​It’s an exciting year with many new platform/product releases including Windows 8, Office, Windows Server 2012, SQL Server, Windows Azure and many more.  All of these new releases present a huge opportunity for our application oriented partners, leveraging these new technologies and to build innovative solutions to address complex customer business problems.

Last week, S.Somasegar announced the launch of Visual Studio 2012 and .Net 4.5 at the Virtual Launch event. Visual Studio 2012 is an integrated Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution that enables businesses of all sizes to deliver modern applications with continuous value, velocity and quality.
It is core to creating modern apps enabling a faster time to market and including user and stakeholder feedback ensuring quality, speed of development.   Individual contributors and teams across the entire organization will be more effective at building business and consumer applications using Visual Studio 2012. This feature-rich, comprehensive, integrated environment has a streamlined interface and includes new tooling to support a range of agile processes and user experiences. The ability to deliver innovative, visually stunning, high-quality solutions that exceed users’ expectations is dramatically improved.
This release also presents a great opportunity for our partners (you all!) to build and grow your application development practice, close bigger server and platform deals, and drive future and revenue opportunities with SQL Server, SharePoint and Windows Azure.
Partner Resources
To help you get ready, we have launched a new Visual Studio 2012 page on MPN. Here you will find key resources including training, product information and campaign assets.  Here is the summary of key resources that are available for you:
Competency Updates
For Microsoft Partners demonstrating consistent capability and expertise with Microsoft solutions built using Visual Studio, the Application Development Competency, launching in November ,and Application Lifecycle Management Competency (live today) can strongly differentiate your company in the marketplace and help accelerate P2P opportunities.
In addition, partners attaining Silver or Gold in either of these competencies have access to a myriad of benefits including license rights for internal usage (IUR) of various Microsoft software, usage of the Silver or Gold competency brand, pre- or post-sale technical advisory support, and prioritized exposure to customers on the Microsoft PinPoint portal.
This is an exciting year for application development partners with the platform releases coming which present an unprecedented opportunity. We are very excited and hope these resources help you to leverage the momentum and drive great success!