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.

August, 2009

  • Customer case studies: applications request

    Do you have any small business customers who are successfully benefiting from the use of Windows 7; and/or Small Business Server 2008; and/or Office 2007? Would those customers be happy to tell their story and participate in a written case study? If so...
  • What do you need from us to market to your customers?

    Over the last month, I have spoken to many of you to get your feedback on what I can do to support the Community this year. Some of you have indicated that you’d like to get a better insight into our small business customer marketing campaigns. Good news...
  • Major event: Microsoft Partner Network 2009 – Register now

    This will be the biggest partner event that we’ve run in years – this isn’t Small Business Specialist specific but will give you the opportunity to network with other partner types. Taking place in Wembley, I recommend you register as soon as possible...
  • Windows Essential Server Solutions: Implementation and Administration Courses

    The skills team have asked me to promote the following – don’t forget that you need your Live ID to access the PLC to register: “Implementing and Administering Windows Small Business Server 2008 At this 4-day workshop, partners will gain first-hand knowledge...
  • Forrester ARC Riding the SMB recovery wave webinar

    This might be quite US focused but FYI. I’ll also find out if will be recorded. If so, I’ll circulate the link for those of you who couldn’t dial-in in person. If you do want to attend, you should sign-up early because attendance will be restricted to...
  • Pinpoint FAQs

    I’ve recently had a number of questions relating to Pinpoint so here is some further information that my Pinpoint colleague, Steven Sams, has put together specifically for the Community: “The Small Business Specialist Centre recently switched over from...
  • FYI for ISVs: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 compatibility

    For those Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who are readers, don’t forget that you can log onto: www.isvappcompat.com/uk to help make sure that your software applications are compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Once compatibility is...
  • Upcoming licensing training at Microsoft offices in Reading and London

    For those Small Business Specialists located in the South East, there are some licensing courses coming up which might be of interest. Don’t forget that you will need to use your Live ID details to sign into the PLC. Licensing Cool’s is series of training...
  • Selling Open – what do you need from us?

    Do your customers have Open Licence agreements ? Generally, which licence agreement type do you recommend to your customers? What more can we do to help you sell Open? Or indeed, have you used any of our resources to sell Open in the past – if so, what...
  • Support options for partners

    Recently, I’ve received a number of questions regarding the support options which are available to partners. Some guidance as follows: Firstly, you can check out what’s available to you by using this tool (filter according to your partner tier such as...
  • Have you heard about Digital Content Direct?

    Digital Content Direct is a free service that allows you to have the latest Microsoft product information embedded in your website. The benefits of Digital Content Direct are: Your customers can find the latest Microsoft product information without leaving...
  • Microsoft’s SharePoint Thrives in the Recession

    Interesting article from New York Times regarding how customer interest in SharePoint continues to increase. Are your customers interested in SharePoint? Is this a technology that you would like to hear more about and receive training on in FY10? If so...
  • Tell us how we can improve the Microsoft Small Business Specialist (UK) blog?

    Are you getting the information you need from this blog? If so, tell us what you like (and don’t like) about it? Likewise, if you want more information on a topic that is not already being publicised by this blog, let us know. Email your feedback to:...
  • Opportunity to meet with TAP Programme Manager for Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation

    Do you have customers who have moved or recently purchased their first server? Or those who have an existing Small Business Server 2003 infrastructure and which employ less than 15 staff? If so, and you’d like to meet the TAP (Technical Adoption Programme...
  • SBSC management change at Microsoft

    Following a detailed review, and in light of the upcoming changes to the wider programme (now known as the Microsoft Partner Network), we feel that the SBSC should be managed on a local level via our Partner Engagement team. As such, Dell Quinn will be...
  • Give us your feedback on the Microsoft Licensing Accreditations

    In March, we updated and launched the Microsoft Licensing Accreditations , which recognise those individuals who can recommend the most appropriate products and licensing options for their customers’ needs. In response to partner feedback requesting the...