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July, 2013

  • Nice Multi-Monitor Enhancements in Windows 8.1

    Josh Condie – I am sure this is a feature that a lot of us are interested in knowing about.  Most of the partners that I visit (on their site), have offices full of multi-monitor setups, and not just the developers!   It is truly a productivity...
  • How do I get the All Apps View in Windows 8.1?

    Rob Waggoner Q:  When I swipe up from the bottom of the Start Screen, I don’t get the All Apps View ,  I get the Customize View .  How can I access the App Apps View in Windows 8.1? A:  In Windows 8.1, like Windows 8, the traditional...
  • If you’re a OneNote aficionado, and using Windows 8, you need to know this

    By Ron Grattopp ….OK, so I’m a die-hard OneNote user – it’s probably more important to my daily productivity than any other app – and from way back I’ve used the Win+S shortcut to get screen clips from web pages and other screen shots that I use in documents...
  • Distributed File System Replication (DFSR)

    Q: (from Lee) If I set up DFS-R and it is scheduled vs all the time, what will happen in the following scenario: Joe makes a change to files.txt at 9am. and saves changes Sandy makes a change to files.txt at 11am and saves changes Vince makes a change...
  • Windows Licensing and BYOD: A case for Companion Subscription Licenses in the SMB

    Woody Walton I work every day supporting Microsoft Partners of one type or another.  VARs, hosters, distributors, you name it.  Today my opinion was solicited on an aspect of Windows client licensing that is not commonly asked about and it got...
  • Windows 8.1 feature preview – unified smart search

    By Ron Grattopp ….One of the most underrated (IMHO) yet important productivity aspects of the desktop OS is the search function.  Way back in Vista we introduced the Instant Search (or search-as-you-type as some call it) functionality which was a...
  • Office 365 Outlook Connectivity Troubleshooting Guided Walkthrough

    Tim Tetrick One of the biggest drivers of technical support volumes for Office 365 is Outlook connectivity issues.  To help assist, Microsoft has released a Guided Walk Through (GWT) for troubleshooting Outlook Connectivity issues in Office 365. ...
  • Microsoft VDI Licensing

    Q: (from Kellie) If an end user is hosting virtual desktops on a server, is there a limit to the number of virtual desktop instances they may run? If so, is the limit different for Standard and Datacenter? I know VDA is required to license the devices...
  • New OneNote Apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android

    Tim Tetrick Microsoft recently released the next wave of OneNote applications for iPhone, iPad, and Android via the Office News and OneNote blogs. This complete rewrite of the platforms enables longer term success with more frequent app updates, improved...
  • Office 365 Pricing Quick Reference

    Michael Kophs – Cloud PTS Is your sales staff up to speed on the latest Office 365 offerings?  Do sellers in your org know the differences between the Office 365 Small Business Premium, Midsize and Enterprise sku’s?  Training your staff on the...
  • Outlook Web App Client now available for iPhone and iPad

    Todd Sweetser   Hi Cloud Sellers! Microsoft has released a native Outlook Web App client for iPhone and iPad devices.  The client is available for download from the iTunes store: OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad .  There is an excellent...
  • Updated “Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses” training available!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!   Some of you may recall some excellent training that was available to help in your preparation for Office 365 Certification testing that is under the name of Office 365 for SMB Jump Start and is available on TechNet...
  • Get2Modern and TouchWins Program Updates for SMB Partners

    Get2Modern Program Update Josh Condie – One of the most important efforts that Microsoft and it’s channel partners will undertake over the course of the next 9 months (til April 8, 2014) is assisting and enabling our customers (especially SMB customers...
  • Power BI for Office 365

    Michael Kophs – Cloud PTS This summer I was fortunate enough to experience the gauntlet of Microsoft conferences:  WPC (our Worldwide Partner Conference), MGX (internal sales conference) and TechReady (internal technical conference) in three consecutive...