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.

March, 2009

  • Have you signed up to the SME News Feed?

    Add value to your website with a Small Business news feed! Around 50 SBSC partners have already taken us up this offer to add value to their websites and promote repeat visits with a free news feed. Simple to setup, the feed allows you to offer your customers...
  • Worldwide Partner Conference Awards: 2 April closing date

    There are only a couple of days left to submit an entry to the Worldwide Partner Conference Awards. The closing date is 2nd April 2009. Through this awards programme, Microsoft recognises partners who have delivered exemplary solutions built on Microsoft...
  • Promote yourself - Become an "Ask the Expert"

    The Small Business Centre often receives customer queries on technology issues that are answered by ‘Experts’ – often internal experts but sometimes partners as well. A handful of SBSC partners have already put themselves forward and...
  • Worldwide Partner Conference - Registration Open

    Taking place from 13-16 July 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference provides the ideal forum to access the largest partner network in the world, make connections to spark new ideas and create partnerships to drive your...
  • Rev up your Revenue: increase deal size and close deals quicker

    Rev up your Revenue provides partners with access to consumable online sales and product training that can help you close deals faster. This training is suitable for sales staff (whether telesales or solution sales) and/or for those who may benefit from...
  • Guide to Opportunity: Software-plus-Services

    Click here to download a guide that explains how partners can exploit Microsoft's Software-plus-Services strategy. Microsoft executives and partners explain how Software-plus-Services can create major revenue opportunities for partners; and cost savings...
  • New Global Essential Business Server (EBS) User Group

    We wanted to make you aware of the EBS Global User Group. This is a group dedicated to promoting greater understanding Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server. The Global EBS User Group has the following features: Monthly LiveMeeting Webcasts by industry...
  • Windows Server Offer has now been extended to include Open Program Licensing!

    To help our channel partners continue their investment in delivering the best business value to their customers, we are offering a services rebate from January 15 to June 30, 2009. The following service rebates will be available when partners sell and...
  • 2nd Windows Vista Small Business Challenges Supplement heavily promotes SBSC!

    Remember the SMB Supplement that was focused on a Windows Vista Small Business Challenges campaign and competition? It called out SBSC partners and was distributed in big name magazine publications including Vista Magazine, What Laptop, PC Plus, Computer...
  • Changes to Open Licence Orders

    From the 1st May 2009 end customer e-mail address will be mandatory for all Open License orders. For non-Open customers, e-mail is already a mandatory field, but for Open customers, e-mail address must be captured at time of order to ensure we can validate...
  • Ask Partner Portal regular updated FAQs and hot topic info

    The Ask Partner hotline answers all licensing, product and Microsoft Financing partner queries. A new web page has been created that lists the answers to the most popular questions raised in previous months and includes links to related resources. As...
  • Register now for the "Live Series: An Overview of the opportunity with Small to Medium Public Sector organisations" Live Meeting

    Register now for the Live Series: An Overview of the opportunity with Small to Medium Public Sector organisations Live Meeting. Many partners specialising in small and medium size businesses do not realise that opportunities exist in small and medium...
  • Calling SBSC Partners using Twitter

    A message from Vijay Singh Riyait, UK SBSC Partner Area Lead (PAL): If you’re an SBSC Partner (anywhere in the world) then I’ve got a couple of requests. The first is that I would really like to connect with you on twitter at http://twitter...
  • Do you find the Microsoft Partner Programme confusing?

    There are a broad range of resources and support available to you through the programme, but it can be confusing trying to understand what to use - and when to use it. There are two ways you can increase your knowledge on the Partner Programme - you can...
  • Does it matter if I purchase my SBS Server through OEM, Retail, or Open License?

    Eric Ligmann has recently written a post on the SMB Community Blog which you may find of interest... Does it matter if I purchase my SBS Server through OEM, Retail, or Open License? This morning there was a question posed by a Partner about whether or...
  • The Official SBS Blog : Upcoming 5W/50 Web seminars

    Check out these upcoming web seminars: Title Date 5W/50 Series - How can the Microsoft Office Client & Microsoft Unified Communications impact your business? 3/13/2009 5W/50 Series - Migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS...
  • Engineering Windows 7 : Some Changes Since Beta for the RC

    This may be of interest to those who have downloaded the Windows 7 beta and keen to hear how it is developing... Some Changes Since Beta for the RC We’ve been quite busy for the past two months or so working through all the feedback we’ve...
  • Download updated small business brochures

    A while ago we told you about small business customer facing brochure which acts as a 20 minute small business guide to IT. We have now updated this document to reference Windows Small Business Server 2008. To download the PDF document, click here . We...
  • SBS 2008 Online Training

    Recently a partner asked what training he can undertake on line to skill himself up on Windows Small Business Server 2008 as he cannot afford 4-5 days out of the office to complete a classroom course. The Partner Readiness team advised the following,...
  • Small Business Blog from Microsoft : Don't put your trust in ‘Some IT guy'

    Microsoft's customer facing Small Business Blog has recently posted about SBSC partners... have a look for yourself... Don't put your trust in ‘Some IT guy' Look for a Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist. You might trust your neighbour...
  • Win Prizes with the Windows Vista Mean Business Campaign

    Take this fun, interactive course broken down into 3 sections and get a better understanding of how Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate is the right OS for a new PC, as compared to Windows XP and a MAC.  Small business customers need...
  • Official Web Site for SBSC Partner Area Leads

    The UK PALs site is a resource for SBSC Partners where you can see what the UK PALs are doing, links to Community resources, case studies of successful SBSC Partners in the UK and upcoming events. Why not check it out - Vijay's doing a great job of keeping...
  • Download the SBSC customer facing data sheets now

    As part of the SBSC Customer Awareness campaign Microsoft have recently embarked on, we wanted to make you aware of some great new customer data sheets that Microsoft will be using at small business customer events to ensure small business customers utilise...