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    footballism

        I've offered an vendor position at Microsoft China, but I still ain't got a clear idea of what "vendor" actually means, what kinda business model Microsoft has with its vendors and partners? and how do they related to each other in terms of portfolio and profitability?

    Sheva

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    blowdart

    A v-? It means you sell skills, or something else into MS and they pay you.

    Contracting basically.

    The terms are more fun if you're a partner; MS (in the UK anyway) will not let you become dependant, you have to show more than 50% of turnover from companies other than MS, if MS goes over the 50% no more work.

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    footballism

    blowdart wrote:
    A v-? It means you sell skills, or something else into MS and they pay you.

    Contracting basically.

    The terms are more fun if you're a partner; MS (in the UK anyway) will not let you become dependant, you have to show more than 50% of turnover from companies other than MS, if MS goes over the 50% no more work.


    Hi Blowdart, could you please be more specific to it? I still ain't get into what you mean right here.

    Sheva

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    eagle

    A Vendor is an independent contractor.

    ....so you're responsible for your own insurance and health care.

    Microsoft doesn't sell software Partners do.

    Independent Software Vendors build on the Microsoft stack - Windows Vista, Office, Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server and sell their software into Verticals -  Health care industry, Manufacturing, Government, Education and many more.


    I was talking on the phone last week to the guy who runs the Partner ISV program at Microsoft and he's going to be in Beijing this week.

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