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OEM competency benefits

When you earn the OEM competency, you gain access to valuable benefits, such as:

  • Internal-use software licenses
  • Technical and sales training
  • Microsoft competency logo
  • Premier listings in customer directories
  • Presales support

Benefits details

When you earn any Microsoft competency, you become eligible to receive a comprehensive set of benefits that address key stages of your business cycle. The following tables list the benefits you receive with the OEM competency.


Plan your business
Benefits Silver competency Gold competency
Get firsthand knowledge of features and capabilities with internal-use software licenses for the latest Microsoft software1 Up to 25 licenses for each product Up to 100 licenses for each product
Stay up to date with the latest news, business opportunities, training courses, and more, with partner newsletters Subscription Subscription
Find the most-qualified technical students for entry-level and internship positions, through the Students to Business program Access Access
​Get help with recommending Microsoft Volume Licensing products and solutions with Microsoft LicenseWise for Volume Licensing ​Access ​Access

Enable your team
Benefits Silver competency Gold competency
Build technical and business skills with training at the Partner Learning Center Unlimited access Unlimited access
Get no-cost OEM-specific training in OEM Training Zone Unlimited acces Unlimited access
Developers: access tools, software, communities, and resources for developers and testers with the MSDN subscription1 5 Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscriptions 10 Microsoft Visual Studio Premium with MSDN subscriptions
IT professionals: access tools, software, communities, and resources, with the TechNet Subscription for Microsoft Competency Partners1 3 licenses 3 licenses
​Get exclusive savings on Windows Phone plans and devices through the Windows Phone Discount Program ​Eligible ​Eligible
​Access the latest product news and technical and sales resources with the no-cost Windows Phone app ​Eligible ​Eligible

Create customer demand
Benefits Silver competency Gold competency

Make your company or solution profile accessible to tens of thousands of potential customers through the Microsoft Pinpoint online marketplace

Competency designation and prioritized marketplace exposure Competency designation and premier marketplace exposure

Reach more potential customers with marketing resources, including:

Access

Access
 

Sell
Benefits Silver competency Gold competency
Use Technical Presales Assistance for competitive assistance and for business-value and proof-of-concept guidance, for deals worth US$3,000 or more2 Unlimited access

Unlimited access

Demonstrate your expertise with your customized competency logo

Silver competency logo Gold competency logo

Boost sales with support from a designated Microsoft contact

Eligible

Eligible

Use Microsoft Partner Sales Resources to help you sell products and solutions more effectively

Unlimited access

Unlimited access

​Leverage Microsoft Financing to offer tailored financing options that can help you close more sales Eligible Eligible

​Get reimbursements and rebates for selling solutions built on Microsoft technologies through the Local OEM Incentives Program3

​Eligible ​Eligible

Get services and support
Benefits Silver competency Gold competency
Use partner advisory hours for Technical Enablement and advisory services from Microsoft consultants 20 partner advisory hours 50 partner advisory hours
Resolve technical issues quickly with product support from Microsoft experts4

Unlimited online support

Unlimited phone support (for critical issues)

5 incidents of phone support (for noncritical issues)

Unlimited online support

Unlimited phone support (for critical issues)

5 incidents of phone support (for noncritical issues


Retain
Benefits Silver competency Gold competency

Get insight into customer satisfaction and loyalty with the Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) Index survey solution

Access
Access 

 

1Learn how to download your software through digital distribution.

2To qualify for the no-charge Technical Presales Assistance offering, you must provide the customer name and details of the project. The US$3,000 revenue minimum does not apply to deals made for cloud services or free software like Windows Internet Explorer. For smaller deals, you can also use your partner advisory hours to access this benefit.

3The Local OEM Incentives Program is not available in the U.S.

4Unlimited online and phone support for critical issues and five incidents of phone support for noncritical issues. Critical issues are defined strictly as severe customer issues that immediately impede the operation of a customer’s business (such as when a server is down). Online response times vary between four hours and two days, depending on membership opportunity. Learn more.
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Connect with Microsoft consultants for competitive assistance and for business-value and proof-of-concept guidance. Competency benefits include unlimited Technical Presales Assistance for deals worth US$3,000 or more.