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New categories announced for MS partner awards

10 Mar 11

The 10 new categories are designed to recognise the breadth of work conducted by the companies in the Microsoft Partner Network.


"The technology industry is continually changing with new products and services. It is important to adjust the award categories to represent this, and as a result, this year we will include awards that recognise excellence in developing applications for Windows Azure and Windows Phone just to name two,” said Brent Colbert, Director – Partner Group at Microsoft.


The New Zealand dates are currently aligned with the timing of the wider Microsoft Worldwide Partner Awards. 

Award submissions open from August 24th to October 14th, with finalists announced on Halloween before an awards event to be held at the currently under construction Viaduct Event Centre on Thursday 17 November.


The awards categories will be split into five sub-categories - those in italics are new for 2011.

Solution Competency Awards


Core Infrastructure

Desktop Deployment Solution of the Year

Hosting and Data Centre Solution of the Year

Virtualisation & Management Solution of the Year


Application Platform

Application Platform Solution of the Year

Business Intelligence Solution of the Year

Web Development Solution of the Year

Windows Azure Platform Solution of the Year

People and Productivity

Content Management Solution of the Year

Portals & Collaboration Solution of the Year

Unified Communications Solution of the Year

Windows Phone Solution of the Year


Business Applications

Dynamics CRM Solution of the Year

Dynamics ERP Solution of the Year


Individual Awards

Solution Architect of the Year

Partner Choice CIO of the Year Award

MSN Awards

MSN Campaign of the Year

MSN Advertising Partner of the Year


Partnering Awards

Distributor of the Year

Reseller of the Year

Retailer of the Year

Learning Solutions Partner of the Year

Online Services Partner of the Year

Innovation & Supreme Awards

BizSpark Partner of the Year

Citizenship Solution of the Year

Software Exporter of the Year (previously ISV Solution of the Year)

Small Business Solution of the Year

Platform Value Partner of the Year

Find last year's winner's here