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Tales of Partner Successes in Microsoft's 'Cloud OS'

The combination of Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Intune have given Microsoft partners new opportunities to expand their businesses into the cloud. Here are a few examples.

IT Communities: A Primer for Microsoft Partners

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Channel communities are key for partners who want to network, shore up resources and bolster their access to the larger organizations they are partners with. But given their wide variety, it can be a challenge for partners to know which communities suit them best. In this primer, Howard runs down the different types of partner communities to help you find the best fit for your partner company.

59 Real-World Marketing Tactics for Microsoft Partners

From specialization to audience targeting, content creation, traffic generation and more, marketing consultant Barb Levisay offers proven tips for bolstering your name recognition.

Windows 8 Faces Slow Ramp-Up, But Big Potential: Q&A with a Microsoft Distributor

In a Q&A, D&H Distributing Co-President Michael Schwab says structural factors are giving Windows 8 a slow start, but he predicts some of those same dynamics will make the new OS a huge hit in the near future.

15 Revelations in Microsoft's Financials

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Windows Division may have been the star of Microsoft's recent Q2 FY'13 earnings report, but what other insights do the numbers reveal? RCP reads between the lines of Microsoft's latest financial earnings.

One Month with Windows 8: A Review of Microsoft's Most Radical OS

With Windows 8, Microsoft aims to unify the tablet and PC interfaces in an ambitious experiment. In a month-long review, RCP finds the effort largely succeeds.

Marching Orders 2013: 11 Things Microsoft Partners Need To Do in the New Year

Channel luminaries offer their best advice to help Microsoft partners succeed in the coming year.

Windows RT Gallery: 5 Standouts

Not to be outdone by Microsoft's own Surface RT offering, OEMs from Dell to ASUS are rolling out their own Windows RT-based tablets. Here are a few of the standouts.

Analysis: What Businesses Should Know About Windows RT

Yes, Windows RT is almost entirely consumer-focused. There are cases in which it makes sense for businesses, but partners must make sure their customers fully work through the pros and cons.

On the Death of SBS: Microsoft Partners Rally from Anger to Acceptance

Rage was the first reaction to the death of the Microsoft Windows Small Business Server brand. Now resellers are making plans for what comes next.

Q&A with Microsoft's Top Channel Exec: Is the MPN Still Worth the Cost?

RCP asks Microsoft's Jon Roskill about the increase in price to gain the gold competency and the overall value of the 2-year-old Microsoft Partner Network.

For Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Puts Hosting Partners First

Hosting services providers have always been important stakeholders in Windows Server development. With the 2012 version and its Cloud OS emphasis, Microsoft hosters' needs come to the fore.

Will Windows 8 Bring Boom Times for Ultrabooks?

OEMs looking to take advantage of the Windows 8 wave are flooding the channel with new, touch-capable models -- but many face pricing challenges. With the PC market struggling, what are the chances for the Ultrabook's success?

Windows 8 Migration Tools for Early Adopters

With analysts at Gartner Inc. discouraging enterprises from upgrading to Windows 8 yet, the expectation is for a fairly slow rollout of the radically different OS. For customers willing to leap right away, though, there are a few tools that partners can use to ease migrations.

Windows 8 Ultrabooks Gallery, Part 2: Convertibles and More

RCP shines the spotlight on five more early Ultrabook models from Lenovo, Dell and others that are looking to take advantage of Microsoft's touch focus in Windows 8.

Office 365, SharePoint and SQL Server: Our Experts Weigh In

At the first Live! 360 conference, top experts will dive into an array of hot IT topics. Get a sneak preview here, as key presenters share their expertise with Redmond Channel Partner.

Windows 8 Ultrabooks Gallery: The First Wave

With Windows 8 comes a new category of hardware -- touch-capable Ultrabooks. While most models are under wraps until the OS launch, a few vendors including HP, Dell and Acer have made their designs public.

Windows Server 2012: The 24 Things Microsoft Partners Should Know

With an all-new model of computing, the next version of the Microsoft flagship server OS comes with new editions, licensing, product dependencies, features and partner opportunities.

Microsoft ISVs and VARs Finding Success in Partner-to-Partner Deals

The days of the one-stop-shop Microsoft partner are over. But sometimes customers want more than a partner can deliver. Smart partners turn to P2P relationships to keep their businesses strong.

From VMware to Hyper-V: Microsoft Partners Should Take a People-First Approach

Microsoft is taking an in-your-face approach to convert VMware shops to Hyper-V. When it comes to implementing a migration, though, a partner and customer say it's critical to a successful project to take time with the VMware experts on the customer's IT staff. Making sure they understand how their expertise is still valid and important makes the project go much better.