Welcome to Friday, everyone! Before you head off for the weekend, take a few moments to check out the bi-weekly partner newsletter that you received today. Below are all the training-related items, including our course recommendations for Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Desktop Optimization.

As stated in the newsletter, you can find training opportunities and recommendations any time on the U.S. Partner Learning blog, Learning Plan Tool website, and the Local Activities Section of the Training and Events page on the U.S. partner portal.

Have a great weekend!

Your Partner Training Team


Training Recommendations

New Courses and Prizes in the December Partner Training Sweepstakes
You could win a digital SLR camera package, a Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7, or a $25 American Express gift card when you take any of our featured SQL Server 2012, Small Business Server 2011, Office 365, or Azure courses this month. You will earn a prize entry for each sales or technical course you attend. Sweepstakes ends June 30, 2012. Official Rules.

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Technical Ignite
This two-day course focuses on the new features of SQL Server 2012, combining presentations and hands-on labs to help you better understand how SQL Server 2012 addresses your customers' mission critical, business intelligence, enterprise information management, and database development needs.

Premier Architect Training Offer for Microsoft Partners
Take advantage of this special offer for Microsoft partners from the International Association of Solution Architects and get 20 architect-level courses for $10,000, an 80% discount. With these strategic technical resources, you will be able to attract new customers and deepen your relationships with existing customers.

Differentiate Yourself and Your Skills with Microsoft Certification
Competition in the job market is tight and you need to differentiate yourself. Microsoft Learning partners teach courses based on job role or technology, preparing you for Microsoft Certification, and helping you improve your marketability.

Get Ready to Get Certified with Partner Exam Academy
Partner Exam Academy continues to grow and now features eight Microsoft competencies. Find recommended no-cost and fee-based training to help you prepare for competency-required certification exams.

Save on Microsoft Exam Practice Tests Through January
Practice tests can help you assess your knowledge of Microsoft exam material and highlight areas where you need more preparation. Take advantage of a 40% discount on qualifying Microsoft practice exams through January 30, 2012, choosing the offer that best fits your needs.

Get Help Using Jump Start Courses
Visit the Campaign Factory to download a new Jump Start FAQ. This FAQ can help you effectively use Jump Starts, which are included in the courseware library, to deliver training on strategic and emerging technologies.

New Microsoft System Center 2012 Role-Based Learning Paths
Find training on Microsoft System Center 2012 and the private cloud for your role. Since they are online, Learning Paths are kept updated as new, relevant training becomes available.

Prepare for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with Role-Based Training
Prepare for the upcoming release of SQL Server 2012 with role-based training for partners of all types. New training will be added to this link as it becomes available.

On Demand Webcast: Lync Mobile – Clients, Server, and Deployment
The Lync app for Windows Phone 7 was recently released, and clients for iOS and Android are coming soon. In this webcast, we will discuss the features and capabilities of the cross-platform Lync mobile clients and the cumulative update to Lync Server 2010.

Updated Training Offerings for Partners Serving Public Sector Customers
For partners serving federal government, state and local government, education, or health and life sciences customers, we have just updated the content for each of these verticals with relevant learning opportunities.

FAST University for Microsoft SharePoint Partners
Your deployments that use FAST search technology are already delivering value. See the latest versions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint, and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Internet Sites.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Hands-on Labs Online
Lync Server 2010 hands-on labs are intended for both novice and experienced IT professionals who want to learn more about technical scenarios in Lync. The course requires 12 hours to complete, but it can be taken online and at your own pace.

Microsoft Lync Ultimate Voice Career Promotion
Learn more about Microsoft Lync and share your Lync experience with other users. Enter the Ultimate Voice Career Promotion, and you could win prizes like an Xbox 360 or a $5,000 Kinect entertainment system. Promotion ends June 30, 2012. Official Rules.

Microsoft OEM Training Zone Holiday Sweepstakes
Register on the free Microsoft OEM Training Zone website and complete product courses for a chance to win an ASUS Eee Slate EP121. Sweepstakes ends January 9, 2012. Official Rules.

Microsoft Office 365 Webcasts for State and Local Government Customers
Your state and local government customers can benefit from this series of technically focused webcasts that will help them better understand the value of Microsoft Office 365 and how to effectively utilize these online services to maximize their end-user productivity.

Role-Based Training for Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Desktop Optimization

Training for Business Decision Makers
Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Desktop Optimization

Training for IT Professionals
Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Desktop Optimization

Training for Developers
Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Desktop Optimization

Training for Sales and Marketing Roles
Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Desktop Optimization

Training for Training Roles
Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Desktop Optimization