Weekly Microsoft Summary for December 21st 2020 - January 1st 2021

Weekly recommendation by @JohnODonnell 


john2021.PNGDear Microsoft Partners and best wishes for 2021!


In the next week we have the next in a series on using and building on the Power Platform. If you have not taken a look yet the Power Platform could open new opportunities to you as a partner. Check out the series and be sure to register - and see the product page here -


Fundamental exams:

We have added two new Fundamentals exams to the series for both CRM and ERP. These will give you a focused overview of both offerings and could be the start of a journey that sees you going deeper into both areas.

  • Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Customer Engagement Apps (CRM) - Link
  • Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Fundamentals Finance and Operations Apps (ERP) - Link

Microsoft AppSource:

Microsoft News:

  • Johnson Controls and Microsoft join forces to create healthier, safer and more sustainable buildings - Link
  • Take a break: Play video games with family to develop team skills and create new memories - Link
  • Research at Microsoft 2020: Addressing the present while looking to the future - Link
  • More perfect Cheetos: How PepsiCo is using Microsoft’s Project Bonsai to raise the (snack) bar - Link


Microsoft Partner:

  • SMB customers: Co-Sell opportunities for partners  - Link
  • Accelerate customers’ digital transformation with the new Cloud Solution Provider Program Guidebook - Link
  • January 2021 Hot Sheet partner training schedule - Link
  • Helping SMBs return to growth using Power Apps - Link
  • Top partner marketing insights from GTM Director Diana Ishak - Link
  • Top Stories for US partners the week of December 21 - Link


Microsoft 365

  • The Starbucks app in Microsoft Teams—a new way to show appreciation for your colleagues this holiday season and beyond - Link


Microsoft AppSource Marketplace

  • New on Microsoft AppSource – Volume 59: apps and services to optimize business with Microsoft Dynamics 365 - Link


Microsoft Azure Marketplace:

  • Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 105 - Link
  • Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 104 - Link
  • Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 103 - Link
  • Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 102 - Link


Microsoft Azure:

  • Azure Cost Management and Billing 2020 year in review - Link
  • 5 ways to save costs by running .NET apps on Azure - Link
  • Watch this new series to help you navigate and adopt the cloud - Link



Microsoft Dynamics 365:

  • Increase visibility into inventory across your supply chain - Link
  • Fraud trends part 2: holiday fraud and account protection - Link
  • Enable the Dynamics 365 Sales Preview mobile app in Advanced Settings - Link



Microsoft Education:

  • The acceleration of hybrid learning for higher-ed students and faculty - Link
  • Students Around the World Shared Indigenous Stories for the November Build Challenge - Link
  • Minecraft: Education Edition’s Bright Lights of 2020 - Link
  • 20 ways classrooms came together in 2020 with Microsoft Education - Link
  • Canadian Storytelling in Minecraft: A Creative Response to Teaching During a Pandemic - Link
  • Teesside University Welcomes New Students in a Virtual Campus - Link


Microsoft Learn:

  • Announcing two new Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals certifications! - Link
  • Technical certifications could help drive business optimization - Link
  • Azure Stack Hub operators: Prove you can bring cloud agility on-premises - Link


Microsoft Power BI:

  • Happy New Year! - Link
  • Quickly create reports in the Power BI service (preview) - Link
  • Power BI December 2020 Feature Summary - Link



Microsoft Power Platform:

  • Announcing Dataflows Power Automate Connector public preview - Link
  • New AI Builder capabilities are now generally available - Link
  • GitHub connector features for Power Platform - Link
  • Seattle Visiting Nurses Association transforms vaccine delivery process using Microsoft Power Platform - Link
  • Learn how to automate your business process - Link


Microsoft Security:

  • Microsoft Internal Solorigate Investigation Update - Link


Upcoming Events:


  • National Retail Federation NRF 2020
    • January 16-19, 2020


Thank you for reading

John O’Donnell, Microsoft Corporation,  LinkedIn

Partner Communications Manager OCP | The Netherlands