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Helping partners understand the value of Microsoft solutions.

April, 2013

  • Windows Server OEM licensing is cheaper, but not always.

    Woody Walton   I commonly encounter partners that buy and then resell Microsoft OEM licensing, especially Windows Server and the Windows Client.   The typical reason for this is usually price, but the ease of purchase also comes into play...
  • Auto Resize Slides in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

    B  V  A I wanted everybody to be aware of one of my favorite new features, but not on any top list that I have found in PowerPoint 2013.  Many times in the past I have had to re-format a slide deck based on the Projector or High Definition...
  • Exchange 2013 can now coexist with Exchange 2010 and 2007

    Rob Waggoner We just released cumulative update 1 for Exchange 2013.  Exchange 2013 hit General Availability in December, but we cautioned everyone that Exchange 2013 would not coexist with prior versions of Exchange until the release of cumulative...
  • Lync 2013 Part 1 – The Compelling End-User Experience

      Josh Condie – Microsoft’s Lync 2013 has a redesigned user interface and important new features that have great relevance in the SMB space. It’s a product whose value is self evident during the first exposure or demonstration.  Furthermore...
  • April 5 is your last day to save $200 on your WPC 2013 all-access pass!

      Josh Condie - Registration savings end April 5 (Today!) Early-bird registration for WPC 2013 ends April 5. Get our best price on registration and pay just $1,795 for your all-access pass, a savings of $200 (full price is $1,995). There is an additional...
  • File History, fan favorite feature of Windows 8

    By Ron Grattopp ….Now that we’ve launched the new Get2Modern campaign to hopefully motivate and incent folks to move up to Windows 8, I thought it would be good to review one of the key business value propositions for moving to Windows 8.  When I...
  • Don’t Leave Free Money on the Table: The Customer Ignite Offer expires in two weeks.

    Woody Walton   It isn’t often that anyone offers to give you anything for free, so when it comes along you should take advantage.   Recently, the Ready-to-go team at Microsoft put together the Customer Ignite offer .  The offer ends...
  • Help your customers “Get2Modern” with Windows 8 and Office 2013

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for the decade-old Windows XP as well as Office 2003. This means your customers will no longer receive updates, including security updates, for Windows XP from...
  • SMB Samurai Server 2012 Part 8–VDI Q&A

    B  V  A As a follow up to our final SMB Samurai Server 2012 webcast, I wanted to post the Q&A log as we had Adam Carter from Microsoft helping out with Q&A for this Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – VDI Configuration session. Question...
  • Azure Partner OnRamp Blog Series – Part 1: Azure Resource List

      Josh Condie - With the recent announcements around Azure for multiple services/workloads going to General Availability including IAAS, TS2 wanted to create a Partner on-boarding blog series to help our partners ramp-up with Azure.  To begin...
  • UPDATED Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio

    Tim Tetrick In a blog post from January , I talked about the Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio as a resource to assist with your Online Services selling efforts.  I’m happy to announce that we have an updated version of the PDF Portfolio...
  • Free Office webinars every Tuesday, watch videos anytime

    Todd Sweetser Hi Office and Cloud sellers alike!  Wanted to make all aware of this great resource that shows how to take advantage of Office and Office 365 components via short, focused webinars.  These are also available as recordings after...
  • Learn how to showcase Office 365 with the MEC Demo Tool & Pilots

    Michael Kophs – Cloud TSP I wanted to make sure you knew of the upcoming 2-part web series on how to win deals with Office 365 using the MEC Demo tool and pilots. You won’t want to miss this powerful series as you’ll learn how to showcase the latest Office...
  • Great Windows Client Resource Collection for the IT Pro

      Josh Condie – Stephen Rose and his team have put together an amazing IT Pro resource for the Windows client The Springboard Series! Where to find guidance demos, tools, and tips for IT pros? The Springboard Series! What is the Springboard Series...
  • SMB Reseller Webcast Series: East Region (May)

      J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Partners, are you ready to knock May out of the park? Remember that Big Easy and Cloud Easy promos are ending in 31 days!  So you need to act quickly! For more information on how this all works...
  • Microsoft Introduces the “Beyond Easy” Campaign

      Josh Condie - A few weeks ago, Microsoft introduced the Beyond Easy campaign, you know the one… with the guy who’s juggling and banner ads on CRN and the Redmond Partner Channel. Naturally one might think that nothing with Microsoft can be beyond...
  • Office 365 “180”

    By Ron Grattopp ….Just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this, basically in a partner’s own words how they came to do a “180”  regarding the Office 365 opportunity for their business.  This comes from an editorial in an SMB-focused newsletter...