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Microsoft Certified Partners : What Are The Benefits Of Being One?

By Mark Walters

A Microsoft Certified Partner, also known as an MCP, is an independent business that provides customers with Microsoft-related products and / or services. They offer a range of Microsoft services on the behalf of Microsoft on a worldwide scale. The services and products span many different fields, including original equipment manufacturer software, technical support, specialist software and education.

The benefits for partners are earlier access to information from Microsoft, a higher level of technical support and much cheaper access to Microsoft software licenses. The primary benefits for Microsoft is a dedicated band of knowledgeable, able and modern businesses, always ready to help them serve their customers needs.

The certification program is aimed at high-level businesses that can integrate, service or apply Microsoft technologies and platforms. There are two types of MCPs – a Microsoft Certified Partner and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. The latter is accreditation given to companies that pass much more stringent test to qualify for the status but also accordingly; they have a lot more resources available to them because of this.

Every Microsoft Certified Partner must have been trading for at least 5 years, plus they must have passed several tests in accordance with Microsoft’s stringent guidelines, they will also have proven skills in the company’s particular field of work. These partners are rewarded by Microsoft with discounts on tools for their particular field.

Staff that work for Microsoft Gold Certified Partners need to be able to design, plan, implement and manage specialized computer solutions and environments that are based on Microsoft technology. Services that are offered by those holding the Gold Certification include business intelligence, collaborative solutions, hosting, application services, learning solutions and security solutions.

To continue as Microsoft Certified Partners, members of the program are obligated to pay a membership fee annually. In return for this fee they gain access to software licenses, early access to Microsoft beta software and all sorts of technical and development information that they can then use in their own businesses and with their own clients. They also get access to up to ten copies of Office XP Developer Edition, twenty copies of Windows XP Professional Operating System and between ten and twenty Client Access License Seats for server access.

When Microsoft releases new platforms or software, MCPs must upgrade their certifications, which ensures that these partners are kept up on Microsoft releases and that their certification is up-to-date. Microsoft Certified Partners also have the advantage of having access to 24/7 Microsoft support. This gives them the knowledge and technical skills to give improved service and support to all of their customers.

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Walters, Mark "Microsoft Certified Partners : What Are The Benefits Of Being One?." Microsoft Certified Partners : What Are The Benefits Of Being One?. 3 Jul. 2010. 26 Aug 2014 <>.

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