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MPN Adds 10 Percent Windows 7 Advisor Fees for Gold Desktop Partners

Microsoft is providing another carrot to encourage partners to pursue a gold competency in the Microsoft Partner Network -- solution incentives for Windows 7 sales.

"Partners with a Gold Desktop competency are now eligible to earn Windows 7 solution incentive fees up to 10 percent of a customer deal involving Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 7 Enterprise with MDOP," wrote Karl Noakes, general manager of Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Strategy & Programs, in a blog entry Tuesday.

The solution incentive applies to deals larger than $10,000 and the payout percentages are higher for deals that include Windows 7 Enterprise with Software Assurance and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, as opposed to Windows 7 Enterprise with SA or MDOP on their own.

A Gold Desktop competency partner must use the Partner Sales Exchange (PSX) and the Channel Incentives Platform (CHIP), which launched in June, to participate in the Windows 7 solution incentive.

Noakes also wrote that Microsoft is adding an exam requirement for the Gold Desktop competency starting Oct. 31. The exam covers deployment of Windows 7 and Office 2010. It will also be required for Silver Desktop competency partners on May 31, 2012.

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 24, 2011


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