Microsoft attributes more than 90 percent of its revenue to partners, and is offering new Azure skills training and certification to help support this growth.

Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft, announced new Azure training opportunities this week to help partners “respond to the surging demand, realize positive returns, and grow their market opportunity.”

Among the educational offerings is new, free Azure training courses available in a self-paced online learning environment. There are 6 courses available today, and Microsoft is adding 6 more in the coming weeks.

“To help ensure our partners can tap into a skilled and well-equipped workforce, Microsoft is investing in a variety of technical training, tools and resources, including the Microsoft Virtual Academy, the Cloud + Enterprise University Boot Camps, and the Microsoft Professional Program, just to name a few,” Schuster said.

“These new Azure offers join the lineup today, featuring a modern learning model called a Massively Open Online Course, or MOOC. MOOCs are so much more than online videos and demos – they incorporate videos, labs, graded assessments, office hours, and more.”