imageTo help you prioritize your learning activities for the rest of the month, we published the following courses and resources in Friday’s partner newsletter. Take a look, take some training and let us know if there’s anything else we can help you find.

 

Microsoft Lync for Business Decision Makers

Microsoft Lync for IT Pros

Microsoft Lync for Developers

Microsoft Lync for Sales

Microsoft Lync for Marketing

Microsoft Lync for Training Roles

While You're Enhancing Your Sales Skills, Enter to Win Some Sweet Prizes
Brush up on key selling points of some of the latest Microsoft technologies for a chance to win a $120 Amazon gift card or Samsung Focus Windows Phone. You'll receive an entry for each course you attend, and we'll provide a new course list and prizes next month for another chance to win.

While You're Enhancing Your Technical Knowledge, Enter to Win Some Sweet Prizes
Freshen up your technical skills on some of the latest Microsoft technologies for a chance to win a $120 Amazon gift card or Samsung Focus Windows Phone. You'll receive an entry for each course you attend, and we'll provide a new course list and prizes next month for another chance to win.

Prepare to Attain or Renew a Microsoft Competency
Updated competency-attainment training guides show what's required and recommended, and include links to assessments.

August 23 Webcast: Selling Microsoft Office 365 to Public Sector Customers
Learn how to position the value of Microsoft Office 365 to Federal, State, and Local Government customers.

Win the Private Cloud: Technical Training Available Online
The Microsoft Private Cloud and Data Center Management Partner Labcast is now available online. Get in-depth technical training about the architecture of the dynamic data center and gain a better understanding of the vision of Microsoft cloud computing.

New E-Learning for Virtualization Competency Certifications Available
Prepare for Microsoft Virtualization exams 70-669 and 70-659 with new e-learning, available at no cost via the Partner Learning Center through July 2012. Passing these certifications can help your organization achieve the Virtualization competency.

Virtualization Competency Announcement: New Exam
Microsoft Learning recently announced the retirement of two exams that are currently part of the eligibility requirements for achieving the Virtualization competency. 70-403—TS: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuring and 70-652—TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring. These will be replaced by Exam 70-659—TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization. Online exam prep is available.

Use Our Self-Service Kit to Prep for Exam 70-681
"TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying" is a recommended qualifying exam for attaining the Desktop competency and also applies to other competencies, such as Midmarket Solution Provider. As an alternative to instructor-led training, you can prepare using the self-service kit.

Virtual Training Bootcamp for Exam 70-401
This two-part, in-depth exam prep helps you get ready to take exam 70-401—Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring. Passing this exam is included in the requirements for the Desktop competency, the Virtualization competency, and the Software Asset Management competency.

Public Sector Online Cloud Courses
On the Partner Learning Center, you'll find four new on-demand courses specifically designed for partners serving customers in the Public Sector. These courses cover the benefits of adding Microsoft cloud services to your practice.