PRN: Microsoft Sees Big Opportunities for Partners With Upcoming Wave of New Products and Services
Microsoft Sees Big Opportunities for Partners With Upcoming Wave of New Products and Services
- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer kicks off Worldwide Partner Conference; Microsoft Office Division announces 1 billion Office users and new investments in Office 365 partners.
TORONTO, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Â Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer opened Microsoft Corp.'s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) by highlighting key product milestones and opportunities for partners contributing to the beginning of a new era for the company. The four-day event celebrates the accomplishments of the company's more than 640,000 global partners and gives a preview of what will be the most exciting product releases for Microsoft in the coming year.
"This will be the biggest product and services launch year in our company's history, creating massive opportunities for our partners to grow their businesses," Ballmer said. "With Windows â�” Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure â�” and Office 365, there's never been a better time to be a Microsoft partner. The opportunities for us to do amazing things for our joint customers have never been greater."
Speaking before nearly 16,000 attendees from around the globe, Kurt DelBene, president of the Microsoft Office Division, announced that 1 billion people worldwide now use Microsoft Office. Fueling that growth has been Office 2010, the most popular version of Office ever. Worldwide, someone buys a copy of Office 2010 every second.
DelBene also announced two new investments in Office 365 partners:
"The Office Division has never been stronger, and our amazing partners are critical to this success. Office is now used by more than a billion people, and Office 365 is on track to be one of the fastest-growing offers in our history," DelBene said. "The investments announced today will fuel even more robust growth ahead."
Other news from today's keynote speeches included the following:
Partners to Hear From Other Executives
Throughout the week, senior executives will offer an inside look at the road ahead for Microsoft and its partners:
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