​It’s a busy time for us here at Microsoft. So I will keep this week’s Three on Thursday short and sweet.

 
Lucky number three: with the rolling launches in our biggest year yet, I encourage you to get familiar with Microsoft executives’ perspectives on this exciting time. So take a moment to read some of their recent posts to get informed and get ready to start selling!
  • Julie Bennani’s recent post on the launch of Visual Studio 2012 highlights the partner opportunities in leveraging new technologies, such as VS2012, to build innovative solutions to solve complex business problems. She shares a ton of resources, training materials, and competency updates to help you begin integrating VS 2012 into your FY13 plans. 
  • I’m sure you’re all well aware that general availability for Windows 8 is just a few weeks away. You’ll definitely want to read Jon Roskill’s post to access a wealth of materials that will help prepare you for customer conversations around Windows 8.
  • Thomas Hansen, Vice President, Small and Medium Business, Worldwide SMS&P, made a cameo appearance this week in our blogs to discuss the enterprise-class capabilities of Windows Server 2012. Learn why it’s a prime opportunity for SMB-focused partners, and an excellent way to help customers begin their cloud journey. He also shares details on the upcoming launch of Windows Server 2012 Essentials, which just hit the RTM milestone. Download the RC, learn about the customer benefits, and prepare for GA!
Although they say that curiosity killed the cat, this Kat wants to know which launch you’re most excited about! Share your thoughts in the comments.
 
–Kat​