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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!



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!

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)


Toronto is ready for WPC2012

I literally just got back from a great week of planning and site visits in Toronto, and I must say I was impressed with the way this city is ready for WPC 2012.

From a partner experience point of view, it’s going to be a lot more friendly than LA. Hotels are nearby the convention center, lots of restaurants and bars in the downtown area. And Toronto is a very “walkable” city.

We have also spent a full day on the content of the conference. All related to the best kind of information partners can get. I cannot disclose too much at the moment but stay tuned because more information is coming soon.

So if you plan to attend WPC, start preparing now. We have got some great events up our sleeves, so make sure you register as soon as it opens.

I’m really confident about where we are with the conference to make this the best one so far.


Wie volg jij? / Qui suivez-vous ?

Every year, we ask our partners and customers for feedback. On many occasions, partners have raised communication and the overload of it.

Introducing…. or, your one-stop shop where you – as a partner – can indicate what information you want and where to find it. Because let’s face it, it’s not always that clear who to follow on Twitter, or to become member of what LinkedIn group. Let alone finding the right email in the overload in your inbox.

Our goal is to send fewer mails, but more tuned to your needs. You will also see different colors in the mails. There are 3 flavors:

  • the green ones: information on MPN or generic partner events
  • the blue ones: anything that goes out from a sub community of partners
  • the pink(ish) ones: all relevant information on training

So, go the site, indicate what your areas of interests are and you can immediately subscribe to the relevant newsletters or join the LinkedIn groups.

Let us know what you think about this and you can send us your feedback: via email, Twitter, LinkedIn and yes, even by regular post.

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