What’s new for US partners the week of May 2, 2016

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Four new ways to build your Windows business with the Microsoft Partner Network

Demand for Windows 10 and cloud solutions continues to grow, and recent investments will help you take advantage of that demand. The opportunity spans services, applications, and devices. Find out what’s new, and don’t forget that the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 ends in just a few weeks.

WPC 2016: Save US$100 on your new registration on May 4 and May 5

Starting at 12:01AM Pacific Time on Wednesday, May 4, through 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Thursday, May 5, save US$100 on the price of your all-access pass to WPC 2016. Make you plans to join us in Toronto, Canada, from July 10–14 to celebrate our accomplishments and set a path for growth and new opportunities together.

Differentiate to stand out: part 2 of the Modern Microsoft Partner eBook series is available now

What are the go-to-market approaches that stand out, win more business, and protect margins? Microsoft commissioned IDC research to find out how top-performing partners around the world differentiate themselves. Book 2 in the Modern Microsoft Partner eBook series explains the habits they have in common: establishing a vertical or industry focus, productizing intellectual property, and building strategic partnerships.

May 4: The Future of SharePoint virtual event

At this virtual live event, CVP Jeff Teper will unveil the new vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, both on-premises and in the cloud with Office 365. Following the live keynote from San Francisco, there will be many new on-demand sessions that detail the upcoming innovations. Register today and plan to join this virtual event to learn the future of sharing and collaboration from Microsoft.

May 4 MPN 101 community call: Designing meaningful event experiences

Surprising and delighting attendees at your events can make them more memorable and enhance business value. Take your event planning and execution to a new level by incorporating experiential elements. Ahinsa Mansukhani, who leads the US event planning and visual storytelling practice, shares what she’s learned from planning Microsoft customer and partner events, including the US presence at WPC, and planning events for non-profit organizations.

May 5 Office 365 Partner Community call: Customer Lockbox

Customer Lockbox for Office 365 provides customers with unprecedented control over their content in the service. On this month’s Office 365 Partner Community call, Michael Panciroli is joined by Anand Menon from the Microsoft Application Services Group to talk about customer-controlled, just-in-time, and timebound authorization with detailed audit and logging capability. Chris Wirth from the Partner Technical Services team will also join the call to talk about the new Advanced Support for Partners, a cloud-focused partner support offering.

May 9–11: Accelerated Office 365 technical boot camp for Microsoft partners

Prepare for certification exams 70-346 and 70-347 (required for the MCSA: Office 365 certification) by attending this 3-day virtual boot camp, an accelerated version of the 5-day instructor-led training. This course targets the needs of IT professionals who take part in evaluating, planning, deploying, and operating Office 365 services, including its identities, dependencies, requirements, and supporting technologies. The cost of the course has been subsidized and price per individual is $299.

SMB Partner Insiders: Morning Broadcasts and regional calls

Build your Microsoft cloud practice that serves small and midsize businesses by participating in the US SMB Partner Insiders community. Community resources include calls, news alert emails, and newsletters.

Training for partner sellers to help you close cloud deals

Sales excellence webcasts in May are led by Microsoft product and licensing experts who will talk about Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Azure, SharePoint, Office 365, and more. On our new sales excellence blog post, you’ll find the schedule and links to register for these webcasts as well as for the remaining Cloud Platform University Online courses, and on-demand training links, too.

Internal Use Rights cloud and software benefits update

Get firsthand knowledge of Microsoft product features and capabilities with Internal Use Rights cloud services and on-premises software, available to partners with a Microsoft Action Pack subscription or MPN competency. Combine online services with on-premises software licenses to implement solutions for productivity, demonstration, development, testing, and internal training purposes.


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