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August, 2013

  • Exchange Online mailbox sizes are increasing

    Tim Tetrick Cloud Partner Technology Strategist I am excited to announce that mailbox sizes in Exchange Online and Office 365 are increasing.  User mailboxes will be doubling in size – from 25GB to 50GB , and even Kiosk mailboxes will be doubling...
  • Part 4. Creating a Virtual Machine on Windows Server 2012

    Rob Waggoner I built the video How to Setup a Virtual Machine in Windows Server 2008 a few years ago.  It has served us well, but I decided now was the time to update the video for Windows Server 2012 R2.  Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server...
  • Clarification of Office 365 Pro Plus support in VDI environments

      In the last two weeks I received 3 separate inquires from partners regarding Office 365 and VDI.  All the questions were slightly different, but the answer was the same.  Two of the partners were under the impression you could not use...
  • How do I upgrade my Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard?

    Rob Waggoner   Q:  (from Bruce) I just read your article on the free upgrade to Win Server 2008 R2 standard but saw that the time frame expired a while back. Do you know what product we would need to buy and if it is possible to do a “In-place...
  • Office 365 Open Expanded Lineup - FAQ

      OVERVIEW Beginning September 1, 2013, Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Plan E1, Office 365 Plan E3, Exchange Online Plan 1 and Exchange Online Protection will be available for purchase through the Open programs (Open License, Open Value, and Open...
  • Simplifying the Yammer and Office 365 integration

    Michael Kophs Cloud Partner Technology Strategist A lot of you are experts on Office 365, and many of you know that Microsoft is betting big on improving business communication through enterprise social, specifically Yammer, but how many of you know the...
  • Make (more) money selling Office 365 through Open!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Partners, you do know that that Exchange Online, E1, E3, Office 365 ProPlus will be available through the Open program on September 1st, don’t you!? Why is this good news?  It means more money in...
  • Free eBook – Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2

        Josh Condie -The Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release book from Microsoft Press is now available . You can download it for FREE or order your own hard copy version. This is a great way for you and our valued customers to see...
  • Power BI App for Windows 8 and Windows RT now available in Store

      Power BI for Office 365 is a new self-service business intelligence (BI) offering enabling businesses to gain insights from their data in powerful new ways within Excel and Office 365. Customers now have the ability to easily search, discover and...
  • Are you familiar with the upcoming MPN changes?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Head on over to http://aka.ms/mpnchanges to download the July 2013 update. There are quite a number of items for you and your business to consider within the next half of this year as you grow and build...
  • Watch the Samurai Server Web Series for a chance to win a Surface Pro!

      This is the final week to watch the Samurai Server web series for a chance to win a Surface Pro!     Experience the availability, flexibility, and efficiency of Windows Server 2012 today. Watch the Samurai Server Web Series for a chance...
  • It’s time to sign up for the Microsoft FY14-H1 VAR Rebate!

    Tim Tetrick Microsoft introduces an opportunity for partners to earn up to 22% in incremental incentives on eligible sales of Microsoft Open Licensing agreements. Sign in and sign up today to make sure your business doesn’t miss out on one of the benefits...
  • SkyDrive Pro default storage increased to 25GB!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Great news!  It was just announced that SkyDrive Pro as part of Office 365 has increased the default space allocated for each user from 7GB to 25GB!  This is for both new customers as well as existing customers...
  • Get assistance in building up your Cloud Practice from your preferred Distributor!

    Todd Sweetser   Hi Cloud Sellers and would be Cloud Sellers! Our Cloud partner community continues to evolve and grow at an accelerated pace.  As such the information pool available tends to be everywhere, sometimes making the information you...
  • The New Rights Management Service (RMS) – Very Sticky!

    Josh Condie – Rights Management Services (RMS) is probably one of the most under utilized security and compliance features in Office (and available in Office 365).  Yet, there is probably no “stickier” function available to partners positioning the...
  • Windows 8.1 feature preview – enhanced security

    By Ron Grattopp ….You should remember that I’ve previously discussed how Windows 8 significantly ups the security bar with features like Secure/Trusted/Measured Boot, Malware Resistance technology, and corporate business data protection (see my post on...
  • Beat VMware with the new Microsoft Datacenter TCO Tool

    Normally I’m not impressed with TCO calculation tools. They often rely on unrealistic assumptions, request obscure data points, and deliver dry results. However, the new Microsoft Datacenter TCO Tool ( www.datacentertcotool.com ) impressed me as being...
  • Office Mobile for Android Phones

    Tim Tetrick Microsoft recently released Office Mobile for Android phones , which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and is available at no additional charge for Office 365 subscribers. This complements the Office Mobile for iPhone release that...
  • New Lync Online Features released in July

    Michael Kophs Cloud Partner Technology Strategist Have you ever hosted a large Lync meeting and tried to effectively answer a flood of questions in the IM chat window?  Does the overused phrase “like herding cats” come to mind?  Fortunately...
  • October 18th: Are your customers ready to surf the R2 wave?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- A couple of weeks ago, Brad Anderson (Corporate VP) announced the wave of R2 products that will be arriving on October 18th. Mark Your Calendars for Oct. 18: The R2 Wave is Coming! What will be available...
  • Adding Storage to SkyDrive Pro

    Q: (from Shali) Do you know how someone can add additional storage to their SkyDrive pro in Office 365?   A: Based on what I’ve found, you can’t add storage to SkyDrive Pro today: http://community.office365.com/en-us/forums/148/t/177236.aspx http...
  • Windows Server 2012–A Win-Win Conversation

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  • IAMCP Sponsored Windows Server 2012 technical training

    Rob Waggoner   IAMCP is sponsoring this online evening technical training so it doesn’t conflict with your billable hours.    More detail, and the registration link can be found here: http://iamcp.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id...
  • RT is dead (not), long live RT

    By Ron Grattopp ….I suspect many of you follow the trade rags as I do, and if you have then I’m betting you’ve seen the bandwagon some have jumped on how Windows RT is doomed.  Well, I recently ran across this article from long-time technology writer...
  • Check Out the New & Improved “Why Microsoft” Site!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- It’s been a little over a year since I wrote about WhyMicrosoft.com, but I thought it would be a good idea to “re-introduce” it as the site has just recently been updated! What exactly is this site all...