The 2013 Partner of the Year Awards will once again be celebrated at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) taking place in Houston. This prestigious award program gives all our partners a chance to showcase their solutions aligned to Microsoft Partner Network competencies and built using Microsoft technologies.

I am pleased to announce that this year we have streamlined the awards process and offerings to focus on rewarding new and innovative solutions across all partner channels. There are now 43 awards that celebrate each of the core partner competencies, cloud technology, Windows 8 and Office/SharePoint applications, entrepreneurial spirit, citizenship, and sales excellence.
Award winners and finalists state that having Partner of the Year award recognition helps create new business connections, provides positive customer perception and increased market recognition, all of which lead to more business opportunities.
Partners receive an extensive marketing package when they are selected as a winner. The package starts with an engraved trophy, a customized press release and other assets to promote this achievement.  Also, Partner of the Year award winners appear onstage at the WPC in Houston to be celebrated by their peers and Microsoft executives.  To top it off, winners are invited to an exclusive luncheon to meet Steve Ballmer and network with top Microsoft executives in relevant business areas and strengthen relationships with Microsoft business groups.
What are you waiting for? Get started today! You can self-nominate for the 2013 Partner of the Year Awards now until April 5, 2013 at 11:59 P.M. Pacific time.
Good luck and thank you for all you do for Microsoft!