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Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses on Office 365
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Want to make all aware of a training series on the Microsoft Virtual Academy that is focused on Office 365, called Office 365 for IT Pros . These are mostly 200 level training sessions to help one understand various aspects of Office 365. They recently...
19 Nov 2014
Should I use DirSync or AAD Sync?
Tim Tetrick Hi Cloud Partners, I’m sure many of you out there are familiar with DirSync . DirSync is a tool that has been around for a while that allows customers to keep their on-premises Active Directory continuously synchronized with Azure AD. It syncs users, groups, and optionally passwords into...
12 Nov 2014
Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Capitalize on the Opportunity!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! The cloud marks an unprecedented shift in the way we deliver solutions to customers. This shift also marks a need to rethink the partner business model, in order to build a sustainable business. But how? That is the pressing question top of mind for many of our partners...
5 Nov 2014
One-Time Passcode for Office 365 Message Encryption
Tim Tetrick I wanted to highlight a new feature that just recently launched that enhances the capabilities of Office 365 Message Encryption . As you may recall, Office 365 Message Encryption released this past February , and replaced the functionality previously known as EHE (Exchange Hosted Encryption...
14 Oct 2014
Office 365 Training Opportunity and Resource! The Office 365 Summits!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Just wanted to drop a quick post regarding some upcoming training opportunities! Office 365 Summit! The Office 365 Summit is a series of limited invitation 2 day workshops for Microsoft's most valued customers and partners providing deep-dive readiness on all...
20 Sep 2014
Some more info on Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Many should be aware of the recently announced support for Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus. This makes it possible to install and use Office 365 ProPlus (the Office client) onto a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Windows Server, shared virtual machine or...
10 Sep 2014
Office 365 shared computer activation
Tim Tetrick Back in May, I shared in a blog post that “ native RDS/TS support for Office 365 ProPlus is coming, and is currently targeted to release in the second half of 2014 ”. Well I’m pleased to announce that this support is now available as of September 1, 2014. All SKUs containing Office 365 ProPlus...
3 Sep 2014
Free Ignite Training: Managing Office 365 Identities and Services
Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Partners! Wanted to make you aware of some no charge Office Ignite training coming up. Great opportunity for excellent training on Office 365 Identities and Services! You're invited to attend a free 5-day instructor led virtual training on managing Office 365 identities...
25 Aug 2014
Mobile Entrée 365; A tool to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a solution that makes it easy for you as the partner to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience. While it’s out of the box experience is good, this solution makes it better. It’s called Mobile Entrée 365. What does it do? ...
10 Jul 2014
OWA for Android client available!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! OWA for Android devices has been made available in pre-release form and can be accessed from the Google Play store . The engineering team will be gathering feedback and fixing bugs during this pre-release phase to ensure that it is what users are expecting and requiring...
17 Jun 2014
Power BI for Office 365 Training Resources
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! We have been receiving many questions about one of the newest additions to Office 365, the Power BI for Office 365 solution. What is it, how can it be used, what does it bring to the table? Most of all, how can a Microsoft Partner get up to speed on it and...
19 Apr 2014
OneDrive for Business updates including storage increasing to 1TB!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great updates announced today in regards to the OneDrive for Business offering. This relates to all Office 365 SKUs that include OneDrive for Business including Standalone OneDrive for Business, Small Business Premium, Midsize and Enterprise offerings. The updates...
28 Apr 2014
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...
6 Feb 2014
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...
5 Feb 2014
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...
25 Jan 2014
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...
14 Jan 2014
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...
10 Jan 2014
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...
30 Dec 2013
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...
20 Dec 2013
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...
29 Jun 2012
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...
11 Dec 2013
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...
30 Jul 2013
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...
30 Nov 2013
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...
16 Jul 2013
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”...
15 Jan 2013
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