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Get Ready For Launch – Partner Checklist Part #1: Get to know the products

  1. Evaluate Windows Vista™ RC1 and RC2, test drive 2007 Microsoft® Office system programs, and download the Exchange Server 2007 beta.

    1. Gain firsthand experience with the new look and feel, features, and functionalities of Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and Exchange Server 2007.  Access customer-facing product information, overviews, demos, 10 top reasons, press information, and more!

                                                                   i.      www.microsoft.com/windowsvista

                                                                 ii.      www.microsoft.com/office/preview

                                                                iii.      www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/

                                                                iv.      www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2007/downloads/beta.mspx?wt.mc_ID=PreviewHero

    1. Familiarize yourself with the price list and availability of Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange 2007.

      1. Download the latest Microsoft Excel® spreadsheets for U.S. Distributor Version Returns and Microsoft U.S. Open License Estimated Retail Price Lists.

                                                                   i.      Windows Vista release to manufacturing (RTM) signed off November 8, 2006. 2007 Microsoft Office system RTM signed off November 6, 2006.

                                                                 ii.      Downloads for the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Windows Vista will be ready by November 30, 2006 for volume licensing customers based on language.

                                                                iii.      Physical Media for the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Windows Vista will be ready in early 2007.

    1.       https://partner.microsoft.com/US/40018460?PS=3

    2.       www.ms-gearup.com

    1. Reference technical resources for Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and Exchange Server 2007 on Microsoft TechNet and MSDN.

      1. Access the technical library, areas of technical interest, and featured articles.

                                                                   i.      www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista

                                                                 ii.      www.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista

                                                                iii.      www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/office/default.mspx

                                                                iv.      www.www.msdn.microsoft.com/office/

                                                                  v.      www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2007/default.mspx

    1. Open your January Action Pack or Certified Boxes.

      1. Check out your January Action Pack and Certified Boxes for Windows Vista Business and Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 software and demo resources.

                                                                   i.      https://partner.microsoft.com/us/actionpack

                                                                 ii.      https://partner.microsoft.com/us/program/programoverview/registeredmember

                                                                iii.      https://partner.microsoft.com/us/program/programoverview/certifiedpartner

                                                                iv.      https://partner.microsoft.com/us/program/programoverview/goldcertpartner

     

    Thank you and have a wonderful day,

     

    Eric Ligman

    Microsoft US Senior Manager

    Small Business Community Engagement

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