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Free competency training ! Prepare for free for your exam

Mark Your Calendars!

Exam 70-480/481 Jump Start clinic – relevant for partners interested in the new Application Development competency and/or re-launched Digital Marketing competency.

· Target audience: Application Developers with experience developing applications for a touch-enabled interface/platform, including apps that access local and remote data and services.

· October 10-11, 2012 (2 days), 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. PDT (both days)

· Where: Live, online virtual classroom

· Cost: FREE! Registration info

Exam 70-417 Jump Start clinic – relevant for partners interested in the Management and Virtualization competency and/or Server Platform competency.

· Target audience: IT professionals who are experienced Windows Server 2008 Server Administrators. This course is designed for IT Pros who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012.

· October 23-24, 2012 (2 days), 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. PDT (both days)

· Where: Live, online virtual classroom

Cost: FREE! Registration info coming soon.

 

New Help for MSL Exams: Free Study Guides

New, free resources are available to give you the best prep possible to pass your Microsoft Learning (MSL) exams. The guides were created by Microsoft Evangelist Keith Mayer, who recorded all the study resources that he used to pass the exams himself. Each guide helps you self-assess your preparedness for each exam as well as providing free study resources for each objective area to quickly close knowledge gaps.

Windows 8 Training Update! September

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Welcome

Hot off the press! Be sure to check out the new Partner Readiness Kit which includes demos, customer ready decks and other great tools to help you “get ready” for Windows 8.

Read the details below as well as see what’s newly available in licensing, sales and technical readiness.

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What’s New

Available Now: Windows 8 Partner Readiness Kit!

The Windows 8 Partner Readiness Kit is available now in the Partner Marketing Center! This kit provides core materials including training presentations, plug-and-play demo videos, event marketing collateral, and more.

Microsoft Learning Readiness Material

Be sure to read the Windows 8 Certifications overview which includes certification requirements as well as guidance on how to upgrade your certification to MCSA: Windows 8. Available now:

· Exam 70-687: Configuring Windows 8

· Course 20687A: Configuring Windows 8

Windows 8 RTM and Readiness

Following the Windows 8 RTM announcement, we are excited to release the first courses in a series of Windows 8 partner training including:

· Windows 8 Value for Small and Midsized Businesses

· Windows 8 Value for Enterprise Scenarios Part 1

· Windows 8 Value for Enterprise Scenarios Part 2

· Windows 8 and Windows RT Devices

You can also access Release Preview Technical training
(still relevant). 
More training will be available between now and GA on October 26th

Three NEW Windows 8 Business Value Training Videos

Be sure to leverage the early readiness content available now:

· Windows 8 Partner Opportunity
This interview with Erwin Visser, Senior Director, Windows Commercial, and Ajoy Krishnamoorthy, Director, Worldwide Partner Strategy highlights trends in the PC market, the business value of Windows 8 for customers, the wide range of new Windows 8 devices, new opportunities for services and application development revenue, and new possibilities to grow your business with Windows 8.

· Windows 8 Delivering the CXO Pitch
Get an example of how to have a compelling discussion on the business value of Windows 8 with a customer. Training covers marketplace trends, and how Windows 8 offers a unique value proposition to help customers improve productivity and is business-ready by design.

· Windows 8 Licensing Overview
Get a detailed view of licensing scenarios for Windows 8 as well as the different editions that will be available. The course will discuss application usage related to Windows 8 and highlight how businesses can take advantage of the various licensing options.

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Sales & Licensing (On Demand)

· Windows 8 Value for Enterprise Scenarios Part 1

· Windows 8 Value for Enterprise Scenarios Part 2

· Windows 8 and Windows RT Devices

· Windows 8 Partner Opportunity

· Windows 8 Delivering the CXO Pitch

· Windows 8 Licensing Overview

· Windows 8 Customer Scenarios: Licensing Readiness

· Getting Started with Windows 8, a Product and Program Overview: Licensing Readiness

· Windows 8 Pricing, SKUs and Software Assurance (SA) Overview: Licensing Readiness

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Tech 100-200 (On Demand)

· Windows 8 Value for Small and Midsized Businesses

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Tech 100-200 (Instructor-led)

· Course 20687A: Configuring Windows 8

Learning Path

Windows 8 Training

o Sales and Marketing

o Technical


Important Links

o Windows 8 Partner Readiness Kit

o Windows 8 Certifications

Questions? Contact Pattie Grimm.

