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  • Blog Post: US Partner News Online for Friday, February 28, 2014

    Welcome to this week’s issue of the US Partner News Online! Each week, we’ll bring you the latest news and information for Microsoft partners. You can read previous weeks’ issues at http://aka.ms/uspnewsletter . If you’d like to see the next post in your email inbox, go to http://aka.ms/uspblog and enter...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Program Update: Your Questions, Answered

    by Joe Chason, US Microsoft Partner Network lead On February 24, several program-wide changes to the Microsoft Partner Network will take effect. Some of these changes are related to the Microsoft Cloud Partner programs. To help you understand what the cloud-related changes are, and how they may affect...
  • Blog Post: Earn the Small Business competency: Microsoft Office 365 exam change

    by Julie Golding, U.S. MPN Lead Earlier this year, we launched the new Microsoft Small Business competency to help partners build on their experience in the small business customer segment and capitalize on cloud opportunities in that market. In response to partner feedback, a new exam focused on the...
  • Blog Post: Partnering with Precision: Microsoft Partner Network–Year 1 Reflections

    A Blog Series for U.S. Partners by Jenni Flinders, Microsoft U.S. Vice President, Partner Strategy and Programs. Nearly one year into the new Microsoft Partner Network structure that we launched on November 1, 2010 , and I’m excited how passionate – and vocal – you have been about the changes we introduced...
  • Blog Post: Giving Partners a Voice with Microsoft

    Over the next few weeks, you may receive an e-mail invitation to participate in the Microsoft Global Relationship Study (GRS). Periodically, we engage an independent research company to conduct this study in more than 100 countries, giving both customers and partners an opportunity to evaluate Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Action Pack Subscription Offers Benefits, Engagement

    [Note: As of 3/4, we have updated information about the availability of the partner download for Windows Small Business Server 2011. Read the blog post from the WW Partner Group .] In our “New to the Microsoft Partner Network” blog post earlier this year, we laid out six activities that all new members...
  • Blog Post: Partnering with Precision: WPC has a plan for you…what are you planning for WPC?

    A blog series for US partners by Jenni Flinders, Microsoft US Vice President, Partner Strategy and Programs. In your career, you’ve probably recognized that the events you’ve received the greatest benefit from are those you actively prepared for and participated in. No one has the time to attend an event...
  • Blog Post: Partners Serving Education Customers: What’s Your Sales Lead Style? Tell Us and Enter to Win

    The Microsoft U.S. Public Sector Team is working on new resources to help you reach prospects and expand your business in education. To better serve you, we’d like to understand how your customer lead processes work and how you use Microsoft sales and marketing tools. Take our short survey to tell us...
  • Blog Post: Improving the Partner Online Experience – Proposed Home Page Design

    As the managing editor of the Microsoft U.S. partner portal, one of my responsibilities is understanding how partners use the site and how we can improve the experience with it. Each month, I look at several data points and read between 200-300 comments from partners who agree to take our Foresee pop...
  • Blog Post: Week of 1/3/2011: Highlights for U.S. Partners

    Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful holiday and a strong finish to 2010, and that you’re ready for a fantastic 2011. You may find some inspiration in the article, “ Marching Orders 2011 ,” from Redmond Channel Partner, where you’ll find tips from Microsoft partner executives and channel experts...
  • Blog Post: Give your feedback about partner loyalty programs in our short survey

    by Erik Moe, Partner Relationship Marketing, Microsoft U.S. Marketing & Operations The Microsoft U.S. team is in the early stages of designing a partner appreciation program, and your input and feedback will help us determine what benefits you would value most. Our short, 14-question survey will...
  • Blog Post: WPC 2010 Takeaways – Initial Thoughts

    I’m back in my Bellevue, WA office today after spending last week in Washington, D.C. for this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. I had such a great time meeting partners in the U.S. Lounge, where I spent the bulk of my time, as I worked the MPN booth, ran a couple of tweetups, tweeted and...
  • Blog Post: Pursuing a Silver Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network

    Over the past few months, a large number of our partners formerly known as Gold Certified and Certified have come up for Microsoft Partner Network membership renewal, as I noted would be the case in a December post ( The New Partner Network + 45 Days ). Now that we are through that very hectic part of...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Partners: An Effective Sales Process to Qualify Customers

    by Susanne Berndt-Radley, Senior Director, U.S. Partner Programs and Enablement Prior to my current role, I was responsible for strategy and worldwide sales for Microsoft Office 365 to enterprise customers. Our Office 365 specialist sales team learned, sometimes the hard way, that some conversation must...
  • Blog Post: Using Your Feedback to Shape the Microsoft Partner Experience

    Once again, we have begun inviting partners and customers to participate in our Microsoft Global Relationship Study (GRS). Periodically, we engage an independent research company to conduct this study in more than 100 countries, giving both customers and partners an opportunity to evaluate Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Tips for Using the Microsoft Partner Network Portal, U.S.-Style

    Eric Ligman, the Global Partner Experience Lead in the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group, wrote a great article on his blog earlier this week about using search on the Microsoft Partner Network portal . I was delighted to see his post, as I have long thought that the portal search capability is often...
  • Blog Post: Week of 8/2/2010: Highlights for U.S. Partners

    The U.S. partner team delivers an e-mail newsletter to U.S.-based Microsoft Partner Network members each Monday as a benefit of membership. We are looking at new ways to help connect partners to valuable information about the Microsoft Partner Network and associated benefits as well as new opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Essentials: June 2012 Recommendations

    Posted by Julie Golding, Partner Subscriptions Manager, Microsoft U.S. Partner Team. Each month in the U.S. partner newsletter , our Microsoft Cloud Partner Program expert in the U.S., Julie Golding, delivers a message to Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack subscribers, offering information about growth...
  • Blog Post: WPC 2012: U.S. Lounge Activities Schedule

    The U.S. Lounge at the Worldwide Partner Conference is located in the Solution Innovation Center in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) and is open Monday through Thursday, from 11:30am – 5:30pm. Staffed by members of the Microsoft U.S. Partner Team, the U.S. Lounge offers you opportunities to...
  • Blog Post: Using Your Feedback to Shape the Partner Experience

    Once again, we have begun inviting partners and customers to participate in our Microsoft Global Relationship Study (GRS). Periodically, we engage an independent research company to conduct this study in more than 100 countries, giving both customers and partners an opportunity to evaluate Microsoft...