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Windows 8.1 Pro General Availability

Dear Partner,

We are happy to announce that Windows 8.1 Pro is available as a free update* for Windows 8 Pro starting on October 18th.  The new Windows is designed to allow customers to reduce business costs, juggle daily operations and employ a mobile workforce. In addition, the new Windows makes it easier for traditional PC users to move forward to a modern touch or non-touch device, with familiar features such as the Start button and an optional boot to desktop. 

Please, take this opportunity to share this news with your customers using the customizable Windows 8.1 Pro Announcement email template available at the Partner Marketing Center and see below for additional resources available to partners.

Windows 8.1 Pro Resources:

§ Learn more about Windows 8.1 Pro

§ Reseller Bootcamps – Take training to see what’s new for Windows 8.1

§ Use the Get2Modern campaign to increase awareness for Windows XP end of support, help customers upgrade, and cross sell services & devices

§ Win customers with Windows Featured Devices Campaign and know more about TouchWins

§ Windows Information on the Microsoft Partner Network

Windows 8.1 Enterprise Resources:

§ Learn more about Windows 8.1 Enterprise

§ Drive demand with Flexible Workstyle

§ Leverage Good-Better-Best sales script to drive Windows 8.1 Enterprise customer conversations

§ Handle customer objections using the Good-Better-Best Windows Device Compete Guide

§ Deliver Windows Accelerate for Corporate Accounts customer workshops to drive pipeline acceleration for Windows 8.1 – IT Pro Bootcamps and App Clinics

Thank you!

*Internet access required; fees may apply. Available through the Windows Store or your volume licensing service center (VLSC).


WPC 2014 – Register Early. Save Big.


We’re already looking forward to WPC 2014! That’s why we wanted to let you know that if you register before October 31, 2013 you get a special price of US $1 695. After that date, the price for an all access pass increases to US $1 795.

WPC 2014 is focused on delivering the power of the Cloud, improving business analytics through Big Data, expanding communication and networks through Enterprise Social, and revealing enhanced Services and advanced Devices for a modern active lifestyle. Come to WPC 2014 to learn so much more, including:

· How Microsoft is betting big and why this is the best decision you can make
· Best practices, business success stories, partners’ engagement model, and recommendations.
· How to drive customer service excellence to produce lasting customer satisfaction.

Register today and join WPC Connect to get connected to partners just like you.

You can find more info on

We hope to see you again, in Washington D.C.!

Win a Drone @ Partner Connect!

Exclusive Partner Connect Contest

Make your company app on Windows 8 and Windows Phone and win a Drone!


Microsoft bonds with Parrot ( to present a special challenge to those of you who are not afraid to do great things.

Build and publish your company app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone and win a Parrot AR. Drone.


It’s really easy!

· Build your company app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. In the app you can showcase your company, show the latest news or present your best case studies.

· Publish it in the Stores and promote your apps.

· Win a Parrot AR.Drone for your developers to create amazing solutions! The drone comes with an SDK that permits to build your own Windows 8 or Windows Phone Apps for them.

If you like, we can send you links to templates and other quick start material so your developers can get started now. More info? Send a mail to

Submit your details here before October 31st to win the drone!

Even if your customer is not an IT Expert… Learn how the Microsoft Experience Center (CIE) can demonstrate productivity as well as cost savings

The benefits of the New World of Work can be experienced by all members of the management team . They will experience how to:

  • Communicate and share with customers and colleagues in a more mobile, more effective and more flexible way,
  • Cut down on transport costs and office spaces,
  • Access at any time, in every place and in total security the strategic data underlying your decisions,
  • Organise, structure and manage all the various devices in your company.


During an Immersion Experience workshop, for up to eight participants from their organisation, led by a business productivity specialist.

In a demonstration room with laptops and smartphones for each participant so that everyone can experience their part, in real time, using the scenarios of your choice.


•              Either at the Microsoft facilities
•              Or at the customer  company
•              Or at your premises as an accredited CIE Partner

Contact us today and learn more about the  Immersion Experience !

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See video in French.

Exam 74-325: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses replaces the predecessor Exam 74-324

We have released the new Exam 74-325: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses which replaces the predecessor Exam 74-324 and becomes an additional Small Business Competency option.

Earning the Small Business competency uniquely positions your business to demonstrate advanced skills, technology expertise and to provide cost-effective services. ​Learn about the growing maturity of cloud computing and how it can open major revenue streams for you in the small business segment and get prepared for the exam with the new Jump Start training.

You can find more information here: and go here for a jumpstart:

2013 Partner Connect

Dear Partner,

We are very happy to invite you to 2013 PARTNER CONNECT, our single largest partner event this year in clip_image002[4]
Belgium and Luxembourg. We have a lot to tell you since last year’s edition. During this one day event
you will hear all latest updates of the upcoming releases and you will get to know how you can best
prepare yourself to accelerate growth. Together!

What, When, Where
Please join us on Thursday October 3, 2013. Place to be will be the Brabanthal in Leuven. Our keynote speakers are Jean-Philippe Courtois (President Microsoft International) and Philippe Rogge (General Manager, Microsoft Belgium & Luxembourg). Besides the keynotes we have 30 sessions lined up for you with content for sales, marketing and business roles centered around 4 pillars: Cloud, Big Data, Mobility & Social. Note that there will be a dedicated track throughout the day for partners selling to SMBs. Check out the website for more details.

All sales roles (sales management, account managers, pre-sales consultants…), marketing roles and business leadership (general manager, business unit manager…) working at Microsoft Partners. We welcome all members of the Microsoft Partner Network: big or small, selling to small, medium or larger organizations, system integrators or OEM, application partners or retailers, hosters or dynamics partners…


             Register now
            Mark October 3 in you agenda and get ready to interact, be informed and get inspired. Seats  are limited, so register now!


Looking forward to seeing you on October 3rd, 2013!

WPC 2014 – Register Early. Save Big.

Join us in Washington, D.C., July 13 – 17, 2014.

Right now is your chance to save big: if you register for a WPC 2014 all access pass beginning July 15, you will get a special WPC price of just US$1,695!

It is never too early to plan for your business’s success and commit to your business’s future. WPC 2014 in Washington, D.C. will help you transform your business in ways that will enable you to pursue the opportunities ahead. With thousands of attendees representing over 150 countries worldwide, there is no better way for Microsoft partners to learn about tremendous opportunities in the market and make connections that will enhance business growth. Register today and join us in Washington, D.C. at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference!