What’s new for Microsoft partners: October 2022 edition


Since our last partner recap in July, we have continued to evolve our offerings to better support all partners, whether you build and sell services, software solutions, or devices. From the launch of the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program to new customer research, these are the most important updates to know:


Microsoft Inspire sessions are now on-demand: We held our annual partner event in July, and session recordings and resources are now available to revisit or experience for the first time. You can find, view, and revisit the most relevant information from Inspire with this guide on the partner blog.


The launch of the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program: The latest evolution of our partner ecosystem officially went live on October 3. Hear from Channel Chief Nicole Dezen on what the Cloud Partner Program means for your organization. Accompanying this launch is the general availability of new Solutions Partner designations — partners should check the latest requirements for each designation and refer to the Solutions Partner benefits guide for additional information. With the launch of the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program, MPNID is now PartnerID. This is a change in taxonomy only. There is no change to the value of the ID nor how we use the ID operationally. This update in taxonomy will roll out over time across Microsoft partner tools and sites, including Partner Center, from October 3 ,2022 onwards.


Establishing your partner associations: For partners wanting to attain a Solutions Partner designation, associations not only contribute to your partner capability score, they also give Microsoft valuable visibility into your work and the professional certifications that individuals in your company have earned — ultimately allowing more informed connections between partners and potential customers. For more information on which associations are right for you, as well as additional steps to maximize your Partner Capability score, explore the partner associations playbook.


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