The Bootcamp Week – The one & Only

We are pleased to invite you to the Bootcamp Week.
This is the opportunity for IT professionals and developers to learn about Microsoft’s newest products & technologies, share best practices, experience the latest product innovations, and learn new skills and techniques. 

The Bootcamp week consists out of two parts:
1. the Ignites of the New Office
2. Additional tracks about New Office , Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Azure, …


1. Ignites Office 2013 –
October 16th – 19th

What is an Ignite?
It’s a 4 day technical Partner training with level content 300. The curriculum is cross product, hands-on labs & presentations.

  • Lync Ignite Technical training (4 days) – Register now!
    In Lync 15 many new capabilities are introduced. This track focuses on Lync investments in on-premises, online, and hybrid scenarios. Topics covered in this track include manageability, people, presence, and chat, video and collaboration, business voice, mobility, and Lync Online.

  • Exchange & Office 365 Ignite Technical training (4 days) – Register now!
    This track dives deep into the new capabilities of Exchange and Office for the IT professional. Topics covered in this track include Exchange upgrades, Office deployment, Web Apps, archiving and compliance, moving to Office 365, and Hybrid architectures.

 

  • SharePoint Developer Ignite Technical training (4 days) – Register now!
    The DEV workshop focuses on building apps for Office and SharePoint. Office, Exchange, and SharePoint introduce a new cloud app model. This workshop covers both Office and SharePoint Developer topics including: the cloud app model, app hosting options, authentication, managing apps, managing an app in the store, workflow, BCS, search, social, BI, Office document-centric apps, and mail apps.

 

  • SharePoint IT PRO Ignite Technical Training (4 days) – Register now!
    This is a separate track for IT Professionals. SharePoint architecture is redesigned to scale to businesses and implementations of all sizes. This workshop will enable you to effectively design, deploy, and administer solutions specific to SharePoint 15 products.

 

2. Additional tracks

October 16th Exchange & Office 365 “What’s New” Technical training

October 16th Meet Windows Azure: From the basics to a working app in 1 day

October 17th SharePoint & Office 365 SMB Technical training

October 17th Windows 2012 exam cram

October 18th Lync Community Technical Training

October 18th Building Metro Style Apps with XAML and HTML

October 19th SharePoint Enterprise “What’s New” Technical training

October 19th Visual Studio 2012

 

  • Exchange & Office 365 “What’s New” Technical training
    October 16th- – Register now!

Dear Partner, As part of the launch program of the new version of Office Microsoft is organizing a set of technical trainings. We have 2 types of trainings : Ignite & “What’s New”. The Ignite training is a deep technical Hands-On training (Level 300 – 4 Day). The “What’s New” trainings are technical (Level 100-200) non hands-on update trainings of 1 day. This training is part of the “What’s new” series.

About:

This track dives deep into the new capabilities of Exchange and Office for the IT professional. Topics covered in this track include Exchange upgrades, Office deployment, Web Apps, archiving and compliance, moving to Office 365, and Hybrid architectures.

Agenda:

During this session the following topics are covered : Take advantage of the cloud, Architectural changes of Exchange, Site mailboxes, Anti-Malware, Anti-Spam, Data Loss prevention, Compliancy, e-Discovery, Office Click-to-Run,…

  • Meet Windows Azure: From the basics to a working app in 1 day
    October 16th – Register now!

Dear partner,We invite you to join us for an interesting day where we start by teaching you the basics of the Windows Azure platform and end up with you realizing a working app.Windows Azure is an open cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.

About:

This day will not be talks only. We’ll start by getting you up to speed about the Windows Azure platform by bringing you the basic. But after teaching you how to get started, the goal is that you take out your pc and start feeling yourself what Windows Azure is capable of. We believe you will learn much more by trying out yourself then merely showing off a demo ;). There will be experts around to help you out so you’re not alone for the hands-on part. So whether you are an experienced developer or just opened up Visual Studio for the first time, if you’re pretty new to Azure, you will benefit a lot from this day.

Agenda:

Morning:

– Azure Overview (80 Minutes)
Intro on IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS: building Block, architecture, pricing and licensing

A Simple Introduction with demo’s on Azure Websites, Azure Storage and Cloud Services

– Connecting the dots (80 minutes)
Intro on VM’s
Hybrid Scenario’s and Virtual Networks
Integration Scenario’s: Running Servers, WAAD, Service Bus
Other Services: SQL Database, Media Services

– Managing it all (20 minutes)

Deployment tools
Monitoring tools
High availability
Traffic manager
CDN
Cross platform support
Other languages
Tools (PHP JAVA, etc)

Afternoon:  Hands on workshop (bring your PC !)

