What’s new for US partners on Friday, January 29, 2016


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Top stories

Microsoft US Partner Group VP: Our commitment to you begins with a renewed focus on enablement

Stephen Boyle, the Vice President for the Microsoft US Partner Group, announces a change in his organization to increase focus on partner enablement.

WPC 2016: Register before February 2 to secure your all-access pass at the low price of $1,795

Join the thousands of partners who will come to Toronto this July to get business done. You’ll discover new solutions, innovations, and partnerships while expanding your professional network.

FastTrack and Adoption Offers update: support for SMB customers, offer expansion and extension

As part of our continued investment in FastTrack as a customer success service designed to help customers move to Office 365 and realize business value faster, there are updates that will take effect on February 1. Customers purchasing between 50-149 seats of Office 365 that do not have a Digital Partner of Record or partner in the CSP program will be able to get on-demand guidance in the FastTrack Center through an in-product experience. In addition, the Adoption Offer will include those customers, and the offer has been extended to June 30.

February 2: Windows 10 partner training – What you need to know about the November update

Windows 10 has been designed to be the more most secure, manageable and productive version of Windows ever for the enterprise. With the November Update, Windows keeps getting better. Businesses around the world are already deploying Windows 10, taking advantage of the most secure and easy to manage version of Windows ever. Learn about the new capabilities for IT and users and see first-hand how Windows 10 can help transform your customers’ businesses.

February 3 Cloud Competency Attainment call: focus on Cloud Platform

The Cloud Platform competency enables you to capitalize on the growing demand for infrastructure and software as a service (SaaS) solutions built on Microsoft Azure. Join Chinmayi Bhavanishankar for an in-depth look at this competency’s requirements and benefits, and get an estimated timeline for attainment. Members of the MPN Support team and competency subject-matter experts will be available to answer partner questions.

February 4 Office 365 Partner Community call: The Modern Intranet – powered by SharePoint Services

Microsoft SharePoint expert Mark Kashman will join this call to talk about The Modern Intranet, which spans SharePoint offerings within Office 365 and on-premises environments. You’ll learn about Office 365 Video, Delve “People Experiences,” SharePoint Team Sites, and custom portal development opportunities. We’ll share product demos and answer common partner questions. 

February 5 US SMB Partner Insider calls for East, Central, and West Regions

Each month, your local Microsoft team hosts a partner call that provides you with business insights, news, and resources. You’ll get information about opportunities, programs, and upcoming events.

Self-paced technical training for Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite

Build your deployment expertise for Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) with self-paced training. EMS comprises identity and access management, mobile device and application management, data protection, and advanced threat detection.

SQL Server 2005 end of support is April 12 – help your customers move to a modern data platform

Customers running SQL Server 2005 after April 12 will no longer receive security updates. Help them upgrade to SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL Database to optimize their data platform infrastructure.

Programs and resources for developer partners

The Microsoft Partner Network is investing in developer partners, and the opportunity for developers, IP providers, and ISVs at Microsoft is continuing to grow. Join Sharon Lee from the US Partner Team for a new series of community calls that will explain MPN resources, provide you with best practices for partner-to-partner connection, and more.

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