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Visual Studio 2012 Technical training: Jump Starts

Don’t Miss These Upcoming Visual Studio 2012 Jump Starts!

Click on the titles for more information & details on how to register:

· May 1: Applying ALM with Visual Studio 2012 (Exam 70-498) Jump Start

· May 2: Windows Store App Essentials using C# (Exam 70-484) Jump Start

· May 28: Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012 (Exam 70-497) Jump Start

· May 29: Administering Visual Studio TFS 2012 (Exam 70-496) Jump Start

Windows 8 Apps Race – Contest for Developers

Back in November last year we opened a contest for Windows 8 app developers in Belgium and Luxembourg. The rules of the contest were short & clear: publish 5 apps to the Windows Store and be fast! Speed was important, because to win one of the Asus Vivo Tabs you had to be among the first 20 people to do so …

With this blogpost want to say thank you to everyone who participated – we hope it helped you learn a lot about developing apps for the Windows Store!

The winners have all been notified personally –  some have already received their tablet, others will receive it very soon! Here are some pictures we received from them. Glimlach 

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If you aren’t among the winners or if you would like to start with developing apps for Windows 8, you can now join the Windows 8 App Race:

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How to win

Your app(s) need to be published between April 1 and June 15, 2013. Complete the contest form(s) on http://aka.ms/race.
There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit but each entry must be substantially unique and different. The date and time of the first and fifth application as part of the entry submitted in a particular timeframe will determine the winners of the tablets. Please read the full
terms & conditions of this contest before entering. Questions? Contact us msdnbewm@microsoft.com.

We’re looking forward to see your apps in action!

Windows 8 UX Design Jump Start

Windows 8 is a new digital canvas where you can showcase your creativity and flair with apps that reach hundreds of millions of people. The platform provides unique features like Live Tiles, Contracts and Cloud services, so you can engage your audience more deeply in new and creative ways. Get ready for Microsoft Sr. Technical Evangelist  Chris Mayo, and Big Nerd Ranch, Director Of Design Brandy Porter to show you the ins and outs of designing a better UX for Windows 8!

Course Outline

01 |  The Microsoft Design Language
07 |  Charms, Contracts and Extensions

02 |  Less is More
08 |  Tiles and Notifications

03 |  Navigation
09 |  Touch

04 |  Layout
10 |  Animation

05 |  UI Elements
11 |  Accessibility

06 |  Snap and Scale Beautifully
12 |  Globalization

13 |  The Windows Store

Instructor Team

Chris Mayo | Senior Technical Evangelist | @chrisdmayo

Chris is a designer and developer focusing the design of Windows Store apps.  Chris has been with Microsoft for 12 years. Prior to joining Microsoft, he served as a designer, developer and architect in the IT departments of Fortune 500 companies in the retail and finance industries. Keep up with Mayo at his blog.

Brandy Porter | Director of Design and Instructor | @bignerdranch

Brandy has spent much of her career creating award-winning solutions for top consumer brands across all manner of media and has created results-driven interactive experiences on multiple platforms and devices, and has also taught interaction design at corporate and collegiate levels with a focus on user behavior, intuitive design and critical thinking. She leads the Design team at Big Nerd Ranch, a company known for its immersive bootcamps, corporate training and elegantly designed mobile apps. The Nerds are fluent in multiple operating systems and languages, including Windows 8, Android, iOS and HTML5. Brandy and her team also teach holistic design practices for major mobile operating systems. They have delivered courses to designers, developers and content strategists from Fortune 100 companies in multiple countries.

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Lead Your Customers to the Cloud with Practice Accelerator for Office 365 –

Now with updated content and a new delivery format!

When you register for Microsoft® Office 365 Practice Accelerator (PA), you can help transition your customers
to the cloud easily and quickly with consistent success. PA training is exclusively for Microsoft partners and is
designed to:

· Enable the delivery of consistently effective customer deployments

· Equip you with specialized training, tools and best practices from Microsoft

Simply use five of your partner advisory hours benefit to pay for this Practice Accelerator.

Special Offer: No cost for Microsoft Cloud Essentials and Cloud Accelerate partners

Accelerate Sales and Deployment

Use the comprehensive, reusable collateral to help you identify customer requirements, define project scope,
and deploy solutions built on Office 365.

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Register Now to Bring Increased Value to Your Customers

This practice accelerator provides intermediate to advanced-level training in engagement management for
Office 365 deployments. If you are a practice lead, technical planner, implementer or consultant with basic
knowledge of Office 365, this training is for you.

22-25/04/2013

Office 365 Practice Accelerator (French)

Register

French

29,30/04 & 03/05

Office 365 Practice Accelerator: Introduction and Business Envisioning (for Business Decision Makers)

Register

English

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Need More Information?
Find it here.

