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This week, our e-mail newsletter reached a significant milestone, delivering news aligned to Microsoft Partner Network profile data at both the organizational and individual level. While we have targeted the U.S. partner newsletter by program level, geography, and a few other attributes for the past few years, adding the internal rigor necessary to really deliver the right content to the right person at the right organizations was somewhat elusive. A change to our internal process for managing the newsletter that uses more of the features in SharePoint 2010 to submit, review, edit, and approve content now makes it easier to determine what content is right for each organization and each individual.
The U.S. partner newsletter is delivered via e-mail as a benefit of your Microsoft Partner Network membership. While blogs and social media like Twitter and Facebook offer good alternatives to e-mail as a means for getting news and information, many partners have told me they still like e-mail, particularly when they can open an e-mail from Microsoft and understand why they received and how it is relevant to them. If you’re one of those partners, and haven’t taken a look recently at the Microsoft U.S. Partner newsletter, I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the new look, feel, and relevance we are delivering.
If you’d like to see the superset of news we delivered to U.S. partners today, you’ll find it below.
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