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LiveSeries: Details of upcoming Partner Live Meetings
There are a number of new Partner Live Meeting events available to register for as part of the LiveSeries . The Live Series are a programme of Live Meetings which aim to effectively deliver top line information and key value propositions, highlighting the opportunities available to you around Microsoft...
15 May 2009
LiveSeries: BPOS – what is it and how do partners make money from it?
Join the Partner LiveSeries Live Meeting : 'BPOS – what is it and how do partners make money from it?’ When : Tuesday 12th May Time : 16.00-17.00 The purpose of this...
7 May 2009
What is the partner roadmap for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7?
Join Microsoft executives Rich Reynolds, General Manager of Windows Marketing, and Allison Watson, Corporate Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Group, as they discuss: Windows 7, the newest Windows operating system from Microsoft. Windows Vista and Windows 7 roadmap. Opportunities around Microsoft...
18 Oct 2008
Are you ready for Windows 7? Join our UK Partner Live Meetings
The industry is preparing itself for one of the most exciting launches - Windows 7. The press is already buzzing with the launch of Windows 7 – are you ready? “The installation process took over an hour, but once up and running Windows 7’s advantages were impressive. ...
6 Apr 2009
Heavily Subsidised Technical Training available on SBS 08 & EBS 08
Many SBSC partners have been asking us for Hands on Lab technical training for the Windows Essential Server Solution products - Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008. Well, they are now ready and open for registration. I'm pleased to advise that the Partner Readiness team have...
24 Oct 2008
TechNet Exclusive! Hear from the guy that brought you Microsoft’s enterprise computing to small and medium businesses
TechNet are offering an exclusive opportunity to meet Nicholas King, Technical Product Manager from Microsoft Corporation before the launch of the Windows Essential server solutions offerings (Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008) on November 12 th . Hear...
8 Oct 2008
Virtualisation Briefing: your second chance to see the possibilities...
Due to popular demand, we will be running a second Virtualisation Briefing for partners on 23 September 2008. Date: 23 September 2008 Time: 09.00 – 17.00 Venue: Microsoft Campus, Reading This full-day event will give you an invaluable insight into the power of virtualisation. With 64%* of...
21 Aug 2008
New look Sales and Licensing Induction for Partners
The Microsoft Partner Readiness Team have just announced the release of the new look Sales and Licensing Induction for Partners . This session is aimed to equip sales people with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to talk to new and existing customers about the business benefits of Microsoft...
4 Sep 2008
TechNet Conference goes virtual on 19th June 2009 - register now
We’re pleased to announce the launch of the very first TechNet Virtual Conference taking place on 19 June 2009. You told us that time and budget pressures make attending in person events difficult – so to help both you and the environment we decided to take the TechNet Conference virtual...
3 Jun 2009
Schools are spending on IT Now... so get in on the action!
Question: When do schools spend their IT budget? Answer: Now! ...Well the biggest spending time is in June and July. Our analysis shows, and I suppose it is obvious really, that the key time the Schools spend money on IT is in June and July so that implementation can take place over the summer holidays...
20 May 2009
Win Prizes with the Windows Vista Mean Business Campaign
Take this fun, interactive course broken down into 3 sections and get a better understanding of how Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate is the right OS for a new PC, as compared to Windows XP and a MAC. Small business customers need to understand the benefits of Windows Vista and this...
6 Mar 2009
SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 Partner Training & Resources Update
Windows Essential Server Solutions Sales Training: Partnercast: SBS/EBS/Windows Server: Which is right for your customer? (wma) SBS Sales Learning Path EBS Sales Learning Path 5W/50 Series - Why should I Become and SBSC and what it takes to Become one, powered by TS2 Partnercast: MSPP 101: Business...
4 Feb 2009
Reminder: Free regional events focusing on how to make the most of every sale!
