US partner news online for March 20, 2015

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You’re invited: Save the date of July 14 for US partner activities 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 our day of US sessions, the Microsoft US team will provide you with a deeper look and guidance about how we move forward together. Register for WPC 2015 today.


New opportunities emerge for cloud service providers
According to a new study, nearly 70 percent of the opportunity for cloud service providers now centers on application hosting (email and business applications), managed services (backup and disaster recovery), and security services (threat management). Read more.

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Bring the benefits of Office 365 to life for your customers through experience selling
US Partner Enablement Director, Scott Akin, shares how you can utilize the rich, experience-oriented sales content developed for MEC (Microsoft Experience Center), our immersion experience for Office 365. Through the PACE program, you complete two training requirements for access to content and our MEC platform. Get started today.

Application builder resources

Application builder resources for ISVs
Microsoft has the resources and tools to help ISVs build, certify, and bring your applications to market. Find what you need from Microsoft based on where you are in the application development cycle. Explore your resources.


Get ready for Skype for Business
Skype for Business delivers an expanded Lync feature set and enterprise-grade security, compliance and control to IT. The technical preview of the Skype for Business client is now available, and the new client, server, and online service will become generally available starting in April. The tech preview gives current Lync customers a chance to trial Skype for Business and get ready to upgrade. Read more.

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Get more qualified leads through the new Microsoft Pinpoint
New and profitable customers can find you more easily through Microsoft Pinpoint. The new Pinpoint Partner Center makes it easy to create, manage, and update your profile to increase your online visibility and showcase your capabilities and expertise. Get the latest tips for making Pinpoint work for you from our Pinpoint expert, Jennifer Tomlinson. Read more.

SMB Live - week of March 24

Week of March 23: SMB Live events in Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Tampa
This year’s SMB Live events include a day of new in-depth and hands-on marketing content, and a day of 300-level technical training to modernize your organization’s technical skills and marketing capabilities. You’ll leave with the tools you need for cloud business growth and to be prepared to help modernize your SMB customers to Office 365 and hybrid cloud with Microsoft Azure, Hyper-V, and Windows Server 2012 R2. Register for upcoming events in March and April.

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March 26–27: Last chance to take the Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB at no cost
Learn the fundamental deployment principles and processes that lead to repeatable successful deployments of Office 365 for small and medium business customers. You’ll get an introduction to your Office 365 opportunities, guidance for getting started, and coverage of Office 365 services.

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April 2: Office 365 Partner Community call – Focus on Enterprise Social
Join the US Office 365 Partner community call. Each month we’ll look at a specific topic related to Office 365 and how you can build a practice around it, sell more of it, and implement with success. The focus is on Enterprise Social. Register today.


Buy back time by spending your advisory hours
Your MPN membership benefits can bring real value to your business, your work life, and even your personal life. Learn how Bill Hole, President of the US Licensing Group, made his benefits work for him. Read more.

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Partner calendar through April 3

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Refer to the April Hot Sheet for a comprehensive, frequently updated training list covering the next several weeks.

Week of March 23–27

Monday, March 23

Tuesday, March 24

Wednesday, March 25

Thursday, March 26

Friday, March 27

Week of March 30–April 3

Monday, March 30

Tuesday, March 31

Wednesday, April 1

Thursday, April 2

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