Microsoft transitions to devices-and-services company. Get to modern by joining Microsoft in focusing on the four major tech trends of the modern computing era: Cloud, Big Data, Devices & Mobility, and Enterprise Social.
Opportunity and profit abounds in the cloud. The new study conducted by IDC saw that cloud-oriented partners saw more than double the growth rate and higher revenues per employee than those not orienting towards cloud. Satya Nadella announced Microsoft’s $100 million investment in the Cloud OS Accelerate program to deploy thousands of new private and hybrid cloud solutions to customers.
Explosive growth and new SKUs for Office 365. Office 365 has seen the best deployment numbers in the history of Microsoft and over 150,000 partners are now enrolled in the Cloud Essentials program. Tami Reller introduced new and transition SKUs for Office 365 in order to provide greater customer choice and flexibility.
Windows 8.1 RTM. Greater productivity becomes possible with the release of Windows 8.1, and, in late August, Windows 8.1 RTM will be made available for OEM partners.
New partner incentives and competencies. TouchWins will provide a new per-device incentive to authorized OEM Distributor and Reseller partners who sell featured Windows devices while the new User Experience Design Competency will provide partners a way to train their designers and achieve recognition for excellence with the Microsoft Design Language.