Microsoft Resellers and Partners
First of all, lets explain what and who are Microsoft resellers. Microsoft makes deals with authorized distributors and software resellers so they can reach its end-customers. Small, and also some bigger, businesses become official reseller knowing it can be a stream of steady income. Process of becoming a software reseller is not that hard and is usually done through online signing up. Besides being software resellers companies can opt to be reseller for Microsoft devices and accessories as well. Number of Microsoft partners is big and some of them are well known like Amazon, Walmart or Best Buy.
Prices offered by resellers can vary. Some will give discounts and allow free shipping, while other will sell Microsoft products at same price as they are at Microsoft store. Also, it is rare to find reseller that will offer to buy product on a year-plan like Microsoft does.
On the other side, a Microsoft Certified Partner (MCP) is a firm that provides Microsoft-related products or services, or support for such and is part of the Microsoft Partner Network. There are also Microsoft Gold Certified Partners. Both of them are confirmed by Microsoft to be official and that they will work effectively and provide help to consumers with a range of information technology projects and specific products and services.
Many Microsoft Certified Partners are not accredited to provide support to the same level as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Support Services, but they can offer support as part of their services. Gold Certified partners are Microsoft’s most highly accredited independent technical support providers. Support for data management and software development must be offered but these partners. Most important requirements to become Microsoft Partner are to use Microsoft technology as the primary platform for the firm and that it has been in business for at least 5 years and has proven skills in their particular field, as well as passed several important tests.
MCPs provide Microsoft services on behalf of Microsoft worldwide, from Microsoft Partners United States, to Microsoft Partners Serbia, Microsoft Partners Singapore. Services span across many fields including original equipment manufacturer (OEM), education, software providers, and technical support. Reliable customer support is provided by having 24-hour access to Microsoft Support. Microsoft gives back to program participants throughout discounts in tools that are applicable to their activities and giving support services.
Microsoft Gold Certified Partners have privilege of getting free access to the tools and support needed as they are highest level of the Microsoft Certified Partner Program. Members of Microsoft Partner Network receive their certifications after taking IT training courses provided by Microsoft Certified Training Partner companies. These companies are an IT training companies that are independent of and unowned by Microsoft are officially approved to pride provide technical training and expertise for Microsoft products a part of the MCP Program. Microsoft Certified Training Partner companies provide Microsoft Certified Instructors who are required to have real-world expertise in Microsoft products as well as hold current Microsoft IT Certifications. To become Certified Partner a road range of expertise in Microsoft Products must be demonstrated.