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As part of the November 1 Microsoft Partner Network launch, my counterparts in the Worldwide Partner Group (which manages the portal’s architecture) built and published a home page prototype they are proposing to replace the current home page. We’re inviting partners to compare the current with the proposed and give feedback on them throughout the month of November. While you are welcome to simply vote for your favorite, I encourage you to take a couple of extra minutes to tell us what you like or don’t like about each—think of these as a point of departure, not as the final product. The opportunity for us is to use your input to create a home page that truly delivers a great experience, and I am working with the Worldwide Partner Group to help ensure your voice is heard.
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Speaking from a perspective of one who has used and seen both (since I am in the UK, and use the global page now), I prefer the new global page. It actually doesn't feel too different to the old one if truth be told but provides more navigation options and is quicker to move around.
Hi Kelvin - Thanks for weighing in! Appreciate the vote and for explaining your choice.
I find the many areas that change and get updated sometimes useful in that I see the changes and click on more available links that are exposed in the current design. The new design is pretty but I tend not to dwell on rollover menus, let alone read or see changes there. I suppose I might look for things if they are buried and finding them again would be easier so I can adapt to change but I kinda like the current mess since I am used to it like a well used cluttered desk.
I like the new page. I hate having to scroll down a page alot. I like having everything there and upfront and "discoverable" through menus, mouseovers etc.
Robert - Thank you for the feedback, although I'm not sure that "cluttered desk" was what we were going for with the current version of the home page :). I do get your point, though, about being able to see that the content of the page, as opposed to just the graphic, has changed. Helpful to hear how you use the current page.
Michael - Thank you for leaving your feedback here about what you like about the proposed home page. Always helpful to hear how partners like to navigate a page like this.
The new page isn't really iPad friendly at all. I have to click on each item. It's pretty, but not that useful at all if everything is hidden inside roll over menu. There literally is no useful content without clicking on anything. Nice advertisement page..., but usefulness wise, not so much. Looking nice will only be good for the first few times, but after that, I don't think I will have any incentive to come back to this main page.
How about this it works great with my droid and my Microsoft office Programs work great in the clouds.
Drop down and rollover not a problem!
Why do I have to look for the CSAT page everytime I login to the Partner Website? I would like to see the CSAT link upfront which has now been changed and hidden somewhere.
@John - Thank you for your feedback; the description about your experience and the experience you'd like to have is very helpful, and I will share it with my worldwide counterparts.
@Brian - Thank you for your feedback about accessing and using the proposed home page through your phone. Another great perspective to have for the follow-up with worldwide.
Hi Ali - On the current U.S. home page at
partner.microsoft.com/us, we publish the CSAT link in the Membership quick links in the upper right hand corner for partners who have a gold competency (or previously held the Gold Certified Partner program level). It requires Sign In with Live ID to see
this particular link. WIthout signing in, if you do a site search for the term "csat," the link to the CSAT Index page is returned as the second result (after the CSAT FAQ).