Last week’s partner call was packed with great new information from our three terrific Microsoft speakers listed below led by stand-in host Allison Quinn from the West Region Marketing Team. 


Expert: Diane Golshan;

Introducing Virtual Partner Concierge, a new online experience for U.S. partners.  Concierge offers an easy-to-use, consistent interface that offers recommendations for the best content available from any Microsoft site, aligned to partner business model, area of interest, or community (e.g., Public Sector, Small Business Specialist, Microsoft Online Services Reseller). Currently in beta, Concierge lets partners rate and comment on the recommendations made and connect with the Microsoft U.S. partner team members responsible for each aspect of the partner business. This new experience is live today—visit and Sign In with your MPN Windows Live ID. New views and enhanced functionality are coming soon, and your feedback about this tool is valuable.


Expert: Bryan Von Axelson;

SharePoint 2010 – Do you know the new versions of SharePoint Server?  What can I do with the new Free SharePoint Foundation Server?  When Do I need to sell to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010?  What is SharePoint Workspace? Join us as we take a look at the new versions of SharePoint and requirements as well as licensing.  We will also look at the slices of solutions as we discuss: BI, Sites, Social Computing, Search, and Content…  all can be delivered with SharePoint Server 2010.


Expert: Margaret Valentine;

       As of May 24th Partners need to meet new exam requirements to more closely align to current Microsoft technology. Partners will retain all benefits between now and their re-enrollment date.  Please make sure that your technical certifications are current prior to your re-enrollment date.  Visit for more details

       Visit to access the new Identity and Security Sales Specialist Program.  This is a free online sales certification program for VARs, SIs, LARs and Distributors


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UPCOMING-  6/25/10 Director’s Corner with Benny Madrid, plus Microsoft Technology Applied to the Medical Industry with gloStream


*For all other West Region Partner announcements visit the West Region MPN Homepage.