Deliver Quality Flexible Workstyle Solutions

When you register for Practice Accelerator (PA) for Flexible Workstyle you receive an overview of a persona-based approach to solutions for the Windows 8 operating system, to help you fully understand the needs of both the individual end user and IT. Develop repeatable practices to help enable customers to provide convenient and safe access to corporate information while enabling the flexibility that end users need to work across a broad range of technologies and platforms. Practice Accelerator for Flexible Workstyle. PA training is exclusively for Microsoft partners and is designed to:

· Enable the delivery of consistently effective customer deployments

· Equip you with specialized training, tools and best practices from Microsoft

Simply use five of your partner advisory hours benefit to pay for this Practice Accelerator.

Provide Offerings Your Customers Can Count On

Use the comprehensive, reusable collateral to help build the exact Windows 8 solutions that meet

your customers’ individual needs.

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Register Now to Bring Increased Value to Your Customers

This practice accelerator provides preparation and guidance you can use to help your customers make the
most of Windows 8. If you are a practice lead, technical planner, implementer or consultant interested in enhancing

or building a Flexible Workstyle practice, this training is for you.

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Profile yourself towards your future customers – on Pinpoint !

Dear Microsoft Partner,

Pinpoint is Microsoft’s central technology marketplace and is designed to help customers easily find the experts, applications, products, and services they need to support their business success. Pinpoint generates approximately 2500 customer prospects for Canadian Microsoft Partners each month. Furthermore, Pinpoint is promoted on over 25,000 Microsoft websites, therefore it is important that your organization is listed on Pinpoint to ensure that you are benefiting from these investments.

Here are some instructions to get your started on profiling your organization on Pinpoint:

Get listed on Pinpoint:

· Get List Guidelines: http://office365.pinpoint.microsoft.com/nl-BE/partnercenter orhttp://pinpoint.microsoft.com/fr-BE/home

· Put your ‘customer hat’ on and identify what your customer is looking for and how you can differentiate your organization from your competitors

· Use popular ‘customer key words’. See attached document for popular customer key words

· List your Applications and Professional Services separately and ensure your popular customer key words are in the title

· Start obtaining customer reviews to increase your ranking on Pinpoint. You can use a to-customer email template attached. Partners are 10 x more likely to attract prospects if they have customer reviews!

Pinpoint Pointers (Video Tutorials):

· How to use the Pinpoint Dashboard

· Optimize your Pinpoint Profile

· Frequently Asked Questions

Partner Testimonials:

· Search for Office 365 and Cloud Computing Leads Customer to Pavliks.com. Watch video here.

· Paying Attention to Your Profile Pays Off, Say Active Directory Experts, Itergy. Watch video here.

· Cloud-IT Scores Multinational Lead from Pinpoint and the Office 365 Marketplace. English Video. French Video.

Pinpoint Profile Search Ranking Results:

· Your Pinpoint profile ranking is based on 3 criteria:

1. Customer key word matches

2. Microsoft credentials (competencies)

3. Customer ratings and reviews

Get listed on the Office 365 and/or Dynamics Marketplace:

· Get listed on Office 365 Marketplace (for Cloud Accelerate Partners only). Guidelines: http://office365.pinpoint.microsoft.com/nl-BE/partnercenter or http://office365.pinpoint.microsoft.com/fr-BE/partnercenter 

· Get listed on Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace. Guidelines: http://office365.pinpoint.microsoft.com/nl-BE/partnercenter or http://office365.pinpoint.microsoft.com/fr-BE/partnercenter 

· Designed specifically to showcase experts, applications, and professional services that extend the value of Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Dynamics, this comprehensive marketplace helps customers easily find, demo, and buy partner offerings that work with Office 365 products or Microsoft Dynamics products

Thank you for your continued support!

Use Your Partner benefits to attend high quality training!

Did you know that for 5 partner advisory hours, you can participate in sessions designed to help you build a technical services practice, improve your organizational capability, and enhance your ability to compete? That’s right – through Practice Accelerator sessions, you can get a detailed framework of resources that cover everything from pre-engagement to post-delivery and give you reusable tools, templates, and best practices.

Developed by Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) experts, Practice Accelerator is based on successful customer deployment experiences on the latest Microsoft products

DATE TRAINING TITLE REGISTRATION
22-25/04/2013 Office 365 Practice Accelerator (French) Register
22,23 & 26/04/2013 Datacenter Management Practice Accelerator: BDM Onboarding and Envision (ENG-UK) Register
29-30/04 & 03/05 Optimized Desktop Practice Accelerator: BDM Onboarding and Pre-Envision, Envision (for Business Decision Makers- BDM’s, Practice owners and Practice Managers) (ENG-UK) Register
21,23 & 26/04/2013 Practice Accelerator for Flexible Workstyle (Windows 8) Register
29,30/04 & 03/05 Office 365 Practice Accelerator: Introduction and Business Envisioning (for Business Decision Makers) Register
21,21 & 24/05/2013 Business Intelligence Practice Accelerator Register
20,21 & 24/05/2013 Practice Accelerator for Flexible Workstyle (Windows 8) Register
10,11 & 14/06/2013 Practice Accelerator for Flexible Workstyle (Windows 8) Register
10,12 & 14/06/2013 Business Intelligence Practice Accelerator Register