Hello, partners! It’s been a terrific WPC 2016 so far, and I know from chatting with many of you that you’re making great connections and getting business done. With just two days left, now’s the time to really shift into high gear and accomplish all those things remaining on your to-do list.

First, if you haven’t yet seen the event highlights from today, be sure to check out the video:

I’d also like to share with you a quick recap on the day’s events and suggest a couple of things for your calendar for tomorrow:

Tuesday’s WPC 2016 Vision Keynotes

Today we had the opportunity to hear more about Microsoft’s vision around building the intelligent cloud platform, reinventing productivity and business process and creating more personal computing. It’s been an exciting day of announcements that we were thrilled to share with our partner community.

If you’re unable to attend the conference or if you want to watch the keynote again, you’ll be able to watch today’s Vision keynote on-demand 24 hours after the keynotes conclude. We strongly recommend that you share the keynotes with your team so everyone gets a chance to hear the vision and roadmap for our future together. And, of course, be sure to join us at 8:40 AM tomorrow for the start of the Vision Keynotes in-person if you’re with us in Toronto or online if you’re watching from home.

General Sessions

The second full day of WPC brings with it more learnings and more opportunities. In addition to the valuable insight from the Vision Keynotes, the General Sessions from Microsoft executives and industry leaders offer you tailored deep-dives into your business model, product family and/or partner type.

I hope you had the opportunity to attend some truly productive sessions, like Chris Capossela’s “Leadership in marketing: Microsoft’s marketing transformation.” Or maybe you dropped by Rodney Clark’s discussion on how to claim your piece of the $1.7 trillion Internet of Things market projected by 2020 in his “Join the IoT devices evolution with Microsoft.” Whatever sessions you attended, don’t forget that you can complete session evaluations in the WPC 2016 Mobile App and help us build an even better WPC 2017.

For those looking ahead to tomorrow, if you weren’t able to attend the “Modern profitable cloud partner” sessions earlier in the week, we’ll be repeating Part 1 and Part 2 tomorrow. These deep dives into how to differentiate your business and optimize your operations are invaluable for organizations looking to transform to and build a cloud business.

Microsoft Central

If you haven’t been to Microsoft Central yet, try to free up some time on your schedule to check it out. Microsoft Central has been organized around Microsoft’s three corporate ambitions—Reinventing Productivity and Business Processes, Building the Intelligent Cloud, and Creating More Personal Computing—and you’ll want to explore each area. Talk to subject matter experts, test out devices, and get tips on how to sell the great solutions that are coming.

The Commons Happy Hour

We had a lot of fun at yesterday’s Happy Hour. Join us for more festivities in The Commons from 5:00PM – 6:00PM tonight. We’ll have some tasty appetizers and plenty of opportunity to connect with partners from around the globe. Many partners tell me they have some of their best partner-to-partner conversations in the relaxed atmosphere of Happy Hours, so if you didn’t stop by last night, consider joining us tonight.

Come Celebrate your Partnership with us

The WPC Partner Celebration is more than a concert—it’s our time to show you, our partners, how much we appreciate the work you do every day to benefit our mutual customers. We couldn’t do it without you. Come celebrate with us!

Please remember, when you come to the Air Canada Centre, bring your badge and a photo ID. You’ll need your badge to get in, and your ID for alcholic beverages. Attendees who forget their badges will have to pay the US $150 Guest Pass fee to enter. The Celebration begins at 7:30PM, but consider arriving early to avoid the lines and have extra time to soak up the festive atmosphere.

Many of you have approached me to tell me how well WPC is going for you, which is great to hear. Be sure to tell us and your fellow partners more about your WPC experience by tweeting to @msPartner using #WPC16 and joining the conversations about WPC in the Microsoft Partner Community. There really is no better time or place than WPC to meet with partners, find business opportunities, learn, share, innovate, and get inspired. I encourage all of you to continue leveraging this unique event to connect with your community, connect with Microsoft, and keep moving your business forward.


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