A few weeks ago, Ian Hameroff announced on his Exchange Partner Marketing blog that the Unified Communication competency in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) will split to become the Messaging competency and the Communications competency in October 2011. The Messaging competency is for solutions partners who want to broaden their business portfolios to sell, deploy, and support Microsoft Exchange and solutions built on the Exchange platform. The Communications competency is for solutions partners who want to broaden their business portfolios to sell, deploy, and support Microsoft Lync or to build products and solutions on or interoperable with the Lync platform.

Read more about it on Ian’s blog post or visit the UC Competency page on MPN.