MARCH 26, LONDON, 2013 - Workshare, the leader of secure enterprise collaboration applications, today announced it has attained a Gold Application Development competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1% of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

Workshare is the industry’s most secure collaboration platform architected specifically for the enterprise and industries that handle sensitive and proprietary information. Displaying the Microsoft Gold Application Development logo reassures customers that Workshare has attained a distinguished level of competency and is committed to providing innovative solutions based on Microsoft technologies.

“Through our Gold partnership and technology integration into the Microsoft product portfolio, Workshare enhances Microsoft value and drives SharePoint adoption for our customer base,” said Anthony Foy, chief executive officer at Workshare. “Our applications work together to transform Microsoft SharePoint into a central document management system. Users can access and manage their content from the familiar Microsoft Office and Outlook environments while tapping into the new content management and collaboration capabilities of Microsoft Office 365/SharePoint Online and SharePoint 2010. Workshare enables authorized users both inside and outside the organization to compare, manage, and secure business documents with 100% fidelity.”

“By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top 1% of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

Earning the Application Development competency helps partners differentiate themselves as a trusted expert to their customers through development and deployment of commercial or custom applications built using core Microsoft technologies like Windows Server and Windows 8 operating systems, the Windows Azure platform, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 development system, Microsoft BizTalk Server and emerging cloud-based and web business models. By gaining access to a comprehensive set of benefits through the Application Development competency, partners can acquire new customers and help them be more productive and profitable through deployment of business applications, advanced web portals or rich client user interfaces that run on premises or in the cloud.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and, with 640,000 Microsoft partners in their ecosystem, to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.