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Desire2Learn Honored as Microsoft Public Sector Partner of the Year

Press Release

Award Recognizes Innovative Use of Microsoft Technology within the Desire2Learn platforms and services offerings

Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”), a leading provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, proudly announces it has been honored with the 2011 Microsoft U.S. Public Sector Partner of the Year Award. The company was recognized for its innovative use of Microsoft technology in support of Desire2Learn® Learning Suite and services.

“Working together in partnership with Microsoft we’re able to fulfill our mission of delivering innovative technology that enables our clients to accomplish their goals,” states John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn Incorporated. “We’re extremely pleased to have been recognized by Microsoft through receipt of this award.”

Winners and finalists were nominated and selected by Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector team working throughout the nation.

“Our partner community plays a vital role in delivering technology solutions that meet the unique needs of customers across government, education and healthcare,” says Vince Menzione, general manager of U.S. Public Sector Partner Strategy. “Desire2Learn has shown incredible dedication to serving the public sector, and the company’s recognition as a Partner of the Year is well deserved.”

Desire2Learn works closely with Microsoft to adopt the latest technology through early adopter programs. In turn this enables Desire2Learn to be among the first to market with new technologies and services that ultimately improves the user experience, and saves clients’ money.

Desire2Learn leverages Microsoft SQL to provide clients a scalable, secure, stable and high-performance experience in which to deliver eLearning initiatives. Together, Desire2Learn Learning Environment and SQL meet the technical, business and eLearning needs of hundreds of clients and millions of students daily, 365 days per year.

“Our partners play an essential role in helping customers leverage Microsoft technology to increase efficiency, improve service delivery, and reduce operational costs,” says Sig Behrens, Microsoft General Manager Education. “The work that Desire2Learn has delivered over the past year is an example of what can be accomplished when great technology is combined with deep market expertise.”

About Microsoft Partner Program

The Microsoft Partner Program is designed for all partners who develop and market solutions based on Microsoft platforms, provide consulting or technical services on Microsoft systems, or recommend Microsoft technology purchases. Microsoft partners include consulting services providers, independent software vendors (ISVs), independent hardware vendors, large account resellers (LARs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), support providers, system integrators, system builders, training providers, value-added resellers and value-added providers.

About Desire2Learn

Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, goals, and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than six million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has personnel in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. For more information, visit:, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), +44 808.234.4235 (U.K. and Europe), 0.800.452.069 (New Zealand) and 1.800.656.210 (Australia).



John McLeod
VP of Marketing, Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378