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February, 2014

  • Replacing an Exchange SMTP Relay in an Office 365 Environment

    Q: (from Kristy) Looking a bit more into Office 365 for our firm and doing some prep work.... One key item... Our finance/ ERP / billing system application - We email statements, employee paystubs, client invoices and similar items out of it now. And...
  • Office 2013 SP1 Released – How about Click-to-Run?

    Josh Condie - The SP1 updates for the Windows Installer (MSI) versions of the Office 2013 desktop products, and for the SharePoint 2013 server products, are available from the Microsoft Download Center as of February 25th, as well as from Microsoft Update...
  • Microsoft Cloud Trust Center Resources

    Tim Tetrick I know many of you are familiar with the Office 365 Trust Center and use it on a regular basis to help address your customer’s questions and concerns around Privacy, Transparency, Security, Compliance, and Certifications. What you may not...
  • When must I upgrade from Office Professional Plus 2010 Subscription to Office 365 ProPlus?

    Tim Tetrick I commonly hear this question from partners and customers – How long do I have before I must upgrade from Office Professional Plus 2010 Subscription to Office 365 ProPlus? Customers that were on Office 365 pre-service upgrade still have access...
  • Windows Azure FAQ Resources

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! On the heels of my colleague Tim’s excellent post on Microsoft Cloud Trust Center Resources I thought a single place to access the currently available FAQs that cover various aspects of Windows Azure would be helpful. ...
  • Office 365 Message Encryption Capabilities Extended to Outside Your Company

    November last year, Microsoft unveiled plans to release Office 365 Message Encryption, a new service allowing you to send encrypted emails to anyone outside your company. Today, the service has become generally available. The message encryption service...
  • Migrating from XP to Windows 8.1 Using MDT 2013

    Josh Condie – Below is a repost from a January 9th BLOG posted by Michael Niehaus in our Windows Product Marketing organization. This is a great resource to have on hand that offers the smoothest path from old to “Newest!” Windows 8.1 offers the best...
  • Addressing Common Office 365 Selling Challenges

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist O365 Sellers, Following you’ll find a very useful deck that I reference when coaching new partners on how to address common Office 365 customer objections and challenges. The topics below are the most common...
  • Attend THE MEC (Microsoft Exchange Conference) in Austin March 31 – April 2

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Not to be confused with the MEC (Microsoft Experience Center) , the Microsoft Exchange Conference is coming to Austin at the end of March. MEC is the premier global event for Microsoft Exchange and Office...
  • Cloud 1-2-3 Academy Workshops and Webinars!

    Over the last few months, the SMB Team at Microsoft has provided dozens of web based ( Cloud 1-2-3 ) and in-person ( SMB Live ) events on the sales, marketing, and technical skills needed to establish a Cloud business practice. The challenge is putting...
  • Microsoft Ahead of the Game Technical Series Roadshow Coming to a City near you!

      Todd Sweetser Microsoft technical training is coming to a city near you. Register now to join us for the Ahead of the Game Technical Series event … space is limited. The Ahead of the Game Technical Series is a 2 day hands-on training event for...
  • CRM Training

    Q: (from Gail) I’m looking for training on how to use Microsoft Dynamics CRM that I can share with a customer. A: As a rule, Microsoft leaves training up to our learning partners ( http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/partners.aspx ), but Microsoft...
  • Is it Supported on Windows Azure?

    Rob Waggoner As you can tell from my prior blog posts, I’m really digging into Windows Azure and as I talk about Windows Azure, one question continues to come up. “Is this supported on Windows Azure?”. The answer depends on the scenario, but we have a...
  • Scripts - A Very Helpful Resource Available via the Azure Portal

      Windows Azure enables you to script and automate functionality available via the GUI interface as well as enhanced features currently not  available via the GUI using Windows PowerShell or the cross platform command line tools, which can be...
  • SharePoint Conference 2014

      If you are looking for a way to expand your practice with SharePoint on premise, hybrid or in the cloud the SharePoint Conference could be for you. From Monday, Mar 3, 2014 11:00 AM to Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 12:00 PM Microsoft is taking over the...
  • Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the VAR Rebate!!

    Woody Walton Microsoft’s VAR incentive program is a MUST DO for any reseller out there that sells Microsoft products and solutions. All you have to do is be a registered member of the Microsoft Partner Network (free), and sign up for the incentive program...
  • Backup Possibilities in Windows Azure

    Rob Waggoner As we continue to look to Windows Azure as a way to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to our customers, I want to remind you that Windows Azure can also handle the backups for your on-premises infrastructure and your cloud based...
  • You are Invited! One Day Office 365 Drumbeat Sales Training

      The Drumbeat Sales day, provides partners in sales and pre-sales technical roles with best practice sales training for Office 365.  Selling Office 365 requires a new way of selling, come hear about it.  In addition to sharing Microsoft...
  • If I’m using Windows Azure for IaaS do I still need backups?

    Rob Waggoner That one makes you think a minute, doesn’t it? The answer of course is that yes, you probably still need backups. Windows Azure ensures, when geo-redundancy is enabled, that your data won’t be lost if a datacenter does down, but Windows Azure...
  • Did you know your customers still have an “SMB Advantage”?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Check out my older post here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2014/01/23/the-smb-advantage-cloud-easy-incentive-ends-on-january-31st.aspx We’ve been given more time, and the SMB Advantage...
  • Windows tablets! Get your Windows tablets!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- As I prepare to speak to more partners and customers about Windows devices, I am so pleased with the diversity of form factors that Microsoft and our partners have put together. What is also amazing is...
  • SQL 2014: Top Features and Resources

    Onur Dogruoz With the introduction of SQL Server 2014 approaching fast, I wanted to briefly touch on some key technologies coming in the new version. As in 2012 release, SQL Server 2014 also focuses on 3 key areas; Business Intelligence, high availability...