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The BeLux WPC 2014 journey has officially begun!

Dear Partners,

We’re happy and excited to announce that we’ve well arrived in Washington, D.C for the WorldWide Partner Conference 2014.

This year we are present with a huge BeLux delegation. With no less than 176 Belux attendees, amongst which 136 partners, we have by far exceeded last year’s attendance amounts.
Today the conference was officially launched with registrations and a great welcome feeling in the convention center. We’ve also been able to enjoy a Welcome Reception and with the BeLux sub we’ve watched the Worlcup Finals in a wonderful venue during our welcome lunch. 
Just like the previous years, we have organized a number of great side-activities with the BeLux delegation to enhance networking and accelerate our partnership. Of course we are also very much  looking forward to the many interesting and valuable break-out sessions. We’re especially excited about the Vision Keynotes taking place on Monday at 8:45 am and Wednesday 8:45 am, US local time. Satya Nadella will be giving an inspirational speech on Wednesday. If you want to follow either of these keynotes, make sure to stay tuned because we will be sharing the link to follow the Live Streaming.


Thank you for now, we’ll be coming back to you with more updates and hot news.

Greetings from Washington,
Leïla Minten MPN Lead BeLux

Early Bird and Group Discounts for WPC 2013 now available.

It’s a new era for Microsoft and you, our partners. That’s why Houston and WPC 2013 are going to be the places to be July 7-11.

Are you interested in forming new connections and learning about how to be a Microsoft Partner? Do you want to learn more about the Microsoft stack and how to grow your business in the Cloud? The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is a global gathering of top Microsoft partners which provides the roadmap and inspiration to activate and drive joint business.

The past year has seen a string of product launches that has been unprecedented in Microsoft history. On the heels of these launches have been rapidly growing opportunities for our partners around the Cloud, Big Data, Social Enterprise, and Mobility. What’s more, is that partners are managing remote and highly mobile workers, expanding the breadth and depth of services, and are maximizing investments.

At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, you’ll hear from top execs about the Microsoft strategy around key investments and about new opportunities. When you register now, you’ll save $200 off the regular price of an all-access pass – you’ll pay only $1,795! It is a great savings opportunity!

Want even more savings? Bring more people to WPC! When four (4) or more attendees from the same partner organization (based on the same MPN Partner ID given at registration) register for an all access conference pass, Microsoft will provide a US$200 refund off of the 4tg through the 10th registrants’ registration fee!

The power of success starts with you

It’s happening. It’s here. It’s now. Come prepared to make new business contacts, discover how you can increase efficiencies, and build your business plan for the future. The Worldwide Partner Conference is where it all begins.

Your next step: register for WPC and engage with the community!

We look forward to seeing you in Houston!


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!



TechDays 2013: Registrations OPEN and First Sessions & Speakers Announced

The 11th edition of the Microsoft TechDays in Belgium will be held in Kinepolis Antwerp on 5-7 March 2013. Year after year, thousands of developers & IT professionals gather at this 3 day conference to dive deep into Microsoft technologies and learn about the latest products and solutions.

We are working hard to get the best and most knowledgeable speakers to Antwerp. We have already announced more than 30 speakers and over 60 sessions on

Hot topics of the 2013 edition will be Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, System Center, Exchange 2013, the New Office, Windows Phone 8, … and much more.

To give attendees more value for their time and money, we’re also introducing hands-on labs in two dedicated rooms to try our solutions at their own terms. We will have a good number of labs to choose from, covering different technologies and scenarios (ranging from Windows 8 to System Center to Windows Phone development). More info about these labs can be found in a blogpost by Arlindo Alves.

Early Bird registration for TechDays 2013 is OPEN! Don’t miss out on the 15% discount: make sure you register before 1 January 2013.

It’s also possible to become a Partner of TechDays 2013: you will have a unique chance to position your company towards thousands of tech enthusiasts attending the conference to learn about new technologies and to influence, evaluate, recommend or make a decision for their company. More info can be found here.

Looking forward to see you at TechDays 2013!

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!

Office 365 Hands-On Session: April 3rd


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

Guidance for Partners Selling into SMB

If you work with small and medium business (SMB) customers, you know they have specific needs. In many cases they also face limitations on time, resources, and even budget.

To guide you through sales conversations with this unique market segment, I’ve outlined a few key priorities and products you can focus on. Here are some recommendations on training and readiness to get you up to speed:

First, lead with the cloud. It’s a buzz word for a reason! Cloud solutions enable businesses of all sizes to reduce overhead and storage costs. This is an especially vital selling point for your SMB customers.

There’s real value for you as a Microsoft partner. Those who lead with the cloud earn more revenue from on-premise product deployments of Microsoft technology.

Get more training through this Cloud Sales Training – SMB Partners learning path.

Next, pull through Small Business Server. This is the optimal server platform solution for your SMB customers because it’s affordable, and simplifies small business IT. Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is a great option for businesses with up to 25 users. It enables those customers to organize and access business info from virtually anywhere — safely. Small Business Server 2011 Essentials integrates with cloud technology — providing a way of seamlessly introducing the server into a cloud conversation. Check out this Windows Small Business Server 2011 Sales learning path as a starting point.

Finally, continue to sell Microsoft Office 2010 with Windows 7. They work better together to help your SMB customers optimize the desktop, work and collaborate better, stay productive anywhere, and protect their work. We have learning paths for both Office 2010 and Windows 7 to help you get started.

Questions on readiness for selling to SMBs? Ask  Brigitte Hayes !