(speakers: Mike Martin & Kristof Rennen)

  • SharePoint & Office 365 SMB Technical training
    October 17th – Register now!

Dear Partner, As part of the launch program of the new version of Office Microsoft is organizing a set of technical trainings. We have 2 types of trainings : Ignite & “What’s New”. The Ignite training is a deep technical Hands-On training (Level 300 – 4 Day). The “What’s New” trainings are technical (Level 100-200) non hands-on update trainings of 1 day. This training is part of the “What’s new” series

About:

This session is targeted to those people who are interested to know more about Office 365 but don’t have any knowledge of Office 365 & SharepPint yet. During the session we will give  : an overview of the overall composition & value of Office 365 & SharePoint Online, discuss the provisioning and basis configuration possibilities, Talk about support of Office 365, Discuss Office 2013 deployment possibilities & discuss collaboration scenario’s with SharePoint Online. All the scenario’s that are shown will use only Out-of-the-Box components.

Agenda:
* Overview of Office 365 + Positioning of SharePoint

* Provisioning, Basic Configuration & Support

* Identity 

* Exchange Migration

* Office/Project/Visio Deployment

* SharePoint Basic Collaboration, Document Management & Migration best practices

* Basic intranet Building Block’s

 

  • Windows 2012 exam cram
    October 17th –Register now!
    more info soon

Dear Partner, As part of the launch program of the new version of Office Microsoft is organizing a set of technical trainings. We have 2 types of trainings : Ignite & “What’s New”. The Ignite training is a deep technical Hands-On training (Level 300 – 4 Day). The “What’s New” trainings are technical (Level 100-200) non hands-on update trainings of 1 day. This training is part of the “What’s new” series.

Agenda

Session 1 : Marketing update & What’s new for Lync 2013 Clients & Devices

Microsoft® Lync® 2013 is an enterprise-ready unified communications platform. Lync connects hundreds of millions of people everywhere, on Windows 8 and other devices, as part of their everyday productivity experience.  Microsoft Lync 2013 has a redesigned user interface and important new features, Microsoft Lync 2013 delivers a familiar and engaging communications experience accessible across a variety of devices and platforms.   In this session we will focus primarily on the new client features.

Session 2 : What’s new in Lync Server 2013 : Overview, Architecture & Administration

Lync Server 2013 introduces many new features, along with significant enhancements to existing functionality. This session provides a high-level introduction to these new features and enhancements as well as covering a more in depth look at topology, high availability, scale and disaster recovery.  This includes architectural underpinnings for these changes and details around the Lync 2013 enterprise grade resiliency and how the administrator experience toolset is expanded for new scenarios.

Session 3 : What’s new in Lync Server 2013 : Online, Hybrid, Voice & Migration

This session covers Lync Online Manageability, Remote PowerShell, Lync Online Control Panel, hybrid management, voice enhancements and migration.  The Lync-to-phone feature enables users in Office 365 to make calls to, or receive calls from, any phone number. Hybrid Lync deployments now support a single namespace enabling rich coexistence between Lync Online and the On Premise Lync deployment.  Hybrid voice enables customers to leverage the on-premises Enterprise Voice environment for Lync Online users as if they were on-premises Enterprise Voice users.  Lync Server 2013 also introduces several new voice features such as routing, call management and E911 that enhance Enterprise Voice.

Session 4 : What’s new in Lync Server 2013 : Video, Meetings & Persistent Chat

Lync Server 2013 introduces the following new video features : HD video with resolutions up to HD 1080P in two-party calls and multiparty conferences, Gallery View In video conferences that have more than two people and 264 video codec which is now the default for encoding video on Lync 2013 clients. H.264 video supports a greater range of resolutions and frame rates, and improves video scalability.  The Lync Web App adds computer audio and video to provides a complete in-meeting experience for anyone who does not have a Lync client installed locally. Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Persistent Chat Server enables you to participate in multiparty, topic-based conversations that persist over time.  The Lync 2013 client now integrates the features previously provided by Lync 2010 Group Chat client, a separate group chat client is no longer required.

  • Building Metro Style Apps with XAML and HTML
    October 18th – Register now!

Dear partner, Millions of people around the world use Windows every day. Windows 8 gives you the opportunity to access this huge potential market by listing your apps in the Windows Store!

About:

Your day starts off with a good overview of Windows 8 Platform for Windows 8 style apps and Windows Runtime, covering the final material and the principles of  apps.Then we dive into the details of the platform with focus on the platform specifics for C# and XAML developers as well as HTML/JavaScript for Web developers.We take you to User Interfaces and layout, integrating with Windows 8 Experiences such as contracts, tiles and notifications and application lifecycle.Your opportunity with the Windows Store is huge: you’ll learn all about it in our closing session.

Agenda:

1. Opening keynote Windows 8 Platform for Metro Style Apps

2.  Building Windows 8 Metro Style UI controls, data and optimizing views

3.  How and When Metro Style Apps Run

4.  Integrating with Windows 8 Experiences Search, Share Contracts

5.  Bringing your Apps to Life with Tiles and Notifications

6.  Store and oppurtunity

  • SharePoint Enterprise “What’s New” Technical training
    October 19th – Register now!

Dear Partner, As part of the launch program of the new version of Office Microsoft is organizing a set of technical trainings. We have 2 types of trainings : Ignite & “What’s New”. The Ignite training is a deep technical Hands-On training (Level 300 – 4 Day). The “What’s New” trainings are technical (Level 100-200) non hands-on update trainings of 1 day. This training is part of the “What’s new” series.

About:

This is a separate track for enterprises who want to get up to speed on all what’s new in SharePoint 2013. During the day you’ll learn about how SharePoint 2013 can bring a lot of additional value in an enterprise.

Agenda:

During this session the following topics are covered:

– General what’s new
– Sharing information: social info, documents and the vision of your enterprise
– Organizing information: teams, projects and tasks
– Discovering information: social network, answers, content and conversations
– Building on the SharePoint platform: apps and (internet) sites
– Managing the SharePoint platform: managing cost, risks and your time as an IT-Professional

Learn how to use Microsoft’s application lifecycle management suite to improve your software development process.

About:

This track dives deep into the new ALM capabilities of Visual Studio 2012. Topics covered are:

– Agile Project Management with Team Web Access in TFS 2012 & TFS Preview
– Version Control improvements for VS 2012
– Productivity impromevents with the new Team Explorer experience in VS 2012
– IntelliTrace in Production
– Exploratory Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2012
– Continuous Deployment to Windows Azure with TFS Preview

Get now prepared for Partner Connect

Want to know more about our most recent product launches?
Get now prepared for Partner Connect for free!

Make sure to visit the MPN blog regularly as we will updated the available content regularly.

 

Windows Server 2012

03/10/2012 Licensing Essentials French Register
08/10/2012 Licensing Essentials Dutch Register
10/10/2012 Product Licensing Workshop Register

Windows Server 2012 Learning Path

Roles:
– BDM’s
– Sales – & Account Managers
– Licensing specialists
– Tech pre sales
– Implementers
– Architects

Topics ex.:
Growing Your Mid-Market Business Practice with Windows Server 2012 (sales)
Why Hyper-V? Competitive advantages of Windows Server “8” Hyper-V over VMware (sales)
Understanding Microsoft Private Cloud Competition (technical)
Focusing on Customer Benefits for Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 (technical)
– …

 

Management & Virtualization Competency Learning Path

– Sales Assessment
– Pre sales Assessment
– Exams

Topics ex.:
Private Cloud Sales Training (Module 1) – Setting up to sell the Private Cloud
Private Cloud Sales Training (Module 5) – Increasing Your Revenue
Private Cloud – Management and Virtualization Pre-sales Technical Specialist Demo Resources
Microsoft Private Cloud Competition Course
-…

Windows 8

 

03/10/2012 Licensing Essentials French Register
08/10/2012 Licensing Essentials Dutch Register

 

10/10/2012 Product Licensing Workshop Register

Early sales & marketing training

Topics ex.:
Windows 8 Value for Small and Midsized Businesses
Windows 8 Value for Enterprise Scenarios Part 1
Windows 8 and Windows RT Devices
-…

Early technical training

Topics ex.:
What’s new in .NET Framework 4.5
Anatomy of HTML5 sites and Metro style apps using HTML5
– …

New Office

03/10/2012 Licensing Essentials French Register
08/10/2012 Licensing Essentials Dutch Register
10/10/2012 Product Licensing Workshop Register

 

Visual Studio 11

Introduction to Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) (sales)
Visual Studio 11: Application Lifecycle Management – Delivering Continuous Value (sales)
Visual Studio 11: Customer Value and Sales Opportunities (sales)
Visual Studio 11: What’s New (sales)

Partner Connect is coming! Can’t wait?

Want to know more about our most recent product launches?
Get now prepared for Partner Connect for free!

Make sure to visit the MPN blog regularly as we will updated the available content regularly.

