US partner news online for March 13, 2015

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Jenni Flinders - Power of partnership March 2015

The power of partnership: partner opportunities and resources
Microsoft US Partner Vice President, Jenni Flinders, shares an update about partner opportunities and resources for the cloud. Partner feedback helped us prioritize and shape how we are addressing partner needs for profitability and staff productivity while moving to new cloud business models. Read more.

Partner Skykick offer - March 2015

New partner offer helps you start using Office 365 internally today
Through June 30, 2015, Action Pack subscription and competency partners can take advantage of SkyKick’s Migration Suite to migrate your business to Office 365 for free on up to 500 seats. Read more.

Windows 10 partner guidance and resources

New Windows 10 resources for partners
Start preparing for customer conversations about ‪Windows 10‬, and understand your opportunities, with these new partner resources and guidance. Read more.

Scott Akin - digital courseware and labs - recommended training

Self-paced advanced technical training for Microsoft partners
We recently introduced a new training benefit for Microsoft Partner Network members, Microsoft Labs Online, which lets you purchase digital courseware and labs at a discount. US Partner Enablement Director Scott Akin explains how this offering helps you meet your goals. Read more.

Apportals - Convergence session March 2015

Going to Convergence? Learn about Windows Apportals on Wednesday, March 18
Available with Windows 8.1, and continuing with Windows 10, Windows Apportals is breakthrough functionality that pulls together essential customer apps and data in a single view. Attend this session at Convergence to learn about the anatomy of Apportals and the benefits of role-based and task-based data.

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Mobile and cloud sales conversations – new Sales and Licensing Excellence webcast schedule
Sales, licensing, and marketing professionals can prepare for mobile and cloud conversations with customers by attending our Sales and Licensing Excellence webcasts. These 30-minute to 1-hour presentations vary from 100-level to 300-level and feature content that includes Microsoft product and licensing updates, selling tips, and information about business opportunities. See the schedule.

Cloud profitability - plugged in March 2015

Build your business for the mobile-first, cloud-first era
Accelerate your business, profitably, with Microsoft cloud services: Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Use our guide to find suggested resources that help each stage of your business. Read more.


Get your marketing mojo on – enter for a chance to win up to $5,000
Up your digital marketing game with the Marketing SureStep framework – a series of tools that will guide you toward better, more effective marketing practices. Then, check out not one, but two chances to show off your marketing prowess and maybe win a little moolah in the process. Contest ends May 31. Official rules.

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Azure Partner Community: March focus on top partner questions
This month’s Azure Partner Community blog posts and call will include the topics of Microsoft Azure RemoteApp, Site Recovery, API Management, and a demo tool you can use to show Azure solutions to your customers.

SMB Live - week of March 16

SMB Live Events in March and April
Content at these events for SMB partners includes a day for Business and Marketing roles to participate in an interactive, hands-on marketing workshop, and a day for Technical roles to learn about hybrid cloud. Register for the event near you.

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Join the US Partner Team at WPC 2015
Your success in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world will be a key topic at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, Florida this July. At WPC 2015, you’ll hear from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and in the US General Session, the Microsoft US leadership team will provide you with a deeper look and guidance about how we move forward together. The best price right now for an all-access pass is US$1,995, valid through April 22. Register today.

Partner calendar through March 27


Refer to the March Hot Sheet for a comprehensive, frequently updated list covering the next several weeks. Look for the April Hot Sheet around March 18.

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