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  • 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: Earn Silver Data Platform, BI Competencies Using SQL Server 2012 MPR Tests

    There are two Microsoft Platform Ready tests for organizations building applications on SQL Server. Successful completion also provide one of the key steps toward a Silver Competency on Microsoft Platform Network. The tests are: The Microsoft Platform Ready SQL Server Test – This test will...
  • Blog Post: Symbian Devs Get Started on Windows Phone with New Microsoft, Nokia Tools

    Microsoft and Nokia have announced guidance, training, and technical mapping for Nokia Symbian developers to learn Windows Phone and have built a great package to help developers get started. This package contains the following tools and documentation to help along the path to learning Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: How to Test Your Windows Phone Apps Before Submitting to Marketplace

    You can now test your Windows Phone apps before submitting them to the Marketplace. One of the new features in Windows Phone SDK is a tool that lets you test your app for certification requirements on your machine. The SDK lets you run the same technical cert tests that the Marketplace team runs....
  • 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: 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: 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: Partners of the Year Named

    Microsoft Corp. announced the winners and finalists of the 2011 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. The annual awards honor Microsoft partners for delivering innovative solutions during the past year that directly address customer challenges. Award winners and finalists, chosen from nominations from...
  • Blog Post: Tips on How to Earn the ‘Powered by Windows Azure’ Logo

    The ‘ Powered by Windows Azure’ logo is designed for applications that have been verified as running on Windows Azure and meet the requirements outlined here . Earning the logo is one of the important steps to earning the Silver ISV Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). Benefits...
  • Blog Post: Next 250 US ISVs Who Verify on Windows Azure Earn $250

    Microsoft Platform Ready is offering $250 checks* to independent software vendors (ISVs) in the United States that confirm via a screenshot that your application is compatible with Windows Azure. The first 250 eligible companies that complete promotion procedures, register, and verify a compatible...
  • Blog Post: Tips, FAQ for Passing the SQL Server 2008 R2 Microsoft Platform Ready Test

    ISVs around the world are using the Microsoft Platform Ready test to certify their SQL Server applications. When you pass the test, you are through the first part of earning the ISV/Software Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, which provides cool benefits including Visual Studio Professional...
  • Blog Post: List Your Application in the Office 365 Marketplace

    You can join others whose applications are listed in the Office 365 Marketplace. It is the online destination, based on the Pinpoint platform, for customers, partners, and Microsoft field to find the applications, solutions, and services that you offer supporting Office 365. For Microsoft partners...
  • 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: Study Reveals Microsoft Partner Ecosystem Revenues of $580 Billion in 2010

    Global research firm IDC issued a new white paper which estimates that members of the worldwide Microsoft ecosystem generated local revenues for themselves of $580 billion in 2010. The IDC study estimates that for every dollar of revenue made by Microsoft Corp. in 2009, local members of the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Tips, Tricks to Pass the Windows Server 2008 R2 MPR Test

    Teams around the world have begun testing applications to certify them on Windows Server 2008 R2. Earning the certification will get you the Works With Windows Server 2008 R2 logo that you place on your marketing materials and Website. Earning the logo also qualifies you for a significant step in...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Credit Card Processing for Windows Phone 7 on Windows Azure

    Want to process credit cards on your Windows Azure site or from Windows Phone 7 application? Microsoft partner Accumulus provides a solution for both. CEO Gregory Kim and company President Christian Dreke describe their solution and provide a demo of how you might accept credit cards on Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Free Pass Returns for US Developers – No Credit Card Required

    Microsoft Platform Ready is offering US developers free Windows Azure for a month. We're offering a Windows Azure platform 30 day pass , so you can put Windows Azure and SQL Azure through their paces. No credit card required. Use this link: Microsoft Platform Ready Free Azure Pass . Use this...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Solve This Unites ISVs with Students to Solve UN Millennium Goals

    This last week, I served as one of the many judges who reviewed the submissions for Image Cup 2011 . The entries were amazing, with students from around the US solving worldwide problems. ISVs participate as mentors and get the added benefit by working closely with the highest quality college students...
  • Blog Post: Explore Data in Walkthrough of Windows Azure DataMarket

    My colleague Lynn Langit has put together a walkthrough of Windows Azure DataMarket . In the walkthrough, she shows you how to get to the data viewer, so that you can take a look at the dataset that you are interested in before you decide to work with it in your application. You can work with datasets...
  • Blog Post: Join Us For Windows Azure Discovery Events in Western US

    Microsoft would like to invite you to a special event specifically designed for ISVs interested in learning more about the Windows Azure Platform. The “Windows Azure Platform Discover Events” are one day events that will be held worldwide with the goal of helping ISVs understand the Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Graduation Offer for Startups

    The BizSpark Graduation Offer allows BizSpark startups to keep, at no charge, all the software they acquired through the BizSpark program. They also have an option to purchase a subscription or maintenance program so they can stay up-to-date when future releases are available. After three years in...
  • Blog Post: AppHub Now Open for Your Windows Phone 7, XBox Apps

    App Hub is the new single destination for both Windows Phone and Xbox Live indie developers. The Windows Phone 7 app submission process on App Hub is now open to all registered Windows Phone Marketplace developers. Please take full advantage of your Marketplace developer account by submitting your Windows...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Azure Developer Introduction Available Now Through March 31, 2011

    The Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special offer (includes the SQL Azure Free Trial ) has been extended through March 31, 2011. This promotional offer enables you to try a limited amount of the Windows Azure platform at no charge. The subscription includes a base level of monthly Windows Azure...
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