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Microsoft announced this week the availability of Office Next Customer Preview

The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.

With this blog post we want to draw your attention to some key assets that were made available:

Steve Ballmer announced this week the new Office. Explore the keynote here.
Get Office Customer Preview here.
Get your Office 365 Tenant here.
Get the Exchange/Lync/Sharepoint server bits here.
More information on Technet is available here.
More information on MSDN is available here.

Please already bookmark our key events after holiday:

  • 2012 Partner Connect (Sales Event) 11th October
  • Partner Bootcamp Week ‘The One and Only’   16th – 18th October
  • October 16th Exchange & Office 365 “What’s New” Technical training Register now!
    October 17th SharePoint & Office 365 SMB Technical training Register now!
    October 18th Lync Community Technical Training Register now!
    October 19th SharePoint Enterprise “What’s New” Technical training Register now!

You can find an overview of all technical and sales readiness activities concerning Office Next and reserve already your seat at the Office Next Partner Page.

Enjoy Office Next & Enjoy your Holiday!

Scammers active in BeNeLux

Yesterday, we were made aware by the Computer Crime Unit that scammers are active in the BeNeLux market, trying to take over computers from innocent users. They call the person stating they are from Microsoft and that their PC is infected. They instruct to go to a specific website which then installs malware to be able to take over the PC completely. You can read our official statement here (in Dutch) or here (in French). Please spread the word amongst your customers and friends.

Your input is needed… Help a student!

A few months ago a complete make-over has been done on our communications to partners. As you probably all have noticed the Microsoft newsletter to partners was completely reworked and since June all partners have the possibility to opt in for extra newsletters depending on the partner’ field of interest. After executing this make-over and letting it run for a few months we are interested in what you as a partner think about our new concept. With your feedback we can keep working on our communications to partners and keep improving it! We want partners to get the information they need, on the right time and this in a way we are sure it is comfortable for partners to read. In this way we are sure that all important info will reach you as a partner in a good way. Again we aim to you, partners, to fill in this short survey and help us improve our communications to you!

Survey in Dutch – Survey in French

This survey is being done by student Yanne Lintermans as part of her internship. So, if you don’t do this for us, do it for her.

Exclusive Nokia Lumia Promotion for BeLux Partners

As you certainly know, Windows Phone is having great momentum with Nokia, and yet we want to have another boost. That’s why today, we are announcing a special B2B Partner Promo.

Partners have been telling us, they would like to get more value out of their partnership. Well, here it is. For partners from Belgium & Luxembourg, with at least one gold, one silver competency or that are Cloud Essentials can buy Nokia Lumia 800’s at a very special low price*. On top of that, for the first 80 orders of more than 10 devices, we’ll give 1 Nokia Lumia 800 for free*!!! First come, first served.

This is a now-or-never offer for you as a partner (promotion ends May 31, 2012).

You can equip all your employees with great smartphones, or work out a promo for your B2B customers.

For more details, go to the Dutch or French promo sites.

*full details, terms and conditions on promo pages (see links above)

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Office 365 Hands-On Session: April 3rd

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Come and attend this first occurrence of this Office 365 hands-on session on the 3rd of April, from 14:00 to 17:00 ! Come and try for yourself the product !

Office 365 is a simple, competitive and easy-to-use collaboration tool in the Cloud!! Come and see how the Cloud can work for your business.

Office 365 enables you to:
> keep familiarity—while getting flexibility
> keep reliability—while getting scalability

> stay in control—while going virtually anywhere

Agenda of the session

· Presentation of Office 365 (the Cloud offer, how your data is kept secure, the pricing …)

· Concrete examples of Belgium SMEs who have chosen Office 365!

· Hands-on ! Come and try for yourself this simple collaboration tool with the other attendees

Important: you don’t have to be technical to attend this session. All types of profiles and users are welcome!

Speakers: Patrick Viaene, Cloud Sales Manager at Microsoft Belux
Jacques Denies, School Technology Innovation Center Manager at Microsoft

For more information
and to register click

Your opinion counts… Take the opportunity…

satisfactionAs part of our ongoing efforts to improve relationships with our customers and partners, Microsoft will conduct a periodic worldwide Global Relationship Study via an independent market research company, IPSOS.

From March 8th onwards, you may receive e-mail invitations sent out from Microsoft Feedback (feedback@e-mail.microsoft.com) requesting you to participate to this Satisfaction Survey. We are committed to increasing partner satisfaction and highly value the feedback we receive through this research, thanking you in advance for taking the time to participate.

Ethical entrepreneurship and the role we play

It goes without saying that compliancy and ethics are high on company’s agendas these days. Sarbanes-Oxley in the US and local variations are forcing companies to be at their best behavior. But on the other hand, it should be something obvious. In Belgium specifically, there are organizations who focus on the ethics of doing business, especially in the IT sector. Microsoft is a big supporter of such initiatives (NLFR). That’s why I would like to promote exceptionally an event that will take place on March 15th in the Business Faculty. Feel free to download the invite in French or Dutch.