As a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, you have access to a large collection of resources and benefits that you can use to run your business, train your staff, enhance your sales & marketing efforts, get support, and much, much more. One of these key benefits that partners receive is “Internal Use Rights” through either a Microsoft Partner Network subscription, such as the Action Pack Solution Provider or Action Pack Development and Design, or by obtaining a silver or gold competency in the Microsoft Partner Network. These Internal Use Right licenses gives you access to a variety of Microsoft Software to use inside your business to not only run your business, but also for testing and trying out new Microsoft technologies as well.
Some questions that I get from partners and see/hear from partners from time to time go something like these:
What if I told you that you have an online resource available to you that not only answers the questions listed above, but also give you the ability to view license inclusions for silver competency, gold competency, Action Pack Solution Provider, and Action Pack Development and Design memberships? Ok, here you go…
Microsoft Partner Network License Calculator - The Microsoft Partner Network License Calculator is an interactive tool that lets you choose a silver competency or gold competency and see how many of what licenses are included if you were to obtain those competencies. In addition, you can also see a side by side comparison of how many and what licenses are included in both of the Action Pack Subscriptions. Here are a few sample screenshots on how this tool works (click any image below for full size view):
Quick note: In the tool, you will see columns for “Core,” “Competency,” and “Total” licenses.
A few quick notes on the tool:
As I noted in the beginning of this post, Internal Use Rights is just one of many benefits you receive as member of the Microsoft Partner Network. To see other competency-specific benefits, download the Value of Earning a Microsoft Competency guide.
If you haven’t tried out this online Microsoft Partner Network Licensing Calculator yet, please head out to the site and give it a shot. I hope you find it very helpful in not only answering the questions I listed above, but also other questions you may have regarding software licenses included in your Internal Use Rights as a member of the Microsoft Partner Network.
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Eric Ligman – Follow me on TWITTER, LinkedIn, and RSS and see “What I’m thinking” Director, Worldwide Partner Experience Microsoft Corporation This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights