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Microsoft UK Partners - Changes to the Action Pack

Microsoft UK Partners - Changes to the Action Pack

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Action PackI wanted to bring to your attention that the subscription/renewal process for Microsoft Action Pack (MAPs) is about to undergo some major changes.

From November 30th 2007, we'll be unveiling a new renewal process and launch two supplemental Special Editions so that a Microsoft Action Pack subscription can continue to help our Registered partners stay competitive, meet their sales goals and grow their business.

Partners either renewing or subscribing to the Action Pack for the first time, will be required to take an online course from the Partner Learning Centre and pass the associated course assessment (with a score of 70% or higher). Action Pack subscribers must pass an assessment every two years. There are currently over 600 online courses and associated assessments to choose from.

Most courses are an hour in length and partners can log onto: to learn more and use a special saved search tool to help them identify the most appropriate course and assessment for their business.  All of the courses and associated assessments are 100% subsidised.

In addition to the standard Action Pack kit that partners receive, we’ve created the following supplements, which will be offered up to twice per year at no additional cost. The two new editions include:

  • Small Business Specialist Community Toolkit: This free kit is designed and available exclusively for actively enrolled Microsoft Small Business Specialist partners that serve small business customers. It includes additional internal-use software benefits, training opportunities and special offers to give Small Business Specialist partners a competitive edge to sell their services around Microsoft technologies.

  • Web Developers, Designers and Agencies: Designed for Web designers, developers and partners that would like to build a business practice with web offerings for their customers, this free supplemental toolkit includes access to additional web design and development products including Visual Studio Standard 2005, Expression Studio and Silverlight.

To get all the info on the Action Pack, don't forget to head over to

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  • Matt,

    This article appears misleading as it suggests that to pass an Action Pack Assessment there are 600 courses to choose from.  However I understand that there are only 12 courses that count towards the action pack subscription.  This is a big difference, especially to me as none of them are particularly appropriate to what I do.  If this is incorrect I would very much like to know.  Thanks,


  • Hi Jon,

    I've had a look at the link I provided, and also here: and I quote "Partners are required to take one specific Microsoft online course from the required Partner Learning Centre course list and then pass its associated assessment with a minimum score of 70 per cent. To continue receiving your Microsoft Action Pack Subscription, you will be required to pass an assessment every two years." which hopefully clears the ambiguity up from my post.

    However, when you click the link for 'required courses', it takes you to results from all languages and countries, which isn't particularly useful.  I'm taking a look into how we can fix this.

    Hope that helps,


  • I blogged about the changes to the Action Pack a while back , but there was still a little confusion

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