We
often work with Anthony, Pierre and Mitch, the evangelists from the IT Pro team
at Microsoft Canada.  They asked us to
share this important message with you.

The
team at Microsoft Canada is focused on ensuring that they help set you up for
success by providing the information and tools you need in order to be get the
most out of Microsoft based solutions, at home and at work.

Twice
a year, Microsoft sends out the Global Relationship Study (GRS for short); it’s
a survey that Microsoft uses to collect your feedback and help inform their planning.  If you receive emails from Microsoft, subscribe
to their
newsletters‚ or you’ve
attended our any of their events you may receive the survey.

 

The important details:

 

  • Timing – March 4th to April
    12th 2013

  • Sent From – “Microsoft Feedback”
  • Email Alias – “feedback@e–mail.microsoft.com
  • Subject Line – “Help Microsoft Focus on Customers and Partners”

Many
of you already read the Microsoft Canada IT Pro team’s
blogs‚ connect
with them on
LinkedIn and have
attended their events in the last year or so. So you may already know that you’re
their top priority. So they want to hear from you.

 

Pierre,
Anthony and Mitch use the GRS results to shape what they do, how they do it and
if it’s resonating with you. Tell them what you need to be the “go-to” guy (or
gal).  Tell them what you need to grow
your career.  They want you to be completely satisfied with Microsoft
Canada.


This year, Pierre, Anthony and Mitch have delivered 30 IT Camps and counting across
the country.  Giving you the opportunity to
get hands on and learn how to get the most value for your organization.  They have a few more events planned this
year, so keep an eye on their
plancast feed for events
near you.  Based on your feedback, topics
they’re planning to cover will include:

·         
Windows 8

·         
Windows Server 2012

·         
System Center 2012

·         
Private Cloud

·         
BYOD – Management and Security

 

That’s
not all.  They’ve heard you loud and clear so in addition to hands on events,
they’re also delivering more technical content online via
the IT Pro Connection
Blog
.  Windows 8 continues to be a big area of focus
for them.  They covered
a lot of great content at launch and
they’ve complimented that with new content like:

·         
Security Concepts

·         
Enterprise Focused
Content

·         
Windows 8 and System
Center 2012 Integration

 

In
addition to this, there are some valuable online resources you can use like
Microsoft Virtual
Academy
, Microsoft’s no-cost
online training portal.  Or
software
evaluations
(free trials) on TechNet that allow you to build your own labs to try out
what you’ve learned.

 
Regardless of how you engage with the team at Microsoft Canada‚ you’d probably
agree that they hear you. They’d also encourage you to continue to provide that
great feedback. They thrive on it‚ they relish it‚ they wallow in it and most
importantly of all‚ they action it. So please keep connecting with them and
keep it coming! Pierre, Anthony and Mitch are listening.

 

Resources, Tools and
Training

·        
Tim
Horton’s Gift Card Contest
– We’re giving
away 350 Tim Horton’s gift cards, all you have to do to qualify is download a
free qualifying software evaluation (trial). 
Download all three for more chances to win, but hurry, the contest
closes soon.*

 

·        
Windows 8 Resource Guide Download a
printable, one-page guide to the top resources that will help you explore, plan
for, deploy, manage, and support Windows 8 as part of your IT infrastructure.

 

·        
Windows Server 2012 Evaluation – Get hands on with Windows Server 2012 and
explore the scale and performance possibilities for your server virtualization.

 

·        
Microsoft Support  – Get
help with products‚ specific errors‚ virus detection and removal and more.

 

·        
Microsoft Licensing  -Visit
the Volume Licensing Portal today to ask questions about volume licensing‚ get a
quote‚ activate a product or find the right program for your organization. 

 

*No
purchase necessary. Contest open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec.  Contest closes April 11, 2013 at 11:59:59
p.m. ET. Three-Hundred-and-Fifty (350) prizes are available to be won: (i) $10
CDN Tim Horton’s gift card.  Skill-testing question required. Odds of
winning depend on the number of eligible entries. For full rules, including
entry, eligibility requirements and complete prize description,
review the full terms and Conditions.
 

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