What’s new for US partners the week of April 4, 2016


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Build 2016 highlights and announcements

Last week at Build 2016, Microsoft made announcements about cloud services, developer tools, and productivity extensions that enable developers to do more to empower users. From the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition to Skype Bot Portal to the developer portal for Office 365 connectors, the Microsoft developer conference had lots of great news about technology and innovation for building intelligent apps and services.

Microsoft helps developer partners scale applications through Xamarin

One of the most exciting announcements at Build 2016 was about Xamarin for everyone. Visual Studio now includes Xamarin at no extra cost. These new capabilities help you create universal apps that extend beyond the Microsoft platform to third-party technologies. Partners with a Microsoft Action Pack subscription or with a Microsoft competency have Visual Studio subscriptions (Professional for Action Pack, Enterprise for competency), and those subscriptions now include Xamarin development tools. Now developers can deliver fully native cross-platform mobile app experiences to all major devices, including iOS, Android, and Windows.

Office at Build 2016—new opportunities for developers

“In terms of reach, Office is one of the few platforms in the world that provides developers with access to over a billion users across a variety of devices,” says Qi Lu, executive vice president of the Applications and Services Group. The opportunity to develop on the Office platform and build smarter apps as well as native solutions is significant. For partners in the Cloud Solution Provider program that are primarily focused on Office 365, IP services you develop on the Office platform could be included in your cloud offering that provides a unique, end-to-end solution.

Azure announcements at Build 2016: developing for the intelligent cloud

Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that supports the diverse needs of both organizations and developers across core infrastructure services, platforms services and tools, and software-as-a-service. The massive scale of Azure, and the Microsoft commitment to choice and flexibility, mean that developers and businesses can focus on building the apps they need, without worrying about their cloud infrastructure.

WPC 2016: Explore the session catalog

The WPC 2016 session catalog is now available. Find out what’s new in our approach to content at this year’s conference, and how we’re making it easier for you to find the sessions that mean the most to you and your business.

New webcast series: Enjoy more options with open source on Microsoft Azure

One in four Azure virtual machines runs Linux, because Azure now supports open source technologies your customers are using. Attend this webcast series for business and technical roles to learn how to help them maximize those existing investments. Sessions cover Red Hat, Hortonworks, Datastax, Puppet, Chef, Mesosphere, and Docker.

April 6–7: Introduction to Power BI technical training

This level 200 training provides you with the technical skills to produce business intelligence solutions for your customers, so that they can use their data for business insights and decision-making. Modules covered include introduction, getting started, discovering and transforming data, data modeling, and visualizing data. Additional sessions on April 13–14, April 20–21, April 27–28. These sessions are offered at no cost to Microsoft partners.

April 7: MPN 101 for ISVs and App Builders

In this week’s ISV and App Builder Community call, you’ll get an overview of the Microsoft partner program and the benefits, tools, and opportunities Microsoft offers developer partners.

Microsoft advanced analytics partner boot camps

If you’re ready to build a strong advanced analytics practice, and want to learn how to deliver solutions with Cortana Intelligence Suite and Microsoft R Server, sign up to reserve your seat at a multi-day partner boot camp in Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Bellevue, or Fort Lauderdale. Suggested attendees are data scientists, and BI and SQL developers. On the event page, you’ll find the prerequisites and agenda.

Win more deals, accelerate deployment, increase cloud consumption, and support your customers

Microsoft Partner Technical Services provides your core Microsoft Partner Network membership technical benefits, as well as incremental paid support offerings. Attend technical training that helps you build technical presales and deployment capabilities; get technical presales assistance that can help you win more deals; and utilize advisory services that include design and implementation guidance, migration and deployment planning, and more.

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