US Partner News Online for Friday, February 13, 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

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You’re Invited: Join the US Leadership Team at WPC 2015
"The Worldwide Partner Conference is where opportunity meets profitability in this mobile first, cloud first world." Join Jenni Flinders, Microsoft US Partner VP; Judson Althoff, Microsoft President, North America; and the US Leadership Team at WPC 2015 this July in Orlando, Florida. Learn more.

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Azure Partner Community Call on Thursday, February 19
If you’re an Azure partner wondering about whether and how you to add Office 365 to your practice, read this month’s blog Azure Partner Community blog series (listed below) and attend the February 19 call. Office 365 is a great way to expand your cloud offerings. Learn more.

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MPN 101: An Introduction to the Microsoft Partner Network
Learn about your options for membership in the Microsoft Partner Network, and the associated benefits you receive, like internal use rights, technical support, marketing materials, and more. Our new MPN 101 presentation explains program basics and provides you with links to get further details about your areas of interest. Learn more.

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Activate Your Office 365 Internal Use Licenses
Partners with a Microsoft Action Pack subscription or any competency have access to internal use licenses for Office 365. Getting hands-on with Office 365 will help you sell cloud solutions more effectively. With this benefit, you can use Microsoft Office applications, Office for tablets, business-class email, web conferencing, presence, IM, enterprise social, and more. Learn more.


Email Marketing Works – Try It Today with this Special Offer
Eligible Microsoft partners that sign up for a new Constant Contact email account will receive a $150 account credit on their monthly subscription. Terms and conditions. Learn more.


Take Control of Your Cloud Destination
Partner Technical Services can help your business gain a competitive advantage, provide higher quality deployment planning, and drive more profitable solutions to market, faster. Services are available by cloud solution—Microsoft Azure, Hybrid Cloud, Office 365, and (coming soon) Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Learn more.

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Readiness Guide for US Partners
Keeping your team’s knowledge and skills up-to-date is critical to your company’s success. Microsoft offers several options for training partner business, technical, sales, and marketing roles. In our readiness guide, you’ll find information about in-person, live virtual, and on-demand training opportunities, plus offers from Learning Partners. Download the guide.


Cloud Adoption Planning and Profitability Resources
If you’re just starting to evaluate your options for building a cloud-oriented business, we have resources to help, including a new playbook about Cloud Adoption Partner Profitability. You’ll learn about the opportunities and best practices for driving adoption of Microsoft cloud services, and explains the three cloud partner business models for increased profitability. Learn more.

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Join the US Partner Community on Yammer
Thank you for reading our blog—did you know that we also have a Yammer network for the US Partner Community? Partners on Yammer are connecting with each other and with US subject-matter experts. Learn more.

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MPN Cloud Performance Competencies – How to Get Started
If you have an active practice around Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Azure, consider attaining a Cloud Performance competency. Through June 30, the Silver competency fee for these is waived, and you can enter Gold level at a reduced price. Learn more.

Partner calendar through February 27


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

Week of February 16–20

Monday, February 16

Tuesday, February 16

Wednesday, February 18

Thursday, February 19

Friday, February 20

Week of February 23–27

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Tuesday, February 24

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Thursday, February 26

Friday, February 27

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