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Warning: New Office counterfeit heading to the UK
A new type of counterfeit found in Australia is expected to reach the UK soon. It copies the OEM Office 2007 Professional Medialess Licence Kits (MLKs) that use a plastic credit card with the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached. You can tell it is fake because there is a volume licence key on...
27 Apr 2009
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 of this campaign and has a very strong investment...
20 Nov 2008
BT invite SBSC partners to join their new BT Associate Programme
BT have recently approached Microsoft as they are extremely keen to engage with the SBSC partner channel. They recognise SBSC partners as Microsoft’s experts in small business solutions and believe the SBSC are the ideal channel for BT’s new Associate programme. So what is the Associate Programme...
19 Sep 2008
Introducing Jamie Burgess and his new blog
Jamie Burgess has recently joined Microsoft has a Partner Technical Specialist with a core focus on Small Business Server, Essential Business Server, Windows Server/Windows Desktop and Deployment. He's also just started up a blog, Hit The Ground Running , in which he aims to use to document lot of the...
10 Oct 2008
Welcome to the UK SBSC Blog
Welcome! This new RSS feed has been set up in order to get information out to our UK SBSC partners in real time. I hope you will find the content both interesting, informative and useful to your business. As the SBSC Community Lead, the majority of posts will probably come from myself. That said...
13 Aug 2008
Subscribe to the UK SBSC Newsletter
Our statistics show that there are a large number of SBSC partners out there who are not subscribing to the UK SBSC newsletter. Are you one of them? You have to opt in to receive it so sign up now. Simply click here to sign up. The SBSC Newsletter provides a great overview of news that matters most to...
14 Jan 2009
Microsoft SMB Community Blog : Who are the FY09 Microsoft SBSC PALs?
Thought this article would be of interest to those who don't subscribe to the World Wide Microsoft Small Business Channel Community Blog. Recently, Eric Ligman discussed "Who are the FY09 Microsoft SBSC PALs?" and linked back to his previous posts on the role of PALs... Shortly after Worldwide...
14 Aug 2008
Engineering Windows 7
For those who are interested, Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky , two senior engineering managers for the Windows 7 product at Microsoft, have recently set up a blog on Windows 7. Jon and Steven, along with members of the engineering team, will post, comment, and participate in this blog. In their own words...
29 Aug 2008
Share Your Experiences Through Photosynth - launched today!
Photosynth, a new technology from Microsoft Live Labs, transforms your digital photos of a location or object into a three-dimensional, 360-degree experience. Anybody who views your “synth” is put right in your shoes, sharing in the same experience and wonder that you did at the time, with...
21 Aug 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, it is even more important that government is able...
27 Nov 2008
Microsoft catches dirty dozen in channel crackdown - 27 Apr 2009 - CRN
Thought this post, taken from CRN, might be of interest... Microsoft catches dirty dozen in channel crackdown Software giant says growing practice of hard-disk loading is hurting the channel as another 12 resellers are caught out Written by Kayleigh Bateman CRN , 27 Apr 2009 Microsoft has discovered...
1 May 2009
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 in the current economic climate every small business...
9 Dec 2008
Manchester SBSC User Group
A couple of Thursday's ago I headed up to Manchester to join the SBSC Manchester User Group. It was a really interesting evening with full agenda. The evening kicked off with one of the members, Leslie Cupitt of Business Solutions Ltd , delivered a comprehensive session on Vista 64 bit in an SBS environment...
8 Sep 2008
Happy New Year!
To all of Microsoft UK's SBSC partners and their families... we wish you a very happy and prosperous 2009.
2 Jan 2009
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 some webinars they are holding in December. The...
10 Nov 2008
Become a Hosted Microsoft Dynamics CRM Referral Partner
Increase CRM are a leading hosted Microsoft Dynamic CRM service provider in the UK. They have approached Microsoft as they would like to offer the SBSC partners the opportunity to earn referral commissions for recommending hosted Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 to their customers from Increase CRM. ...
30 Sep 2008
Announcing Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2
Microsoft has just announced that Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 is now available for public download. Download it from here now. You’ll find versions for 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008. In addition to English, IE8 Beta 2 is...
28 Aug 2008
Open License Media fulfillment via Distribution Partners
Recently a couple of SBSC partners have contacted Microsoft to alert us to issues they have around obtaining media kits with open licensing. Some of the issues have arisen from lack of clarity around the process - some have arisen through fear of delay in fulfillment. In the latter case, please be aware...
11 Sep 2008
2009 Gearup is now available
The latest version of the Microsoft sales toolkit is now available. This is your essential resource in business for driving Microsoft sales. The toolkit contains a wealth of information about all Microsoft software products, as well as advice on various licensing options available. ...
23 Jan 2009
Hard Copies of Microsoft Small Business Collateral Now Available!
Microsoft now has hard copies of the following collateral / brochures available for SBSC partners to order: 1. Make IT work for you: A 20-minute guide for growing businesses: generic, easy to read guide for small business owner managers with SBS being the underpinning product promoted throughout....
22 Sep 2008
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 now , ensuring you select to hear news relating...
3 Dec 2008
Small Business Blog from Microsoft : Keep the cash flowing - new small business guide
Saw this post on the Small Business Blog from Microsoft which may be of interest to your small business customers or to you too... Keep the cash flowing - new small business guide Cash is king – a business mantra that is sometimes not understood until it’s too late. Without cash your company...
26 Feb 2009
Remember the SMB Insights Survey you participated in?
Remember the SMB Insights Survey you participated in back in February? Well, we do apologise for the delay in sharing this with you but are now pleased to be able to show where/ how the insight was used. On 25th March Microsoft published a press release entitled Microsoft Study Shows SMBs Using Technology...
19 Jun 2009
Seasons Greeting to all of our SBSC Partners!
We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
24 Dec 2008
Business Intelligence in Small Business - Andrew Fryer's take
For those who do not follow Andrew Fryer's blog, it is worth checking out his posts on Business Intelligence for Small Business . In a series of four posts Andrew addresses: Making the Case for Business Intelligence in Small Business In this article Andrew talks about how we usually equate Business Intelligence...
9 Sep 2008
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