Today we’re kicking off Microsoft Inspire 2021, a virtual moment for our partner ecosystem to come together, celebrate and reflect on an exceptional year of unparalleled disruption, accelerated innovation and digital transformation.

We’ve seen how businesses that bet on the Microsoft cloud can empower customers to build more transformative, agile and resilient organizations. As we embark on a once-in-a-generation opportunity to use our platforms and technology to help businesses and organizations transform, our ecosystem of partners remains firmly planted at the center.

Microsoft is committed to equipping partners around the world with the most innovative technologies, tools and solutions in the industry. We continually strive to be the best partner for our partners’ growth and profitability, offering unique opportunities to leverage the Microsoft cloud, create differentiated solutions on our platforms and go to market together at scale.

Last week we recognized the incredible work partners have done this year with our 2021 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. Today, we are pleased to announce several new product and program updates that represent new opportunities for our partners to build on Microsoft cloud for the new world of work, while leveraging a foundation of trust and security.

Microsoft cloud

It all starts with Microsoft cloud, the differentiated value it provides to customers and partners to support every organization’s multi-cloud, multi-edge needs. Microsoft cloud empowers everyone to innovate. It provides fast time to value, purposeful integration and an open platform from cloud to edge that helps partners build predictive power with holistic data analytics, an AI platform and security across the entire experience.

Industry clouds: progress toward sustainability goals and advancements toward a decarbonized grid

Microsoft industry clouds are new extensions of our existing cloud services, pulling together industry-specific capabilities across the Microsoft solution areas. They are designed to be modular and extensible and to create new opportunities for partners to build new revenue streams. Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, a new cloud offering, will help our customers, across all industries, meet their carbon reduction and sustainability goals. Available in preview later this year,

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