Key announcements from Microsoft WPC you should know

By Kyrus Keenan Wescott

It has been a week since the end of WPC13 and we are still buzzing from the excitement of it all.

It was a fantastic event with over 16,000 attendees from partners all over the world.

We caught up with a lot of clients who we currently work with as well as meeting lots of new ones so in terms of our experience, it was a huge success. As Silver sponsors, our sponsor session was a great success and we will soon be releasing the information to those who missed it.

There were lots of big announcements and statements from the events, here is a short summary:

  • The Microsoft realignment – One Microsoft
  • Dynamics 2013 will be arriving in Fall 2013 and there will be quite a few changes
  • AX 2012 R2 Feature Packs
  • NAV 2013 R2
  • GP 2013 R2
  • License types for Dynamics CRM: Essential, Basic and Professional
  • Serious investment in private clouds and hybrid clouds
  • Office 365 Open expanding to Exchange Online, government and academic offerings
  • Power BI for Office 365 preview
  • Office 365 integration and Dynamics NAV on Windows 8
  • Social Listening available soon for Microsoft Dynamics CRM via Netbreeze
  • The City Next Initiative
  • New competency from January 2014 – “User Experience”
  • TouchWins program which is an incentive scheme for partners to sell Windows 8 touch-enabled devices
  • Windows 8.1 is due for release to OEM manufacturers at the end of August

The key focuses for FY14 were announced at the event to include:

  • Win in mobile – tablets & phones
  • Accelerate customers’ move to our Cloud
  • Competing to WIN – offensively doubling down
  • Customer Satisfaction – take it to a new level

Some huge statistics including:

  • Office 365 is the fastest growing Microsoft product of all time -growing at over 500%
  • Azure growing at 150%
  • The last 12 months was the biggest launch period in Microsoft history

The final big announcement was that WPC14 is to be in Washington, D.C. on 13th- 17th July 2014 – we can’t wait to see you there!

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