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Introducing Windows 10 editions
Windows 10 is coming this summer, and will deliver a more personal computing experience across a range of devices, powering everything from PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens, and Surface Hub. Different Windows editions are tailored for various device families and uses. Learn about the different editions and how they will address the needs of every customer—from consumers to small businesses to the largest enterprises.

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Drumbeat Start – Fresh new Office 365 sales training on demand
Take your sales to the next level with the new Drumbeat Start level 100 course. By going through this on-demand virtual series, partner sales professionals will learn fundamentals and get insights that help generate Office 365 opportunities, increase Office 365 adoption, and create recurring revenue for their practices.

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Sales and Licensing Excellence webcasts: accelerate your sales and close deals
Sales, licensing, and marketing professionals can prepare for customer conversations by attending our Sales and Licensing Excellence webcasts. Our webcasts will help you build knowledge about Microsoft products and technologies so you can explain to customers how Microsoft-based solutions can meet their business needs. Learn more about our Excellence webcasts, and watch previous webcasts on demand.


June 2–3 in Redmond, WA: Windows 10 Preflight Summit
Get an early look at Windows 10 and learn about its core infrastructure at the Windows 10 Preflight Summit. During this two-day, level 200-300 technical training, you’ll learn about Windows deployment, management, identity, security, and networking through presentations and demos. Use code MPN6435 when registering.

Strategies to prepare for Azure certifications

Earn your Azure certification – prepare with these strategies
The US Partner Technology Strategy team shares their tips for identifying which Azure certification is right for you, and building a study plan that fits your learning style. Plus, they have compiled a list of Azure-specific learning resources.

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Azure Partner Community: May focus on adding CRM Online to your Microsoft practice
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online can go beyond sales force automation as a development platform that helps you deliver differentiated and compelling online customer experiences. By combining CRM Online with Microsoft Azure, which offers world-class cloud computing power, you find the platform to create powerful line of business applications.

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Transforming your partner business for the new era at WPC 2015
On Tuesday, July 14 at WPC 2015, join Judson Althoff, President of Microsoft North America, for a dynamic General Session about how to capitalize on new opportunities brought about by technology advancements for the Cloud Platform, Cloud Productivity, Enterprise Social, and Mobility.


Office 365 Community call on demand: adding CRM Online to your Microsoft practice
By combining CRM Online with Microsoft Office 365, which offers the freedom to work from anywhere on any device, you realize the power of cloud productivity that helps businesses save time and money, and simplifies cross-application integration. Partners with an Office 365 practice today are well positioned to expand their practice to include CRM Online, and address the needs of customers that are looking for a comprehensive productivity solution that includes Office 365, CRM Online, Power BI, and Skype for Business.


May 2015 Security Bulletin summary
As part of our regular release of security updates on the second Tuesday of each month, we released 13 bulletins on May 12. We encourage customers to apply all of these updates.

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.

Partner calendar through May 29


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 18

Monday, May 18

Tuesday, May 19

Wednesday, May 20

Thursday, May 21

Friday, May 22

Week of May 25

Tuesday, May 26

Wednesday, May 27

Thursday, May 28

Friday, May 29


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