Below are all the items we published in this week’s U.S. partner newsletter. If you feel that the version you received in e-mail, targeted to you according to your company’s partner profile and your role at your company, is missing something critical from this superset, please let me know by commenting here or sending me an e-mail (partnerQ@microsoft.com).

Cheers,

Diane Golshan
Sr. Marketing Manager, U.S. Partner Team
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Local Recommendations

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    • Central Region, April 15 at 10am Central Time
    • West Region, April 15 at 10am Pacific Time (reminder: registration is now through the Partner Learning Center)

Partner News

The 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference: Collaboration. Inspired.
Get the ultimate firsthand look at the Microsoft business and technology road map for 2011. The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference lets you network with executives and partners, share your success stories, and learn how to take your business to the cloud and beyond.

WPC Me! Sweepstakes
Register for an All-Access Event Pass to the 2011 Worldwide Partner Conference by April 25 and you’ll not only benefit from the Early Bird discount but be entered for a chance to win a VIP prize package.

Microsoft Partner Award Nominations Close April 15
Showcase your ground-breaking solutions and boost your competitive advantage through onsite acknowledgment at WPC 2011. Gain market recognition from your peers and customers as well as the press and analysts. Don’t wait: April 15 is the deadline for all award submissions.

Windows 7 Professional Discount Offer
Encourage your small and medium business customers to upgrade their base of desktop PCs running Windows XP or Windows Vista operating systems. Use this promotion to offer savings of up to 20% on the Windows 7 Professional operating system upgrade license and Software Assurance packs. Promotion ends June 30, 2011.

You Spoke, We Made Improvements. Try Our New Ready-to-Go Marketing Beta
You asked for a single entry point for sales and marketing materials. A more intuitive search engine. Easier access to content. Preview the Ready-to-Go Marketing beta release to see how we’ve brought all your marketing resources into one online experience.

Velocity250: Funding to Assist Post-Sales Deployment and Migration Service Charges
The Velocity250 promotion offers funding to assist post-sales services on qualifying sales of Microsoft Online Services. You can also use the offer to help propel you toward the U.S. Cloud Champions Club.

Simplify PC Management from the Cloud with Windows Intune
Offer your customers the best Windows experience with Windows Intune, an all-in-one solution that brings together cloud services and an upgrade subscription to the Windows 7 operating system. Grow your business with Windows Intune software and services.

Simplify Selling Online Services with the Partner Sales Portal
Drive a 30-day trial or place an order on behalf of your customer for Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS) and Windows Intune. The Partner Sales Portal also helps you ensure that you are indicated as the partner of record.

Extended to April 18: BPOS Customer Rewards Offer
Transition your customers to the cloud and they can receive up to U.S.$1,500 in rewards. You benefit from subsequent purchases when your customers cash in their reward checks from this offer.

Generate Recurring Revenue While Helping Customers Improve Their Productivity
Microsoft Online Services offerings can help you reach new customers and generate revenue with ongoing management and support services. To get started, sign the Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement to be eligible to sell the latest cloud solutions.

Microsoft Dynamics ERP Buy One, Get Three Offer
New customers who purchase either the Advanced Management or Business Essential Foundation Pack (both of which include 1 user as standard) will get two (2) additional user licenses at no additional cost. The offer applies to Microsoft Dynamics GP, NAV, and SL.

Improve Your Customer Pipeline Management and Visibility with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Microsoft partners with a gold or silver competency as well as partners in the Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack or Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Program may qualify to receive up to 250 seats of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for internal use.

List Your Microsoft Dynamics CRM Solutions on Microsoft.com
Connect with customers who are searching on Microsoft.com for high-quality apps. To add your Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 applications to the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, start by passing the free Microsoft Platform Ready software test.

Tech Issues Moving in Washington, DC: Stay Informed with Voices for Innovation (VFI)
In March, the White House issued legislative recommendations to bolster anti-piracy efforts, and the U.S. Senate approved legislation to strengthen the U.S. patent system. Keep current on tech policy issues by subscribing to the VFI newsletter.

New Technology Event Opportunity from Microsoft Community Connections
Connect with your local business organization and their members to share timesaving tips on Microsoft Office and Windows 7 with our new “Focus on Your Business” technology event opportunity.

U.S. SBSC April 13 Call: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Launch Tour (Virtual Edition)
Join Charles Van Heusen from TS2 and Amy Babinchak for an insider’s view of Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Standard, and Premium. Learn how Small Business Server 2011 can help you grow your business by addressing the IT needs of small and midsize business customers.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Launch Tour
Join the TS2 team in a city near you to learn how Windows Small Business Server 2011 can help you grow your business by addressing the IT needs of small business customers. Final dates and cities: April 5, Greensboro, NC; April 7, Denver, CO; April 20, Menlo Park, CA.

