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Top Stories

Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry and the New Intelligent Systems Competency
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry extends Windows 8.1 to a range of edge devices across retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and other industries. Read more about this release, how Windows Embedded helps shape the daily experiences of customers and consumers, and the Intelligent Systems Competency that will be available in January 2014, on the Windows Embedded blog.

November 7 Virtual Event for Office 365: Transform Your Workplace, Enable Innovation
On November 7, you and your customers are invited to join Microsoft for a live session with industry thought leaders and special guests to hear firsthand how Microsoft Office 365 has helped companies harness employee ideas, embrace new workplace cultures and technologies, and spark innovation and spontaneous collaboration in the workplace to accelerate business: getting it done, anywhere.

Register for WPC 2014 by October 31 and Pay $1,695
Register for a WPC 2014 all access pass before October 31 and get a special price of just $1,695. After that date, the price for an all access pass increases to $1,795. Join us for Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., July 13–17, 2014.

October 29: Microsoft Insights Event for IT Pros and Developers
Microsoft Insights is a live online event featuring an interactive panel discussion on emerging employment trends and opportunities. Immediately following the panel, listen to in-depth interviews with Microsoft technology specialists sharing their views on the skills IT professionals and developers need, and the training and certification available to them. Join live on October 29 for a chance to win a certification exam pack. 

Microsoft Dynamics Partners: Accelerate Your Marketing Today with the Marketing Services Bureau
Accelerate your marketing with offers from the Marketing Services Bureau (MSB). Whether you need a customer list, consulting services, social media solutions, or want to implement an end-to-end marketing campaign our vast list of MSB vendors can help.

Microsoft Dynamics Partners: Marketing Outsource Model Can Help You with Nurture Marketing 
The Microsoft Dynamics Partner Outsource Model (OSM) is a comprehensive suite of services that can help you build and execute 3–12 months of marketing at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself. This innovative marketing system is uniquely designed for the new economics of selling your Microsoft Dynamics product and service offerings to customers.

Resources

imageOctober Update: MPN Disclosure Guide for Upcoming Program Changes
The MPN disclosure guide is a comprehensive look at the changes planned for the program across all membership levels. Download the October version of the guide to understand what's changing, when the changes are effective, and how it may affect your company. The guide is divided into four categories: News and announcements; Program-wide changes that affect all partner levels; Microsoft Action Pack subscription changes; Competency-specific changes.

Earn More with SMB Advantage and the Hyper-V Surge Offer – SMB Advantage Ends November 30
Partners that sell Windows Server 2012 Datacenter or Windows Server 2012 Standard to SMB customers, and install the server with Hyper-V deployed by November 30, can earn up to 25% per license. Refer to the Offer site for more details. The Hyper-V Surge offer is part of SMB Advantage, which ends November 30. SMB Advantage Terms and Conditions.

Cloud OS Vision Presentation, Training Recommendations, and More
The fall wave of cloud OS enterprise products and services is here to help customers transform the datacenter, unlock data insights, enable business apps, and empower people-centric IT. We’ve organized the resources you need for each of these opportunities around role readiness and sales stage. New resources include the Cloud OS pitch deck and Immersion Sales Conversations.

Microsoft Cloud Deployment Program
The Microsoft Cloud Deployment program offers incremental benefits to qualifying MPN members that are actively deploying Microsoft Office 365. As a CDP partner, you have access to deployment planning tools, dedicated technical support, marketing assets, and offers and incentives. Watch this short video to learn about the cloud opportunity and how to participate in this program.

imageIt’s Time for Customers to Move from Windows XP and Office 2003 to the Modern Business
If your customers don’t make the move from Windows XP and Office 2003, it could have a major impact on their business. Use the materials in this campaign—including a pitch deck, email templates and offer information—to explain exactly what could happen if they choose not to upgrade.

