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October, 2013

  • Easily Brand Your Customer’s SharePoint Online Sites

    Michael Kophs – Partner Technology Strategist Did you know the latest version of SharePoint Online includes some very cool custom branding options?  Impress your Office 365 customers by giving their SharePoint sites a familiar look and feel, that...
  • Microsoft’s New Remote Desktop Clients for iOS, Mac OS and Android

    Josh Condie - Microsoft has just released the first official Remote Desktop clients for iOS and Android . Now, users can bring the Windows desktop (even Windows 8.1 which released earlier this month) directly to their mobile devices that may be running...
  • Managing spam notifications with Exchange Online Protection

    Tim Tetrick In March 2013, Microsoft released a brand new version of its email filtering service that was previously known as FOPE (Forefront Online Protection for Exchange) .  The new service is called EOP (Exchange Online Protection) , and it provides...
  • Virtual Desktop Architectural Reference Guides (Including Azure) Just Released

    Josh Condie – With VDI becoming more and more an opportunity for partners who host client services for small and mid-sized customers, Microsoft just released the guidance necessary to help you design effective desktop services using our latest Hyper-V...
  • Selling the Value of Excel 2013 in Office 365 ProPlus is hard when PowerView doesn't work

    Woody Walton I tell you this now so that you can learn ahead of time rather than spending a few days (or hours) sweating this one supporting one of your customers. There are many advantages to Office 365.  One of them is that we have included Office...
  • Office 365 Feature Excel Web Part for comparing all Plans

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a new resource that has been created that can make it easier to learn, discuss and be aware of what capabilities are in each of the many Office 365 offerings.  Of course the Office 365 Service...
  • Deploying Office 365 ProPlus using App-V

    Q: (from Tim) Can Office 365 be deployed at a client site through SCCM (traditional deployment model) or APP-V (application virtualization)? A: The answer is “Yes". A quick Bing search using “Deploying Office 365 with App-V” resulted in the following...
  • Qualifying SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals via the Cloud Deployment Partner program!

    Todd Sweetser What is the Cloud Deployment Offer? Overview: Qualifying CDP SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals! Details: Customers who purchase a minimum of 150 seats of eligible Office 365 Enterprise SKUs will...
  • End user training resources for Office 365 and Office 2013

    Tim Tetrick   From time to time I get asked about end user training resources for Office 365.  Some partners are looking for help in building out their own end user training for customers, and some are just looking for resources they can...
  • Do you know what’s scarier than Halloween? Staying on Windows XP!

    Rob Waggoner   As of October 31, 2013, there are 159 days of Windows XP support left .  If you don’t have a migration plan for your customers yet, please do it now!  We have three versions of Windows that are more current than Windows XP...
  • Tailoring the Windows User Experience using Group Policy

    Kathleen Molosky, PTS Group Policy As I am out visiting our partner community I receive many inquiries as to how to tailor the Windows client user experience to accommodate business and security requirements.  One of the best ways is through deployment...
  • Upcoming Cloud 1-2-3 webinar on Azure

    Partners, Are you interested in learning more about Microsoft’s exciting Azure service and all of the recent new additions?  In case you weren’t aware, you can now provision hosted VM’s, host websites, easily add blob storage, provide online backups...
  • MEC Webcasts

    MEC Webcasts now Available! As part of the on-going effort to scale the proven, winning message from the MEC (Microsoft Experience Center) program in FY14, we are pleased to announce the launch of the U.S. MEC “Experience the Possible” Webcast Series...
  • Five Keys to Partner Success in SMB with Office 365

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Looking for some ideas on how you can succeed with your Office 365 practice? Take a look at this whitepaper! Five Keys to Partner Success in SMB with Office 365 (Note: You will need your MPN ID/Password...
  • Essential Resources for Cloud Partners

    Over the last two weeks, I’ve been on-the-road in the Northeast Area with two of my co-workers: Gail Corey and Chris Large. During that time we visited with more than eight partners, a few customers, and delivered two SMB Live events. As we neared the...
  • Western PA Microsoft Partner Summit- Pittsburgh 10/24

    Hello Western Pennsylvania Microsoft SMB Partners: I wanted to make you aware of the Western PA Microsoft SMB (Small Medium Business) Partner Summit in the Microsoft Pittsburgh Office on Thursday Oct 24 th from 9:00-4:00 PM EST. You likely have already...
  • Common Objections to Office 365 Small Business Premium

    Q: (from Leianni) When discussing Office 365 SBP with my peers, we frequently return to the same objections: subscription hard to sell low margin for partners no incremental sale channel killer Help me understand Microsoft’s position. A: I find myself...
  • Windows Azure Friday

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  • Want to learn more about Hyper-V?

    Rob Waggoner If you are already deploying VMware but want to understand more about Hyper-V, we have the event for you!  We are delivering the Hyper-V Road shows throughout the country.  The Hyper-V Road shows consist of two sessions.  We...
  • SMB Live Day 1–Cloud Bootcamps

    The cloud opportunity is exploding, and Microsoft is coming to a city near you to share how to take advantage of it. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Microsoft experts and your peers about the fundamentals to build a successful Microsoft cloud...
  • Virtualization IT Camps Open to All IT Pros!

    Learn the basics – and beyond – in Microsoft virtualization technology at a FREE, hands-on workshop for IT pros. You’ll see how your current VMware skills apply to a Microsoft environment, explore the differences between key Microsoft and VMware technologies...
  • Your customers have less than 6 weeks to grab hold of the SMB Advantage!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Partners, are you missing out on valuable Partner Subsidy dollars?  If you earned them with the Big Easy and Cloud Easy offers a few months ago, you will want to make sure you earn them again! The...
  • Cloudy with a chance of ZOMBIES!!!

    Todd Sweetser Just a little lighthearted fun for Halloween from the team at Channel 9 ! Click here to go to Channel 9 Bizarre things happen around All Hallows Eve...and Microsoft is no exception. This year we tell you the tale of an over-worked Cloud...
  • US Partner Cloud Specialist Sweepstakes

    With the rise of cloud computing and the use of cloud services, customers need trusted advisors to help them understand which solutions are right for their businesses. Earning a Microsoft Sales Specialist or Pre-Sales Technical Specialist accreditation...