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2017 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

WEB EXCLUSIVE: From Microsoft mega-events like Build and Ignite to smaller one- and two-day training sessions, we've got your 2017 conference schedule covered.

The 2017 Microsoft Product Roadmap

Standouts of this year's release calendar include Windows 10's next update milestone and Azure Stack's long-awaited launch.

Why IoT Sucks (And Why That's Good for Partners)

As promising as it is, IoT has problems -- from security to reliability to management. And problems, of course, are good for Microsoft partners who can offer solutions.

Microsoft Has Nerfed Its P-Seller Program. Now What?

Will a revised Partner Seller Program with less access and fewer resources be worth the trouble of enrolling?

2017 RCP Editor's Choice Awards: Best Products for Microsoft Partners

In its second-annual listing, Redmond Channel Partner calls out the best and brightest technologies and programs for the Microsoft channel from the last year. 

How Can Microsoft (and Its Partners) Leverage LinkedIn?

With Microsoft’s monster acquisition closed, partners look ahead to the opportunities. Dynamics 365 and Learning are obvious highlights, but details from Redmond remain scarce.

HP Makes Another Run at a Windows Phone

HP's three-in-one Elite x3 Windows phone targets the enterprise and the channel.

Marching Orders 2017: What Microsoft Partners Must Do in the New Year

Big ideas from channel experts to help Microsoft partners succeed in 2017.

RCP Reader's Choice Awards: Best IT Products and Services of 2016

The results are in for the first-ever Redmond Channel Partner magazine Reader's Choice awards.

Can Microsoft Make Dynamics 365 Work?

Microsoft's high-volume cloud infrastructure partners and its business applications partners have distinct identities. For the new Dynamics 365 effort to succeed, those two partner types will need to cooperate.

2016 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

WEB EXCLUSIVE: To help you get your 2016 travel calendar in order, we've compiled a list of upcoming events geared toward those who have a stake in Microsoft technologies. The list spans behemoth Microsoft-helmed conferences like the Worldwide Partner Conference and Build, as well as smaller, third-party-sponsored regional events.

Is Microsoft's Cloud PBX Ready for Business?

Nearly a year after the release of the Cloud PBX Skype for Business option to Office 365, both Microsoft partners and telecom providers are eyeing what they see as a potentially huge growing market. 

Keeping Up with Microsoft in the 'Rapid Release' Era

Coping with Microsoft's newly frantic pace of cloud product updates, partners are thrilled to at last be moving as fast as the competition, but the pressure is on to get better at advising customers. 

2016 Rocket Award: Crestwood Makes 'Slow and Steady' a Winning Strategy

This year's award winner is Crestwood Associates, a small ERP partner that overcame an uncertain start, two recessions and an overall trend of channel consolidation to achieve multiple consecutive years of double-digit growth. 

Microsoft Partners Face a Wild Ride to the Cloud

We ask partners grappling with the realities of transitioning their businesses to the cloud: Is it worth it?

Juggling Clouds: Partnering with Both Microsoft and AWS

By most measures, the public cloud market is a two-horse race between AWS and Microsoft. Partners are increasingly seeing the benefits of tying their fortunes to both cloud vendors, but doing so requires a good deal of training, planning and trust.

Assessing Microsoft's Windows 10 Revolution, One Year In

Microsoft rewrote its whole playbook for taking a new client OS to market with the Windows 10 release. A year later, the company's financials and analyst reports reveal how well it's working out -- for Microsoft and the ecosystem.

The Reinvention of the Microsoft ISV

As partners scramble to find their place in the new cloud environment, the ISV category is expanding to include all different types of partners.

The WPC 2016 Lists: Top Themes, Sessions and Reveals

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference sets the tone for partners for the year ahead. RCP analyzed the WPC session catalog to bring you everything you need to know to get the most out of the show or to track it from the office.

Microsoft Buying LinkedIn Means Tension, Opportunity for Partners

If Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn closes as expected, partners may have new opportunities. But unique challenges add complexity to the already difficult integration inherent in big deals.