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Learn about Solutions Partner designations and specializations, legacy competencies, and key timelines. Review the frequently asked questions (FAQ) below—or download the full list.

FAQ

How is Microsoft simplifying partner offerings?
When will these changes happen?
Will I lose my existing benefits as a result of these changes?
What is a Solutions Partner designation?
Are competencies going away?
What should I do today if I have legacy competencies?
What is the difference between the partner capability score and the Partner Contribution Indicator score used to attain the Cloud Business Applications competency?
What is the partner capability score and how does it measure my progress toward attaining a Solutions Partner designation?
Where can I view my points toward a Solutions Partner designation?
What if I do not have the 70 points required to attain a Solutions Partner designation?
Why don’t I qualify to attain a Solutions Partner designation even though I have 70 points?
Can all types of partners (for example, ISV partners, services partners, learning partners, device partners) attain a Solutions Partner designation?
I’m an ISV. How does partnering with Microsoft help me?
I’m an indirect provider. How does partnering with Microsoft help me and the resellers I work with?
Why should I attain a Solutions Partner designation?
What is the fee to attain a Solutions Partner designation?
How are Microsoft advanced specializations changing, and what are the benefits associated with benefits and expert programs?