imageHere are the training recommendations sent to you in the Friday, May 4 U.S. partner newsletter, including role-based training for Windows Azure and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).

You can use these links to find additional training opportunities:

Training Recommendations

Competency Exam Pack Offer Ends May 31
The Competency Exam Pack offer has been extended until May 15 and must be used by May 31. Take advantage of these great savings and encourage your IT pros and developers to take their exams soon.

May Partner Training Sweepstakes Features Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft System Center, Windows 7, Windows Small Business Server 2011
Earn a chance to win a great prize in our Sweepstakes when you take this month's featured courses. There's something for every role, and you'll receive an entry for each training course you complete. Official Rules.

Power Start and Momentum Workshops Now Open to All Microsoft Partner Network Members at No Cost
Build your knowledge in a solution area with Technical Enablement workshops presented by Partner Services. Visit the Partner Learning Center to find upcoming workshops that meet your needs and fit your schedule.

Earn Your Microsoft Cloud Certification
Validate your cloud computing skills with the new Microsoft Cloud Services Certifications. These certifications cover functional areas such as infrastructure management, software development, database management and services management. They also include Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) credentials, reinvented specifically for the cloud.

Private Cloud Technical Training for IT Pros
Learn how to build and manage private cloud solutions with familiar tools you may already use in your data center. Provide your customers with a new kind of agility, focus, and cost savings with this new model for IT delivery.

Prepare to Attain the Data Platform Competency
Use the materials and courses in the Partner Exam Academy to prepare to pass the exams in the current requirements for the Microsoft Data Platform competency.

Windows Azure Technical Training for Developers
Build deep development skills on Windows Azure with workshops from the Partner Services team. In this listing, you'll find both on-demand and live sessions.

Windows Phone Developer Workshops
Register for upcoming live webcasts presented by the Partner Services team about developing applications for Windows Phone.

May 17 and May 24: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Training Blitz Days
Because education of our partners is a key component to a successful launch, we are excited to bring you the next Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Blitz Day. Join us May 17 and May 24 for two blitz days of content focused on the sales and presales roles in your organization.

Prove Your Sales Expertise for a Chance to Win
Earn your first Microsoft Sales Specialist badge or add a Sales Specialist accreditation to enter our sweepstakes. Through May 31, you'll be entered to win one of two Grand Prize trips to Whistler, B.C. or an REI Gift Card for each Sales Specialist assessment you pass. Official Rules.

May 8–10 in Fort Lauderdale, FL: Microsoft Office 365 Partner Deployment Training
Attend this no-cost, three-day program to learn how to plan, prepare, and migrate customers to Microsoft Office 365. Sessions include coexistence, simple migration options, and deployment tools and resources.

May 15–17 in New York, NY: Microsoft Office 365 Partner Deployment Training
Attend this no-cost, three-day program to learn how to plan, prepare, and migrate customers to Microsoft Office 365. Sessions include coexistence, simple migration options, and deployment tools and resources.

Take the New ISV Track into the Microsoft Mobility Competency
Watch how to make your mobile business stand out by attaining the Mobility competency in one of two ways: develop a qualifying business app or meet exam requirements. Earn partner resources to help you win customers in the mobile market.

June 6 in Waltham, MA: Windows 8 Metro Excellence Clinic
In this clinic, we'll walk you through the certification process for Windows 8 applications. Along the way, you'll learn a process for checking your applications for quality prior to submitting them to the marketplace, which will decrease the chances for any surprises during certification and increase the overall quality of your app.

June 13 in New York, NY: Windows 8 Metro Excellence Clinic
In this clinic, we'll walk you through the certification process for Windows 8 applications. Along the way, you'll learn a process for checking your applications for quality prior to submitting them to the marketplace, which will decrease the chances for any surprises during certification and increase the overall quality of your app.

June 21 in Chevy Chase, MD: Windows 8 Metro Excellence Clinic
In this clinic, we'll walk you through the certification process for Windows 8 applications. Along the way, you'll learn a process for checking your applications for quality prior to submitting them to the marketplace, which will decrease the chances for any surprises during certification and increase the overall quality of your app.

June 27 in Alpharetta, GA: Windows 8 Metro Excellence Clinic
In this clinic, we'll walk you through the certification process for Windows 8 applications. Along the way, you'll learn a process for checking your applications for quality prior to submitting them to the marketplace, which will decrease the chances for any surprises during certification and increase the overall quality of your app.

July 11 in Tampa, FL: Windows 8 Metro Excellence Clinic
In this clinic, we'll walk you through the certification process for Windows 8 applications. Along the way, you'll learn a process for checking your applications for quality prior to submitting them to the marketplace, which will decrease the chances for any surprises during certification and increase the overall quality of your app.

May 15–17 in Chevy Chase, MD: Windows 8 Developer and UX Workshop for Partners
During this three-day workshop, the designers of Windows 8 will provide in-depth, practical training for designing and developing differentiated Windows 8 experiences. Attendees will get a technical deep dive, hands-on experience, and advice for designing Metro-style apps.

May 23–25 in Waltham, MA: Windows 8 Developer and UX Workshop for Partners
During this three-day workshop, the designers of Windows 8 will provide in-depth, practical training for designing and developing differentiated Windows 8 experiences. Attendees will get a technical deep dive, hands-on experience, and advice for designing Metro-style apps.

Role-Based Training for Windows Azure and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)

Find training opportunities and recommendations on the U.S. partner portal, U.S. Partner Learning blog, Partner Training Finders, and Partner Learning Paths.

Training for Business Decision Makers
Windows Azure

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)

Training for IT Professionals
Windows Azure

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)

Training for Developers
Windows Azure

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)

Training for Sales and Marketing Roles
Windows Azure

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)

Training for Training Roles
Windows Azure

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)