Join in Worldwide Partner Conference Monday In Toronto or Online

Worldwide Partner Conference begins Sunday. It is nearly sold out but there’s still time to register. The 2012 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is coming July 8 – 12, 2012 in Toronto. With more than 15,000 attendees from 150 countries, there’s no better exposure for your business. You will: Engage with visionaries and spark new relationships…

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Earn Silver Data Platform, BI Competencies Using SQL Server 2012 MPR Tests

There are two Microsoft Platform Ready tests for organizations building applications on SQL Server. Successful completion also provide one of the key steps toward a Silver Competency on Microsoft Platform Network. The tests are: The Microsoft Platform Ready SQL Server Test – This test will validate that your application correctly utilizes the latest version of…

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MSDN Subscribers Receive Up to $3,700 in Annual Windows Azure Benefits

If you are an existing Visual Studio Professional, Premium or Ultimate with MSDN subscriber, you get free access to Windows Azure each month, and up to $3,700.00 in annual Windows Azure benefits at no charge. This offer provides a base level of Compute, Storage, SQL Azure database, Access Control, Service Bus and Caching each month…

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Touch-Enable Your App for Windows, Surface with New SDK

You can target both Microsoft Surface Hardware and Windows 7 Touch enabled PCs with a single SDK. The Surface teams calls this feature “Write once – touch anywhere”. The same binary can be used in both types of hardware. The Microsoft Surface 2.0 SDK allows you to target Microsoft Surface Hardware  as well as Windows…

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Microsoft Adds Benefits for Windows Phone Partners, New Mobility Competency Announced

Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Division, unveiled a range of new benefits and opportunities for members of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). The unveiling came at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). Lees announced an exclusive discount program that makes it easier for MPN members worldwide to obtain and experience Windows Phone. The new…

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Private Cloud, Windows Azure MPR Test to Apply to ISV Competency

Private Cloud test will apply to the Silver ISV Competency in the coming months and a Windows Azure MPR test will apply to the Gold ISV Competency in October. The announcements were made on the Microsoft Partner Network site. Changes to Other Competencies Also of interest to ISVs, changes to the Mobility Competency will be…

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Partners of the Year Named

Microsoft Corp. announced the winners and finalists of the 2011 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. The annual awards honor Microsoft partners for delivering innovative solutions during the past year that directly address customer challenges. Award winners and finalists, chosen from nominations from around the world, will be recognized at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference…

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Build Your Partner Channel (US)–Meet and Greet

Microsoft invites you to an informal meet and greet sessions in Boston, Dallas and San Francisco. Partners have been asking for Microsoft to provide more opportunities to help them connect with other Microsoft partners and build their channel. This event offers a great opportunity to develop relationships with other Microsoft partners from your local area…

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Microsoft Silver Testing Requirements for the Independent Software Vendor (ISV)/Software Competency

Silver Competency Testing Details (Effective October 2010) I wanted to outline one of the requirements of earning the Microsoft Silver ISV/Software competency. Your organization must deliver one software application or solution that must pass one of the following application tests. Please visit the partner site for all details. Windows 7 Platform Ready Windows Server 2008…

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New Partner Network Debuts to Support ISVs

A new Microsoft Partner Network debuts today. Gone are the old Gold Certified and Certified partner status. In their place, you’ll find new competency designations, such as Microsoft Silver Independent Software Vendor (ISV)/Software competency or the Gold ISV/Software competency. In addition, you’ll find programs to help ISVs to earn those competencies, such as BizSpark and…

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