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  • Microsoft UK Partners - Getting Started with Dynamics CRM Online

    Microsoft Partners have Internal Use Rights (IUR) available to use Dynamics CRM Online dependent on partner level. This support guide is perfect to help any partner access what they have available. The overview document provides details of what the actual...
  • Quantifying Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Exchange Online and Office 365 versus On Premises Solutions

    One of the most common points of debate that gets raised when I am talking to Microsoft partners and customers about the value of cloud based solutions such as Microsoft Exchange Online, which is part of Office 365, and traditional on premises solutions...
  • Microsoft Office 365 Partner Web Banner and Microsite Kit

    As a Microsoft partner, if you’ve ever wanted to host an Office 365 microsite from a banner within your web page without the time and hassle needed to create your own, you can now utilise the pre-populated Web Syndication for Office 365 with Try and Buy...
  • Clippy Returns!

    Hey, it looks like you’re writing an instant message – do you need help with that? Thought not but you could win an Xbox Bundle if you’re a Microsoft UK partner, give it a go. I’m hoping it isn’t a ‘best letter writing’ contest!
  • Find Your Perfect Partner With PinPoint

    Microsoft have today launched a new customer facing business website in the UK with a direct link to find a partner on PinPoint .  If you are a Microsoft UK Partner and not yet listed, you need to be.  If you’re already on, now might be a good...
  • Office 365 for Education – UK Availability

    Details of the UK availability, plans and pricing for Office 365 for Education are now available on the Office 365 website .
  • Need to Understand Cloud & Virtualisation Trends in SMB IT?

    I’ve just been reading the November 2011 edition of the SpiceWorks Voice of IT “State of SMB IT” report – there are some very interesting statistics in here around SMB adoption of Virtualisation and cloud based technologies.  Well worth a read!
  • Preparing for Microsoft Exams and Certifications

    If you’re looking for a quick and easy guide to passing Microsoft certification examinations, you could do worse than check out the Partner Exam Academy.  Available currently are guides to Virtualisation, Desktop and Customer Relationship Management...
  • Office 365 – Jump Start Kit on TechNet Edge

    If you’re in need of some quality technical content for Office 365, you could do worse than look at the TechNet Edge videos now available as part of the Office 365 Jump Start kit.  Designed for IT Pro and partner technical audience, the content covers...
  • Interactive Guides to Help Transition to the Office 2010 Ribbon

    If you are having trouble transitioning to the ribbon interface in Office 2010, have no fear, the interactive guides are here . One of the biggest pieces of feedback when moving to the new ribbon style interface in Office 2010 from previous versions ...
  • Looking to Achieve a Microsoft Competency? These Training Guides Should Help!

    This site is a great reference point that provides insight into how to prepare and pass the assessments and certifications required to attain or renew a Microsoft competency.  Following the changes made to the Microsoft Partner Network in October...
  • Free Microsoft Antivirus for Home and Small Business PC

    Did you know that as a home user or a small business with up to ten PCs, free antivirus is available from Microsoft to help protect your Windows investment? Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection that guards against viruses, spyware...
  • Internal Software Usage Rights for Microsoft Partners

    If you're a Microsoft partner, from 1 st November 2010, the internal usage licensing rights for Microsoft software were updated to take into account the new competency model for the Microsoft Partner Network. If you need an update on how this affects...
  • Office 2010 Translation Services

    I’m a big fan of Outlook and Word 2010, I particularly like the ease in which you can handle translation services.  For example, the other day I was running the office World Cup sweepstake when a colleague fortunate enough to claim an envelope drew...
  • Using Visio 2010 and SharePoint 2010 to Share Network Diagrams

    Good to see that the Visio 2010 Add-in for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 R2 is now available.  The Visio Add-in lets you create diagrams that show objects by geography on a map, by location in a data center or building, by role in...
  • Windows Azure Platform & Scrabble

    Technorati Tags: Cloud , Windows Azure , SQL Azure I’m convinced that I use phrases and therefore put them into everyday use more and more when I’m reading, learning and getting into something new.  When it comes to getting started in a meeting right...
  • In the UK, We're All In...What's All In? - A Microsoft Cloud Services UK Roadmap

    I've just published a Microsoft UK Cloud Services roadmap titled "We're All In...What's All In?" - get it here http://bit.ly/dBdIth . This was pulled together from lots of public information available on the web from various blogs/sources, happy to point...
  • Excel Conditional Formatting Demo File

    A few folk asked me for my Excel file today during a Live Meeting I delivered... Here's the link: http://cid-d0ea2b861503e006.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/.Public/Contoso%20Bike%20Sales%20Demo.xlsx
  • Introducing Microsoft Office 2010

    There’s a great series of eleven short Silverlight videos from the Microsoft product team with regards to Microsoft Office 2010 available!  The videos detail: Access Excel Office Mobile Office Web Applications OneNote Outlook PowerPoint Publisher...
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview

    The Microsoft Office 2010 “limited” technical preview, due in July 2009 has a waitlist which you can sign up to as of today. This is an invitation only program which will provide access to early, pre-release versions of Office 2010.  The full list...
  • ServerQuest II – A Day in a Geeks Life

    Here’s a neat little online game which can also be a great pointer to some valuable resources.  The idea is to collect “Geek Points” as you deal with day to day problems being handed to you on a plate by your boss and your inbox! Server Quest II...
  • Windows 7 Release Candidate Available

    I spent a day recently upgrading my PC’s to Windows7.  That’s my home Media Center, my work laptop and my “spare” testing machine which lives in my home office.  These machines were all purchased pre Vista launch and Windows7 runs on each and...
  • 2007 Microsoft Office System Service Pack 2

    If you feel the need to gain an understanding of what is going to be contained in Service Pack 2 for the 2007 Microsoft Office System, the Office Sustained Engineering Team have published a list on their blog.  This covers both Office desktop and...
  • Ferrari Website Built on SharePoint

    From Scuderia to Store, Community to News, there’s a whole host of droolable content over on the new Ferrari website, built on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. Head on over to http://www.ferrari.com and enjoy! I guess I could crack some pun about SharePoint...
  • SharePoint Designer 2007 Now Available as Free Download

    SharePoint Designer is now available as a free download from Microsoft. SharePoint Designer can be used to customise SharePoint sites. I recorded a two minute webcast on how to use it to apply the sample themes which you can view here . You can download...