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).

For more partner news, resources, and recommendations, visit us on the U.S. partner portal and Virtual Partner Concierge, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. If you are a Microsoft Action Pack subscriber, read Julie Golding’s monthly Q&A.

Cheers,

Diane Golshan
Sr. Marketing Manager, U.S. Partner Team
Learn more about what I do at Microsoft.



 

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Solutions Incentive Program for Management, Virtualization, and Windows 7 
The Solutions Incentive Program rewards U.S. partners who have attained certain gold competencies for the identification and development of new opportunities for specific Microsoft solutions that result in a closed transaction, regardless of which partner transacts the license.

The Big Easy Offer is Back Through June 30
With the Big Easy Offer, your U.S. customers who make a qualifying purchase can earn a partner subsidy. You benefit from subsequent purchases of software solutions, hardware, and services by your customers cashing in their subsidy checks.

Download Your Partner Benefits: Small Business Server 2011
If you are an Action Pack subscriber (SP or DD), or have a silver or gold competency, sign in to the Microsoft partner digital distribution portal to access your bits and keys for Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard and Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials.

Build Communities and Grow Your Business at WPC 2011
The 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference delivers unmatched networking possibilities, allowing you to build new partnerships and communities that increase your profitability and competitiveness.

Microsoft Cloud Benefits for You, Plus Help Migrating Mailboxes
Sign up for the Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack and the Microsoft Office 365 beta and we’ll give your company up to 10 licenses to the BitTitan MigrationWiz mailbox migration solution. Offer ends June 30, 2011.

Microsoft Cloud CRM for Less Customer Promotion
United States–based companies without an existing Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online subscription may be eligible to receive $200 for each Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online User Subscription license acquired.

Get Cloud-Ready with FullArmor CloudApp Studio
Looking for a quick, easy way to migrate your application or website to the Windows Azure platform? The FullArmor CloudApp Studio will help you get your application ready for Windows Azure within minutes.

Extended Through June 30: Simplify & Save Offer
Now your customers have until June 30 to save 15% on Software Assurance for all three years of an Open Value agreement when they renew or consolidate.

BPOS Rewards Customer Offer Available Through May 31
Transition your customers to the cloud and they can receive up to $1,500 in rewards. You benefit from subsequent purchases when your customers cash in their reward checks.

Your SQL-Compatible App Could Get You a Copy of Microsoft Office Pro
Get your application compatible with SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, or SQL Server Express 2008 before May 31 to receive a free copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010.

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.

System Integrators and ISVs Find Opportunity with Live@Edu
With Live@edu, many partners are profitably delivering value to customers using familiar, innovative technology. Partner services around creating a connected education campus can be lucrative. Read about 3 immediate opportunities you can start right now.

Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Partner Profitability Guide
With over 1,000 hours of research, interviews, and analysis and more than 200 partners testing the content, the Dynamics Cloud Partner Profitability Guide offers comprehensive guidance for building your cloud business.

Customers Are Using Windows Phone to Move Their Business Forward
The new Windows Phone delivers mobile productivity and leaders are taking notice. "Microsoft really nailed it," says M. Barnas of SNR Denton. See how Microsoft SharePoint, OneNote and Office Mobile can help customers.

Software Development Lifecycle (SDL) Case Study
Learn how the MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company uses Microsoft SDL to make its software more secure, and discover the developments that have been made to help reduce vulnerabilities and mitigate threats.

Windows Intune Ready-to-Go Marketing Campaign
Use the power of Windows Intune software and services to create new sales opportunities and provide greater value to your customers. Campaign materials include overview video, event email invite, top-ten benefits one-pager, sales presentation, and more.

Training Recommendations

New Training Promotions Available
Use our incentives to motivate yourself to update your knowledge and skills for products like Microsoft Exchange, Windows Intune, Microsoft SharePoint, and Windows Azure. Most training is offered free to members of the Microsoft Partner Network.

Microsoft Office 365 Partner Readiness Checklist
Our new checklist will be frequently updated to provide you with key action items, training recommendations, and resources to help you prepare for Office 365 leading up to its launch later this year.

Microsoft Action Pack Development and Design Advisory Hours Benefits
The Action Pack Development and Design subscription includes 10 phone-based Advisory Hours. These advisory hours are geared to reduce costs and design time while improving customer satisfaction and loyalty. Call 1-800-676-7658 or email askpts@microsoft.com.

Microsoft Silver Competency Advisory Hours Benefits
These benefits include 20 phone-based Partner Advisory Hours. Bridge the gap between you and your customers’ needs. Advisory hours include workshops and customized events, presales and competitive assistance, and deployment support. Call 1-800-676-7658 or email askpts@microsoft.com.

Microsoft Gold Competency Advisory Hours Benefits
These benefits include 50 phone-based Partner Advisory Hours. Bridge the gap between you and your customers’ needs. Advisory hours include workshops and customized events, presales and competitive assistance, and deployment support. Call 1-800-676-7658 or email askpts@microsoft.com.

Windows Azure and Cloud Computing Package
Enable your staff to start developing apps for the cloud using Windows Azure Services Platform. Learn cloud computing, and build demos as well as proof of concept documents on the Azure Services Platform, from the Partner Technical Services Team. Call 1-800-676-7658 or email askpts@microsoft.com.