My colleague Sol pointed out this article which gives a nice summary of the Quickstart and some of the reasons why this was created and how the Partner Programme will be taking up the mantle from July 07 onwards:

http://mcpmag.com/features/article.asp?EditorialsID=703

The article also alludes to some of the challenges around Quickstart which will be ironed out with the Partner Programme for example Partner Networking.

Top Tip: if you want to be in the Search Specialisation from July onwards then make sure you have all your search specialists registered in Quickstart and that they have taken the courses and material as well as the certification exam :-)

What will this get you:

1. Help position your business for when customers come looking for search trained partners

2. Help us to offer you marketing, incentives and technical training courses

3. Help us to network your business with likeminded companies

Look forward to seeing you in there!

Enjoy!