Windows 8.1 Released and Generally Available
Windows 8.1 is here, and for customers with a Windows 8 device, the update is free through the Windows Store. Resources:

Three New Marketing Campaigns Help Your SMB Customers Stay Ahead of the Game
Microsoft server and cloud products can help you build and deliver solutions that delight your SMB customers and increase your margins. The Ahead of the Game campaigns address three distinct workloads and partner opportunities: Be Lean and Stay Lean is a server consolidation and virtualization campaign; Business Anywhere lets you help SMBs increase productivity for remote and mobile employees; Tap Your Data Goldmine improves data accessibility and increase shared insights and collaboration.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for October 2013
The October 2013 security updates cover Internet Explorer, Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server Software, Microsoft Silverlight, and Windows. You can watch the October webcast on demand, and register for the next webcast, on November 13. The next security bulletin release is on Tuesday, November 12. '

DeviceGuyJoin the Conversation on Yammer About Devices with the US Device Guy
The US Partner Team’s device guy, Steve Adams, is sharing information and resources about Microsoft Surface, Windows tablets and PCs, and Windows Phone in our newest Yammer group, aptly called Device Guy. Come meet Steve and join the conversation. Instructions to join.

Training and Certification

Use the November Hot Sheet to Find and Register for Upcoming Training and Partner Calls
The Hot Sheet is a frequently updated schedule of live virtual and in-person training and informational calls that are coming in the next few weeks. Subscribe to the US Partner Learning blog to receive the Hot Sheet as soon as it's published each month.

Learn to Sell the Cloud to Enter Our Cloud Specialist Sweepstakes
Earn a Microsoft Sales Specialist or Presales Technical Specialist accreditation in select cloud-related workload, and you'll be entered to win up to $1,000 in Microsoft Store gift cards. Use the training in the learning paths to help you prepare. Official rules. No purchase necessary. Open only to authorized representatives of companies actively enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network who are US residents (including Washington, DC), age 18 years and older. Game ends December 31, 2013.

Get Your Technical Team Certified on SQL Server 2012
SQL Server 2012 certification spans multiple Microsoft competencies including Data Platform, Application Lifecycle Management, and Midmarket Solution Provider. Exam pack discounts up to 50% off are available for packs of 5 or 20 exams. Make sure your team is certified on the latest Microsoft products to demonstrate your organizations' competencies. Packs at this price and quantity are available until December 31.

Three Ways to Save on Microsoft Certification Exams
Take advantage of offers for Microsoft Certifications that will help you demonstrate your Microsoft product and technology expertise. Your company can increase its capabilities for serving customers, and may be able to meet competency requirements, too.

imageCalendar Through November 8

This list is a sampling of upcoming partner calls, training, and events. Refer to the November Hot Sheet for a comprehensive list for the next several weeks that’s frequently updated.

October 28 – SMB Live: Get in the Cloud in Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 28 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Miami, Florida

October 28 – Practice Accelerator for Business Intelligence (Windows Server, SQL Server, SharePoint)

October 29 – SMB Live: Get in the Cloud in Washington, DC (more cities/dates at http://aka.ms/smb-live-cloud)

October 29 – Microsoft Insights Virtual Event for IT Professionals

October 29 – Windows Azure Developer Camp: Make It Happen in the Cloud in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and San Diego, California

October 30 – Windows Azure Developer Camp: Make It Happen in the Cloud in Denver, Colorado

October 30 – SMB Live: Get in the Cloud in Indianapolis, Indiana

October 31 – Office 365 Deployment with Fast Track

October 31 – Cloud 1-2-3: Expand Your Cloud Practice Beyond Office 365 with Windows Azure

November 4 – Office 365 Ignite Summit in Washington, DC

November 4 – Windows Azure at Your Doorstep in Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 4 – The Public Sector Cloud Opportunity

November 5 – The Public Sector Cloud Opportunity  

November 5 – SMB Live: Get in the Cloud in Atlanta, Georgia

November 5 – SMB Live: Get in the Cloud in St. Louis, Missouri 

November 5 – Practice Accelerator for SharePoint 2013: Search, Social, Portals and Collaboration

November 5 – Microsoft Store for Partners Networking Event in Miami, Florida

November 5 – IT Camp: Virtualization

November 8 – SMB Partner Call for East Region

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