Ahead of Microsoft Inspire in Las Vegas this July, I’m honored to announce our Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists. Every year I am amazed by the creativity, dedication, and skill our partners demonstrate in building new solutions for customers on the Microsoft platform. This year’s entries serve as a true master class on how to bring technology to life and deliver real-world, bottom-line value to customers around the world.

Virtually every entry we received showcased something remarkable—some piece of ingenuity that differentiated a solution, or an incredible display of commitment and service to make the impossible possible. Reviewing the entries side by side is something we look forward to every year, and we are consistently blown away by the impact of the Microsoft partner ecosystem.

This year we received nearly 3,000 nominations across 115 countries. For each one, we evaluated how the technology was used, the impact it had, and the commitment to customers demonstrated along the way. Ultimately, there can be only one winner for each of the 41 Partner of the Year categories. But make no mistake, every one of the entries is making a difference for our mutual customers.

On behalf of Microsoft, I want to officially recognize this year’s winners, finalists, and every nominee for their commitment and achievements. We’re excited to celebrate your success in a few weeks at Microsoft Inspire, and can’t wait to see the innovation our partners will deliver in the year to come.