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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Symbian Devs Get Started on Windows Phone with New Microsoft, Nokia Tools

Microsoft and Nokia have announced guidance, training, and technical mapping for Nokia Symbian developers to learn Windows Phone and have built a great package to help developers get started. This package contains the following tools and documentation to help along the path to learning Windows Phone development: The “Windows Phone Guide for Symbian Qt Application…

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How to Test Your Windows Phone Apps Before Submitting to Marketplace

You can now test your Windows Phone apps before submitting them to the Marketplace. One of the new features in Windows Phone SDK is a tool that lets you test your app for certification requirements on your machine. The SDK lets you run the same technical cert tests that the Marketplace team runs. The Kit…

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Hardware, Server, Mobility Competency Benefits for Partners on Windows Phone

Special programs are offered through the Microsoft Partner Network can help your company with development and sales of your Windows Phone applications. Microsoft partners who have earned any competency can purchase discounted hardware and service plans from selected vendors. New logos can display your specialty in Marketplace when you earn the Mobility Competency. Earning the…

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Partners Deploying Solutions on Azure Generate 20% to 250% New Revenue

A recently Microsoft-commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting found that software partners deploying solutions on Windows Azure are generating 20 percent to 250 percent in new revenue by reaching entirely new customers. Forrester interviewed six ISVs that had developed applications on the Windows Azure platform, which includes service offerings of Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Azure,…

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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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Microsoft Partner Ecosystem Generates $580 Billion, Cloud to Add Net New $800 Billion

The worldwide Microsoft ecosystem generated local revenues of $580 billion in 2010, up from $537 billion in 2009 and $475 billion in 2007.  The IDC study estimates that for every dollar of revenue made by Microsoft Corp. in 2009, local members of the Microsoft ecosystem generated revenues for themselves of $8.70. According to the IDC…

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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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