What’s new for US partners – Friday, August 7, 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.

We provide real-time updates about the topics covered in this newsletter and other partner-related news and information on our US Partner Community Twitter feed.

To stay in touch with me and connect with other partners and Microsoft sales, marketing, and product experts, join our US Partner Community on Yammer and see other options to stay informed.

This week’s top stories

Azure Partner Community blog series and community call
Read part 1 of the August blog series for the Azure Partner Community, about Active Directory for Microsoft Azure and Windows, and register for the community call on August 20. Read the blog post.

Partner Spotlight videos showcase the impact of partners in their communities
At WPC, we debuted a collection of videos about how the US Partner Community is helping customers better serve their communities, constituents, and causes. Watch the videos.

Signature Cloud Support benefit overview
Signature Cloud Support is partner technical benefit in the Microsoft Partner that provides qualified cloud competency and hybrid competency partners with an elevated level of technical support for Microsoft cloud products. Learn more.

Make more money selling Microsoft-based solutions
This year, our Sales Excellence webcasts will focus more on helping you make money selling Microsoft-based solutions. Look for our new schedule soon, and watch our best webcasts of the past year on demand. Learn more.

Savings on Microsoft competency exams for partners through August 31
If you’re working to attain or renew a Microsoft competency, or are interested in adding new certification achievements to increase your team’s credibility with customers, you can save on competency exams with this offer. Promotion ends August 31, and vouchers expire December 31. Purchase your vouchers.

Azure sales training now available through Cloud Platform University
Cloud Platform University offers in-person and online training for partner sellers that covers Microsoft Azure, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft Intune, and more. This sales training will help you better assess customer needs, offer and discuss solutions, and close Microsoft cloud sales. Register for upcoming courses.

Our recap of WPC 2015 announcements and resources
Microsoft senior executives had a lot to say to partners about Windows 10, profitability, partner investments, and more at WPC 2015. Read our recap for links to what to watch, read, and review. Go to the recap.

Advanced Analytics program for US partners
If you're interested in the opportunities rapidly emerging to help customers transform their data into real insights and intelligent action, learn about our new US partner program for Advanced Analytics, and listen to the partner readiness call posted in the Yammer group. Learn more.

Volume Licensing readiness webcasts in August
In these August webcasts from the Microsoft Worldwide Licensing and Pricing team, you’ll learn about core Volume Licensing topics, including the latest updates to the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). Register for upcoming webcasts.

August/September partner training schedule  
The August Hot Sheet is a schedule of partner training courses, webcasts, community calls, and office hours for August and September, and includes links to register. Use the Hot Sheet to plan ahead and meet your training goals. Go to the current Hot Sheet.

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