Even with the current threats to easy credit, Microsoft partners have resources to draw upon in the tough economic times ahead.
Microsoft's Software plus Services Incubation Centers can help ISVs hook into SaaS opportunities by pairing them with experienced hosters.
The Veritas acquisition caused some problems, but close partners say the security giant is back on its game.
The newest version of Windows Small Business Server offers state-of-the-art upgrades and smaller management headaches at a better price.
Never mind the recession. With Windows Azure, partners have a new set of challenges brought on by cloud-based computing.
LARs may become a rarity, as Microsoft proposes changes to limit the earning power of those LARs focused on license-only sales.