Yesterday Microsoft had plenty of news coming out of its Worldwide Partner Conference, and today the news continues.
The company's new channel chief, Jon Roskill, addressed the Microsoft partner community for the first time, and unveiled business strategies and resources to help partners utilize the cloud (a major theme of Microsoft's during the event).
"The industry is at an inflection point, and Microsoft is leading the charge through what will be one of the biggest industry transformations of our time," said Roskill. "Partners have always been fundamental to Microsoft's business, and we are committed to helping our partners adapt and find the right cloud opportunities so we can grow and succeed together."
During the keynote, Roskill detailed partner opportunity guides for cloud services, the new Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack and Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Program designation, as well as new solution incentives for partners. More from Roskill here.
Andy Lees, senior VP of Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business, announced that Windows Phone 7 will be complemented in the cloud by a new Windows Phone Live site. This will include a "Find My Phone" feature that lets users find and manage a missing phone with map, ring, lock and erase capabilities (BlackBerry just unveiled a similar security app as well).
Also today, Microsoft is launching Practice Accelerator aimed at making training and offering IP more accessible to partners, and Intuit is developing an SDK for Windows Phone 7.