// Across the Business

The upcoming release of the Microsoft Office 2010 suites presents a major new opportunity for partners to provide the best business productivity experience for their customers. Office 2010 and related products will deliver innovative capabilities and provide new levels of flexibility and choice that will help customers work anywhere with Office web applications; collaborate better with Microsoft Office and SharePoint 2010; and bring ideas to life with video and picture editing and broadcast capabilities with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, amongst a host of other features.

Microsoft Office 2010 RTM was announced on Friday, 16th April, for more details of this announcement please click here.

// What’s New!


Microsoft Open Value Subscription Expanded Up-to-Date Discount Promotion Encourage your partners to leverage the current 50% discount on Open Value Subscription to drive business customers to refresh their desktop by upgrading to Windows 7 and Office 2010.  For more detail, see here.

Office 2010 Technology Guarantee

Microsoft is offering the Office 2010 Technology Guarantee so retailers and partners can offer end customers who purchase and activate Office 2007 a few months before GA, an update to Office 2010. The upgrade will be fulfilled online by Microsoft. Microsoft will verify customers’ eligibility online and then allow eligible customers to download their Office 2010 upgrade immediately at no additional costs. Customers who prefer physical media will have the option to purchase a DVD at a minimal customer. For full detail of the Office 2010 Technology Guarantee, see here.

Interesting Office 2010 Articles

Microsoft Office 2010 Partner Data Sheet - Read this data sheet to learn how the Microsoft Office 2010 suites can help drive your business, and learn about the new features behind the software. You will need your Live ID to access this resource.

Microsoft Office 2010 Top FAQ and Objection Handling - Learn the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the Microsoft Office 2010 suites and how to handle common customer objections.

// Key Events & Dates


Wave 2010 Virtual Launch

Earlier this year we announced that we will officially launch Office 2010 to our business customers on May 12 with Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft’s Business Division, delivering a keynote as part of our virtual launch. Our virtual launch will allow people from around the globe to participate in our launch by going to http://www.the2010event.com. The virtual launch site will showcase product demos, customer and partner testimonials, and interviews with product managers and executives, and we hope this will give you another great way to explore, learn, and get excited about the 2010 releases. We will also be linked into Facebook and Twitter to offer real-time customer feedback, comments and questions throughout the day of launch, and beyond.

Volume License (VL) Launch: 12th May 2010

// Training & Resources


Office 2010 sales and technical training – Make sure you are aware of and take advantage of a wide range of essential technical and sales training modules that include online and instructor-led courses. Check out all what is available here.

Microsoft Office 2010 beta availability and internal-use software deployment: Until made available via the internal-use software benefits, betas of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Project 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010 software can still be used to ensure that partners can familiarise themselves with some of the great new enhancements of these products. Partners should also watch this deployment video this video to ensure they start to use and benefit from these products within their own businesses as soon as possible.