Windows Accelerate
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Windows Accelerate


Accelerate Windows 8 adoption
Earn the Devices and Deployment competency and use funding from the Windows Accelerate program to build apps and deploy Windows 8.



What you need to know

Windows Accelerate provides Microsoft funding and resources to help partners prove the value of Windows 8 to customers. The program is designed to help you build prototype Windows 8 apps and design, a deployment solution specific to your customers.

Two types of customer engagements are available through Windows Accelerate:
  • Proof-of-concept (PoC) offerings help you deploy Windows infrastructure solutions in a nonproduction lab environment. These typically range from 1 to 15 days, and modules are available to help customers deploy a modern desktop, implement bring-your-own-device programs, increase mobility, and adopt desktop virtualization.
  • Production Pilot offerings help you deploy Windows 7 and Windows 8 apps and infrastructure in a production environment. These are typically longer and more involved engagements, lasting up to 10 weeks.

With both engagement offerings, you can use the Tablet App Program to help customers build and validate innovative and exciting scenarios with new line-of-business apps on Windows tablet devices.

Windows Accelerate Program (US only)
Windows Accelerate Program (outside of US)

Windows Accelerate Corporate Accounts

Windows Accelerate Corporate Accounts Program provides a scalable workshop in a multiple-account format for licensing solution partners (LSPs) with systems integrator or device and deployment practices to accelerate demand and generate sales opportunities. The program includes two workshops which help you expand your Microsoft Volume Licensing business, by helping customers modernize client platforms, create compelling Windows 8.1 line-of-business tablet apps, and deploy Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Microsoft Office 365 and ProPlus, Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), and associated management technologies.

Through the Windows Accelerate Corporate Accounts Program, you can acquire leads at a lower cost. And you can access new sales leads from Windows XP End of Support customers for Windows 8.1 app development and deployment projects, along with new and renewed FY14 Microsoft Enterprise Agreements in the corporate accounts segment (250 PCs to 10,000 PCs per organization). The content and workshops are open to all partners; however, Microsoft funding is available to a limited number of qualified partners for one-to-many IT Bootcamps and App Clinics.



Windows Accelerate resources

  • Social networks

  • Connect with the Microsoft Partner Network