# Monday, December 11, 2006

The Regional Director program truly is worldwide -- about half of the 120 or so of us are located outside the USA. So let's say you want some pictures of Microsoft software in beautiful locations around the world, what better group to ask? The program asked us to send in pictures this fall, and here's the result:

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Amazing, aren't we? For my picture, which is nowhere near as spectacular as some, I went and stood among some turning leaves.


Monday, December 11, 2006 2:01:05 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [1]
Thursday, January 11, 2007 1:33:21 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)

I was researching for companies which would gain a competitive advantage with the tools we provide through the Microsoft Empower program and Vista, Office 12 and Longhorn early adoption programs. Please call or email me if you have any questions or concerns. I would be more than happy to be your point of contact at Microsoft.

As promised, please find attached links that will provide you with more detailed information about Empower for ISV’s and the Microsoft Partner Programs.
The Empower program promotes your success by providing helpful resources for developing software solutions. This 2 year initiative is designed to help you succeed when developing software on the MS platform. This program allows members to accelerate their software development opportunities and is an intended training ground to ramp up future Microsoft Certified partners. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the telephone number below. Otherwise, I will be in contact with you soon to follow-up.

If you’re serious about reaching the greatest numbers of users worldwide = EMPOWER is an important first step in the right direction!!!

*Serve customers more effectively and potentially grow in market impact*

To become a Registered & Empower Partner:

PROCESS – Step by Step
1. To begin enrollment in Microsoft Partner Program, you will first need to need to register for FREE with Microsoft as a Registered Member: http://members.microsoft.com/partner/program/levels/registered.aspx

If you are already a Registered Member, please go directly to the following link.

2. To begin enrollment in Empower:
Once you are registered, to enroll in Empower please follow this link:

Please call the Microsoft Regional Service Center Support to walk you through the required fields.

Windows Vista
Windows Vista introduces breakthroughs in user experience, security and reliability, enabling you to build applications that bring clarity to the user's complex world of information.
Today, users want software that is faster, easier, and visually exciting. With Microsoft Windows Vista™, formerly Windows code name "Longhorn," developers can differentiate their applications by the user experience and provide new ways to help users be productive and make applications more relevant and just plain fun to use. Microsoft is offering new technologies and a set of user experience (UX) guidelines that show how to use the innovations in Windows Vista environment to build graphically rich user experiences that take advantage of the power of the end user's personal computer.

Whether it’s home networking, entertainment devices, mobile devices, new PCs, or productivity software, partners worldwide have built successful businesses with Microsoft Windows-enabled products. Offering significant investments in security, reliability, performance, mobility, and connectivity, Windows Vista will help provide you with even more opportunities for you and your customers.

For more information : http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/
What is the Touchdown Program?
Touchdown is designed to provide our ISV partners with the in-depth training, insight and support required to ensure success while developing applications on the Microsoft platform. This enhanced level of engagement with Microsoft and our training partners provides you and your organization with hands-on training and extensive guidance throughout the early adoption process.

What are the benefits of participating in Touchdown?
• Learn from the industry’s top experts with in-depth training. Each Touchdown team contracts with expert content providers (ECPs), considered some of the industry’s best, to develop and deliver detailed instructor-led training. Classes are available worldwide.
• Get the support you need. Find answers to your questions about pre-release products and technology.

• Gain access to advanced hands-on development labs, events and testing tools and methods. Touchdown teams host a variety of development labs and events focused on supporting your development work. Our goal is to ensure you get the most out of that effort by leveraging the extensive depth of technologies available from Microsoft.

• Increase visibility and reduce time to market. As early adopters, Touchdown participants will be among the first partners recognized for building and deploying applications using these new products and technologies.

• Lower development costs. Learn how to build the best and most stable applications using Microsoft’s latest tools and technologies.

Desmond R. Evans | Microsoft Canada
Empower for Independent Software Vendors Manager
905.568.0434 x 25642
Your Potential Our Passion
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