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  • Blog Post: Skype for Business Online Licensing Resource

    Todd Sweetser With all of the recent updates to Skype for Business Online there may be many questions about how it is licensed and what capabilities can be utilized based on what SKU was purchased.  I recently found this new resource that can help clear much of this information up. The page is titled...
  • Blog Post: Help Lead Your Customers to the Cloud with MPN Advisory Hours: Sample Scenarios

    One of the most valuable resources you may have access to as part of your MPN benefits is: Advisory Hours This is one of the core benefits of being a MPN partner, and often times a underutilized benefit. Partner advisory hours are the currency used to access certain key services offered to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 E5 Resources to Help Grow Your Business

    As many of you are aware today, we officially announced the Office 365 E5 SKU. This really provides a whole new set of technical capabilities to Office. You can read about some of the fantastic changes here: Office 365 brings significant new value to business customers worldwide More importantly this...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Things You Need to Know: The Opportunity Behind Identity and Azure Active Directory Premium

    One of the great technologies you can leverage with your Office 365 customers is the identity. As you probably know behind every Office 365 tenant is Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD). Which in itself is a fantastic benefit for your customers. More importantly AAD provides you some great managed...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office 365 Client Update Branches

    Onur Dogruoz Hello Cloud Partners, After the release of Office 2016, the way Office 365 clients getting updates have changed. In our blog series, my fellow colleague Todd outlined some resources that you can utilize to get more information on the subject. Please see Todd’s blog here Office 365 Things...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office 365 ProPlus - Managing User Activations

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! You may be aware that each user of Office 365 ProPlus (and Office 365 Business) can install the Office client on up to 5 (FIVE) workstations.  This is a great benefit of the subscription licensing model! Did you also know that both the user and the administrator can...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office 2016, When will it be available in Office 365?

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A very common question we have been hearing since Office 2016 has been released is “when will my Office 365 ProPlus or Business customer receive the Office 2016 client?”  While this should be cut and dry, it is a bit more complex than you would expect.  After...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Excel 2016 Changing How You Work With Data

    In Microsoft Office 2016 we have made a lot of enhancements in the products, especially in Excel 2016! There are a ton of great features and you can read about them here: What's new in Excel 2016 for Windows . For today’s post I will show you some of the great things Excel 2016 can do to help...
  • Blog Post: Business is better with Office 365: Introducing Office 2016 Webcast Q/A

    Good afternoon everyone! Tim, Rob and I had the chance to answer questions on a customer facing webcast: Business is better with Office 365. Everyone had great questions and I think we typed non-stop for the entire webcast. I believe the Q/A list provides some insights into the types of solutions and...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Series Introduction

    Ah October…. the crispness in the air, the changing of the leaves and so many more fond memories. October brings us Halloween, Columbus Day, playoff baseball, football and s'more's. More importantly this October is going to bring you several things you need to know about Office 365, to help you...
  • Blog Post: Art of Automation: Leveraging PowerShell Modules and Starting with Office 365 PowerShell

    Recently I published an introductory article about how PowerShell can help transform your business. The article provided a primer to start learning the PowerShell language. You can read the article here: Art of Automation: Leveraging PowerShell to Improve Your Business In this article I am...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Import Service available

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is a service now available in preview that can potentially help when the customer has quite a bit of data (either email or files) and a limited connection to the internet.  This is called the Office 365 Import Service. There are two components available, first...
  • Blog Post: Office 2016 release date and new Office servicing options announced

    Tim Tetrick I was excited to see the official announcement yesterday that Office 2016 will be available starting on September 22nd. Another interesting announcement was the improvements that we are making to the Office update model. Consistent with the Windows 10 approach, we are seeing a similar Current...
  • Blog Post: Free eBook! Skype for Business User Tips & Tricks for Anyone!

    Todd Sweetser I came across this excellent resource and felt it would be a great tool for your toolbox when working with customers.  It has a plethora of tips and tricks around utilizing  Skype for Business!  The goal of course is to get folks consuming the services, and this grouping...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Service Comparison Web Site

    There is a great new site I just learned about to help you navigate the different offerings in Office 365. The set lets you quickly filter on what your look for. You can find the site here: Office 365 service comparison Here is what it looks like: The site offers the ability to look at this in an Excel...
  • Blog Post: Office 2016 for MAC is Available for Office 365 customers!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Office 2016 for MAC has been released and is now available for Office 365 customers!  One of the great benefits of an Office 365 ProPlus or Office 365 Business subscription is that it gives your users access to Office for up to 5 workstations.  This includes...
  • Blog Post: Manage Users’ Activations of Office Applications in Office 365

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A very common ask we receive from partners is “How can we manage the Office applications that users install from an Office 365 subscription?”  This has been a challenge but a new management capability was just released that helps with this scenario! It is now possible...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Workload-Specific Admin Roles

    Tim Tetrick I was excited to see that workload-specific admin roles is rolling out to Office 365 tenants starting today . This feature gives the ability to assign workload-specific service administrator roles to your organizations IT administrators for Exchange Online , SharePoint Online and Skype for...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for Organizations with International Users

    Tim Tetrick I frequently get questions from partners and customers who are looking to move to Office 365 but have users located in different parts of the world and have questions associated with that. For example… Can I have a subscription with some users in one country and some users in another? Can...
  • Blog Post: Common Question: How to hold former employee(s) email?

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A common question we receive from partners regarding Office 365 Exchange Online is “Can Exchange Online retain emails from employees after they leave the company WITHOUT using an Exchange Online license?” The quick answer is YES!  This would utilize a function called...
  • Blog Post: Newly updated! Administering Office 365 for Small Business training

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make all aware of a recent update to the Administering Office 365 for Small Business course that is available on the Microsoft Virtual Academy .  This is the third version of this course, updated with the most current Office 365 functionality.  This...
  • Blog Post: Built-in mobile device management in Office 365 now available

    Tim Tetrick Back in October, 2014 Microsoft announced that built-in mobile device management (MDM) capabilities were coming to Office 365 . I am pleased to announce that as of Monday, March 30 this is now generally available and included at no additional cost in all Office 365 commercial plans, including...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Partner admin mobile app now available

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of another tool you can use to help perform administration tasks on behalf of your customers while you are on the road.  The new Office 365 Partner admin mobile app is now available for Android and iOS and coming soon for Windows Phone. ...
  • Blog Post: Changes to SharePoint Online Public Website

    Tim Tetrick Cloud Partners, Wanted to make you aware of some changes coming to the SharePoint Online Public Website feature . I know some of you have customers utilizing this capability as part of Office 365 or you may be utilizing it yourselves as your primary company website to promote your organization...
  • Blog Post: FREE Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! One of the excellent resources available to partners are the Practice Accelerator series of courses.  Normally they would consume some of your advisory hours allocated to you via Microsoft Action Pack subscription or your competencies .  I wanted to make you...