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March, 2014

  • In case there is any doubt: Windows XP End of Support is an “Official” Problem

    Woody Walton I have been speaking around the country to VARs and other Microsoft Partners about the opportunity that Windows XP End of Support represents. I know I may sound like a broken record, but we need to make sure we are crystal clear in dialogues...
  • Azure Technical Training Webinars

    Partners, I wanted to make sure you were aware of the following technical learning opportunity to help you prepare to sell and deploy on the Windows Azure Infrastructure. The first 4 session recordings are available on-demand and the final 4 are being...
  • How to ensure you are not being charged for Azure VMs when they are shutdown

    Rob Waggoner We’ve all become accustomed to shutting down our VMs when we don’t need them, but in Windows Azure, it takes more then just shutting down the OS (within the VM) to ensure your runtime costs stop accumulating.  In Azure, you have to make...
  • Office for iPad Weekend Review

    Over the weekend, I spent a few minutes (OK hours...) comparing the new Office for the iPad to other favors of Office including the version for the Windows / IOS / Android Phones, the Web Apps, Windows RT, and the PC. I didn’t include the new native Android...
  • So Office for the iPad is available now… Why should partners care?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Head on over to the Partner Marketing Center and click on the 5 Minute Friday video link [HERE] !! Ayman from the Office BG says: “From a partner perspective, this is a great opportunity to continue to...
  • Announcing the Office 365 Plan Selector Tool

    Josh Condie – All levels of the Microsoft Channel, from Distribution to LSP to VAR, have been asking for training and reference material to support the Office 365 presales process around proper plan selection. How’s that for a lot of “P’s?” Here is the...
  • Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) – Other Half of Yesterday’s Cloud Agenda

    Josh Condie – In follow-up to Kathleen’s post earlier, the other half of yesterday’s Cloud announcement was focused on controlling and securing the mobile devices and platforms that Microsoft is now broadly building for. EMS Enterprise Mobility Suite...
  • Office Now Available for the iPad

    During our recent SMB live event held in Salt Lake City a question was raised from the audience as to when Office would be available for the iPad. I am happy to say we unveiled Office for iPad® – specifically Word, PowerPoint and Excel. We hope you’ll...
  • FREE SQL Server 2014 Technical Ignite Trainings for Partners

    Onur Dogruoz LOCATION AND DATE: Sunnyvale, CA April 8 to 11, 2014 Chicago, IL April 21 – 24, 2014 Reston, VA April 29 – May 2, 2014 Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Ignite brings to market new in-memory capabilities built into the core database and provides...
  • Earn up to 30% in March with NEW SMB Advantage Offer

    Onur Dogruoz ***UPDATED : SMB Advantage offer has been updated and expanded to include SKUs for CRM on premise, Microsoft Office 365 Renew to the Cloud Open Value, Microsoft Get2Modern, and Microsoft Office 365 Advisor Upsell. SMB Advantage Offer is back...
  • Microsoft Online Services Partner Dashboard updates!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make sure all were aware of updates to the Microsoft Online Services Partner Dashboard!  It is designed to provide our cloud sellers with insight into the status and health of your Microsoft Online business...
  • Office 365 ProPlus Deployment Options

    Q: (from Dan) One quick question for you as we’re preparing to roll out office pro plus from 365 e3. I believe you indicated it’s possible to download a “traditional” MSI or other kind of installer rather than do the streaming install to every machine...
  • Announcements Regarding SharePoint Online Storage Limit Increases

    Last week at the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, Microsoft made some exciting announcements regarding SharePoint Online storage limit increases. Since April 2013, we have seen a 485% growth in user access of SharePoint Online. This secure environment...
  • Windows Azure Availability Sets

    Rob Waggoner I’ve been spending a lot of time with Windows Azure, and as always, I’m focusing on how we can get the best value for our spend. As I look that the Windows Azure cost model; running VMs will likely be the most expensive item on your Windows...
  • Verify / Change the Partner of Record (POR) on an Office 365 Subscription

    Q: (from Brian) How do we insure we are the Partner of Record? A: (with help from my peer Todd Sweetser) Although the basic steps documented in JJ’s post on the same topic ( How to Add the Partner of Record (POR) to an Office 365 Beta Account ) are essentially...
  • Calculate your customer’s savings with Office 365

    Tim Tetrick Microsoft partners can now use CloudReady Insight , an Office 365 cost-saving assessment tool from third-party provider Exoprise , to show their customers how much they can save with Office 365. Help Office 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 users...
  • Cloud Deployment Offer Extended to June 30, 2014!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! We are pleased to announce that the FY14 Deployment Offer has been Extended through June 30, 2014. As discussed in my earlier post, Qualifying SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals...
  • OneDrive for Business

    Tim Tetrick As you may have seen recently, SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business . OneDrive for Business is personal online storage for a company’s employees. It’s the place where people can store, share, and sync their work files across multiple...
  • Single-Sign On with Office365 and your other third-party cloud services

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Back in November, in my blog post Accessing your Office 365 Admin Console using Azure (WAADM)! I discuss the application integration capabilities of Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD). How customers can use...