Microsoft Is Ready for Worldwide Partner Conference

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 29, 2003 —
Next week Microsoft Corp. will kick off its inaugural Worldwide Partner Conference, a three-day gathering of worldwide partners that will bring together the best of the Microsoft®
Fusion and Microsoft Business Solutions Stampede events. More than 5,500 partners from around the world will meet with Microsoft’s top executives at the event. During the conference, partners will have access to the resources, training, in-depth knowledge and strategies that enhance their continued business success.

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2003 will take place Thursday, Oct. 9, through Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive officer, will kick off the event Thursday with a keynote focused on Microsoft’s commitment to partners, its mission and what it means to partner with Microsoft.

Other executive speakers slated to address Microsoft’s partner community include Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner group; Orlando Ayala, senior vice president of the Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partner group; Doug Burgum, senior vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions; Jeff Raikes, group vice president of the Productivity and Business Services group; Will Poole, senior vice president of the Windows Client group; Eric Rudder, senior vice president of the Servers and Tools group; Kevin Johnson, group vice president of the Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Services group; and Mike Sinneck, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Services group.

Platinum sponsors of the event include Hansen and HP. Gold sponsors are Bank One Corp., Cisco IP, Element K LLC, Fujitsu Consulting, Intel Corp., Network Associates Inc., Siemens and WennSoft Inc.

During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to be introduced to new technologies and solutions, learn about key strategies, view product demonstrations, and have access to hands-on labs and workshops. The Worldwide Partner Conference will feature the following:

  • Concurrent leadership, sales and marketing sessions, as well as product solution sessions focusing on specific customers

  • More than 100 hands-on lab sessions, at which attendees can learn new skills for deploying technology for their customers

  • Structured networking opportunities with other partners to share best practices and explore ways to partner to meet customer needs

  • A recognition ceremony to honor outstanding achievements of Microsoft’s partners

About Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference

Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference combines the best elements of two previous events — Fusion, for Microsoft partners, and Stampede, for Microsoft Business Solutions partners — to provide even more valuable and informative learning opportunities in leadership, sales, marketing, services and technology. More information can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/partner/events/wwpartnerconference/.

About Microsoft Business Solutions

Microsoft Business Solutions, a business group of Microsoft, offers a wide range of integrated, end-to-end business applications and services designed to help small, midmarket and corporate businesses become more connected with customers, employees, partners and suppliers. Microsoft Business Solutions’ applications optimize strategic business processes across financial management, analytics, human resources management, project management, customer relationship management, field service management, supply chain management, e-commerce, manufacturing and retail management. The applications are designed to provide insight to help customers achieve business success. More information about Microsoft Business Solutions can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/businesssolutions/.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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