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Showcase your app development skills and win great prizes

Are you a Gold or Silver Partner? Did you subscribe for a Design and Development Microsoft Action Pack? Did you develop at least one app for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8? If your answer to one of these questions is “yes,” you’re eligible to enter the European APPCUP competition!

Showcase your app development skills, and you could win! Registration is free, and you can submit any Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 app. Plus, the prizes are pretty amazing.

1st prize:
·  Trophy & marketing material for visibility and promotion
·  1 Windows 8 device
·  1 Nokia Lumia 920
·  3 passes to Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

2nd prize:
·  Trophy & marketing material for visibility and promotion
·  1 Nokia Lumia 920
·  1 pass to Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

Added Bonus! 150 CEOs from all around Europe will attend this event. It’s a unique opportunity to meet and to network.

APPCUP is already accepting entries, and the deadline is February 17, so now is the time to get your submission ready. Entrants can be individuals or teams. Ten finalists will be selected to pitch their project, and winners will be selected at the IAMCP 2013 Summit in March. Visit for full details about the competition.

Take your chance and register today!



New Windows 8 Exams available !

Now available on Microsoft Learning: Exam 70-688: Managing and Maintaining Windows 8 and Exam 70-689: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8. Note that Exam 70-688 is an optional exam for the Devices and Deployment competency.

More resources about Windows 8

Ignite Webcast – Office 365 ProPlus Deployment

Thank you for attending this Ignite Webcast. If you missed it, don’t worry! You can view the Webcast recording below and download the Webcast Presentation here. The video recording can also be viewed here. Be sure to look out for our next Ignite Webcast sessions here.

Ignite Webcasts are online sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and support staff. The Ignite webcast series addresses different Office 365 technical subjects and scenarios and is beneficial to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the Office 365 suite. View the Ignite Site for more information about Ignite programs and webcasts. You can view past Ignite Webcast sessions here. Do you want to learn more about Office 365 ProPlus? Are you looking to launch Office 365 ProPlus into your organization? Our upcoming Ignite Webcast discusses several technical facets of Office 365 ProPlus:

  • Integrating Office 365 ProPlus with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Intune
  • Software update management with Office 365 ProPlus

This webcast will be led by Jeremy Chapman, Microsoft Senior Product Marketing Manager. This is a unique opportunity to interact and learn from your industry peers and representatives from Microsoft. Be sure to attend this session to learn more Office 365 ProPlus Deployment and to participate in a Q&A session with Jeremy Chapman.

Remember, to sign up for this webcast please download and save the Ignite Webcast Office 365 ProPlus Deployment Calendar Invite here. We are excited to see you there!

Want to win a free exam voucher?

Dear Partner,

Win now a free exam voucher!


Check your knowledge on Business Intelligence with SQL Server 2012 and demonstrate you are ready for presales engagements at your customers: take the MPN Pre-Sales Technical Assessment now. If you are one of the first 10 persons in Belgium and Luxembourg that passes the MPN Pre-Sales Technical Assessment you get your free exam voucher.

The first winners will receive an email (Live ID linked in MPN) in the first week of February.
Have a look here at the resources to prepare for the assessment.


If you didn’t pass, you can always get more materials at the BI Presales Learning Path and improve your chances of closing deals. These materials can also help with upgrade/migration to SQL Server 2012 questions.

The exam voucher needs to be used before 1th of May 2013 for one of the below exams:
Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
Exam 70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-457: Transition your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012 – Part 1
Exam 70-458: Transition your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012 – Part 2
Exam 70-459: Transition your MCITP: Database Administrator 2008 or MCITP Database Developer 2008 to MCSE: Data Platform
Exam 78-702: TS: Designing and Managing a Microsoft Business Intelligence Solution


New Windows 8 training

New in the PLC! Pitch Perfect: Windows 8 and the Consumerization of IT

Articulate the Windows 8 story at both the executive and business decision-maker (BDM) levels with this training, which pairs sellers with their managers to learn and practice the Windows 8 and Consumerization of IT pitch. This course will guide sellers to remove barriers, identify sales opportunities, and find and leverage relevant resources required to have a deep customer conversation on Windows 8.

Check out more resources.

Happy New Year! Overview of training resources to help you in your career and to help your business.

Welcome to 2013!


This is the time to start strong and make resolutions. What do you want to accomplish in this New Year? I recommend you make a resolution to pass a Microsoft certification exam or learn a new skill. Both can help you advance in your career, and may also help your partner organization attain or renew a Microsoft Partner Network competency. Here is a list of my favorite readiness resources to help you achieve your goals: 

  • The Partner Learning Center is the go-to source for all Microsoft partner training – you can use the search tool to find the training you need. We also have a list of training on the Microsoft Partner Network site that’s pretty cool – you can use the filters to find exactly the training you’re searching for, such as by product or training type (sales or technical).

  • Learning paths are another robust resource and my personal favorite – they’re available for Microsoft products, competencies, certification exams, and solution areas. Bookmark the paths of interest to you and check back as they’re frequently updated.

  • If you’re looking for training that is specific to a certain Microsoft competency, check out the Competency Training Digest. It contains the latest news and updates relevant to each Microsoft competency. A new January version will be out soon, so bookmark the page and check back shortly.

  • Practice Accelerator sessions are another way to learn. They provide a comprehensive set of reusable tools and best practices to help your company build a services practice around key Microsoft technologies.

  • For those of you looking to improve your sales skills, I’d like to point out the Sales Success System – a sales improvement program. And don’t forget to register for the January 9th Time to Thrive webcast with WPC 2012 speaker Dr. Tom Sant – details and registration here.

  • For you pre-sales technical specialists, did you know there is a new accreditation to help you demonstrate your expertise?

  • To dive in to specific products, there are a few things to call your attention to. First, get answers to your technical questions about Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 through the Microsoft Virtual Academy Office hours, on January 15th. Top Microsoft experts will be on-hand to answer questions. Details here.

  • TechNet Virtual Labs are hands-on labs, 90 minutes or less, that help you learn about new products such as SQL Server 2012 and Office. Also check out the Office Ignite series to learn about the new Office.

  • To save you money, we have negotiated a 40% savings on select practice tests from Transcender and MeasureUp. These help you gauge your knowledge and are one of the recommended final steps in preparing to take a Microsoft certification exam. This is just one special offer – there are others to be found here.

  • E-books from Microsoft Press are also a great resource – sign up for alerts about their deals of the day.

  • And finally, we have the training newsletter to which you can subscribe through or

Stefanie Steenbrugge