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.

November, 2008

  • The campaign for fairness in public procurement for small businesses – add your voice to the debate

    Voices for Innovation argues that more small businesses should be given the opportunity to compete for public sector contracts. To add your voice to this debate or provide feedback, click here or read on to learn more.... In times of economic difficulty...
  • Registered Partner Learning Path is now available

    Microsoft has now created a Registered Partner Learning Path that explains to partners how to use various MSPP resources to help them cut costs, increase skills and support their customers. If you are a registered partner and want to learn more about...
  • Ask the Experts are SBSC Partners

    Remember a post a month or so ago where we asked if you wanted to be one our "experts" for the "Ask the Expert" section on Microsoft's customer facing small business website ? Well, a couple of SBSC partners took us up on the offer...
  • SBS & EBS trials now available for download

    Following the worldwide launch on 12th November, I'm now pleased to advise that the availability of the official trial versions for both SBS 2008 & EBS 2008. These 60-day trials can be extended three times if your customer requires a longer evaluation...
  • Have you seen the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite Quickstart?

    I would like to introduce you to the Microsoft Online Services Resource Center - a part of Quickstart for Microsoft Online Services. Quickstart for Microsoft Online Services is a comprehensive resource for partners to evaluate business and technical opportunities...
  • "Small Business Challenges" website promotes SBSC

    Earlier this week I wrote a post about the how SBSC partners have been promoted in a SMB supplement which has gone in many big name magazine publications. This supplement is part of a wider campaign and competition for small business customers to win...
  • It's "Get Safe Online" Week

    The 17th November marks the start of Get Safe Online (GSO) week, an initiative which promotes online protection and provides clear, reliable and practical Internet security advice to anyone and everyone who wants it. Microsoft is one of the proud sponsors...
  • Get Genuine Windows Agreement for Small and Medium Organizations

    Take advantage of a new opportunity to drive revenue by legalising unlicensed copies of Microsoft software on your customers' PCs. Help them correct Windows desktop licensing deficiencies using the Get Genuine Windows Agreement (GGWA), a solution available...
  • SBSC Promoted in Windows Vista SMB Supplement

    At a number of the recent WESS launch User Group meetings I have talked about how using PR and case studies as a tool can raise the profile of Small Business Specialist partners. I had mentioned to some that a couple of SBSC partners recently contributed...
  • Microsoft named as 2008 Software Vendor of the Year at CRN Channel Awards

    I’m delighted to announce that at the CRN Channel Awards last night, Microsoft was named as the winner of the ‘Software Vendor of the Year’ category for the third successive year.  The CRN Channel Awards are amongst the most sought...
  • SBS 2008 Sales & Technical Training update - new locations and dates!

    Recently I announced some heavily subsidised technical training available for Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. In response a number of you got in touch and asked if we could run the same courses, at the same...
  • The Official SBS Blog : SBS 2008 Launch Success

    Taken straight from The Official SBS Blog , I wanted to make sure you all saw this post about some videos available on SBS 08 and EBS 08 from the TechNet Edge team: Thank you to all who attended the live webcast and launch event for the Windows Essential...
  • Only a few weeks left for register for Harry Brelsford's event

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about an event Harry Brelsford is holding in the UK on 5th December. Although the event is being held at Microsoft's offices in London, I would like to state that this is an independent event entirely managed by Harry...
  • Solutions Pathway - SBS and EBS upgrades - FAQ For Partners

    Eric Ligman has written a great FAQ post for partners on Solutions Pathway - SBS and EBS upgrades .  I've cut and paste his post here as I think it well worth you reading - especially the point that SBSC partner can receive and additional 10% discount...
  • We have launched!!

    Yesterday Microsoft officially launched Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Small Business Server 2008! If you missed the webcast check it out here ... Steve Ballmer and a host of executives talk about what these solutions will mean for SMB...
  • Open Licensing Programme for Government

    Towards the end of September I wrote a post about a new Open licensing programme for government .  I wanted to direct you back to the Partner Portal pages on this topic as they have recently been updated and there are now some great sales and marketing...
  • Don't forget the Liverpool user group meeting next week!

    Are you a Microsoft partner based in the Liverpool region? If so, don't forget to sign up and attend the Liverpool Partner User group next Wednesday (19th November). David Bold is getting this partner user group going, having already met once a month...
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 Technical FAQ

    TechNet has released a great Technical FAQ on SBS 2008.  Topics include: Product Feature Set Administration Experience Client Desktops Setup Migration Management, Monitoring, and Health Status Networking, Security, OneCare Live for Server, and Forefront...
  • Citrix Access Essentials webinars

    Citrix Systems have recently joined us on the WESS launch SBSC User Group tour. Following some great interest from SBSC partners in Edinburgh last week, Sally Ross from Citrix has asked me to post her invitation out to all SBSC partner to invite you to...
  • Unique Opportunity for SBSC partners to attend Distributor Bootcamps!

    Working closely with our authorised distributor partners, Microsoft will be supporting a number of Distributor Bootcamps across the country in the coming month. We would like to take this opportunity to extend the invite out to SBSC partners. Read on...
  • Join the South Wales SBSC User Group in Cardiff on Tuesday!

    Are you a partner based in the South Wales region? If so, why not come along to the new Microsoft Partner User Group this Tuesday, 11th November. Tim and Grace Long of Tigra Networks are re-igniting the South Wales partner user group and have invited...
  • Introducing our new Partner Programme Videocasts

    Microsoft have just launched a series of videocasts to kick start your knowledge of the Microsoft Partner Programme and to help you get the most value from your partnership.  All videocasts are accessible on our brand new Partner Player — you...
  • Microsoft Study Reveals Small Business IT Sophistication

    My colleague, who heads up the SBSC programme in Canada (Satish Kanwar), has kindly advised me that Microsoft has released the results of a global study that investigated how small businesses use and manage their IT. The research report, called “...
  • Missing out on the WESS Launch User Group Tour??

    If you have been unable to attend any of the WESS Launch SBSC User group tour meetings that have, and in fact still are taking place around the country right up to the end of November, then we would like to invite you to the ‘Accelerate your Server...
  • SBS Hyper-V document on Technical Library

    We are pleased to announce that the following document is now available in the Windows Small Business Server Technical Library: Using Hyper-V with Windows Small Business Server 2008 . This document provides an overview of the use of virtualization in...