 

Windows Server 2012

04/09/2012 Are you licensing ready?

Windows Server 2012 Learning Path

Roles:
– BDM’s
– Sales – & Account Managers
– Licensing specialists
– Tech pre sales
– Implementers
– Architects

Topics ex.:
Growing Your Mid-Market Business Practice with Windows Server 2012 (sales)
Why Hyper-V? Competitive advantages of Windows Server “8” Hyper-V over VMware (sales)
Understanding Microsoft Private Cloud Competition (technical)
Focusing on Customer Benefits for Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 (technical)
– …

 

Management & Virtualization Competency Learning Path

– Sales Assessment
– Pre sales Assessment
– Exams

Topics ex.:
Private Cloud Sales Training (Module 1) – Setting up to sell the Private Cloud
Private Cloud Sales Training (Module 5) – Increasing Your Revenue
Private Cloud – Management and Virtualization Pre-sales Technical Specialist Demo Resources
Microsoft Private Cloud Competition Course
-…

Windows 8

04/09/2012 Are you licensing ready?

Early sales & marketing training

Topics ex.:
Windows 8 Value for Small and Midsized Businesses
Windows 8 Value for Enterprise Scenarios Part 1
Windows 8 and Windows RT Devices
-…

Early technical training

Topics ex.:
What’s new in .NET Framework 4.5
Anatomy of HTML5 sites and Metro style apps using HTML5
– …

Office 2013

04/09/2012 Live Meeting Office 2013
04/09/2012 Are you licensing ready?

 

Visual Studio 11

Introduction to Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) (sales)
Visual Studio 11: Application Lifecycle Management – Delivering Continuous Value (sales)
Visual Studio 11: Customer Value and Sales Opportunities (sales)
Visual Studio 11: What’s New (sales)

Bootcamp Week ‘The One and Only’

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Partner Classroom Training – Invite:

Microsoft Belgium & Luxembourg is pleased to invite you to the following Classroom Training session:

Bootcamp Week ‘The One and Only’

16 – 19 October/2012

We are pleased to invite you to the Bootcamp Week.
This is the opportunity for IT professionals and developers to learn about Microsoft’s
newest products & technologies, share best practices, experience the latest product innovations,
and learn new skills and techniques. 

The Bootcamp week consists out of two parts:
1. the Ignites of Office 2013
2. Additional tracks about Office 2013, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Azure, …

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Ignites Office Next*
October 16th – 19th Lync Ignite Technical training (4 days)
October 16th – 19th Exchange & Office 365 Ignite Technical training (4 days)
October 16th – 19th SharePoint Developer Ignite Technical training (4 days)
October 16th – 19th SharePoint IT PRO Ignite Technical Training (4 days) 

Don’t forget to bring your laptop if you’re joining one of the Ignite sessions!

*The registration fee for the Ignites is €299.

Additional tracks
October 16th Exchange & Office 365 “What’s New” Technical training
October 16th Meet Windows Azure: From the basics to a working app in 1 day
October 17th SharePoint & Office 365 SMB Technical training
October 17th Windows Server 2012 Exam Cram 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA
October 18th Lync Community Technical Training
October 18th Building Metro Style Apps with XAML and HTML
October 19th SharePoint Enterprise “What’s New” Technical training
October 19th Visual Studio 2012

Check the MPN blog for more info.

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More Office specific technical and sales readiness trainings?
Check the Office Next landing page .

To stay up to date of all coming partner trainings and events
subscribe now for the Training Newsletter and join us at LinkedIn

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Date

Title

Registration

16 – 19/10/2012

Bootcamp Week ‘The One and Only’

>> Register Now

This is a Classroom Training session for Microsoft Partners.
You can subscribe for this event if you are as an individual associated to a Company
registered in the Microsoft Partner Program.
For all further queries and enquiries with registrations please contact :
WE Registration Support
E: plcsup@microsoft.com
We look forward to meeting you.
Kind regards,
The Microsoft Partner Development Team

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New Office First Look Clinics

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Now Available! First Look Clinics (FLC):

  • 40027A: First Look Clinic: What’s New for Developers in Microsoft® SharePoint® 2013
  • 40028A: First Look Clinic: What’s New for IT Professionals in Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2013
  • 40029A: First Look Clinic: What’s New for IT Professionals in Microsoft® Lync® Server 2013

Target Audience is Developers and IT Pros who already have a foundational knowledge and skill of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Lync 2010.  These clinics include high-level demonstration steps based on early release software builds. These FLCs are published to Courseware Library and are being converted to ePub for Courseware Marketplace.