Microsoft Partner Summary - September





Each week, John O'Donnell - Microsoft Sr. PDM, provides Partners with a Microsoft Partner Summary that compiles a lot of news and information from across the Microsoft Partner landscape.  Enjoy a recent summary below and subscribe HERE via LinkedIn to receive this newsletter each week.


Microsoft Partner Summary for August 28th - September 1st 2023




Good Morning Microsoft Partner Community,

Sell Transactable, Get Rewarded

Microsoft is dedicated to fostering your growth and success. To further amplify this commitment, we are thrilled to introduce updates to the Marketplace Transact and Grow Incentive Campaign—a remarkable opportunity designed exclusively for partners who have transactable offers on the Microsoft commercial marketplace. With this incentive, participants can earn up to USD $200,000 in cash rewards when reaching billed sales milestones. 


What is the Marketplace Transact & Grow Incentive Campaign? 

Our primary objective with this campaign is to reward publishers who excel in driving sales of transactable offers on the Microsoft commercial marketplace. It's our way of recognizing your exceptional efforts and contributions. The Marketplace Transact and Grow Incentive Campaign introduces a tiered approach to rewards, providing you with multiple paths to success. With updates introduced in July, you can earn even more on your transactable offers.  


Who is eligible? 

To be eligible to earn these rewards, there are a few prerequisites: 

  1. Be a partner in the Microsoft AI Cloud Partner Program.  
  2. Have a transactable offer in the Microsoft commercial marketplace or publish one before June 30, 2024.  
  3. Submit and have your identification, tax, and banking information accepted by Microsoft. This step is crucial to facilitate the seamless distribution of rewards. 
  4. Depending on the type of incentive you are looking to earn, there are different requirements. Please read on to learn more about each.  

If you are qualified, you will receive an email inviting you to the program.  

Learn more here


Microsoft announces preview of new Copilot capabilities in Power Automate Process Mining

On August 1, we announced the general availability of Microsoft Power Automate Process Mining. Beyond further understanding their processes and identifying opportunities for optimization, customers will also be able to unlock recommendations for automations and solutions to address inefficiencies. Today, we’re excited to announce the availability of new Copilot capabilities in Power Automate Process Mining (in limited preview—US only). You can try it for free with a Power Automate trial license.


How Copilot is democratizing process mining

Identifying opportunities for automation or adoption of transformative technology, like generative AI, can be difficult without first understanding your process or having a clear way to prioritize investments. Power Automate Process Mining enables organizations to identify their inefficiencies and accelerate the digital transformation of their processes.


Now with Copilot in Power Automate Process Mining, reaching these insights is quick and easy, empowering everyone in your organization to make data-driven decisions. Copilot in Power Automate Process Mining helps you discover processes from your event logs and map attributes to the required data schema. Uncovering your top insights now only requires a quick exchange with Copilot, which iteratively works with you to answer questions on your data, and surfaces automatization or optimization recommendations. Copilot even surfaces one-click suggestions of other Copilots, passing along context of your process goals to get to automations and solutions faster.

Learn more here


Microsoft News:

  • Lumen Technologies dives into Microsoft 365 Copilot to help enhance employee efficiency and customer relationships - Link 


Microsoft News from around the world:

  • Microsoft South Africa : Delivering better hybrid meeting experiences for greater business insight, advice and impact - Link
  • Microsoft Thailand : Bluebik (BBIK) and Microsoft unveil innovative LISMA X for SAP application on Microsoft Power Platforms, boosting business efficiency and guaranteeing world-class cybersecurity. - Link
  • Microsoft Australia : Melbourne Airport reimagines the passenger experience with powerful reporting capabilities powered by Azure - Link
  • Microsoft Spain : Ecoembes migrates its systems and applications to Microsoft Azure - Link
  • Microsoft Brazil :
    • Glaucia Rosalen is the new leader of Diversity & Inclusion at Microsoft Brazil - Link
    • Engineering Method bets on cloud to optimize tasks and improve employee productivity - Link
    • WOMCY and Microsoft launch 2nd phase of cyber program for women - Link
    • TIM announces collaboration with Microsoft to benefit startups - Link
    • AES Brazil collaborates with Microsoft in the energy transition - Link



Microsoft Partner:

  • September 2023 Hot Sheet – Partner Training Schedule - Link
  • Learn about the FY24 Business Applications solution plays - Link
  • In case you missed it: FY24 plans and highlights from Microsoft Inspire - Link


Microsoft Industry:


  • Microsoft UK : Introducing a world of opportunities: advance your skills with Microsoft - Link


Microsoft IT Showcase:

  • Automating expense reporting at Microsoft boosts employee experience - Link
  • Getting our internal IT communications right with Microsoft Viva Amplify - Link


Microsoft AppSource Marketplace:

  • New on Microsoft AppSource – August 30, 2023 - Link


Microsoft Azure Marketplace:

  • Azure Marketplace new offers – August 31, 2023 - Link
  • Azure Marketplace new offers – August 29, 2023 - Link


Microsoft 365:

  • Microsoft Teams Recording and Transcript APIs billing in public preview - Link


Microsoft Azure AI:

  • Welcoming the generative AI era with Microsoft Azure - Link  


Microsoft Dynamics 365:

  • Analyze the impact of AI-enhanced customer service with Copilot analytics - Link
  • Keep track of your trade policies with advanced export control - Link
  • Now generally available: The new Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Insights - Link



Microsoft Education:

  • The Beacon: How to boost learning with Learning Accelerators - Link
  • Fueling student futures with the power of literacy - Link


Microsoft Learn:

  • Microsoft Learn: Updates to our business applications training and certification portfolio - Link
  • Meet learners who changed their career with the help of Microsoft Learn - Link


Microsoft Power Apps:

  • Introducing new ways of creating tables - Link   


Microsoft Power Automate:

  • Microsoft announces preview of new Copilot capabilities in Power Automate Process Mining - Link 


Microsoft Research:

  • Research Focus: Week of August 28, 2023 - Link
  • Building a “heavy metal quartet” of AI compilers - Link


Microsoft Security:

  • Cybersecurity 101: What are the Three Pillars of a Robust Strategy? - Link


Microsoft Startups:

  • Hour One harnesses Azure AI to power their AI video editor - Link


Microsoft Teams:

  • What’s New in Microsoft Teams | August 2023 - Link
  • Announcing more seamless collaboration in Microsoft Teams for multi-tenant organizations - Link
  • A deep dive into intelligent cameras Multi-Stream and Cloud IntelliFrame for Teams Rooms - Link


Microsoft Windows Experience:

  • IFA 2023: Lenovo reveals its first Windows 11 gaming handheld, new 3D monitor for business - Link
  • HP’s Pavilion Plus 16 is that portfolio’s first 16-inch Windows 11 laptop - Link


Semantic Kernel:

  • Chat Copilot Performance improvements for chat and messaging loading - Link


Windows Command Line:

  • Windows Terminal on Open at Microsoft - Link


Microsoft Events:






Past Microsoft Events:


  • Microsoft Build Global Digital Event:



Microsoft Book Of News:

  • Microsoft Build 2023 Book Of News - Link


Microsoft eBooks:

  • Microsoft Cyber Signals - Link
  • Digital Operations Signals Interest Form - Link
  • Configure, Adapt, Innovate: Overcoming supply chain challenges with composable solutions – Link
  • 5 Ways a Connected Seller Solution Improves Sales Performance - Link


 John O’Donnell, Microsoft Corporation,  LinkedIn




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