US partner news online for Monday, May 4, 2015


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Save $100 on your WPC 2015 all-access pass on May 6 and May 7
If you’re not yet registered for WPC 2015, you can save $100 on your new all-access pass registration on May 6 and May 7. Take this opportunity to save on the connections and insights that the biggest Microsoft partner event offers. Whether hearing from visionary speakers, expanding your professional network, or celebrating your outstanding achievements as a partner, you’ll find it all at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, in Orlando, Florida from July 12–16.

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Get caught up on the news and announcements from Build 2015
Keynotes, sessions, and announcements that took place during Build 2015 are available for on-demand watching and reading. Visit the Build 2015 news center to link to press releases, the Windows 10 blog, related assets, and the Official Microsoft Blog. You may also be interested in attending the Build Tour, coming to several cities around the world, and these US cities:

Marketing SureStep May 5 webcast

May 5 webcast: Attract more high-quality leads, and close more deals
In this webcast from Ready-to-Go Marketing and Marketing SureStep, IT marketing expert Robin Robins explains how you can get free access to a unique, highly effective, field-tested marketing system for IT services firms. Register to attend:

Strategies to prepare for Azure certifications

Get certified on Microsoft Azure – guidance and resources from Partner Technology Strategists
Nick Johnson, Partner Technology Strategist for Microsoft Azure, shares what he and his colleagues have learned from their recent efforts to prepare for and pass Azure certification exams. In his blog post, you’ll learn how he builds a study plan and what resources are available to help you study and practice prior to taking your exam.

Apportals - on-demand technical training for IT pros and developer

Windows Apportal training modules for IT pros and developers
Built on top of Windows 8.1, Apportals organize and reveal data and apps needed for a specific role or task. This breakthrough functionality enables users to search less and solve more. A Windows Apportal can be shaped to fit nearly any task or role within an organization. Seven technical training modules are now available for partner IT pros and developers to learn how to build and implement Windows Apportals for customers.

Cloud roadmaps - Azure and Office 365

Roadmaps for Office 365 and Microsoft Azure provide visibility to new features and services
Online roadmaps are available for Office 365 and the Cloud Platform that includes Azure, so you can easily view newly available products, features, and services.

Partner calendar through May 15

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 May 4

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Week of May 11

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