Don't delay - register now... Are you looking to maximise every deal that you work on? Do you know how to increase your sales pipeline and close sales opportunities more quickly? Microsoft invites you to a new sales opportunity training day for resellers that focuses on exactly these issues. The sales...
13 May 2009
WESS Partner Training Update - January
Here's an update from our Partner Readiness team around Windows Essential Server Solutions training (SBS 08 and EBS 08): Partnercast: SBS/EBS/Windows Server: Which is right for your customer? (wma) There have been a number of significant product announcements from Microsoft in the recent part. With options...
14 Jan 2009
Windows Server Offer has now been extended to include Open Program Licensing!
To help our channel partners continue their investment in delivering the best business value to their customers, we are offering a services rebate from January 15 to June 30, 2009. The following service rebates will be available when partners sell and provide services for the listed servers: Partners...
20 Mar 2009
5W/50 Program Updates
The 5W/50 Webcast series is focused on SBSC partners in the SMB space and cover business readiness, sales, technical and product related topics across Server, Client, IW and Mobility. To view the topics and dates for the webcasts, go to the 5W/50 Portal at http://www.mssmallbiz.com/training . Below...
4 Nov 2008
Rev up your Revenue: increase deal size and close deals quicker
Rev up your Revenue provides partners with access to consumable online sales and product training that can help you close deals faster. This training is suitable for sales staff (whether telesales or solution sales) and/or for those who may benefit from an overview of which Microsoft products could be...
25 Mar 2009
Attend London's Small Business 2.0 Conference Free With Microsoft
Microsoft is sponsoring the Small Business 2.0 event in Covent Garden on Saturday 11th October 2008 and the organisers of the event have offered our adCenter Blog readers a a free pass to the show - worth £49 each - to the first 10 people who register using this promotion code: sb6509tcp .... What...
17 Sep 2008
Microsoft Licensing Sales Specialist recordings available on the Partner Learning Centre
Did you know that Microsoft have announced the release of Microsoft Licensing Sales Specialist recordings on the Partner Learning Centre? The Microsoft Licensing Sales Specialist (MLSS) accreditation is made up of seven modules. Each module has a test that you must take which has 25 questions...
2 Sep 2008
FREE SBS 2008 or SharePoint Services training available for Next Week, courtesy of C2K!
Authorised Distributor, C2k have a number of places available on their Free of Charge Technical Training series which they would like to offer out to Microsoft partners. Each course typically costs up to £800 per day per delegate, so this is a great offer. Capacity is 12 per course...
22 May 2009
Join the Ask the Expert: Technical help for OEM & System Builders Live Meeting
On Wednesday 20th May 2009, between 16.00-16.45, Microsoft will be running an Ask the Expert: Windows 7 Technical help for OEM & System Builders . If you are interested register now but clicking on the link to attend.
15 May 2009
Windows Essential Server Solutions Exam Availability
A number of you have been asking me about Windows Essential Server Solutions exams. I have been told by my colleagues at Microsoft Corporate that Windows Essential Server Solutions exams are coming soon... Windows Essential Business Server 2008 RTM exam (70-654) available in English on October 9th Windows...
2 Oct 2008
LiveMeeting Invite: Why don’t those killer products you sell just fly out of the door?
Why don't those killer products you sell just fly out of the door? Dear Partner Why don’t those killer products you sell just fly out of the door? Luck? Timing? Economy? Under-performing salesmen? Or is there some science behind it? We’d like you to join us for an interactive...
25 Feb 2009
Windows 7 Partner Readiness July Update
Latest News: Updating Your Technology Knowledge of Microsoft Windows XP to Windows 7 – 13 th August London This two-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to work with the new technologies in Windows 7 . £100 per delegate Windows 7 Application Compatibility Briefings...
22 Jul 2009
WESS Partner Readiness Launch - The SBSC User Group tour!
In preparation for the launch of Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Microsoft will be visiting SBSC User groups around the country in October and November to deliver training and readiness to SBSC partners. These sessions are being run for existing user group...
25 Sep 2008
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