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Friday, July 12 2019 - 11:46
Microsoft Announces Investments to Broaden Opportunities for Partners
REDMOND, Washington, July 12, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

-- Ahead of Microsoft Inspire, company shares how it is tuning partner 
investments for the cloud era, including updates to Teams, Dynamics 365, Azure

On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. announced new investments in technologies and 
programs designed to support its partner ecosystem. The investments are aimed 
at helping optimize Microsoft's partner engagement for the cloud era. 

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"Customers and partners alike continue to move to the cloud and accelerate 
their digital transformation, leading us to new and different levels of 
partnership," said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president of Microsoft's 
One Commercial Partner group. "Our portfolio of programs, offers and resources 
for companies partnering with Microsoft is transforming to help them capitalize 
on this opportunity."

The following are some highlights of the news announced today, with more 
details available here ( 

Investments in products and programs

    - Microsoft Teams extensions and adoption. Just two years after its launch, 
      Teams now has 13 million daily active users and 19 million weekly active 
      users. The company also announced ( 
      new features in Microsoft Teams for every worker -- including new ways to 
      support healthcare organizations and firstline workers. Additional new 
      partner integrations include support for contact centers, compliance 
      recording and cloud solution providers.
    - Dynamics 365 updates. The company announced significant updates to the 
      Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator and two new integrations for Dynamics 
      365 that address the automotive and financial services industries. In 
      addition, the Business Applications ISV Connect program is generally 
      available, with new development tools and guidance, marketplace 
      joint field engagement processes and go-to-market support. 
    - Introducing Azure Lighthouse. Azure Lighthouse gives partners a single 
      control plane to view and manage Azure at scale across all their 
      customers. This provides a better managed Azure experience with higher 
      automation and efficiency, resulting in greater visibility and security 
      for customers. This marks the first time Microsoft has architected a 
      solution at this scale, with partners and for partners. 
    - Azure Migration Program. The new Azure Migration Program (AMP) helps 
      customers accelerate their migration to Azure. AMP offers proactive 
      advice and tools to help mitigate risks and address common issues 
      associated with moving workloads to the cloud. 

Broadening partner opportunity

Since the inception of Microsoft's co-sell program 24 months ago, the program 
has seen $9.5 billion in annual contracted partner revenue. The investments 
announced this week are designed to build on that opportunity:

    - General availability of the Microsoft Security competency. This new 
      competency allows partners to market their expertise and provides access 
      to a range of benefits designed to enable business growth and 
    - Five advanced specializations. These include Windows Server and SQL 
      Server Migration to Microsoft Azure, Linux and Open Source Databases 
      Migration to Microsoft Azure, Data Warehouse Migration to Microsoft 
      Azure, Modernization of Web Applications in Microsoft Azure, and 
      Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure. 
    - New advancements in marketplace. Additional pricing models, a rewards 
      program and a new route to market are rolling out in July for companies 
      that publish transactable offers in Microsoft's expanded commercial 
      marketplace. The pricing models include monthly and annual SaaS billing, 
      flexible, custom-metered billing options, standard contracts, and free 
      SaaS trials that convert to paid engagements. 

About Microsoft Inspire

Microsoft Inspire provides Microsoft's partner community with access to key 
marketing and business strategies, leadership, and information regarding 
specific customer solutions designed to help partners succeed in the 
marketplace. Along with informative learning opportunities covering sales, 
marketing, services, and technology, Microsoft Inspire is an ideal setting for 
partners to garner valuable knowledge from their peers and from Microsoft. More 
information can be found at

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era 
of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower 
every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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