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December, 2013

  • Windows 8.1 Preview License Expires Jan 2014

    Thank you for using the Windows 8.1 Preview. Partners should communicate with their customers to make sure they move to the final released versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 before January 2014 when the license for the preview will expire. Plans...
  • RDS Use Rights for non-VL Office 365

    Question: We get mixed information from Microsoft and distributors. Could you please inform me if there is any update on non-VL Office 365 rights to install/run on RDS? We are using office365 now (through advisory model). We need to start using RDS. And...
  • Free Microsoft Virtualization Exam!

    Rob Waggoner If you haven’t see our Virtualization Squared site, you should check it out.  We have free online training for Hyper-V, and when you complete the training you’ll receive a voucher to cover the cost of your Microsoft Virtualization Certification...
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Work Folders–The On-Premise Solution for Controlling Sensitive Data

    While many small and medium size businesses are moving their IT infrastructure to Azure for hardware and operational cost savings, there are still times when technology solutions will need to stay on premise due to the sensitivity of data as the prevalent...
  • Office 365 Starter Kit for SMB Partners - Now Available!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is a new resource to help guide and assist you in selling and deploying Office 365, it is called the Office 365 Starter Kit for SMB Partners. Aligning to the Reseller Bootcamp agenda, the Starter Kit provides an overview...
  • New Ready-to-Go Campaign: Office 365 Beats Google

    Partners, We are excited to announce the availability of a new Microsoft Ready-to-Go campaign called – Office 365 Beats Google – focused on competing and winning against Google . This campaign provides marketing and sales tools to support you in conversations...
  • New study highlights how technology helps fuel significant revenue and job growth for SMB customers

    Tim Tetrick According to new research commissioned by Microsoft and independently conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) , a global management consulting firm and a leading adviser on business strategy, tech-savvy small and medium-sized enterprises...
  • SkyKick Turbo Program has Launched

    Office 365 “ Turbo” is a new program designed to help partners sell more Office 365 and make Office 365 deployment projects easier and more profitable.   Focused on driving improved partner reach and amplified frequency, Turbo gives partners...
  • Up to Speed with Windows Server 2012

    Josh Condie – It’s been a couple of weeks, but these resources are nice ones.  Windows Server 2012 R2 is not just a Service Pack roll-up.  There is significant enhancement and much that is brand new in the areas of virtualization, storage and...
  • Partners: Enter to Win Up to $1,000 in Our Sales Specialist Sweepstakes

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- When you pass a Microsoft Sales or Presales Technical Specialist assessment for Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Windows 8, Office 365, Windows Server, and/or System Center,...
  • Free Hyper-V Training for VMWare IT Professionals

    Josh Condie – Reposting for a colleague: Get the edge in your technical career! Attend the online Virtualization IT Camp for VMware IT professionals and expand your virtualization skills. Seasoned experts will demonstrate key scenarios and cover equivalent...
  • Microsoft Partner Program 2014 Updates

    Josh Condie – Below is an especially useful announcement from October 25th by Julie Bennani, our General Manager for MPN.  SMB highlights include the evolution of programs such as Cloud Essentials to MAPs, updates on IURs, and changes to the timing...
  • Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes

    Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, wanted to make you aware of this recently announced sweepstakes offer.  Register your company to enter the Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes, and then sell eligible SKUs of Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Exchange Online...
  • Identity and Authentication in the cloud: Office 2013 and Office 365 Poster

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Recently found this good resource in the Download Center for reviewing how Authentication can work with Office 2013 and Office 365.  Two scenarios illustrate how identities are provisioned and how those identities...
  • Announcing Windows Server 2012 R2 Samurai Webcast Series

    Q: (from Brenda) I liked the Windows Server 2012 Samurai Webcast Series , but has the content been refreshed since the launch of Windows Server 2012 R2? A: To stay ahead of the game, partners need to be ready now to show their customers how Windows Server...
  • New Office 365 Admin Mobile App!

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Great news for Windows Phone users!  Microsoft recently released the Office 365 Admin Mobile App for Windows Phone.  IT Administrators with Windows Phones can now easily view service health information...