Microsoft has launched a TouchWin incentive program and new Office 365 Open enhancements to drive Windows 8 tablet, PC and cloud sales through channel partners.
Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud service, may drive business demand for Microsoft Surface and Windows 8 tablet sales, The VAR Guy believes. Where’s the evidence? Just listen to Samsung, Lenovo and Seton Hall University. Here’s the update.
As reported, Seton Hall University is standardizing students on Samsung Windows 8 tablets and ultrabooks.
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has extended its 2012 Solutions Incentive Program (SIP) for partners by roughly six months. Current incentives were set to expire June 30, 2012. But the current SIP program has been extended to run through Dec. 31, 2012. Microsoft continues to inspire partners to promote management and virtualization solutions, application platforms, Windows and Lync.
Microsoft earlier this week made a point of noting that there have been 40 million downloads of Windows 8 since it launched a month ago, putting it ahead of where Windows 7 was at the same point in its sales cycle. But according to figures out today from NPD, in the midst of an overall slowdown in PC sales, this is not translating into robust hardware sales in the influential U.S. market.
Microsoft is making a Windows 8 and Office partner sales push to help close fiscal Q4 2013 on a high note. The Microsoft sales push, called Beyond easy, offers profit incentives on Windows 8, Office, SQL Server, Windows Server 2012 and more.
When it comes to Windows tablets, is Microsoft taking control of its hardware destiny? That’s the chatter floating around the web — suggesting that Microsoft has manufactured a Windows RT tablet. If true here’s the potential impact for Microsoft’s channel and hardware partners.
Windows RT is designed for ARM processors.
Microsoft is expected to unveil Office 15 (perhaps for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Apple iPad) as soon as Monday, July 16. The software company hopes Office 15 and peer product launches like Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 will lift sales, profits and partner wins to new heights.