A Microsoft Certified partner is a company that has agreed to collaborate and establish a close working relationship with Microsoft. Having that title means the company who applied itself has earned the highest standards of Microsoft's widely-recognized partnership program. Achieving such a status means Microsoft has declared that the company has committed itself to evolving Microsoft technologies for the interests of its own needs as well as those of its clients.
Benefits of Microsoft Professional Certification
Many independent companies decide to become a Microsoft Certified partner as they are entitled to many competency benefits and privileges, like having exclusive access to Microsoft tools, utilities and toolkits, as well as to partake in Microsoft's ongoing training programs (available for low or no cost) and tutorials.
Firms who are Microsoft Certified receive continuous online technical support, news, updates and useful information from the software giant. There are also advantages in becoming a Microsoft Certified partner that other companies do not have - that is, until they too decide to partner with the software giant. These advantages include permission to provide Microsoft-based IT services and products to other businesses or clients, among other things.