US Partner News Online for Friday, October 10, 2014

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Windows 10 - great news for partners - Phil Sorgen post

Introducing Windows 10 for Business – Guidance and Resources for Partners
Microsoft Channel Chief, Phil Sorgen, talks about the recent announcement of the Windows 10 technical preview and provides guidance and resources for partners to learn about it and answer customer questions—while continuing to help customers modernize their businesses with Windows 8.1.

Sales Excellence - Windows 10 on Oct 21

October 21 Sales Excellence Webcast: Windows 10
Microsoft recently announced the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Join Betsy Pridmore, Director of US Windows Product Marketing, to learn more about the Windows vision. Our schedule of upcoming Sales and Licensing Excellence webcasts, as well as a list of on-demand webcasts, is available here

Azure Partner Community - Disaster Recovery- October 2014

US Azure Partner Community: Disaster Recovery Blog Series and Community Call
This month’s US Azure Partner Community focus is on how Microsoft Azure can be used to plan for and address common disaster recovery scenarios. Read our blog series about the topic, and register for the call on Thursday, October 16.

Drumbeat Grow in-person events

Amplify Your Office 365 Sales at Drumbeat Grow
Skilled Office 365 partner sellers are invited to attend Drumbeat Grow to refine and extend their sales skills, and transform customer product conversations into insightful, profitable, solution-based business discussions. Upcoming events in Dallas, New York, Atlanta, and Austin.

Office 365 Rainmaker webcasts SMB

Office 365 Rainmaker Webcast Series for SMB Partners
This 8-part webcast series provides prescriptive guidance to help you capitalize on every cloud productivity sales opportunity. It will teach you methods to manage the customer lifecycle, generate demand, deliver demonstrations, increase renewals and so much more.


Security Bulletin Release - October 2014

October 2014 Security Bulletin Release
As part of our regular schedule, on October 14, nine Security Bulletins will be released. Three of these updates are rated Critical, five are rated as Important, and one is rated Moderate in severity. These updates are for Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, .NET Framework, and ASP.NET.

Partner Technical Services webcasts October to December 2014

Office 365 and SharePoint Webcast Series from Partner Technical Services
Register for technically focused webcasts that cover key Office 365 and SharePoint workloads and scenarios, to help you identify and address customer needs. Targeted to technical roles, functional roles, and consultants at Microsoft Partner Network member organizations, webcasts include both presentations and demonstrations.

Cloud Profitability Fridays - webcasts   QA

Make Your Move to the Cloud: Cloud Profitability Fridays
On Fridays at 8:30AM Pacific Time, join a live Q&A chat with a cloud expert to learn more about cloud profitability topics such as the pitch, financial modeling, and creating a business plan. Each session also features a live Q&A chat with a cloud profitability subject matter expert.

WPC 2015 - Register by November 2

WPC 2015 All-Access Pass – Pay $1,695 Through November 2
Join us at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) as we redefine productivity in a mobile-first, cloud-first world and anticipate future opportunity in the face of industry-wide change. This premier event for Microsoft partners is in Orlando, Florida from July 12–16. Through November 2, you can secure your spot at WPC 2015 for just $1,695. The price will increase on November 3.

RTG - Constant Contact offer Oct 31

Get Real Results with Email Marketing – Special Offer for US Partners Ends October 31
Your customers check their email all day, every day—making email a powerful way to generate leads, boost sales and build customer loyalty. Send unlimited emails for one flat fee. First 50 partners to register for a Constant Contact account receive $288 credit in their account. Terms and conditions

Training and Certification

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October 2014 Hot Sheet training schedule

October Hot Sheet: Find and Register for Upcoming Training and Partner Calls
The Hot Sheet is a frequently updated schedule of live virtual and in-person training and informational calls that are coming in the next few weeks. Subscribe to the US Partner Learning blog to receive the Hot Sheet in your email inbox. Look for the November Hot Sheet on October 16.

Apportals design develop training week of Oct13

Windows Apportals Design and Development Training
A Windows Apportal is a Microsoft Windows 8.1 app that can integrate a customer’s entire line of business (LOB) stack into a single, modern, touch-based experience. Learn how to design and develop a fully functional Windows Apportal.

Bing Ads webcast - October 2014

October 14 Bing Ads Webcast: Use Digital Advertising to Drive Leads for Your Cloud Practice
Register for this webcast to learn from Microsoft experts how search behavior, industry insights, and Bing Ads can drive leads for your cloud practice. Attendees will receive an offer to trial Bing Ads, and easy steps to build your first search marketing campaign on Bing Ads.

Azure University - Dallas TX

October 28-29 in Dallas, Texas: Microsoft Azure University
Azure University offers a business track that will help you develop the right business model for your market, and a technical track that provides the foundational knowledge for running new workloads in Azure or migrating existing workloads from on-premises.

Azure Road to the Cloud events for ISVs - October

Microsoft Azure Road to the Cloud Events for ISVs
Join this event to learn from your peers in the industry that have built a successful business in the cloud. You’ll hear from owners and leaders of successful software businesses about best practices and lessons learned, and gain insight about the cloud opportunity for a software business.

Calendar through October 24

imageThis list is a sampling of upcoming partner calls, training, and events. Refer to the October Hot Sheet for a comprehensive list for the next several weeks that's frequently updated. Look for the November Hot Sheet on October 16.


Monday, October 13

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Wednesday, October 15

Thursday, October 16

Friday, October 17

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Tuesday, October 21

Wednesday, October 22

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Friday, October 24

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