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 and Windows Phone 8 to customers. The program is designed to help you build prototype Windows 8 apps and design a deployment solution specific to your customer’s needs.

Two types of customer engagements are available through Windows Accelerate:
  • Proof-of-concept (PoC) offerings help customers deploy Windows infrastructure solutions and build Windows 8 app prototypes in a nonproduction lab environment. PoC engagements 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, build modern apps, and adopt desktop virtualization.
  • Production Pilot offerings help you deploy Windows 8 in a production environment versus a test environment used during the PoC. Production Pilots are typically longer and more involved engagements, lasting up to 10 weeks.

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

Windows Accelerate Program
The Windows Accelerate Project Siena Workshop is a PoC offer to introduce customers to Microsoft’s graphical user interface-based application development tool, code named Microsoft Project Siena. Through the offer, solutions partners can host a two-day, customer-facing workshop in a classroom setting, with lectures and exercises designed to teach customers how to use the tool to develop basic yet powerful Windows 8 applications on their own.

Explore the Project Siena application development tool

Windows Accelerate for Corporate Accounts

The Windows Accelerate for Corporate Accounts Program provides scalable one-to-many (1:Many) workshop content and processes to Licensing Solution Partners (LSPs) with system integrator practices to accelerate demand and generate sales opportunities for their licensing and services, including deployment and app development. Specifically, this program will help drive volume licensing business for Software Assurance, including Windows 8.1, the New Office, and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) deployment projects, as well as Windows 8.1 commercial LOB apps development projects through:
The Windows Accelerate 1:Many App Dev Clinic for Corporate Accounts introduces small and medium business customers to the value of Windows 8 apps. During the two to four hour clinic, customers are shown a variety of Windows 8 app samples and introduced to Microsoft Project Siena.
  • Customers leave the clinic with a sample business application they can use to further evaluate Windows 8.
  • Any Corporate Accounts customer evaluating a tablet deployment or considering a mobile solution is eligible to attend a 1:Many App Dev Clinic.
The 1:Many IT Pro Bootcamps are one-day workshops to help IT Pros understand the benefits of Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, and related server and tools products—and learn about various strategies for deployment, security, application delivery, and user data personalization.

Windows Accelerate for Corporate Accounts App Dev Clinics now include a Windows Phone 8 app module for optional delivery.



Windows Accelerate resources

  • Social networks

  • Connect with the Microsoft Partner Network