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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

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:

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!



The new Office

Office 2013 and related servers are now available.  Try the new Office so you can see firsthand how this powerful combination can benefit your organization.


Best experience across devices     

Improve mobile productivity.  Increase employee satisfaction and retention.  Simplify and save with per-user licensing

Stay connected to your business  

Collaborate in new ways with social, voice, and video.  Reduce your organization’s costs of video conferencing, telephony, and travel.

Security without compromise       

Keep your organization’s critical business data protected.

Streamline legal discovery.  Comply with industry and government regulations.

Run it the way you want

Reduce software deployment and update costs with streaming.

Accelerate adoption of online services.  Reduce IT operations costs with common tools.


Take a look at what press are saying about the new Office

The new Office is the best Office”   Gizmodo

makes Office more relevant in today’s multi-device world”   WIRED

fast, polished and painless to use”   Engadget


Try the new Office today and find out how it can take your organization to the next level

of productivity.

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)