Your customized version of The Learning Curve training newsletter should have just landed in your inbox, but below includes all of the items – both sales and technical – that went out to partners. The sections are:

  • The Vital Few – training picks by solution
  • Learning News – program updates and incentives
  • Upcoming Live Webcasts – a handful of featured Webcasts happening later this month


Each week, "The Vital Few" highlights must-attend training opportunities aimed at helping you improve your business. Visit our blog for more training recommendations and tips for maximizing your learning opportunities.

Server Virtualization

See our course listings for additional Server Virtualization training.
Find Server Virtualization sales resources on Gear Up.

Windows 7

See our course listings for additional Windows 7 training.
Find Windows 7 sales resources on Gear Up.

Microsoft Lync 2010

See our course listings for additional Microsoft Lync 2010 training.
Find Microsoft Lync 2010 sales resources on Gear Up.

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

See our course listings for additional SharePoint Server 2010 training.
Find SharePoint Server 2010 sales resources on Gear Up.


Practice Test Discounts on Competency-Qualifying Exams
Did you know we have great discounts for partners on practice tests that will help you prepare for technical certification exams? They are available now for MeasureUp and Transcender, so choose your favorite!

Channel Development Meet & Greet Events Coming to a City Near You
Partners have been asking for Microsoft to provide more opportunities to help them connect with other Microsoft partners and build their channel. This series of events offers a great opportunity to develop relationships with other partners from your local area and meet with members of the Microsoft team to chat about your plans for the coming months.

Early Bird Pricing for Worldwide Partner Conference 2011
We hope that you’ll join us July 10–14 in Los Angeles, California, for this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. Register between now and April 25 for our best deal—the All Access Pass.

4-1-1 SMB Partner Marketing Monthly Webcast: How to Increase Volume Licensing Renewals
Join us on Friday, April 22, to learn how to communicate the value of Microsoft Volume Licensing programs to SMB customers. Drive renewals and revenue by explaining why the Open Programs are a smart investment to standardize IT and reduce costs.

Try Azure at No Cost for 30 Days
We're offering a Windows Azure platform 30-day pass, so you can put Windows Azure and SQL Azure through their paces. No credit card is required; simply use promo code PLCABC. With the Windows Azure platform you pay only for what you use, scale up when you need capacity, and pull back when you don't.

Become an Early Adopter for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
Being among the first to develop for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 gives you an opportunity to take the lead in your market. Visit Microsoft Platform Ready and receive exclusive benefits to help market your solution when you become an early adopter.

Economics of the Cloud On-Demand Webcast
The Microsoft Corporate Strategy Group has done some deep analysis on the cloud disruption in the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan. Although their work usually stays internal, due to the significance of the cloud disruption, we want to share some of the key insights.

Competing in the Cloud: Microsoft vs. Google & Why It Matters to Your SMB Business
Please join us on April 15 for the next session of our Google Compete Webcast Series. This series is designed help you understand how Microsoft competes with Google to position and sell Cloud services in the Small and Medium Business Segment, as well as give you ammunition to compete and win in the cloud.