A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to present the Exchange Server session at the latest Redmond edition of Microsoft Partner 101. Since I had only 30 minutes to speak on a number of potential topics around the Exchange business, I decided to prioritized my pitch to cover the considerable partner opportunity there is to help our mutual customers move from Exchange 2003 to our latest release (which, by the way, is 100% aligned with one of our key business priorities for FY11). Now, this probably sounds like a new release “motherhood and apple pie” statement, but you don’t have just take our word for it.

We continue to hear – from numerous sources like our field, partners, and third-parties – that there is a LOT of excitement behind Exchange 2010.

Heck, it even won an InfoWorld 2011 Technology of the Year Award just last month.

And, as one of our partners shared with me on a recent call, “customers really want to get their organizations to this release!”

Having these Exchange tidbits in my back pocket means I get to open my presentations on Exchange Server 2010 by sharing some of these business momentum fun facts:

I could go on and on, but there’s a ton of Microsoft news out there today (like the long list of new features coming to Windows Phone 7 this year!), so I’ll save a few more (hopefully) motivating tidbits about why the proverbial iron is hot for a future post.

That said, it would be great to hear what you’ve been experiencing and what can my team do to help make this opportunity even easier for you to tap.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Ian