MESSAGING – February 2014 Readiness Update

Microsoft Exchange Conference April 2 in Austin, Texas
MEC is just around the corner: April 2, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Register now and connect with partners and experts on Exchange in the world of Office 365.

Join Drumbeat days
These local events bring the newest training about understanding and selling Office 365. Some events will have both Ignite and Drumbeat. Drumbeat sessions are happening in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, China, Denmark (Copenhagen), US (Chicago), and throughout Europe and Asia. To learn more visit this site for sales and look here for more event information.

Prepare partners for Hosting Track: new training

The Microsoft Partner Network will transition the Hosting competency into a hosting track for four competencies, effective in Q3 of calendar year 2014. The hosting track will be added to the following competencies: Messaging, Communications, Datacenter, and Data Platform.
In preparation for this change, Microsoft has just released an array of no-cost, on-demand trainings and assessmentsthat were developed specifically for Hosting Service Providers audiences. Most of those trainings and assessments are available in 11 languages.
The training will prepare individuals to receive Sales Specialist or Presales Technical Specialist accreditation. These accreditations will be required beginning in Q3 of calendar year 2014 under the Hosting track.