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A new home for Microsoft Partners

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.

Personalized content

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.

Improved search

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!

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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BeLux Partner Events: Where To Go And What To Do

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.

In Person Online
Enterprise Partners

Microsoft Connect
Microsoft Connect
SMB Partners 2011
Partner Roadshow
Partner Roadshow
All Partners WPC DigitalWPC


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.