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Microsoft WPC: US Licensing Group Receives ASPIRE Award for Partner Marketing

At this week’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, there are sessions, keynotes, and also various awards ceremonies. With that being said, we hear from the US Licensing Group that it has been named the recipient of the 2013 ASPIRE Award. The prize is granted to the top partner organization for excellence in strategic marketing.

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Microsoft WPC: Chinook Communications Launches Total Connect UC Package via Lync

And the news out of Microsoft’s WPC event this week just keeps on a comin!

Chinook Communications said today that it has made enhancements to Total Connect, a fully integrated advanced collaboration and communication bundle for SMBs. The Total Connect updates are enabled by Chinook Communication’s production release of Microsoft’s Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack.

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Microsoft WPC: Now versus Then – 2013 vs. 2003

This year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is interesting to me as it allows a moment of reflection. Ten years ago, WPC 2003 in New Orleans was focused on SMB and the Windows Small Business Server 2003 (SBS) launch. In 2013, on day one, I was hard-pressed to “hear” the term SMB in any of the keynotes. Sure, Tami Reller, CMO and CFO-Windows, mentioned SMB once in passing, but it wasn’t the same. Rather – the conference messaging pillars were much more focused on the enterprise with BIG DATA, Cloud, Enterprise Social and Devices and Mobility. You will see more SMB messaging in the breakouts and Cindy Bates “Regional Keynote” on Thursday but it’s not 2003, baby.

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Microsoft WPC: Parallels Expands MSFT Cloud Offerings for CSPs

Parallels this week at the Microsoft WPC has launched support for a Microsoft Azure Pack for Hosting Providers and updates to a collection of cloud service delivery solutions for Microsoft partners. The solution, developed in collaboration with Microsoft’s server and tools business group, is in addition to the new support of Microsoft Azure Pack for Hosting.

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Microsoft Launches Devices Program to Bring Surface via the Channel

We heard yesterday from Microsoft that the company has formally launched its new Microsoft Devices program to bring its Microsoft Surface tablet to the channel.  As outlined in a blog posted by Jenni Flinders, Microsoft’s VP US Partner Group, the new program will involve the Surface device to be distributed via a partner ecosystem that can sell the device to organizations of all sizes; participating distributors include Ingram Micro, SYNNEX Corporation and Tech Data. Resellers included in the program are: CDW, CompuCom Systems, Inc., En Pointe Technologies, Insight Enterprises, Inc., PC Connection, Inc., PCM, Inc., Softchoice, Softmart, SHI International Corp., and Zones Inc.

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