Microsoft has launched a social networking community for businesses, allowing them to connect with other companies to share skills and expertise.
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The Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) allows firms to access skills, expertise and resources from others as well as to collaborate on new business and projects.
More than 1,000 partners have joined the Microsoft Partner Network, Microsoft said.
Simon Gautrey, group manager for audience marketing and strategy at Microsoft UK, said, "Research shows that partners who network are 5% more successful than those that don't. It is commonplace now for our partners to network with one another and, as a result, pitch for bigger contracts where often a multitude of skills are needed to respond to a customer's needs."
He said, "This is why we have developed the MPN, to make it easier for partners to seek out and connect with suitable affiliates to combine skills in order to either win new business or to better meet customer expectations."
The social network community has been in beta since February this year.
Microsoft partners wishing to join the MPN can do so by visiting: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/partner/networks