Develop Great QuickBooks Apps with Front Runner for Intuit Partner Platform
Interested in developing apps for Intuit's 4 million small business customers? Sign up for the Front Runner for Intuit Partner Platform, a program that makes it simple to build Windows Azure hosted applications that work with Intuit QuickBooks data.

April 14 in Fort Lauderdale, FL: Channel Development Meet & Greet
Partners have asked Microsoft to provide more opportunities to help them connect with other Microsoft partners and build their channel. Join us in Fort Lauderdale for a great opportunity to develop relationships with other local Microsoft partners.

April 21 in Irvine, CA: Channel Development Meet & Greet
Partners have asked Microsoft to provide more opportunities to help them connect with other Microsoft partners and build their channel. Join us in Irvine for a great opportunity to develop relationships with other local Microsoft partners.

April 21 New York City, NY: Channel Development Meet & Greet
Partners have asked Microsoft to provide more opportunities to help them connect with other Microsoft partners and build their channel. Join us in New York City for a great opportunity to develop relationships with other local Microsoft partners.

April 26 in Atlanta, GA: Channel Development Meet & Greet
Partners have asked Microsoft to provide more opportunities to help them connect with other Microsoft partners and build their channel. Join us in Atlanta for a great opportunity to develop relationships with other local Microsoft partners.

April 27 in Washington, D.C.: Channel Development Meet & Greet
Partners have asked Microsoft to provide more opportunities to help them connect with other Microsoft partners and build their channel. Join us in Washington, D.C. for a great opportunity to develop relationships with other local Microsoft partners.

Attack Surface Analyzer Beta: Quickly Evaluate Changes to the Windows Platform
In January, Microsoft announced the beta release of Attack Surface Analyzer at the Black Hat Technical Security Conference in Washington, DC. Find more information under the “Verification” tab on the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle tool site.

Make Windows Phone 7 Your Partner in the Cloud
Get robust tools to develop Windows Phone 7 apps that take cloud power mobile. And gain additional market exposure and resources by attaining the Microsoft Mobility competency.

Creating a SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 Express App? Try Microsoft Platform Ready
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Express have been added to Microsoft Platform Ready. This program includes resources to develop, test, and market your SQL Server application, and help you take it to market faster.

Hosting Partner Community Call on April 21
On this month’s call, we’ll discuss what’s new in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. Hosting Solutions Specialist Jeff Holstrom, Channel Development Manager Wendy Corley, and featured partner Scott Chapman, President of Project Hosts, will present

Training Resources

Find training opportunities and recommendations anytime on the U.S. Partner Learning blog, Learning Plan Tool website, and the Local Activities Section of the Training and Events page on the U.S. partner portal.

Showcase Your Team’s Skills—Exam Pack Offers Are Back!
Save up to 30 percent—and retake an exam for no additional charge—when you get your Exam Pack before June 30, 2011. Help your staff earn their credentials, as your organization wins customer trust, increases profitability, and fulfills key requirements toward earning a Microsoft competency.

Save Big on Practice Tests for Microsoft Certifications
If your company is working toward attaining a competency, or you are upgrading your skills to become a Microsoft Certified Professional, practice tests are a great way to prepare for your exam. We have two limited-time offers.

What Is Cloud Computing?
Listen to these short podcasts for an overview of cloud computing, its advantages, and Microsoft cloud services offerings. For a more in-depth look at the cloud, watch the “Economics of the Cloud” on-demand webcast.

Practice Accelerator for Business Productivity Online Suite Standard
Attend this training from Partner Technical Services for detailed guidance to manage BPOS, Exchange Server, and SharePoint administration. Also get insight on what to expect when the transition from BPOS to Office 365 begins for customers.

Get Business Insights with SQL Server 2008 R2
Help your customers stay productive and profitable with the new business insights capabilities of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. Learn how you can help your customers reap the full benefits of business intelligence for a chance to win a trip to WPC 2011.

Learn About Digital Marketing with SharePoint 2010
Let Microsoft SharePoint 2010 help you drive more sales and more value for your customers with a digital marketing solution. Build your skills with our sales and technical courses and earn an entry to win a trip to WPC 2011 in Los Angeles.

Get Back to Basics with Exchange Server 2010 and Lync 2010
Learn how you can make more money on your Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Lync 2010 deals with these online sales courses. Get Back to Basics and we’ll enter you to win an American Express gift card.

Windows Intune Cloud Services Training Offer
Simplify the way your customers manage and secure their PCs with Windows Intune. Take our online training courses, and you’ll be entered to win a small business office.

Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace Web Seminar
The new Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, powered by Microsoft Pinpoint, gives you the option to engage with prospects in a relatively passive, “low touch,” and cost-effective manner. In January, over 1.4M visitors visited Pinpoint—the Marketplace is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.