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January, 2011

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Partner Launch Portal

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    I've had the great opportunity over the last couple of months to collaborate with the worldwide and United States Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner and marketing teams to assist with the building out of new partner online portals across both PartnerSource and the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) websites. Many gears were and continue to be in motion, so I hope partners find these resources beneficial. We are all systems go in anticipation of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 launch!

    We are pleased to announce a new set of MPN pages to enable partners to more easily find the right resources. In addition, we have a dedicated page for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 product content which has everything from presentations to demos.

    You can now find the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Launch Portal on PartnerSource. This succinct page should help partners quickly access the resources associated with the launch of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. On the launch portal you'll also find quick links for US partners directing you to partner launch engagement opportunities and partner training & training promotions.

    Partners who want to drive their own customer demand to launch can leverage content and banner for marketing activities here. In particular, there is the new launch widget partners can host on their website. Visit this page to access the widget and find the embedding instructions.

    --Kevin

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    Bonus Depreciation Provision for Businesses (2010-2012)

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    On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed into law House Bill H.R. 4853. This new law could allow businesses to write off an additional 100% of the cost of qualifying assets (including software) acquired and placed into service after September 8, 2010 through December 31, 2011. This law could also allow businesses to write off an additional 50% of the cost of qualifying assets placed into service after December 31, 2011 through December 31, 2012. This bill was signed in an attempt to encourage capital investment through 2012.

    Microsoft wants to let partners know about this bill now because some of its provisions will only apply to qualifying assets put into service in 2010 and 2011. Further, there is no guarantee that a similar bill will be signed into law in 2013. As such, it is possible that certain tax benefits offered by this bill will only be applicable to qualifying asset purchases that occur over the next two years.

    To further illustrate the potential tax benefits that this bill may offer to you or your customers, we have included a copy of the text of the bill on PartnerSource. We encourage you or your customers to review this bill and its implications together with a qualified tax advisor.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Previews Next-Generation ERP - Microsoft Dynamics AX "6"

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    A Community Technical Preview of Microsoft Dynamics AX "6" is planned for February, and general availability is planned for the third quarter of 2011.

    REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 10, 2011 — Defining a new generation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, Microsoft Corp. today revealed significant advancements to the architecture of the next version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, code-named Microsoft Dynamics AX "6," that will enable independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring solutions to market faster, and at the same time lower product life-cycle investments and expand market opportunity.

    "Building on the proven strengths of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, Microsoft Dynamics AX ‘6’ brings rich functionality, advanced architecture and the full power of the Microsoft stack to the business application developer," said Hal Howard, corporate vice president, Microsoft Dynamics ERP Research and Development. "As we introduce these powerful new innovations, we maintain our focus on simplicity by streamlining application deployment, maintenance and upgradability."

    For more information access the press release on the Microsoft News Center.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics Operations Calendar for FY11

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    The Microsoft Dynamics Operations team passes along some great information to ensure you stay connected to the latest happenings their team interacts with on a daily basis.

    In order to help you easily keep abreast of important operational dates and activities, the Americas Operation Center (AOC) has created a calendar. The calendar includes critical date information for order processing as well as information on upcoming partner events & trainings, promotion deadlines and key policy change effective dates. This calendar has been developed in response to partner feedback in an effort to provide a long-range view of key dates.

    If you find this new resource helpful, have comments, suggestions or thoughts on how to make the Operations calendar even better please send feedback to aocchnl@microsoft.com.

    Access the calendar on PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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    Prepare for Autobill Program Launch Coming March 1, 2011

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    One of the important components included in the October 27, 2010 partner strategy announcement was the introduction of the Autobill Program. Our Microsoft Dynamics existing customer team passes along this reminder regarding the program launch.

    Autobill, the automatic billing model launches March 1, 2011 in our Asia Paciific and Americas regions. The Autobill Program is a "through-partner" initiative to streamline enhancement plan renewals.

    Partners will have the Autobill system functionality available to them in the "My Messages" area on PartnerSource to manage their renewals. This functionality will provide partners with the ultimate ability to review upcoming renewals, quote amounts, Autobill status and much more in a single screen.

    Visit PartnerSource to understand how to ready your partner organization for the Autobill launch, and access a detailed list of FAQ's.

    --Kevin

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    MPN Competency Exam Packs Offer Extended

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    As mentioned on this blog back in July, the MPN Competency Exam Packs give partners a great option for your re-certification efforts.

    MPN Competency Exam Packs allow you to save up to 30% and come with free Second Shot exam retakes on all exams! By purchasing these exam packs, you can hand out exam vouchers to any individuals within your organization that need to take an exam. These packs will be available until June 30, 2011 and allow you to take your exams until September 30, 2011.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Showcases Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail R2

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    The next release of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail is only a few weeks away. Current solution content for partners is accessible on PartnerSource, and I expect the page to be updated with new materials soon.

    NEW YORK — Jan. 11, 2011 — Today, at the National Retail Federation’s annual conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail R2, the next iteration of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail, which was made generally available in August 2010. Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail R2 will be available in more than 50 countries starting Feb. 1, 2011.

    Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail offers midsize and enterprise specialty retailers point-of-sale, store management, supply chain, merchandising and financials capabilities to deliver business productivity and customer service in a single, integrated solution.

    For more information, access the complete press release on the Microsoft News Center.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Launches Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Cloud Service Globally

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    More than 11,500 customers and 2,000 partners have used Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 as part of the beta program, including customers that have switched from competing solutions.

    REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 17, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer today announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, the cloud version of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 release that delivers new levels of productivity to sales, service and marketing organizations. The on-premises and partner-hosted versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 will be globally available on Feb. 28, 2011.

    For the first time outside North America, customers can access Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online in 40 markets and 41 languages and sign up for a free trial here. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is available today at a promotional price of $34 per user per month for the first 12 months of service to qualified customers that sign up by June 30, 2011.

    For more information visit the complete press release on the Microsoft News Center or PartnerSource for partner launch engagement opportunities.

    Also, Microsoft partners have the ability to receive or license at a discount Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Click here for details!

    One more update. An additional press release can be found on the Microsoft News Center here.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Upgrade Web Seminar for Partners

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    With the new release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, we understand many partners may receive inquiries from the existing customers regarding the upgrade process. Earlier this month, we held a web seminar focused on this topic, and now you can access it on demand within the Partner Learning Center.

    We have an opportunity to prepare our customers for the upgrade of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 4.0 to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2011. The goal of this call is to help share important information to our partners regarding the end-to-end upgrade strategy and provide an opportunity for Q&A so we ensure a seamless upgrade experience for our customers. We are pleased to have key members of the Research & Development team share with us the process and questions on what this will entail.

    Visit the Partner Learning Center to access the on demand web seminar.

    Additional information can be found on the Microsoft Dynamcis CRM Online Upgrade Center.

    --Kevin

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    Transform Your Business with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online - Internal Use Rights Benefit for Partners

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    Building off of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online launch momentum, we have officially landed our sign up page for partners to access Internal Use Rights (IUR) benefits for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.

    Improve your customer pipeline management and visibility with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for just U.S. $19 per seat per month. Microsoft Gold and Silver Certified partners as well as partners in the Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack or Microsoft Cloud Accelerate partner programs may qualify to receive up to 250 seats of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for internal use.

    Get the details and sign up to receive Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online – IUR benefits.

    --Kevin

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