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  • Blog Post: 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 to download and install Office Professional Plus...
  • Blog Post: 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 Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners with...
  • Blog Post: MEC Demo 5.5 is now available!

    Todd Sweetser MEC Demo 5.5 Now Available! MEC Demo 5.5 has launched! The latest demo version of the MEC (5.5) is now available at www.usmec.com .   MEC Demo is the lightweight MEC program alternative that empowers Microsoft and Partner sales teams to deliver the Microsoft platform value and...
  • Blog Post: New Guided Walkthroughs for setting up common mailbox sharing scenarios

    Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Sellers! A new tool is available to help you and your customers when they wish to set up some common mailbox sharing requests.  These are called Guided Walkthroughs and walk the viewer through the steps required to achieve the scenario they are looking to solve. There are...
  • Blog Post: Litigation Hold versus In-Place Hold in Exchange Online

    Tim Tetrick I frequently get questions about the compliance archiving capabilities available in Exchange Online and Office 365 . One area that causes a lot of confusion is around Litigation Hold versus In-Place Hold . Is Litigation Hold the same as In-Place Hold? If not, then when and why would I choose...
  • Blog Post: 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 are authenticated completely in the Microsoft cloud...
  • Blog Post: 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 of the key things you need to know about Office...
  • Blog Post: Exam Requirements for the New Small Business Competency are not all EASY

    Woody Walton   The New Small Business Competency is a direct result of feedback from partners around the world.  Ithas a lot going for it and we plan on discussing it a lot in the coming weeks at WPC in Toronto, Canada.  You can read up on the competency here .   If you investigate...
  • Blog Post: 2,000 FREE Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses (Exam 74-324) Vouchers

    Josh Condie – This is great opportunity to advance 2 competencies quickly, and at a significantly reduced cost. Here is a very exciting offer for partners everywhere (not just the U.S.). Right now, the first 2,000 partners who take “Exam 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses”...
  • Blog Post: New US SMB Partner Center on MPN!

    Todd Sweetser A new helpful resource has been created to help Microsoft partners focused on the SMB (Small and Medium Business) space!  We know that the amount of information that is out these can be quite challenging to navigate.  A web HUB has been created to help narrow down some of the...
  • Blog Post: 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.  This is a very common ask and is a welcome...
  • Blog Post: Multi-Factor Authentication in Office 365 & Windows AZURE Part 1: Overview

    Woody Walton I made a quick “budget” video overview of the basics of Multi-factor authentication in Office 365 and Windows Azure.  This is intended to provide a brief overview of how to configure the different MFA options (Text message, phone call, mobile app, etc.) for not only administrators on...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Web App Client now available for iPhone and iPad

    Todd Sweetser   Hi Cloud Sellers! Microsoft has released a native Outlook Web App client for iPhone and iPad devices.  The client is available for download from the iTunes store: OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad .  There is an excellent blog post and FAQ on the Office 365 technology blog...
  • Blog Post: 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 and maintenance status updates for their Office...
  • Blog Post: Updated “Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses” training available!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!   Some of you may recall some excellent training that was available to help in your preparation for Office 365 Certification testing that is under the name of Office 365 for SMB Jump Start and is available on TechNet.  This training regimen has been updated to...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Readiness Programs for partners selling to SMB

      Todd Sweetser – Hi there Cloud Sellers!  Wanted to make sure you are aware of some current programs in place to assist with your Office 365 Readiness. First, be aware of the Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365 .  You can use this training to be prepared to help your customers...
  • Blog Post: The Directory Sync tool can now be installed on a Domain Controller!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great news for those that are selling into the smaller SMB accounts that may be running a single Domain Controller and don’t have the resources to have a second server.  Historically you were required to install the Office 365 Directory Sync (DirSync) tool (now...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Archiving

    Tim Tetrick I often get questions from partners and customers confused about the archiving capabilities of Office 365. The full archiving story of Office 365 involves a number of different capabilities of Exchange Online including Personal Archive , Multi-Mailbox Search , Legal Hold , and Journaling...