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Come to New Orleans, Louisiana July 13-16th for the 2009 Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC).  Keynote addresses at this conference will feature top Microsoft executives such as Steve Ballmer - CEO, Kevin Turner - COO and Allison Watson - Corporate VP of the Worldwide Partner Group, sharing overall vision, specific solution strategies, and question and answer opportunities. Get a high-level overview of product launches, product strategy, business direction, customer campaigns, and much more so you can align your business strategies for the coming year.  In addition, Jack Welch will be speaking the morning of July 15th. Welch is a renowned business writer of the widely read weekly column The Welch Way. During Welch’s more than 20-year tenure as CEO, General Electric's market capitalization rose from US$13 billion to US$400 billion. In 2000, he was named “Manager of the Century” by Fortune magazine. You can view the full executive line up and biographies of the keynote speakers here:  VISION KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AT WPC 2009

The full agenda for the conference is available on the Digital WPC website here.

Visit the session catalogue and build your WPC schedule using the handy tool to sign up, create your calendar and review sessions like: 

How to Increase Profits and Enhance User Experience with Microsoft Silverlight: Learn how to save money and increase profits using the Silverlight platform and its powerful User Experience (UX) capabilities. See current Partner applications for corporate communications, online training, and line-of-business apps built in Silverlight and leveraging Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Expression, Windows Server, and Microsoft SharePoint. See how Silverlight 3, along with Expression 3, open up a new world--and revenue stream--in Rich Internet Application development.

Learning Solutions Best Practice Showcase:  Join us for a "Top 10" style showcase featuring best practices from Microsoft Learning experts and Learning Solutions partners around the world. We highlight actionable solutions that you can take home and put in practice immediately to drive business, revenue, leads and/or customer connections.

Winning with Windows 7 in the Enterprise: Selling the Business Value of the Optimized Desktop:  As the next-generation operating system from Microsoft, Windows 7 opens new development, sales and services opportunities for your business - learn more about optimizing your business with Windows 7 at WPC09.

Register for WPC today to take advantage of a multiple-partner discount. Companies sending three or more attendees to WPC may qualify. The third attendee through the tenth attendee from the same company paying full registration fee (US$1795) will receive a US$400 discount. Refunds will be processed after the event.

Lastly, there are wonderful pre-negotiated WPC hotel rates available to make your visit to New Orleans comfortable and cost-effective, however the promotion with these hotels ends June 15th.  Visit the Breaking News section of the WPC website for more information.

This year’s conference will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Last year, the conference hosted more than 8,000 networking meetings and 11,000 attendees from 140 countries. This year’s tracks and sessions will provide detailed information about new Microsoft products and technologies, and offer deep competitive information to help you develop your plans and strategies for the coming year. Plus, WPC 09 offers valuable opportunities to develop relationships with Microsoft and partner executives, tap into Microsoft’s vision and strategy, share best practices, and drive business results.

We look forward to seeing you at WPC ‘09.  clip_image001  

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