Thank you for your feedback about our September 20 newsletter, where we debuted our refined newsletter approach to better target content to you according to your company’s business and your role within your company. Many of you applauded the effort to me in e-mail and here on the blog, although some of you also pointed out that people at partners with fewer employees may need to see content for more than one role, and were concerned about missing something important. We are looking at how to balance that need with the feedback we have heard to be more relevant, be more coordinated, and help partners to focus and prioritize.

Below are all the items we published in this week’s newsletter. Apologies that our delivery of the newsletter was delayed from Monday morning to early Tuesday afternoon. If you feel that the version you received in e-mail is missing something critical from this superset, please let me know by commenting here or sending me an e-mail (partnerQ@microsoft.com).

Cheers,

Diane Golshan
Sr. Marketing Manager, U.S. Partner Team
Learn more about what I do at Microsoft.

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Start Building Your Windows Phone 7 App Now
Use our free tools to get your Windows Phone 7 apps into the Marketplace before phones land in stores. Join the Windows Phone Developer Program now and get tools, training tech support, and more.

Microsoft Lync: Capitalize on Launch Momentum
Use our sales, marketing, and training resources to prepare for the launch of Microsoft Lync, and help drive successful customer engagements.

New! Sneak Peek at Microsoft Lync 2010 Ready-to-Go Campaign
Create an exciting preview event for your customers’ key business and technical decision makers. Take advantage of Ready-to-Go campaign resources--everything you need to host a "Sneak Peek at Lync Server 2010" customer event before it launches.

Expand Your Network to Reach More SMB Customers
Your Microsoft U.S. Local Engagement Team can help you connect with local business organizations to create new sales opportunities through joint business solutions, co-hosted events, and co-marketing campaigns.

New! Microsoft Online Services Partner Playbook
The Microsoft Online Services Partner Playbook educates and prepares you to market and sell Microsoft Online Services, providing a high-level vision of Software plus Services, product details, and prescriptive guidance.

Resources to Sell BPOS to Small and Mid-Market Customers
Download our new package of resources for selling the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite to SMB customers who outsource their IT. Sales materials include a PowerPoint deck, datasheet, quick reference card, and trial guide.

Move Your Business Forward with Microsoft Pinpoint
Create a profile on Microsoft Pinpoint today to showcase and sell your software and services. Pinpoint tools let you get customer insights and customer lead notifications. Take advantage of enhanced features and start giving your solutions more visibility.

Harness the Power of Networking in the IAMCP - United States
Membership in the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP)can help you meet partners with complementary practices and stay in touch with Microsoft-related news and opportunities. Chapters across the U.S. hold membership meetings, social networking events, and local activities.

Visit the New, Interactive Office 2010 Volume Licensing Buyer's Guide
Use this online tool to help answer customer questions about Microsoft Office 2010 licensing, product activation, and configuration.

Training Resources

“Go Anywhere with Exchange 2010" Sweepstakes
Put the flexibility, reliability, and anywhere-access of Exchange Server 2010 to work for your customers. Each time you complete one of the Exchange Server 2010 courses, you'll be automatically entered to win a special-edition ultra-mobile Toshiba Libretto PC.

Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch Events
Learn how to create high-demand Windows Phone 7 applications during this two-day event. Go under the hood of Windows Phone 7, and attend a hands-on app building workshop. Bring your best apps to upload into the Marketplace.

Get up to Speed with Microsoft Lync TechEd Webcasts
Get to know Microsoft Lync with webcasts designed for IT Pros. Learn about key features and enhancements that will allow you to extend your solutions, by leveraging powerful new technologies in Lync.

Free Windows 7 eLearning
Whether you're interested in basic Windows 7 deployment, compatibility, or configuration, these free, online videos are a great reference, with titles like, "Migration from Windows XP to Windows 7," and "Configuring Devices in Windows 7."

Introduction to the Voice Specialized Partner Program
Watch our on-demand webcast to find out about requirements and benefits, plus get tips about how to leverage a wide range of partner-specific sales and technical content for Unified Communications.

Content for Action Pack, Registered Members, Certified Partners, Gold Certified Partners

Test Drive Microsoft Office 2010 and Other New Microsoft Products
Internal use rights for Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers include Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise, Project Professional 2010, and Visio Professional 2010, among other Microsoft products. Subscribe today to receive this and other benefits.
(sent to Registered Members who do not already have an Action Pack subscription)

Make the Most of Your Action Pack Subscription
Visit the new Microsoft Action Pack Benefits Centers. Whether your version of the Action Pack is Solution Provider or Development and Design, we'll help you make the most of your subscription.
(sent to active Action Pack subscribers)

Prepare for Gold and Silver Competency Requirements with this Offer
Competency Exam Packs are designed to help you meet requirements for the new Microsoft Partner Network gold and silver competencies and showcase your company's skills. Save up to 30 percent and get Second Shot exam retakes.
(sent to Certified Partners and Gold Certified Partners)

In-Depth Engagement for Your Microsoft Partner Network Transition
Nominate your company to participate in a unique, partner-to-partner experience where you will learn from other partners as well as have in-depth engagement with Microsoft while building your Microsoft Partner Network transition plan. Submit your nomination by October 5.
(sent to Certified Partners and Gold Certified Partners)

Microsoft Gold Competency Revenue Guidelines
If you are planning to attain one of the new Microsoft Partner Network gold competencies, you must commit to delivering a minimum Microsoft revenue amount. Download our short guide to understand the requirements.
(sent to Gold Certified Partners)