US partner news online for Friday, April 3, 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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Office 365 Customer Adoption Offer extended to June 30
Microsoft partners with the Microsoft Partner Network Cloud Productivity competency may apply for up to $60K in adoption funding on behalf of new Office 365 customers that purchase a minimum of 150 seats from September 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Get the details about this offer, customer and partner eligibility, and how to apply for funding. Read more here.

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Innovations in Enterprise Social
Our world has become like a giant network, yet many of our customers—and even we in the technology industry—still work like we always have. Microsoft innovations like Office Delve and Yammer bring new experiences that let you work like a network. Get an introduction to these innovations and developments.

Azure Partner Community - hands-on benefits and options posts

Are you utilizing all of your Microsoft Azure partner benefits?
In this three-part blog series, Partner Technology Strategist, Frank Campise, takes you through how to get hands-on with Microsoft Azure to build your skills and proficiency, through partner benefits like internal use rights and MSDN licenses, then explains how the Signature Cloud Support benefit for eligible competency partners works.

MEC PACE program - Office 365 experience selling

Bring the benefits of Office 365 to life for your customers to increase your sales
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

Skykick offer for partners

Migrate your partner business to Office 365 for free on up to 500 seats
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.

WPC 2015 - Awards open Feb - Apr

It’s time to review, edit, and polish your Partner of the Year Award nomination
The submission tool will close at 11:59PM Pacific Time on April 14. As you finalize your entry, take a look at the advice from past judges and guidance from a partner about submitting your best nomination. Good luck—we hope to see you recognized at WPC 2015!

PTS Azure Hybrid EMS training April 2015

Offer your customers the flexibility, power, and scale of Microsoft Azure
Build and implement Azure-based solutions that meet customer needs for flexibility, power, and scale. Take advantage of technical training and services like the Azure Deployment Shadowing Service that are offered by Partner Technical Services. See our blog post about April offerings for Azure, Hybrid Cloud, and Enterprise Mobility Suite.

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What will you do with Visual Studio 2015? Learn how partners can get it
We're putting the latest version of Visual Studio into the hands of partners. Find out what benefits you're eligible for, and check out the preview to experience the amazing new features. What will you do with this powerful, state-of-the-art solution? Read more.

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Windows Server 2003 end of support is July 14, 2015: here are your resources to prepare
With millions of instances of Windows Server 2003 still running worldwide, the Microsoft partner opportunity to move customers to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, or Microsoft Office 365. On the partner portal, you’ll find resources to help you plan customer migrations following the steps of Discover, Assess, Target, and Migrate. Read more.

SMB regional calls - April 2015

April 10: SMB Partner Insider calls in East, Central, and West Regions
Each month, your Microsoft Regional General Manager and Regional Account team will bring you the latest Microsoft information and resources for US partners serving SMB customers, giving you the opportunity to be among the first to know what’s happening.

Microsoft Led Events - January 2015

Help your customers move to modern by syndicating Microsoft webcasts
Microsoft partners can syndicate webcasts hosted by Microsoft while keeping control of their customer registration information. Microsoft Led Events are live and on-demand webcasts executed by Microsoft, but that you can participate in by creating your own co-branded registration pages to invite your customers.

Partner calendar through April 17

Hot Sheet - April 2015 narrow

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

Week of April 6–10

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Thursday, April 9

Friday, April 10

Week of April 13–17

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