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Renewal Ends 30 April:
Have your MCTs Renew Today
Renew your MCT Certification  
Your Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are a core part of your business. Have them send in their renewal applications and payments by 30 April to ensure that they remain certified.
2008 Worldwide Partner Conference Registration Now Open
Don’t miss the 2008 Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston. We’ve expanded the event to four days this year. Our full-day event for Learning Solutions partners will be held on 7 July - Day One of the conference.
When you register, you must select the Certified Partners for Learning Solutions Track as your 7 July event.
Also new this year: You can now choose to vote on sessions at the conference by using a session-preference during registration. Help us let the planning team know that Learning Solutions breakout sessions are important to you. Follow the link on your confirmation page to the Session Preference Tool. Then select Learning Solutions as the Partner Competency and filter your results. Indicate your preference for Learning Solutions sessions.
  • Get more information about Microsoft Learning at the WPC
  • Register now

  • Top Story
    Microsoft Learning Summit  
    Hold the date now for the Microsoft Partner Summit 2008
    It's bigger. It's better. It's got an exciting new format and a hot new venue. It's the expanded Microsoft Partner Summit 2008 - and it's jam-packed with more value, more expertise and more networking opportunities than ever before!
    This year, we've changed the venue and format of the event to allow for more content and increased flexibility. We're heading for Durban's ICC, where we'll be able to accommodate more people and sessions.
    In all, there are going to be more than 75 different opportunities to get the latest information and knowledge for your business as we share our latest strategic and visionary developments with you, our valued partner.
    Of course, the highlight of Partner Summit 2008 is the prestigious annual Partner Programme Awards Dinner, where we recognise our high-flying partners.
    Save the date in your diary right now and join us for Microsoft Partner Summit 2008.
    Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC): 6-8 August

    Sales and Marketing
    Offer extended  
    We realise that due to lack of time and resources, you might not be able to participate in all of Microsoft Learning’s campaigns. But you can still find all of the campaign tools and information at the Microsoft Learning Campaign Factory. Use it as a starting point to drive your marketing campaigns with us. Create co-branded materials and build customised flyers online using your own company details and logo.
    You must use your partner ID to sign in to the Campaign Factory Website.
    Talk to your Microsoft Learning Partner Account Manager (PAM) about how you can give your customers a second chance to pass any Microsoft IT Professional, Developer, or Microsoft Dynamics certification exam at no cost if they don’t pass on the first attempt. Your customers must register for the Second Shot offer and take the initial exam by 31 May 2008; the second exam must be taken by 30 June 2008.

    Learning Product and Certification News
    First Look Clinics  
    Next Generation MOC: Your Courseware Has Evolved
    Improve your students’ learning experience and your Microsoft Certified Trainers’ (MCTs) success with improved Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC). New features include enhanced instructor guidelines, rich digital content with robust search capabilities, easy access to premium online resources like TechNet and MSDN and a Lab Launcher that activates virtual machines for trainers.
  •">Download MOC from the MCT Download Center
  • Find MOC Resources on this Microsoft Learning blog
  • If your customers are considering a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) or Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certification, encourage them to finish it within the next 12 months. On 31 March 2009, Microsoft Learning will retire 12 exams (core requirements for the MCAD and MCSD certifications) that focus on developer and SQL Server technologies no longer supported by Microsoft mainstream support. The certifications will not retire or be removed from their transcripts when the exams do, but candidates must pass the core exams before they retire in order to earn the certification.
    Your partners, trainers and staff can enhance their exam preparation and stay on track for certification by using Exam COACH ( services. For 60 days at 60 percent savings, they can discuss theories, watch live demos and receive live support from experienced mentors - Microsoft Certified Trainers, engineers and developers.
    MeasureUp practice tests and assessments prepare students for certification and prove the value of your training process. Use our flexible assessment tools before classroom or individual training to measure what students know. Then use the assessments after training to demonstrate learning.
    Your customers can keep information close at hand with these Windows Server 2008 books from Microsoft Press. Titles include Introducing Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step by Step and others. This is a limited time offer.
    Encourage customers to take their learning a step further by exploring this free e-Learning collection. In these three clinics, students can learn what’s new in SQL Server 2008 for Enterprise Data Platform, SQL Server 2008 for Business Intelligence and SQL Server 2008 for Database Development.
    In this e-Learning collection, customers can learn how to build solutions using Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation with the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and the Visual Studio 2008 development system. This collection is free for a limited time.
    Help your busy customers quickly get acquainted with Windows Server 2008. Have them view these new, free Learning Snacks, short, interactive multimedia presentations about popular Windows Server 2008 topics. At the end of each presentation, customers can learn more about the topic or visit a related Web site.

    Learning Solutions Edition

    28 April 2008

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    Microsoft Training
    Find all the Local and Online Courses in the Partner Learning Center
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