Update April 15, 2020: We have launched a new award category for Community Response and extended the nomination submission deadline until 11:59pm Pacific Time (PT), on May 12, 2020. More details are available here. In addition, we are considering nominations from government and state-owned entities on a case by case basis please, read the rules and regulations to learn more.  

One of the highlights of the year is the opening of nominations to the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. The awards recognize the outstanding successes and innovations of our partners related to cloud technology, entrepreneurial spirit and the critical areas of social impact, diversity and inclusion and more.

In addition, we recognize partners in over 100 countries/regions around the world as part of the Country/Region Partner of the Year Awards. It is truly inspiring to read the nominations as they get submitted and learn more about the commitment our partners demonstrate in building new solutions for customers on the Microsoft platform.

Partner of the Year Award finalists and winners receive recognition from Microsoft and the partner community, and are recognized in a variety of ways at Microsoft Inspire. I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet many of our finalists and winners last year, and raise a toast to them all at Microsoft Inspire.

This year we have a number of new, exciting awards, including one that recognizes partners that have helped customers transform their workplace by having built an application that amplifies Microsoft Teams core collaboration features; an award for providing innovative and unique solutions via the Microsoft Commercial Marketplace; one that is for B2B startup organizations that have built and launched an outstanding solution leveraging Microsoft technology; and awards recognizing resellers demonstrating great leadership in delivering Surface PC or Surface Hub solutions. You can see the full list of awards on the Partner of the Year Awards page.

Last year we received over 2,900 nominations and the competition was impressive I have no doubt this year’s nominees will be no different. The awards submission tool is now open. The best way to ensure you create a strong entry is by visiting the Partner of the Year Awards page to find resources and expert advice on the application process. To learn more about the awards and submit your nomination, go to https://aka.ms/POTYA. The application deadline is 11:59 pm Pacific Time (PT), on April 21, 2020.