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.

December, 2008

  • Seasons Greeting to all of our SBSC Partners!

      We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  • Where are my WESS customer brochures?

    When we visited the SBSC User groups for the WESS launch we talked about the availability of some brand new customer facing WESS brochures which reference the SBSC partner channel on each page. A number of you placed a request for copies of the SBS 2008...
  • Urgent: Seeking UK SBSC partners for Windows Vista Competition

    Microsoft have been involved in a competition with “ Small Business Challenges ” for small businesses to win up to 10 Windows Vista Ultimate laptops, plus the help of a Microsoft Small Business Specialist. To be in with a chance of winning...
  • Sharing Feedback - SBSC WESS Launch User Group tour

    As promised, we wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some of the feedback we received from the SBSC WESS Launch user group tour. We have now presented at all eleven user groups and have successfully succeeded in our aim of doubling attendance...
  • And the winners are...

    As you are all aware, on the recent SBSC user group tour for the WESS launch, Microsoft ran a prize draw for partners to win a Technet Plus Subscription, worth £250. We also ran a grand prize draw for two lucky partners to win a ResourceiT consultancy...
  • Incorporate a Small Business news feed on your website

    There is now an exciting new tool available to SBSC partners that allows you to incorporate a Small Business news feed on your website. This news feed is a free and automated small business news feed, courtesy of Microsoft’s Small Business Centre...
  • Internet Marketing - Advice from an expert

    There's an interesting article posted on the True Business - real life for small businesses blog which shares some marketing advice from Phil Ledger of Ledger Bennett , a rather marketing agency in Milton Keynes.  The article highlight's Ledger's...
  • Office 2007 SBE FPP Promotion launches 21st December

    Microsoft's authorised distributors will soon be launching a promotion on FPP Office 2007 Small Business Edition.  The discounts could be anything up to 25% and will run between 21st December to the 17th January. For further details please contact...
  • SBSC Ask the Experts mentioned in the Small Business Centre Blog

    The other week I wrote a post about two of our SBSC partners taking on the role as "Ask the Experts" for the Microsoft's customer facing small business website. I'm now pleased to share with you the blog post that directed small business customers...
  • SMB Nation Event a great success!

    For those who were unable to make the SMB Nation event the other Friday, hosted at Microsoft's offices in London, I wanted to point you towards a couple of posts from SBSC partners who provide their own brief accounts of the event: Vijay Riyait's (SBSC...
  • SBSC Programme Webcasts

    There are now two webcasts available that address why you should join the Small Business Specialist Community and the business value and potential benefits of the SBSC competency. They are US driven but might be of interest to you: 5W/50 Series - Why...
  • Free training on Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) - 22nd January 2009

    The UK software market is evolving, and customers are looking to embrace the change. Forecasted growth for subscription software is expected to achieve an annual growth rate of +30% during the next three years - considerably outpacing traditional market...
  • Utilising the Partner Learning Centre

    Microsoft has created a Live Meeting recording to illustrate how training, available via the Partner Learning Centre (PLC), can benefit your business and how you can get the most from the Partner Learning Centre (PLC). Click here to access the video and...
  • PR Tips from a fellow SBSC partner

    At a number of recent SBSC user group meetings, whereby Microsoft ran sessions in preparation for the launch of SBS and EBS 2008, we talked about the huge opportunities to utilise PR to drive awareness of your company and the SBSC brand. Did you know...
  • Partnercast: SBS/EBS/Windows Server: Which is right for your customer?

    There have been a number of significant product announcements from Microsoft in the recent part. With options like Small Business Server 2008, Essential Business Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008, identifying the right solution for your customer environment...
  • New Microsoft Virtualisation courses in London and Birmingham during 2009

    New one- and two-day hands-on technical training courses are taking place in London and Birmingham between January and March 2009. Courses range from general overview of Microsoft Virtualisation Solutions through to more detailed in-depth technical training...
  • Top 10 Money Saving Tips

    Considering that many SBSC partners run small businesses themselves, the following article recently posted on Microsoft's Small Business customer facing blog recently highlighting ten top money saving tips might be of interest to you. Time is money, and...
  • Generate Revenue from Open Value

    Microsoft has made available to partners new sales materials to help you generate revenue from selling Open Value agreements into the 5 to 500 PC market. The Open Value programme is for small to medium-size organisations with at least five desktop PCs...
  • Migrating SBS 2003 to New Hardware Document on Technical Library

    There is now a document is available in the Windows Small Business Server Technical Library focused on " Migrating Windows Small Business Server 2003 to New Hardware ". This document solution helps you: Install SBS 2003 on a new computer Join...
  • 5W/50 Training Program Updates

    The 5W/50 Webcast series is focused on SBSC partners in the SMB space and cover business readiness, sales, technical and product related topics. To view the topics and dates for the webcasts, go to the 5W/50 Portal at http://www.mssmallbiz.com/training...
  • Sign-up for the new UK partner RSS feed

    Microsoft are pleased to announce the launch of a new UK partner RSS Feed . The purpose of the RSS Feed is to keep up-to-date with UK partner specific news including the latest resources and initiatives to help support your business. Click here to subscribe...
  • Get Mobile Ready and win a Window Mobile powered device

    In today's fast-paced environment, small-business customers have the same needs for remote productivity, accessibility, security and connectivity as their larger enterprise counterparts. Microsoft has created some tools and resources to develop Windows...
  • Training: WESS & Windows Server 2008 for OEM & System Builders

    Here's an update on what Windows Essential Server Solutions (WESS) and Windows Server 2008 training opportunities and resources there are for OEM & System Builder partners: Windows Server 2008 Product and Sales Overview Introduces the participant...
  • Guidance for Small Business Specialists: Virtual Launch Announcement E-mail

    With the the launch of Windows Essential Server Solutions, Microsoft delivered a webcast as a virtual launch announcement.  There is now some guidance available to SBSC partners about how best to use the virtual launch announcement e-mail to generate...
  • Microsoft Financing announces Open Smarter Way

    Open Smarter Way is a new Microsoft Financing promotion enabling partners to offer customers a finance package on technology purchases via an Open Licence. This promotion includes zero payments for six months and a reduced interest rate on the Open licence...