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Micromail demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through demonstrated technology success and customer commitment.
Microsoft Gold PartnerFor the sixth consecutive year, Micromail has attained Microsoft Gold Competencies in Volume Licensing and Software Asset Management. This achievement places the company within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s world-wide Partner Network, and demonstrates a “best-in-class” ability & commitment to meeting Microsoft customers’ needs in today’s dynamic business environment.
To earn a Microsoft gold competency, a company’s staff needs to successfully complete Microsoft Certified Professional exams to prove their level of technology expertise. The certified professionals are then designated uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. Businesses must also submit customer references as evidence of successful projects, and implement a yearly customer satisfaction survey. They must also meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments. Microsoft technology competencies identify a partner’s capabilities, allowing customers to find qualified solution providers with expertise in specific areas.
“By achieving a portfolio of competencies, partners demonstrate deep expertise and consistent capability on the latest Microsoft technology,” said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners show true commitment to meeting customer technology needs today and into the future.” 
These specific licensing competencies, which have been increasingly challenging to achieve, enhance our ability to provide top class consulting services directly to customers, or indirectly through solution & deployment partners whose skills complement ours,” said Micromail Technical Sales Director Willy Kelly.
Micromail has 25 years’ experience in licensing consultancy & sales. As a Microsoft Large Account Reseller and Enterprise Software Advisor the company offers the full range of Microsoft products and licensing programs. Micromail’s services cover the entire software lifecycle from consultancy & procurement to renewal, audit & asset management.
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Adobe have announced the long awaited CS6, due to ship on May 7th; and with major changes to upgrade options on the way now is a great time to consider moving up to CS6.

Initial Launch Offer:

Firstly, you can buy CS5/CS5.5 now and get a free upgrade to CS6, up until May 7th; essentially get CS6 at CS5.5 prices!

CS6 Upgrade Policy:

If you have a Suite from one version back (in this case, from CS5 or CS5.5 since CS5.5 was a point release) you will qualify for upgrade pricing to a CS6 suite. Owners of individual CS5 or CS5.5 products also qualify for upgrade pricing to the same product, but can no longer upgrade to a Suite.

Under Adobe’s new policy, any version earlier than CS5 will not be eligible for upgrade pricing. However, Adobe are making a special offer to owners of CS3 and CS4 individual products and suite editions that will give them a temporary upgrade path to CS6 until December 31, 2012. After this date, only customers on CS5 or CS5.5 will qualify for upgrade pricing to CS6.

Recommendations for CS4 and CS3 Users:

If you have CS4 then it is highly recommended that you upgrade now to CS5 and receive a free CS6 upgrade; if you wait until after May 7th you will be upgrading from CS4 to CS6 (two versions back) at a higher cost. Upgrading now could save you hundreds of Euro!

For CS3 users- upgrade before the end of the year or you will be paying full price from 2013 on! For CS2 users, you only have until May 7th to upgrade!

Adobe Upgrade Matrix:

You own one of the following suite editions Upgrade to
Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium, Design   Standard, Web Premium, Production Premium, or Master Collection Any Creative Suite 6
Creative Suite 5 Design Premium, Design   Standard, Web Premium, Production Premium, or Master Collection Any Creative Suite 6
Creative Suite 4 Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, Web Standard, Production Premium, or Master Collection (special offer expires December 31, 2012) Any Creative Suite 6
Creative Suite 3 Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, Web Standard, Production Premium, or Master Collection (special offer expires December 31, 2012) Any Creative Suite 6

So any questions?

by Fionán Ó Cinnéide
Licensing Specialist