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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.

Office 365: Microsoft Partners Reset Their Plans Around Direct Billing

With the introduction of a mainstream partner billing option for Office 365, Microsoft overcame the biggest partner objection to its cloud productivity suite. Now happier partners are looking for ways to restart their efforts with new business-model options.

2012 RCP Salary Survey: Boom After Bust for Microsoft Partners

By all accounts, the market for technical employees is tight. Even as national unemployment remains high, partners across the country report low tech unemployment and intense competition for talent. Against that backdrop, we release the sixth annual RCP salary survey.

5 Best Windows Phone 7 Devices: A Recap

WEB EXCLUSIVE: With Microsoft set to release Windows Phone 8 in just a few weeks, RCP takes a look back at the top five devices of the Windows Phone 7 era.

A Microsoft Partner's Guide to Managed Services, Part 3: Microsoft Product Shakeup

Big changes, opportunities and challenges lie ahead with Small Business Server, Office 365 and Windows 8.

A Microsoft Partner's Guide to Managed Services, Part 2: 9 Add-On Opportunities for MSPs

Top ways for MSPs to add value and revenues range from standards such as business continuity and security, to newer approaches like mobile-device management and bundled consulting.

A Microsoft Partner's Guide to Managed Services, Part 1: Success in a 'Nested Doll' Environment

There are so many trends providing headwinds, tailwinds and crosswinds to MSPs right now that it's hard to sort them out. Industry experts provide a few baseline concepts from their higher perches to help MSPs find a snug fit in the emerging industrywide puzzle that resembles a Russian nested doll toy.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partners: Innovating in the Network

For Microsoft partners to remain relevant, they have to stay on top of Microsoft technology and keep aligned with customers' real needs.

Who Are Microsoft's 'Most Competent' Partners?

Which Microsoft partners are the "biggest of the best" in terms of competencies? RCP scoured thousands of pages of the Microsoft Pinpoint directory to find the 50 Microsoft partners worldwide with the most Microsoft competencies.

Microsoft Surface: Image Gallery

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft's just-announced tablet play, Surface, is long on looks. Here's a graphical look at Microsoft's first entree into the PC hardware business.

'Surface' Observations About Microsoft's New Tablets

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft finally took the wraps off its "Surface" tablet, and it's pretty striking. While it's too early to tell whether Surface will be a coup or a flop, Monday's launch event gave us plenty to think about. Here are our first impressions.

Microsoft Surface Models: At a Glance

WEB EXCLUSIVE: A side-by-side comparison of the two tablets' specs.

The Microsoft Channel's 10 Highest-Paid Executives

Who are the executives with the highest compensation packages among Microsoft channel companies, and how much do they make? We dug through corporate filings to find out.

Getting Ready for Windows 8

In many ways, the channel is eagerly waiting for Microsoft to catch up to the market with its next OS. Will customers stand still long enough for the new OS to catch on?

8 Security Opportunities for Partners

IT security is having a banner year, and channel partners are reaping the benefits. From protecting Macs and PCs to securing the cloud, there's no shortage of great channel opportunities based on emerging threats, surging technologies and vendor momentum. Here are a few of them.

Best Mobile Apps for Microsoft Partners' Internal Use

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Here are the top five mobile apps to help partners navigate the Microsoft channel from day to day.