Microsoft Partner Community

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  • What is the Microsoft Partner Community (MPC)?

    The Microsoft Partner Community (MPC) is a discussion community designed to drive partner and Microsoft business conversations through an engaging and easy-to-use digital platform.

    The goal of the Microsoft Partner Community (MPC) is to become the one community platform that drives partner and Microsoft business conversations, in addition to streamlining partners' access to key content, subject matter experts and networking opportunities with other partners.

  • What platform is MPC built on?

    MPC is built on Lithium, and differentiated from Yammer, as it can scale to support millions of users, and does not have a requirement for user to log in before they can view or search the content. Additionally, it has robust capabilities and features to enhance your user experience.

  • Why is Microsoft moving away from Yammer to Lithium for online communities?

    Lithium has additional robust capabilities and features to enhance user experience such as a notifications dashboard, badging & ranking and ability to search for relevant content and conversations. It can also scale to support millions of users, and does not have a requirement for user to log in before they can view or search the content.

  • How does Lithium relate to other Microsoft products?

    Lithium's platform has been integrated across a number Microsoft products during their longstanding partnership, including Microsoft Dynamics CRM, PowerBI, Skype for Business and Azure Active Directory.

    Lithium is also listed in AppSource, and the Microsoft Partner Network is excited to be partnering with Lithium to take advantage of Lithium's robust platform to deliver a world-class partner community.

  • Are there other Microsoft communities that are using Lithium?

    Yes, there are several technical communities using Lithium, such as Power BI and Power Users, and Tech Community.

  • How does MPC align with other Microsoft social channels like Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin?

    The goal of MPC is to be the primary discussion community for Microsoft partners across relevant business conversation topics, and to enable dialogue between partners and Microsoft. Though social channels provide more real-time communication, MPC allows for deeper dialogue across a range of topics, engaging a wider breadth of partners.

  • How does MPC differ from other MPN communities?

    The different community pages on MPN provide targeted information for those partner communities to leverage – for example, on the Hosting Community page a partner can find sales and marketing resources and Hosting Competency information. By contrast, MPC facilitates conversations between partners and Microsoft and can also be used to communicate information in real-time.

  • Why should I register with the community?

    Registering lets you take full advantage of the community, enabling you to:

    • Post new messages and reply to other members' posts
    • Receive email when someone responds to a specific post or topic
    • Exchange private messages with other members
    • Personalize your community experience
    • Post comments on blogs that don't allow anonymous comments
    • Post ideas, vote on the ideas you like best, and post comments

    If you don't register, you can only browse, search for information, and read posts. You won't be able to give kudos, vote on ideas, interact with other community members, or set customization preferences.

  • How do I register?

    You should register using the same email as your MPN profile. This will automatically attach your MPN profile to MPC profile. To register:

    1. Click Register near the top right
    2. Log in with your chosen email
    3. Once you sign in with your credentials, you will be redirected back to the community where you
      will see a screen to fill in your Username. Choose your desired username and click Submit.

    To make sure your account was created successfully, look for the blue bar at the top of the page indicating the username you just created.

  • How do I sign in?

    After you've registered and confirmed your registration, you can sign in and start participating:

    1. Click Sign In at the top of any page
    2. Enter your Login name and Password.
      Tip: If you're the only one who uses this computer, click Keep me signed in to sign in automatically next time you visit
    3. Click Sign In
  • What do I do if I forget my login or password?

    To get help with your password:

    1. Click Need help with your login name or password? at the bottom of the page
    2. Enter the email address you used when you registered with the community
    3. Click Reset Password
    4. Check your email for your login name and a password reset link
  • Posts
  • How do I post a message?

    When posting, you must make sure you are in the correct category

    1. Go to the board where you want to post
    2. Click the New Message link
    3. In the Subject field, enter your message title
      Tip: Make your subject clear and concise, as it is the only part of the message that shows up
      on the message-listing page
    4. In the Body field, type your message. Be sure to include all necessary details, especially for technical topics
    5. Format and spell check your message, as needed.
    6. Click Submit Post
  • How can I attach a document (PDF, word, ppt) to the post?

    1. Click on the 'Choose File' button at the bottom of the post:

      This will automatically attach a document to your post. Please note, Lithium has an upper limit of 75MB on the file size due to performance.

  • How do I edit a topic once I have posted it? Where can I delete a topic I created?

    Click on the menu in the top right of your post. There you will be able to edit, move and delete your own posts.

  • How do I post videos to MPC?

    1. Select 'Video' in the editor:
    2. Type in the URL for the video
  • How do I send a private message?

    1. Select the message box in the top right:
    2. Select "Compose new message":
  • How do I subscribe to a board, post or label?

    It is important to subscribe to a board, post or label so that you stay updated with all the information you care about!

    Board subscription
    1. Click into the board you would like to subscribe to. Here the board is "Public Sector General Discussion":
    Post subscription
    1. Click into the post you would like to subscribe to:
    2. Click the menu in top right of post and select "Subscribe":
    Label subscription
    1. Click the label you would like to subscribe to:
    2. Select "Subscribe to this label":
    Manage subscriptions
    1. You can manage all subscriptions in your profile:

  • How do I accept solutions?

    The author of a post can mark replies to their post as the official answer by "accepting solution". This makes it easier for others to see which reply to focus on.

    1. Click "Accept as Solution" to the reply you deem the correct answer: