The Partner Newsletter is chockfull of good information for partner organizations.  Personally as s Microsoft employee I find it particularly useful for me to track new offerings and training opportunities for our Partner organizations. If you are not subscribed to the newsletter today you can easily do so by following the instructions at the bottom of this blog entry.

Below are highlights from the January 20th email I feel are of particular interest to our Custom Development Partners.

Remember – reply back with your thoughts today – help me, help you make the Dev Partner experience a better one for you!

In the field,

John

Become a User Experience Front Runner

Front Runner for Innovate On User Experience offers a set of technical support benefits to help you provide your customers with compelling and engaging user experiences using cutting-edge software like Microsoft Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

50% off Microsoft Expression Products until February 13

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Start the year off right by getting 50% off Microsoft Expression Blend, Microsoft Expression Web, and Microsoft Expression Studio purchases.

This is a U.S. only offer.

Take the Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express Challenge

Learn about licensing, upsell, and cross-sell opportunities for Enterprise Search with this on-demand webcast, and participate in our promotion to win one of our great prizes. The sweepstakes ends on February 27. Download the full rules.

You Could Earn $250 for Your Windows Mobile Case Study Leads

Submit customers who have deployed Windows Mobile 6.0 or Windows Mobile 6.1 devices to have their business scenario considered for a Windows Mobile case study. If your submission is chosen, you will receive US$250 for the referral. Offer ends February 28. Download full terms and conditions.

Visit the U.S. Partner Learning Center to find more training opportunities.
You will need to sign in with your Windows Live ID to access course information and to register.

Train Hard: SQL Server 2008

ISVs: Become a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 master. Learn how to control powerful new features and take your skills to the next level by completing eight new SQL Server 2008 online training courses.

Set and Manage Your Partner Communication Preferences
Get the partner-related information you want from Microsoft
1) Sign in to the Microsoft Partner Program portal with the Windows Live ID (Passport) used to enroll in the program;
2) Select “View Your Membership Account” and “Membership Center”;
3) From "Your Individual Account Page," choose "Edit Profile"*;
4) Scroll down to "Your Communication Options", and select your contact preferences for the areas listed; 5) To save your preferences, click the checkbox and then select the "Update" button at the bottom of the page.

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