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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: Early-Bird Discounts Available Through August 1 for BUILD Windows Conference

    Register today to insure you receive the best discount for Microsoft BUILD Windows conference in Anaheim, CA September 13-16. Early registration discounts are available through August 1. Academic and group discounts are also available on the BUILD Windows registration page. The formal agenda has...
  • 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: 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: New Video – Weather Bug Demos Windows Phone 7 App

    Check out a new video on MSDEV where Weatherbug’s Software Developer demos the new apps features including forecasts, locations, alerts, maps and much more on a Windows Phone 7 device. See Weatherbug Windows Phone 7 App . Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation
  • Blog Post: Create Demos with Windows Demo Toolkit 5

    The Windows Demo Toolkit 5 is now available to Microsoft partners. At the center of the Windows Demo Toolkit is a deployment of the Windows 7 operating system tailored specifically for use in demonstrations. Windows Setup is used to install the Microsoft products on your PC in minutes and includes...
  • Blog Post: Registration Opens for October’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC)

    Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) has been the epicenter of Microsoft’s biggest platform announcements and will be in Redmond October 28-29. This year will be no exception. Leading-edge developers and architects will gather to hear firsthand from Microsoft’s leaders...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Offers Support for Moving to the Cloud

    Today at the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference , Jon Roskill, Microsoft’s new channel chief, unveiled business strategies and resources to help partners of all types seize new opportunities in the cloud. Tools for Your Business Roskill detailed new tools, resources and sales support...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ISV Partners Adopt Microsoft Technology

    Microsoft partners have been building great software using Microsoft technologies. Here’s a sampling of what we’ve found. Windows 7 Light-up Windows 7 represents some great opportunities for ISV. Light up features include Windows 7 ribbon, task bar, thumbnails, federated search, and PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Convergence 2010: Are you coming?

    I am looking forward to our next once-a-year premier Dynamics event, hosted at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from Saturday April 24 to Tuesday April 27 (register here ). Some of my favorites are: Microsoft Executive Speakers Huge selection of sessions (Total 540+ sessions,...
  • Blog Post: New Competencies Coming in May to Microsoft Partner Network

    Changes are coming to the Microsoft Partner Network . The Microsoft program for partners is ranked among the best in the industry. During our research into how the Microsoft Partner Network could help you serve your customers better, we spoke with partners, customers, and industry leaders. Their feedback...
  • Blog Post: Build, Distribute Demos on VHD

    The VHD Test Drive Program provides ISVs with the opportunity to build virtual appliances that contain Microsoft and partner software and distribute the software stack as a virtual hard disk (.vhd) to customers and channel partners. You can provide your customers with an enhanced Windows Server-based...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date for Worldwide Partner Conference

    Save the dates of July 11-15 for this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. Registration will open in late March. Use our Conference timeline to start making your plans and see how you can start connecting now to the U.S. WPC 2010 team and partner community. For the conference...
  • Blog Post: Whiteboard Characters Answer ‘Why Windows Azure?"’

    MSDEV presents a video series where Bill Lodin uses a whiteboard to help illustrate why people should adopt Windows Azure. The series takes an interesting turn when the whiteboard’s personality emerges and it becomes a co-host. The series answers the question, Why Windows Azure . Episodes Episode 1 ...
  • Blog Post: Make a Business Case for Attending Conferences

    Here’s a great blog post from Sean Gerety on how to make a business case for attending conferences. I’m guessing there are a lot of us who have had to go through this exercise with our companies. With the conference season about to heat up, this is very timely. Check out Sean’s post at http://ideakitchn...
  • Blog Post: Boost Your Business in the New Year in Microsoft Partner Network

    The Microsoft Partner Network offers programs to help software companies bring your ideas to market. There’s no cost to join. Enrollment Re-enrollment Microsoft Partner Network membership, you can create new opportunities, increase demand, and achieve your business objectives. Leverage unique resources...
  • Blog Post: Special Offers, Promotions Help Bring Your App to the Cloud

    At the 2009 Professional Developers Conference (PDC09), Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie called the Windows Azure platform “a turning point for Microsoft and the development community” and “a game-changing set of technologies that will bring new opportunities to Web developers and business...
  • Blog Post: Azure Partner Resource Guide

    New Resource: Partner Resource Guide In our efforts to better assist you in navigating our programs, readiness resources, and sales materials, we have developed a Windows Azure Platform Partner Resource Guide. This guide can be your first stop to finding out more information about how to get plugged...
  • Blog Post: Dec 7th - 11th - Introduction to Microsoft Dynamics - Why ISVs are Partnering with Microsoft Dynamics to reduce time to market

    Dear Partner • Are the costs and time of developing compelling business solutions holding your company back? • Have you wondered if there is a better way to build business solutions? • If your company could save up to 70 percent of its development...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Fires Up Startups

    BizSpark is celebrating its first anniversary. BizSpark, a global program designed to catalyze the success of entrepreneurs by making Microsoft’s end-to-end software solutions available to early-stage startups with no upfront costs. More than 25,000 startups in over 100 countries have joined BizSpark...
  • Blog Post: Sign Up Now for Code-Fest Online Virtual Lab for Windows Server 2008 R2

    You’re invited to attend a virtual deep dive for developers who are actively working on projects to leverage the Windows Server 2008 R2 features December 8-10, 2009. This event is a 3-day remote-access "code-fest" type event for developers.  The event is for Microsoft Partners and customers...
  • Blog Post: New Video - Attachmate Describes Benefits of Joining Front Runner for Windows 7

    Video Link - Attachmate Describes Benefits of Joining Front Runner for Windows 7 Kris Lall, Product Marketing Manager, at Attachmate describes the benefits for joining the early adopter program, Front Runner for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Now with the launch of Windows 7, there's still...
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