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Microsoft Partner Network (MPN)


Microsoft's Partner Competency Changes Signal End of an Era

Microsoft has long favored its licensing partners -- until now. The upcoming retirement of a dozen MPN competencies, including Volume Licensing, marks a turning point in how Microsoft does business through the channel.

Microsoft's Top 200 U.S. Partners

Who are the best Microsoft solution providers in the United States? You'll find them in Redmond Channel Partner magazine's first-ever list of the top 200 Microsoft partners, from huge generalists and deep specialists to well-connected influentials.

Microsoft To Streamline MPN Competencies

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a major, cloud-oriented streamlining of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) competencies that it uses to identify and validate the expertise of its partners.

RCP Editor's Choice Awards: Top Products for Microsoft Partners

In this first of-its-kind award list for the magazine, Redmond Channel Partner's editors pick the hottest, most interesting, most game-changing technologies and programs for the Microsoft channel in the last year.

Microsoft Resources for Partners: An Illustrated Guide

For cloud-bound partners, navigating Microsoft's various resources can be a time-consuming task. Here are some handy maps to help you figure out where to go for what you need.

Why Doesn't Anyone Talk About Microsoft Consulting Services?

For years, there's been conflict between MCS and Microsoft's closest enterprise partners -- sometimes boiling, sometimes just steaming. It's time for Microsoft to start communicating honestly and openly with partners about the role, and compensation model, of MCS.

Microsoft's New U.S. Channel Chief: Partner Enablement a Top Priority

Stephen Boyle spent his first four months on the job getting an education from partners and other Microsoft executives. Now he's vowing to provide some education in the form of partner enablement.

Microsoft's 'Most Competent' Partners of 2015

Which Microsoft partners have racked up the most competencies in 2015? We scour the Pinpoint partner directory to find out. 

Microsoft Announces EMS Competency, Other MPN Changes

Microsoft's laser-focus on cloud is apparent in many of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) tweaks planned for FY '16.

Top 5 Parts of the Microsoft Partner Network, Rated by Partners

WEB EXCLUSIVE: In a recent survey, partners reveal the most important reasons they align themselves with Microsoft.

Survival of the Fittest Partners: Spotlighting New Partner Imperatives

Microsoft's channel vision is changing and partners are scrambling to adapt. Howard turns the spotlight on partners that have successfully evolved their businesses to keep pace with those changes.

Dynamics CRM Online Partners Get Direct Billing Option

On Monday, Microsoft made Dynamics CRM Online available under Open Licensing, an option that gives partners greater control over the billing and bundling of the cloud services they sell to customers.

Q&A with Top Microsoft Channel Exec Phil Sorgen

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Have faith in Microsoft on CRM, give Pinpoint another chance, check out DigitalStride, stay tuned on Surface in the channel and keep an eye on opportunities in Azure, hybrid cloud and EMS, Sorgen advises.

Rackspace Joins Microsoft Cloud OS Partner Network

Rackspace announced during its third quarter earnings report on Monday that it is joining Microsoft's Cloud OS Network, an elite hosting program that aims to provide Microsoft Azure-compatible third-party cloud services.

Who Speaks for the Channel Partner?

Impersonal vendor channels are drowning out partners who voice their concerns. Is the only solution to speak louder?