What to do now Windows 7 has launched…

Thank you to everyone who was involved in yesterdays Windows 7 launch and thank you to those Partners who hosted there own launch parties.  I have had a chat to a few Partners today and they have told me that there is a lot of enthusiasm out in the market place.

What To Do Next  - It is time to capitalise on this enthusiasm and bring to your customers the next generation of computing infrastructure.  Here are few key actions you should be doing right now to ensure that you are best prepared to take full advantage of the extraordinary opportunity that the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 releases present:

Use these products in-house (Gold Certified and Certified Partners, MAPS) to best prepare your team to talk to customers, and use the role-based training resources (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2) to gain a deep understanding of all of the benefits that they can offer.

Use the momentum around the Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and the upcoming Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 launches by hosting joint launch events using the New Efficiency Joint Launch in a Box. Also, hear what Steve Ballmer and IT leaders from several companies have to say about the new efficiency.

Leverage the tools and resources available in the Partner Marketing Centre to help you sell to your customers with one of the following campaigns:

Customer Size

Windows 7

Windows Server 2008 R2

Enterprise and Corporate Accounts

Windows Optimized Desktop

Optimized Datacenter

Small and Mid-Market

Upgrade the Desktop

Business Servers & Virtualization Management

Access no-charge online technical support through Microsoft Partner Network Online Technical Communities, especially these: Windows 7 Client and Server, Windows 7 Application Compatibility, Windows 7 System Builder, Windows Server 2008 R2.

ISVs, ensure that your applications are ready for these new releases through the Green Light Program and by displaying the Compatible with Windows 7 Logo and Works with or Certified for Windows Server 2008 R2 logo on your products.


Thank you guys for all your support this week and have a great weekend



Comments (2)
  1. Sarah_Arnold says:

    Hi Clayton,

    Thank you for the feedback, I will ensure I share all Windows 7 resources as they become available via this blog.  In relation to your issue,  I have just logged onto the Partner Marketing Centre and I am able to access the campaign.  I have escalated your issue to our call centre and they will be in touch with you to work out why you are getting an error message.


  2. Clayton @ Evolve IT says:

    Thanks for those links Sarah.  We’re keen to leverage all the broad marketing that Microsoft is doing around the Windows 7 release by running some of our own direct marketing campaigns to existing customers.

    I’ve tried several times to access the customisable EDM in the "Marketing Resources" tab of the Upgrade the Desktop campaign (the link ishttps://www.partnermarketingcenter.com/en-au/CampaignFinder/CampaignPage.aspx?MarketingCampaignID=122#) but each time I do, I’m greeted with the following error:

    Problem Encountered

    There was an error when we tried to process your request. We apologize for the inconvenience. Want to try again? Press the Back button or visit the Partner Marketing Center home page.

    Event ID:  7385

    Server Name:  5472-SRV009

    Not sure if this is something you can test and alert the PMC admins to fix if it is indeed a problem?


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