UK SBSC

This has been created specifically for Microsoft UK's Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC) partners to hear news and updates from Microsoft on areas that might interest them.

October, 2008

  • See the Virtualisation Opportunity with Microsoft

    Virtualisation is set to revolutionise your customers' IT. By delivering dynamic resources that hold unlimited capacity and are available to users anywhere at anytime, you can dramatically improve clients' IT infrastructures. Crucially, this also offers...
  • Software + Services: A Platform for the Next Technology Revolution

    Steve Clayton has just alerted his blog readers to an executive email from Steve Ballmer which lays our Microsoft's Software plus Services announcements and ambitions.  It is titled A Platform for the Next Technology Revolution .  Steve says...
  • The Guardian talks SBS 2008

    There is a great piece of coverage on installing and using Windows Small Business Server 2008 in The Guardian today. The online version is available here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/enterprisesupplement/microsoft-sbs but if you have a copy of the paper...
  • Further details on the Leeds Partner User Group

    I've just caught up with Lee Evans of ResultIT Ltd, who is setting up an new Microsoft Partner User Group for the Yorkshire region (Leeds). He's now in a position to confirm all the details and wants to offer one last opportunity for partners to get involved...
  • SBS 2003 R2 With Software Assurance Offer has been Extended

    Have you taken advantage of the Windows SBS 2003 R2 with Software Assurance promotion ? For those who are not aware, the SBS 2003 R2 with Software Assurance offer has been extended to December 31, 2008. What are the Customer Benefits? If a customer buys...
  • Small Business Server 2008 - New Partner Readiness Course (1st - 3rd December)

    Due to popular demand the Partner Readiness team have just released another London based Windows Small Business Server 2008 Technical course before the Christmas period. They have again been able to offer a promotional rate, so if you are interested please...
  • Tell us what you think of Microsoft TechNet resources for IT professionals

    Do you use any of Microsoft Technet's resources? The TechNet UK team is keen to understand which elements of the TechNet programme you are aware of and which ones you use. They would therefore really appreciate if you could complete this short survey...
  • Training available to Microsoft Partners...

    I've have been advised that the following courses are now available for registration, though there are limited spaces available. I appreciate some of these courses may not be relevant to some of you but if you would like to register for one of the following...
  • New Sales and Marketing Resource Library

    Microsoft have just launched the Sales and Marketing Resource Library , available through the Microsoft Partner Portal . This is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to locate downloadable product and marketing campaign materials. Developed in response...
  • Windows Azure Services Platform

    Yesterday on October 27th October at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference , Microsoft officially announced 'Windows Azure Services Platform' the next phase in the Microsoft vision for Software + Services and Cloud Computing.  Read the...
  • October 24, 2008 (Out-of-Band) Microsoft Security Response Center Security Bulletin Release

    What is the purpose of this alert? Microsoft is scheduled to release a security bulletin (out-of-band) to address a vulnerability in all currently supported versions of Windows. The software update will be available for download from the Microsoft...
  • Heavily Subsidised Technical Training available on SBS 08 & EBS 08

    Many SBSC partners have been asking us for Hands on Lab technical training for the Windows Essential Server Solution products - Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008. Well, they are now ready and open for registration. I'm pleased...
  • Harry Brelsford invites you to register for his event in December!

    This week I had a call from Harry Brelsford as he wanted me to tell you about an event he is holding in the UK in December.  I think most SBSC partners know who Harry is, but for those who don't, he's the founder of SMB Nation .  SMB Nation...
  • WESS SBSC Tour is coming to Liverpool!

    As you are aware, Microsoft are currently touring around the SBSC user groups to deliver some partner readiness in preparation for the launch of Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008.  I'm pleased to announce...
  • Migrating to Windows Small Business Server 2008 from Windows Small Business Server 2003

    One of the key questions coming up from small business partners are we continue with our SBSC User Group tour for the WESS launch is around Migrating SBS 2008 from SBS 2003. I therefore wanted to point you to Jamie Burgess' blog post which gives some...
  • Mobile Data Tariff comparisons

    Microsoft's Jason Langridge has recently posted an article on this blog about mobile data tariff comparisons. Jason often get lots of questions on the huge variety of mobile data tariffs and how they compare.  As I expect many of you SBSC partners...
  • Book Recommendation from a fellow SBSC partner...

    One of our SBSC partners, Leslie Cupitt of Business Solutions Ltd , has emailed me with a book recommendation that he thinks every customer should own. It's about Windows Vista but I'll let Leslie tell you about it himself... I have come across a great...
  • SBSC Toolkit - What's Coming?

    Our Corporate team have recently updated me on what's coming in the November update of the SBSC Toolkit. It's theme is around Windows Essential Server Solutions (WESS). As part of the kit you will get: Windows Small Business Server 2008 STANDARD - Exchange...
  • The Fantastic 40 - Free Application Templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

    Last week we embarked on our SBSC User group tour to deliver partner readiness for the launch of Windows Essential Server Solutions. One of the topics that has come up in the Windows Small Business Server 2008 product session relates to Windows SharePoint...
  • What is the partner roadmap for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7?

    Join Microsoft executives Rich Reynolds, General Manager of Windows Marketing, and Allison Watson, Corporate Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Group, as they discuss: Windows 7, the newest Windows operating system from Microsoft. Windows Vista and...
  • Want Publicity?

    Want to be known? Want some publicity?... Let's create some buzz about your company and the SBSC partner channel using PR! I've spoken to many SBSC partners about how we (Microsoft and the SBSC partner channel) can work collectively to build awareness...
  • An SBSC Partner User Group is coming to Leeds

    One of our SBSC partners, Lee Evans of Result IT Ltd , has contacted us as he is keen to get a user group up and running in Leeds for partners based in and around the surrounding areas. He's already had some great interest from partners and we know there...
  • Microsoft Virtualisation Unplugged Tour

    Virtualisation has gained much attention across organisations looking to address these challenges, improving the efficiency of their IT operations and enhancing their responsiveness to changing conditions. Originally focused on consolidating resources...
  • Windows 7 Naming Announcement

    It's official - the next version of the Windows operating system is going to be called Windows 7. As many of you are probably aware, since Microsoft began development of the next version of the Windows client operating system, we have been referring to...
  • Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 - price decrease

    Saw this post on Eric Ligman's Official SBS Blog and wanted to bring it to your attention as it makes an interesting read: Get SBS 2008 for less than SBS 2003? Yes, you can. There has been some discussion about the new SBS 2008 Server that is now available...