Today’s big announcements from Microsoft WPC in Orlando, via the Microsoft Partners email.
Enabling partner cloud profitability
The Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program was rolled out in 40 countries in its first year to great acclaim. This year, CSP will be expanded to include 131 markets, and Azure and CRM Online will join Office 365, Windows Intune, and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) as available services in the program.
Surface opportunities for partners
Customer interest in our Surface family of products continues to grow. With the help of our distribution partners, we’re increasing the number of Surface sellers from a couple hundred to a few thousand partners globally.
Today, we saw how one of our partners, Autodesk, will use HoloLens, the world’s first fully untethered holographic computing device powered by Windows 10, to fundamentally change how design professionals create, communicate, visualize, and work.
As part of the company’s ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, we introduced Project GigJam, which empowers business workers to spontaneously summon, assign, and track information from their line of business and SaaS apps. Project GigJam breaks down the barriers between people, devices, and apps to expedite business tasks.
Cortana Analytics Suite
The Cortana Analytics Suite, a fully managed and comprehensive set of services to help businesses transform data into intelligent action, will be available this Fall as a monthly subscription, as well as through third party solutions. The Suite brings together leading technology infrastructure with perceptual intelligence to enable businesses of any size to transform themselves through the power of data.
Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) updates
MPN program changes will enable partners to better take advantage of the cloud opportunity and make doing business with us easier. These include a new app certification platform that will enable more partners to certify their apps in order to qualify for competencies, new Azure incentives designed to drive active usage, and a new Microsoft Azure Certified Hybrid Cloud program. All this will allow service providers to deliver Microsoft-certified hybrid solutions to make it easier for customers to leverage the cloud on their own terms.
New Office 365 E5 offering
In October, we will introduce a new premium Office 365 enterprise suite. The new E5 plan will include Cloud PBX, analytics, Power BI, and advanced security capabilities, providing partners with a complete productivity and communications offering for their enterprise customers.
WPC 2016 location announced!
We’re thrilled to announce that the site of WPC 2016 will be Toronto, Ontario, Canada, one of North America’s most dynamic cities with an exciting blend of traditional and modern international flair.
Registration is now open for WPC 2016, and you can register for the special price of US$1,595 for an all-access pass this week only through July 20. This is the lowest price that will ever be available, so don’t delay and take advantage of this limited time offer.
We invite you to explore Toronto and start making your plans to join us at next year’s event.