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Microsoft Offers Cloud Tools To Partners

Microsoft is offering its business partners a wide range of tools to help facilitate the adoption of cloud-based services, Network Word reports.

Speaking at the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partners Conference, Microsoft's new channel chief, Jon Roskill, said that the company would be releasing new tools that will allow partners to drive more business to the cloud and offer further technical support.

Roskill said: “We're going to provide a wide array of tools to help partners both drive the deals and once they get the deals, then manage the customers from the support and deployment aspect.”

The company said that its new software package, the Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack, will grant free access to Microsoft's cloud system to business partners and will feature an improved directory of business opportunities available in 46 countries across the globe.

The company also plans to release 250 free internal-use seat licences and a range of courses for two online Microsoft services, Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) and Microsoft Dynamics Online, the company's customer relationship management service.