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Windows Deployment Masters training

Prepare for Windows 10 deployments: Deployment Masters online workshop series starts April 27
The new Deployment Masters workshop series, for IT pros, consultants, and administrators, will help you prepare for Windows 10 deployments. Over the course of eight 2-hour sessions, you will learn how to build real world deployment solutions utilizing the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and System Center Configuration Manager. Register today.


May 5 webcast: How to attract high quality prospects to your IT services business
In this webcast, sponsored by Marketing SureStep, Robin Robins, author of the Technology Marketing Toolkit and Million-Dollar Managed Services Blueprint, will explain how you can get access to a unique, highly effective, field-tested marketing system for IT services firms that can help you close more sales and generate more qualified leads. The live webcast will be on May 5, and re-broadcast on May 6. Register for May 5 or May 6.

Sales Excellence Challenge ends April 30 banner

Ends April 30: Take the Sales Excellence Challenge – enter to win a Surface Pro 3
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 one of three Surface Pro 3. Details and official rules.

Compete resources

Download the latest compete resources
New battlecards are available to help you differentiate yourself from the competition. Get the key points for winning against each competitor, learn what questions to ask your customer, and find additional resources. Sign in to the MPN portal for access. Get the new battlecards.


ISV and Application Builder Center
Developing an innovative application is complex. Delivering it to customers shouldn’t be. Whether you are just starting to build an application or are ready to take it to market, find the resources you need, when you need them. Get started.

RTG - Office 365 marketing action plans

Sell more Office 365 today, with Action Plans from Ready-to-Go Marketing
We’re making it easier than ever to start and expand your cloud business with easy-to-implement marketing action plans to help you reach new prospects and target existing customers with the cloud story.

Office 365 community - Enterprise Social

Office 365 Partner Community: focus on Enterprise Social content and May topic

Read the Office 365 Partner Community blog posts about Enterprise Social, and watch the April 2 call on demand. The focus for May is on adding a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online practice to your business.

Partner Skykick offer - March 2015

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.

Partner calendar through May 8

Hot Sheet - May 2015 narrow

Refer to the May Hot Sheet for a comprehensive, frequently updated training list covering the next several weeks. See our new weekly post on the US Partner Learning blog, where we highlight upcoming training and training-related resources.

Week of April 27

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Thursday, April 30

Friday, May 1

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Tuesday, May 5

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Thursday, May 7

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