Below are the latest opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills, as emailed in the Friday, June 15 issue of the U.S. Partner Newsletter. It includes on-demand training for Windows 8 and Private Cloud, organized by role.

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Training Resources

Enter Our June Training Sweepstakes
We've hand-selected courses from the following solutions that will automatically earn you entries in drawings for valuable prizes: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Windows Intune, Microsoft Office 365, and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). Choose the sales or technical path to get started with these training courses, which are offered at no cost to members of the Microsoft Partner Network.

Microsoft U.S. Learning Plan Tool Offers Customizable Training Experience
Use the Learning Plan Tool to help your company reach its training goals for certifications and knowledge about new Microsoft products and technologies. Whether you need training by product, competency, role, business skills, or certification exams, take advantage of the Learning Plan Tool to create the right plan to improve skill sets and knowledge, and ultimately be more competitive in the marketplace.

Update Your Certifications to Meet New Competency Requirements
The exam requirements for several Microsoft competencies changed in May to reflect the new certifications that are available for new Microsoft product versions. At your company's next Microsoft Partner Network membership renewal, those new requirements must be met to retain existing competencies and benefits.

July 17 Webcast: Windows Intune–Help Address Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise
Devices that are user-owned and not domain-joined add a new complexity to managing security, data, and corporate assets. Find out how the latest version of Windows Intune gives you new opportunities to help your customers address the consumerization of IT in larger organizations.

Learn How to Build Windows 8 Metro Style Apps
Catch this on-demand MSDN webcast series to learn about the new platform for building Windows 8 Metro-style applications. Get an understanding of the platform design tenets, the programming language choices, and the integration points with the operating system and across Metro style apps.

Prepare for Certification with Practice Tests—Partner Discount Available
A great way to prepare for an exam is to take a practice test, so you can assess your knowledge of the exam material. Practice tests feature questions that are the same difficulty and scope as those on the actual Microsoft exam and can help highlight areas where you need more preparation. Practice test vendor MeasureUp has a special offer for large teams: 25 practice tests for $750, a savings of 62 percent.

Take the Sales and Marketing Assessment for Microsoft Learning Partners
Pass the new Sales and Marketing Assessment to strengthen your solution selling skills, demonstrate your expertise, and deliver increased value and service to customers. This assessment should take about 45 minutes to complete.

New Sales Specialist Accreditation for Microsoft Learning Partners
Empower yourself and advance your career with advice, accreditation information, and other tips to help you earn the new Microsoft Sales Specialist Learning Accreditation.

Windows Server 2012 Training
Throughout June, the Windows Server 2012 learning path will feature 27 new technical implementer trainings covering features for virtualization, storage, networking, management, identity and security, remote access, and app platform. Bookmark the learning path and check back often for updates.

Role-Based Training for Windows 8 and Private Cloud

Training for Business Decision Makers
Private Cloud

Windows 8

Training for IT Professionals
Private Cloud

Windows 8

Training for Developers
Private Cloud

Windows 8

Training for Sales and Marketing Roles
Private Cloud

Windows 8

Training for Training Roles
Private Cloud

Windows 8