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  • Blog Post: Making $30,000 a Month with Windows 8 Apps

    Kevin Ashley is my colleague, so I don’t think he’ll mind that I reposted from his blog . I think it’s a great story…Hopefully he won’t retire soon! Kevin is an Architectural Evangelist on the West Region Developer & Platform Evangelism team and is based out of our...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Azure Pricing Reduces Costs of Storage, Compute

    The Windows Azure team has announced additional savings to compute and storage customers. In addition to the SQL storage reductions announced last month, the new plan offers an Extra Small Compute at 2 cents per hour. With these changes, a 24x7 Extra Small Compute instance with a 100MB SQL Azure DB...
  • Blog Post: Go to Market with SQL Server 2012 ‘Sneak Peek Campaign’

    Microsoft has just released the SQL SERVER 2012 Sneak Peek Campaign . This campaign allows you to give your customers an early look at the powerful capabilities of SQL Server 2012 from unlocking data insights to building solutions and extending into the cloud. A key component of the cloud-ready information...
  • Blog Post: White Paper Series Helps You Get a Start on Windows Azure Pricing

    The Windows Azure Platform Pricing Calculator is designed to help application developers get a rough initial estimate of their Windows Azure usage costs. But where to start? What sort of numbers do you plug in? A series of white papers from MSDEV helps give you a starting point for figuring it all...
  • Blog Post: Toolkit Helps You Market Your Phone Apps

    You've built a great Windows Phone app – now you need to market it. The Windows Phone Marketing Kit for Marketplace App Publishers is now available on App Hub. This easy to use toolkit is designed to help you start promoting your Windows Phone app in all your marketing activities and on your...
  • Blog Post: Get Datasheets, White papers, Presentations, Demos in New Product Guide for SQL Server ‘Denali’

    Download the datasheets, white papers, technical presentations, demonstrations, and links to videos that will help you evaluate Microsoft SQL Server code name 'Denali.' The release is available as community preview 3. The SQL Server code name 'Denali' Community Technical Preview 3 (CTP3) Product Guide...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Deals for Getting Started on Windows Azure Extra Small Compute

    The price of a Windows Azure extra small compute instance will be reduced by 20 percent beginning October 1. You can also use extra small compute hours to power small instances at a ratio of three extra small compute hours per one hour of small compute. Additionally, current Introductory Special offer...
  • Blog Post: Sell Your SaaS Applications, Data Through Windows Azure Marketplace

    Windows Azure Marketplace has added the capability for you to sell finished applications built on Windows Azure in US markets. Offerings are currently available within the United States with other countries being added in the next few months. Benefits of the Windows Azure Marketplace include: ...
  • Blog Post: Phone Roadmap Adds Geos, Ways to Distribute Apps – Mango Apps Coming in August

    The roadmap for Windows Phone ‘Mango’ was explained in a team blog post. The announcements included these of significance to ISVs worldwide: Nineteen new markets and seven countries have been added to Windows Phone Marketplace. ISVs can distribute applications through Marketplace...
  • Blog Post: New Sales Incentives Offered Through Microsoft Partner Network

    The Microsoft Partner Network announced new incentive programs for Gold partners. The announcement made at Worldwide Partner Conference provides incentives for partners to help customers move to the public cloud on Windows Azure, private cloud on Windows Server Hyper-V, and SQL Server “Denali”...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Ships

    Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is now available through all channels. You and your customers will able to purchase a copy of the server through Volume Licensing, Retail, and from most of our OEM partners, with more offers and OEM products becoming available in the next few months. ISVs...
  • Blog Post: Inbound Data Now Free on Windows Azure

    The Windows Azure team has announced change in pricing for the Windows Azure platform that will provide significant cost savings for customers whose cloud applications experience substantial inbound traffic, and customers interested in migrating large quantities of existing data to the cloud. For...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Economics - it’s What Drives the Shift to the Cloud

    Economics is often called the inexact science, but it provides the driving force behind the transition to the cloud. It is similar to previous technology change such as the move from centralized to client/server to virtualization. Customers and have deployed virtualization within their environments to...
  • Blog Post: Special Offers Available for Windows Phone 7 from Verizon

    Customers have begun ordering the HTC Trophy , the first Windows Phone 7 device to come to Verizon Wireless. The HTC Trophy is available online at www.verizonwireless.com , and in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores on June 2. There are special offers Verizon is offering a $50 rebate and a free...
  • Blog Post: New Feature -- Migrate Your Free App From Free to Active Paying Account on Windows Azure

    Once you have tried out Windows Azure on a 30-day Pass, no credit card, free accounts , you can now migrate your work into a paid account. Move your Azure application, SQL Azure, and Windows Azure AppFabric to a Azure account without losing all that hard work. Your free Azure account is, with your...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Enters Public Beta Bringing Online Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync

    Microsoft Office 365 makes its public beta debut in 17 countries and 38 geographies worldwide. The new cloud service brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync for organizations of all sizes. Microsoft Office 365 lets you and your customers work from virtually anywhere and on almost any device...
  • Blog Post: Special Windows Azure Deals for Developers Extended

    Three offers to ISVs made it easier to get started and to continue your development efforts on Windows Azure : Windows Introductory Special is offered at no charge through the end of September. MSDN Ultimate and Premium Benefits increased Cloud Essentials Pack offers Announcements were...
  • Blog Post: What Can Microsoft Do to Help Promote My App?

    A common question we often hear from developers is: “What can Microsoft do to help me promote my app?” One of the great things about the Windows Phone Marketplace is our unique range of merchandizing opportunities. On any given day and in every single market, there are at least three different...
  • Blog Post: Register Today with Early Bird Discount for Worldwide Partner Conference

    You re invited to this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Los Angeles, California, July 10–14. Registration for WPC is now open and I encourage you to take the time to sign up today to reserve your place at this valuable event. WPC is your time to hear about the Microsoft...
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