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Microsoft Partner Community

  • What is the Microsoft Partner Community (MPC)?

    The Microsoft Partner Community (MPC) is an online discussion community designed to be the one united platform that drives partner and Microsoft business conversations through an engaging and easy-to-use digital platform. Through it, we streamline 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, Power BI, 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. It provides some key advantages over social channels:

    • Allows for deeper dialogue across a range of topics, engaging a wider breadth of partners.
    • Social sites drift in and out of popularity; community forum is longer term.

    Though social channels provide more real-time communication, MPC allows for deeper dialogue across a range of topics, engaging a wider breadth of partners.

  • 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

    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?

    To register:

    1. Click Sign In near the top right
    2. Log in with your preferred email*
    3. Once you log in, you will be redirected back to the community where you will be prompted to select a Username and fill in the following fields: First & Last Name, Company, and Company Website. Click Submit to complete your profile and registration.

    *If you have an existing MPN profile, please use the same email to expedite the registration process.

  • 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. 2. Select the correct account or enter your Email address 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. Enter email
    2. Click forgot my password link
    3. Enter email for getting instructions
    4. Select the option of email or phone number and enter correct code
    5. Enter the code sent for verification
    6. Set new password
  • 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 Start a Topic button
    3. In the Subject field, enter your post title
      Tip: Make your subject clear and concise, as it is the only part of the post that shows up on the topic-listing page
    4. In the Body field, type your message. Be sure to include all necessary details, especially for technical topics
    5. Add a Label to your post from the list on the right-hand side. These labels help categorize the topic; you can choose more than one.
    6. Format and spell check your message, as needed
    7. Click Post
  • How can I attach a document (PDF, word, ppt) to the post?

    1. Click on the 'Choose Files' 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 to open the dropdown. Click 'Private Messages' tab and click 'See More' link
    2. Click 'New Message' button:
  • 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 and click 'Subscribe' button. Here the board is "Events Discussions":
    Post subscription
    1. Click into the post you would like to subscribe to:
    2. Click 'Subscribe to Topic' at the top of the post:
    Label subscription
    1. Click the label you would like to subscribe to:
    2. Click 'Subscribe' in Subscribe to this label text:
    Manage subscriptions
    1. You can manage all subscriptions in your profile:

  • How do I edit my community subscription or email settings?

    You can edit your subscription settings anytime.
    1. You can change your ‘Notification Settings’ to alter how you are notified in the community, including the frequency of notifications and emails. You may also turn off notifications here.
    2. You can change the email format of email notifications received from the community in ‘Email Format’ settings.
  • 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: