US Partner News Online for Friday, February 6, 2015


Find out what’s new for Microsoft partners this week. We’ll connect you to resources that help you become market-ready, connect with customers and prospects, and differentiate your business. You can read previous weeks’ issues at https://aka.ms/uspnewsletter.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Now in Open
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online joins Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure in the Open program, simplifying how small and medium businesses acquire these services. Go beyond operational IT and move up the value chain in a business by engaging your customers in a conversation about their business processes.

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New Cloud Customer Relationship Management Competency Coming March 2
This Cloud Performance competency joins those for Office 365 and Azure, and comes with benefits for partners demonstrating success in the cloud, like Signature Cloud Support, priority placement in the Microsoft Pinpoint marketplace, and initial eligibility qualification for CRM incentives (Sales + Management). Earn the silver competency at no cost and gold level competency at a discounted rate.

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Prepare Your Self-Nomination for the 2015 Partner of the Year Awards
The submission tool for this year’s Partner of the Year Awards opens February 16. Start preparing your self-nomination now with these resources, and tell us how you are helping customers solve business problems through Microsoft-based solutions.

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For Customers Still Using Windows Server 2003, It’s Time to Migrate
Windows Server 2003 will reach end of support on July 14—find out how you can help your customers migrate to a modern option that meets their needs. Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, and Office 365 are all great options for migration, depending on each customer’s specific requirements.

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February 19: Azure Partner Community Call – Focus on Office 365
If you’re an Azure partner wondering about whether and how you to add Office 365, read this month’s blog Azure Partner Community blog series and attend the February 19 call. Office 365 is a great way to expand your cloud offerings.

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Windows Licensing Updates Webcasts on March 3 and March 10
Register for this two-part series and build your Windows licensing expertise. The first webcast will break down key licensing concepts, and in part two, you’ll learn about updates to Windows Software Assurance and Windows VDA per user licensing options and get guidance for responding to common customer scenarios.

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New Cloud Platform Roadmap Increases Your Visibility to Improvements and Developments
With this view, you will be able to understand and plan for what’s coming next. In addition, you will be able to easily view newly available products and services, including those in public preview, to help you take full advantage of our expanding portfolio. The Cloud Platform roadmap spans cloud services like Microsoft Azure, Intune, Power BI, and Visual Studio Online; server offerings such as Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Visual Studio; and converged system appliance offerings such as Cloud Platform System, Analytics Platform System and StorSimple.

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Take the US Partner Sales Excellence Challenge
Increase your knowledge about selling and licensing Microsoft products and technologies by taking the Sales Excellence Challenge. Attend a live or on-demand webcast and pass an eligible Sales Specialist assessment by April 30 for a chance to win a Surface Pro 3 tablet. Official rules.

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Reach Your SMB Customers Through Newsletter Marketing
Newsletter marketing is a great way to reach your customers with a variety of topics and offers. To help you jump-start using newsletters in your digital marketing mix, we've created templates that include stories and topics Microsoft is sharing with our SMB customers.

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February 2015 Security Bulletin Release on Tuesday
Get caught up on the January 2015 updates, and prepare for the next Microsoft security bulletin release on Tuesday, February 10.

Partner calendar through February 20

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Refer to the February Hot Sheet for a comprehensive, frequently updated list covering the next several weeks. Look for the March Hot Sheet the week of February 16.

Featured training picks

Week of February 9–13

Week of February 16–20

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