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How to enter and win a Microsoft Partner of The Year Award at Worldwide Partner Conference 2014
Winning a Microsoft Partner of the Year Award not only showcases the capabilities and solutions your company brings to the market, it also brings your company positive press coverage (including: being acknowledged in press releases, award logos, local press templates, and web banners), which can lead...
21 Jan 2014
Announcing the new Microsoft Info Partner Mobile App for Windows Phone
I am very happy to announce that the new Microsoft Info Partner mobile app for Windows Phone, which is now available for download in the Windows Phone store. This Windows Phone mobile app brings you Microsoft resources, information, insights, tips, and more, delivered right to your phone, when and where...
14 Oct 2013
What you should know for Worldwide Partner Conference Day 4.
How quickly it has come and how quickly it has gone. Can you believe we are here on Day 4, the final day, of Worldwide Partner Conference 2013? Before we get into the overview of today, how about that amazing Worldwide Partner Conference Partner Celebration last night at Minute Maid Park?!?!? That was...
11 Jul 2013
Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 Day 3. Things you need to know…
Here we are, two full days into WPC13 and getting ready to kick off Day 3! For Day 3, we’re back to the original format, which means kicking the day off with our Vision Keynotes. Because of this, we are going to be beginning the day over at the Toyota Center again like on Day 1, not at the Convention...
10 Jul 2013
Ready for Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 Day 2? Some things to know…
Welcome to day 2 of Worldwide Partner Conference 2013! Yesterday was a fantastic start to the conference, I thought, and it was wonderful to see and hear so much positive feedback and excitement from the partners both here at the conference, as well as those joining virtually through social media. For...
9 Jul 2013
Welcome to Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 Day 1! Some things to know…
Welcome, everyone, to Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 Day 1 here in Houston! I’m very excited for another WPC together with you all and looking forward to connecting with you here in Houston. Remember, I’m looking forward to the 2013 Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference, so be sure to come...
8 Jul 2013
Almost 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks, covering Windows 7, Windows 8, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 365, Office Web Apps, Windows Server 2012, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2012, SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2013,
FREE! Now there’s a word that everyone can get excited about, right? Well, after looking at the results of the three “Free Microsoft eBooks” posts I have shared here this fiscal year (Microsoft’s fiscal year is July 1 – June 30), it is amazing to see the excitement that has come about from them and the...
28 Jun 2013
The first broad expansion (over 50 additions/expansions!) for the new Microsoft Information Partner Mobile App for Windows Phone
Last week I let you all know about the re-branding, expansion, and launch of the former Microsoft Partner Information mobile app into the Microsoft Information Partner mobile app, now serving everyone interested in Microsoft and the solutions we have to offer. In that announcement, I explained that with...
26 Jun 2013
Huge collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you, including: Office, Office 365, SharePoint, SQL Server, System Center, Visual Studio, Web Development, Windows, Windows Azure, and Windows Server
Last summer I put up a post that offered a collection of free Microsoft eBooks across a variety of topics and the response was incredible. Because of the phenomenal response, I followed it up with a second post that contained another set of free eBooks for people to download. After these posts went live...
18 Jun 2013
The Big Easy 10 Offer is back! Claim your money now.
Several years ago, we introduced a The Big Easy Offer, a program that provides Microsoft partner subsidy dollars to companies that purchase qualifying Microsoft products through various Volume Licensing programs, such as the Open Business, Open Value, and Open Value Subscription programs. Since that...
20 Mar 2013
The Big Easy Offer is back, and don’t forget about Cloud Easy too!
Last month I told you about the “Cloud Easy” partner subsidy program that was announced and launched for partners in the United States. As I mentioned at the time, Cloud Easy is very similar to the very popular “Big Easy Offer,” only it is specifically aligned with our Microsoft online solutions. Well...
2 Oct 2012
Announcing Virtual Chat, Dynamic Updating, and more now in the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App v3.0
As you know, the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App was originally launched with the concept of helping you, our Microsoft partners, more easily find and connect with information here at Microsoft. With the new 3.0 version of the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App, which is now available in the Windows...
