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Eric Ligman is Director, Worldwide Partner Experience at Microsoft Corporation.
Director, Worldwide Partner Experience, Microsoft Corp.
Announcing the new Microsoft Info Partner Mobile App for Windows Phone
I am very happy to announce that the new Microsoft Info Partner mobile app for Windows Phone, which is now available for download in the Windows Phone store. This Windows Phone mobile app brings you Microsoft resources, information, insights, tips, and more, delivered right to your phone, when and where you want it. Included is information from hundreds of official Microsoft sources, brought right to your Windows Phone! You can see information from Microsoft Products Teams, People/Leaders, Country Teams, Events, and more. There’s also a Microsoft Talk section, where you can see what others are saying about a variety of Microsoft topics. No more jumping from site to site, blog to blog, Twitter feed to Twitter feed, YouTube channel to YouTube Channel trying to keep up with the latest Microsoft news. The new Microsoft Info Partner brings it all to you. Plus, you can pin any of the feeds you want right to your home screen and get instant access with just one tap on your screen!
The Microsoft Info Partner Mobile App is designed for anyone looking to find information about Microsoft products, news, insights, offers, and more. Here’s a quick view of what you’ll find in the Microsoft Info Partner Mobile App for Windows Phone:
What’s up with your Microsoft Information Partner app, Eric?
Ok, let’s address some questions I’ve been getting lately about my Microsoft Information Partner Windows Phone mobile app (blank feeds, no Twitter, can’t download), and some questions I expect, given my announcement today: “Announcing the new Microsoft Info Partner Mobile App for Windows Phone.”
If you’ve been a Microsoft Partner for awhile, or following me online for awhile, you are probably familiar with my Windows Phone app that I launched almost 2 1/2 years ago while I was part of the Worldwide Partner Group: Microsoft Partner Information, right on your phone. A new social app. From the moment of it’s launch, there was a lot of fantastic interest and feedback about the app, and over the next couple of years, what a ride it has been on…
From the moment of the app’s launch, I started receiving feedback from Microsoft partners and others about what they liked about the app and suggestions of what they would like to see added to the app in the future. Because of this, I reached out to my community and asked, “Do you want to see product feeds included in the Microsoft Partner Info mobile app? Let me know here!” Sure enough, the community spoke up and let me know their thoughts and wishes. Based...
Learn Windows Azure with these free Microsoft Virtual Academy courses online
Microsoft offers a large variety of learning resources and training to help you on your journey to learn about technology many of the solutions we have to offer. One of these key technologies is Windows Azure. Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. In this post, I’m going to share with you a collection of free learning resources on Windows Azure available to you through our Microsoft Virtual Academy.
Introduction To Windows Azure Training
- Introducing Windows Azure
- Deploying Azure Applications
- Managing Windows Azure
- Monitoring Windows Azure
Windows Azure for IT Pros Jump Start
- Infrastructure Services Foundation
- Managing Windows Azure Virtual Machines from PowerShell
- Active Directory on IaaS
- AD to Windows Azure AD
- Migrating Virtual Machines and Web Applications to Windows Azure
- High Availability and Load Balancing
- Deploying SharePoint
- Connecting IaaS with PaaS
- Dev Test<...
Free Microsoft Office training, resources and more. How to get them.
Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure to spend time in the afternoon visiting with one of our customers located here in the local area. It was a great opportunity to tour their facilities, talk with the key stakeholders of the company, learn more about their operations, hear about the prior, current, and future plans for the company from a business, marketing, IT, and more standpoint, as well as hear about some of their challenges and successes over the past few years as they have continued to grow their business. For those of you that know me, you know that I’ve always enjoyed the opportunity to speak with partners and customers and hear about your experiences to learn more about how we can continue to improve what we do to ultimately help you be more successful with the solutions we offer.
During the conversation, the statement of, “One thing that would be really helpful is if there were some free online Office videos or training resources available.” Well, if you’ve followed my work for any amount of time, you can imagine all of the bells and whistles that started going off in my head. After all, one thing I have always tried to accomplish here at Microsoft is to help people learn about and find the massive amount of resources that we have available to you in an easier manner. It was sort...
The Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference 2013. Thank you for joining us!
Last week we hosted this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, and once again, I had an absolutely fantastic time getting to meet and see so many of our partners from all over the world! The excitement levels seemed to be very high coming into the event and then even higher by the end of the week, which I love to see. As noted in my Looking forward to the 2013 Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference! post, I was capturing pictures of several of the partners and influencers I had the pleasure to see, meet, and spend time with last week at the conference, and below is this year’s collection of the Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference 2013:
With Darren Bibby of IDC (@darrenbibby)
With Pete Zarras (@PZarras)
Sharing out some of the “KTisms” from Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 Day 3
During yesterday’s Worldwide Partner Conference Day 3 Vision Keynotes, the stage was once again taken by Kevin Turner this year. Now I can’t speak for each and every one of you, my readers around the world, but I can say (and have said before) that Kevin Turner is always one of my favorite speakers of each Worldwide Partner Conference. I think Kevin brings excitement, fun, credibility, and a level of passion for not only the business, but also our partners and customers around the world.
Here’s just one small example, which really put it into perspective for me. Each year you’ve seen me put up a post here on the blog, wishing all of our partners a Happy New Year each and every January 1st. A few years ago, I expanded that and asked several other leaders from across our Worldwide Partner Group join me in that through personal videos, and eventually I expanded it even further to include leaders from other parts of the business also (Here’s the 2013 one as an example). Sure enough, Kevin said he would love to thank our partners and wish them all a Happy New Year, and he has extended his thanks and holiday wishes to our partners through a video for the past couple years. I just thought that was so genuinely telling that he would take the time with his schedule to make the short videos and share with our partners like that, and I have always personally appreciated...
What you should know for Worldwide Partner Conference Day 4.
How quickly it has come and how quickly it has gone. Can you believe we are here on Day 4, the final day, of Worldwide Partner Conference 2013? Before we get into the overview of today, how about that amazing Worldwide Partner Conference Partner Celebration last night at Minute Maid Park?!?!? That was fantastic! I know I had an amazing time, and the feedback I heard and saw from partners seemed to echo that sentiment all throughout the night.
So for Day 4 here of WPC13, it will be another day without the big Vision Keynotes to start the day, as this day is designed around the regions. As such, you’ll probably be spending a portion your day with others from your region, hearing about information specific to you and your region. You can still join in on the conversation online by tweeting with the #WPC13 hash tag and I have no doubt that I’ll be sending out a couple of #WPC13 tweets again today. In fact, based on the feedback, response, and some requests for repeats I’ve received, I’ll be sharing out some of the “KTisms” from yesterday again. What’s a “KTism?” You’ll have to check back here on my blog in a little bit and you’ll see. Also, if you are a follower of mine on Twitter, you’ll start to get the concept as well.
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