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June, 2011

  • Why Choose the Office 365 E3 Enterprise Plan Reason #1: Unlimited Personal Archive

      Woody Walton   I was delving through the Exchange Online Beta Service Description and I noticed an often overlooked capability that resides in the Enterprise E3 plan, that bears mentioning.  Incidentally, if you want to download the released...
  • I am a Partner, How do my Sales reps Quote Office 365?

      By Woody Walton Office 365 has been out for just a couple of days and the traction thus far is amazing!  One thing we have realized is that some partners are having a hard time figuring out how to quote Office 365 as it is different than BPOS...
  • Getting more out of Windows 7/Office 2010 & how to have that “sales” conversation with your customer

      By Ron Grattopp…..As you should recall I’ve been doing the Microsoft / Intel ‘Building Solutions Together’ Tour roadshow events for the last 6 weeks or so.  If you read about those, or if you attended, you know that in the desktop session...
  • Windows 7 to Windows XP Downgrade Rights

    Q: (from Sal) Concerning the Windows XP downgrade rights,  can you verify if these rights have been extended? See here:  http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20010285-56.html   A: (with support from Khody Golshan) I’ve found several references...
  • Office 365 Follow-up: Partner Questions Shared–Supplement to FAQ

      Woody Walton   With Office 365 hitting the streets Tuesday, there has been a lot of interest expressed by partners and I have had more questions show up in my inbox than at any other time.  I thought these questions from one email by...
  • I know how to send my customers a BPOS trial invitation, but how do I do it for Office 365?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- First of all, your MPN ID must be authorized to sell Microsoft Online Services.  If you have signed the Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement and taken the assessment, you should be good there...
  • Consolidated Collection of Office 365 Sales Resources for Partners

      By Josh Condie…  In an effort to help our partners blast out of the gates, below is a comprehensive list of sales tools to help Microsoft’s partners go to market efficiently with Office 365.  Everything from solution demos to executive...
  • Microsoft Partner Profitability Tool

      With the ever-changing marketplace, Partners often consider adding additional competencies or services to their exiting practice.  How do you know if it would be profitable ?  Here is a great tool that takes just a small amount of time...
  • Heading to WPC this year in Los Angeles

      SMB is the Place to Be – Come meet the team supporting SMB space     As a Microsoft partner who focuses on small and midsize business (SMB) customers, you won’t want to miss Thursday, July 14 , at the 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner...
  • Office 365 is out… what will SBS 2011 Essentials integration look like?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- The SBS team updated their blog with a post that contains some new details: http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2011/06/30/sbs-2011-essentials-and-office-365-great-value-for-our-customers.aspx The Office...
  • New! Bing Business Portal

      By Ron Grattopp…..Here’s an opportunity for you to get more exposure for your business and your customers’ business.  As most of you know, Bing is really gaining momentum as more and more customers are “binging” to find answers to their questions...
  • Revamped SkyDrive

        B  V A As we prepare for Office 365, I am still amazed at the number of Partners and Customers that are not aware of our Free consumer offerings marketed, or rather under-marketed as “Live”.  Specifically I wanted to remind you...
  • Office 365 Announcement Coming June 28

    On Tuesday, June 28, 10-11 a.m. EDT, the Microsoft Office Division will release news detailing the latest on Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft’s next-generation cloud service. Office 365 is the culmination of more than 20 years of experience delivering...
  • Office 365 Now Available

        B  V A NEW YORK – June 28, 2011 – Steve Ballmer launched Office 365 today in New York City, for small businesses and enterprises. Small businesses are fast becoming the heroes of economic recovery, aided by new technologies such as...
  • The Cost of Certification is Going Up

    Rob Waggoner If you missed the announcement, the cost of certification exams is increasing effective July 1, 2011.  In the U.S., the certification exam will increase from $125.00 to $150.00.  It looks like the traditional discounts will still...