8 Aug 2012
2012 Microsoft Partner Of the Year Award Winners and Finalists Announced! Congratulations to you all!
Today, Microsoft announced the 2012 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists. These winners and finalists were selected from nearly 3,000 entries coming in from over 100 countries! Wow, that’s an impressive number of submissions, partners! Thank you to all of you that submitted your...
25 Jun 2012
Microsoft Partner Info V2.7 brings pinning, support, more perspectives, a new look, and more
Today the new 2.7 version of the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App released to the Microsoft Windows Phone Marketplace and brings with it a collection of new additions to the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App. First, let me offer my thanks to all of you that have been submitting your input and feedback...
30 Apr 2012
Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Labs, Information and Resources for you
At this year’s Microsoft Management Summit, the building excitement around Microsoft private cloud and Microsoft System Center 2012 reached new heights as Brad Anderson announced the General Availability of Microsoft System Center 2012. With System Center 2012 comes a host of opportunities for Microsoft...
26 Apr 2012
Money, money, money! Are you claiming yours through the Big Easy offer?
In case you missed the news, the Big Easy Offer is back! Yes, The Big Easy Offer 8 is now in market, enabling your clients to receive a subsidy payout of up to 30% for additional purchases of Microsoft software licenses or associated services. For those of you that have been around awhile, you know that...
6 Apr 2012
Microsoft, private cloud, and System Center 2012 pricing and licensing announcements, information and resource for you.
Today, some exciting news and announcements were shared regarding private cloud and the launch of Microsoft System Center 2012 . Hopefully you were you able to join us live this morning for the “ Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud ” webcast with: Satya Nadella, President, Server and Tools Business...
17 Jan 2012
Microsoft Partner Info V 2.3 is now live in Windows Phone Marketplace
Overnight, the new V 2.3 version of the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App for Windows Phone went live in the Windows Phone Marketplace. For those of you that currently have a previous version of the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App installed on your phone, you too probably received the update notice...
18 Nov 2011
The Big Easy Offer is back! Partner subsidy funds are waiting for you.
Once again, one of the most popular promotions that we have offered over the years, the Big Easy Offer , is back! That’s right, the Big Easy Offer that provides a subsidy check to customers who make qualifying license purchases that they can they use with a Microsoft partner of their choice for implementation...
20 Sep 2011
WPC 11 Day 2 – The momentum continues! My recap of information for you
Well WPC 11 day 2 picked up right where day 1 left off, with tons of fantastic energy and excitement, then added a bunch of eye catching demos, attention grabbing statistics, some exciting announcements, and even more. To help make sure that all of you, whether you are joining us in person or virtually...
13 Jul 2011
Microsoft Tech-Ed North America 2011 – How to view and access information, videos and resources
As many of you know, Microsoft tech-Ed North America kicked off yesterday morning in Atlanta and continues through Thursday of this week. Now what if you are not able to be at Tech-Ed 2011? Well, too bad for you. No, I’m just kidding. While we would absolutely love to have as many of you as possible...
17 May 2011
WPC10 Day 1 Recap
Yesterday at WPC10 was a very exciting day with lots of great information being shared out throughout all of the keynotes and sessions and communications taking place. Because of all of the things happening, I thought I would put up a quick post here to recap some of the big things that took place...
13 Jul 2010
New Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit with software usage tracker
Here’s a great new update to the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit that will be demoed here at #WPC10 for partners that I think you may be interested in. For those of you that follow my Blog regularly or subscribe to my RSS feed , you may recall previous posts I have done about the Microsoft...
12 Jul 2010
Future Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server Development Discontinued – Information, FAQs, and more
Today, Microsoft announced the decision to streamline our server product portfolio and that we will discontinue future development of Essential Business Server, effective June 30 th , 2010. A few points about this announcement: Microsoft remains fully committed to small and medium-sized businesses...
5 Mar 2010
An early announcement: The Big Easy Offer is coming back in January!
R emember in my, “Big announcement coming on New Years Day!” post back on December 18th I mentioned that I was hoping to possibly have a second announcement to make? Well, it turns out that the second announcement is happening and we’re able to make it now instead of having to wait until the 1st...
30 Dec 2009
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