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 http://techdays.be.
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!
Today the new MPN Portal went live in Belgium and Luxemburg and it has some exiting changes! Powered by Microsoft SharePoint, your new website offers features to help you make the most of your membership and its benefits. Usability and functionality are key here! Below you can find the four most important improvements to the new portal.
A clean design
The portal has been redesigned to a fresher, cleaner look. More condensed pages, breadcrumbs, and task-driven navigation help you find the information you need more quickly.
Sign in on the Portal with your Windows Live ID associated with your partner organization. This way, you get the content most relevant to you, personalized according to your membership profile. This means that, rather than getting standard content for all, you get content that is connected to your profile. Sign in here to the Portal and see it for yourself!
More robust support
Easily get answers to your questions with the new support functionality. There are multiple possibilities for you to get support. For example, you can type your question in the Virtual textbox of select one of the Top Support Questions. Next to that, here you can find the number for the Regional Service Center or submit incidents online via email. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, a single click connects you to a live chat with a support agent.
Built on Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint technology, the search capabilities on the new portal deliver more relevant results, more quickly. Also, you can now filter search results and use contextual search to find content within site sections. New filters enable easier navigation of your search results. And last but not least, a unified search federates search results from multiple external sources.
The new MPN Portal has also been pre-populated with query suggestions based on the most popular search terms from the legacy MPN Portal.
Visit your new portal today!
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.
As a partner it is not always that easy to understand what events you should attend, considering the truckload of invites you probably see passing by. I just wanted to give a bit of background on our event strategy.
Basically, there are 2 main partner groups to simplify things:
- partners that focus on Enterprise and Large Mid Market customers
- partners that focus on Small & Medium Sized customers
Every year, there are 2 main events and every event will have an in-person version as well as an online part afterwards.
So, for Enterprise partners, this event is called Microsoft Connect, for SMB partners, it’s called Partner Roadshow. And then there’s the Worldwide Partner Conference in July for all partner types from around the world.
Let’s put this in a grid and you’ll see it’s actually very simple.
First up is 2011 Microsoft Connect on October 11th, 2011 in Affligem (Montil). If you consider yourself as a partner that fits the target group, you are more than welcome. If not, stay tuned for more news on the Partner Roadshow.