benefit from these modifications. Content is published on PartnerSource, and requires sign in.

Reminder to Update Your Browser Favorites or Bookmarks for the New Partner Portal
Earlier this year, we introduced a new online experience for U.S. partners. Any links you have bookmarked in your browser that start with “partner.microsoft.com” are no longer valid for getting to U.S. content. Many of the most popular pages on the previous site have redirects in place, but for the best, most efficient experience, be sure to bookmark the new links, and to get to the new home page, use https://aka.ms/uspartner.

Training Resources

Chance to Win Summer Prizes When You Complete Training
Take any of our featured sales or technical training this month for a chance to win a hammock or camping kit containing a tent and four sleeping bags. Featured training for July covers Windows Server 2012, Microsoft System Center 2012, Microsoft Visual Studio, and Microsoft Office.

Training Hot Sheet for July 2012
Published each month, the Hot Sheet provides you with a schedule of upcoming training opportunities, so you can plan ahead and build your skills for Microsoft products and technologies.

Expand Your Cloud Practice Webcast Series
In this four-part on-demand webcast series, you'll learn from Microsoft experts how to grow your existing cloud practice. Capitalize on the cloud opportunity with Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online, and Windows Intune. You'll get an in-depth look at each product and find out how to close cloud deals.

Microsoft Dynamics GP2013 Partner Training Rundown
There are three upcoming unique classroom training opportunities for partners. Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 will be a game changer in the market. Get ready and be part of making the future.

Windows Azure and Microsoft Exchange Training Recommendations for Your Role

Training for Business Decision Makers

Windows Azure

Microsoft Exchange

Training for IT Professionals

Windows Azure

Microsoft Exchange

Training for Developers

Windows Azure

Microsoft Exchange 2010

Training for Sales and Marketing Roles

Windows Azure

Microsoft Exchange

Training for Training Roles

Windows Azure

Microsoft Exchange

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