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  • Blog Post: Microsoft launches the Online Service Health Dashboard for BPOS – Standard customers World Wide

    Article by Charles Van Heusen | Partner Technology Advisor | Microsoft U.S. – SMB&D – TS2 Team | Follow our Blog |Follow me on Twitter     As I’ve interacted with many Partners and customers over the past year discussing Microsoft Online Services, the one question that often came up is...
  • Blog Post: How to renew your Microsoft Online Service Provider Agreement (MOSPA)

    You may have received an e-mail notifying you that your MOSPA agreement has expired (in some cases, you may have recently signed the agreement). This is not an error, as the MOSPA agreement is paired with your Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) agreement expiration date, and must be renewed annually. To...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 provides your cloud customers with even more options!

      J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- First off….. QuickStartOnlineServices.com is the place to start for everything BPOS/Microsoft Partner related, and I encourage you to check it out.  When you do, you will be able to download the Office 365 Partner Overview Deck . Lots of great...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Microsoft’s Online Services Privacy Policy

      One of the most common questions I hear from Partners when it comes to using “Cloud” solutions is “How do I know you are protecting my customer’s privacy"? I thought I should dig into this so you know where to go to find the information to share with your customers.  There are two main...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Fast-Track Bootcamp is Coming to a City Near You…

      Josh Condie – If you have just begun to sell Microsoft Online Services such as Office 365 and are looking for the deep guidance to accelerate your new practice, then this course is just what you need.  You will learn about all of the programs and resources available to you and your customers...
  • Blog Post: Are you a TPAM managed Partner??? – Earn $1000.00 for 1st BPOS Deal

    US Exchange Extend Offer Sell your first BPOS or Exchange Online deal, and you could earn $1000! As a TPAM-managed VAR that sells Exchange on-premise, you could earn $1000 for selling your first BPOS or Exchange Online deal. Qualifying deals must be sold between January 7 th and March 31 st , 2011 (Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for Government Announced

    Josh Condie – Yesterday, Microsoft announced Office 365 for Government.  This represents a great opportunity for our SMB partner community, especially at the local and regional government level.  Small State and Local Government entities are the perfect candidates for secure and private cloud...
  • Blog Post: Free Workshop on Building your Cloud Practice–Sign up Today!

        The Cloud is here and it is real. According to a study recently completed by Everything Channel’s IPED Research division, by 2012, at least 50% of all customers will have some form of a cloud solution underway.  Many partners continue to ask these questions:   How do I get started...
  • Blog Post: BPOS or Office 365 Bandwidth needs determination: A Refresher

    Woody Walton Hello and Happy New Year!  You may have seen my post last month on Moving your customers to BPOS or Office 365? Check their BANDWIDTH! The SpeedTest tool is a great start, but you may require some guidance on what is needed from a bandwidth perspective from a normal or heavy user of...
  • Blog Post: What does my customer have to do to sign up for BPOS?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Before you read this post, I hope that you have already signed up to receive BPOS Partner of Record fees and have read my previous blog about the “Order on behalf of” experience. If not, please review this first: http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Online Training

    Q: (from Willie) Do you know where I can send my partner for training on SharePoint Online basic setup and configuration?   A: The resource that we recommend for partners to search for training is: http://training.partner.microsoft.com I searched for “SharePoint Online” (include the quotes) and...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date: “Office 365 for Small Business” Jump Start August 29-30th

        Josh Condie - Microsoft is creating a new exam, 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Business . This exam will be based on a training course specifically designed to meet the needs of partners administering Office 365 for small business customers. In summary, if you’re seeking Small...
  • Blog Post: FREE Microsoft Practice Accelerator for Cloud Services

    If you’ve been trying to figure out how to make the transition to the cloud, but didn’t know where to begin, this is the perfect opportunity for you to gain the in depth knowledge you need and get your questions answered at the convenience of working from your desk or home office.    Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Random BPOS / Exchange Online Questions

    Q: (from Brandon) From our conversation, here are the answers to your outstanding questions: Bandwidth requirements: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc745931.aspx Microsoft Security Best Practices Whitepaper: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud/tools-resources/whitepaper.aspx?resourceId=Cloud_Positioning...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance! Building a Ladder to the Clouds

    Our friends at MSPTV in conjunction with Redmond Channel Partner are hosting a pre-holiday webcast to help you plan for the new year and making that transition to the cloud.  I know many partners are wondering how Cloud services fit in their practice and how its going to impact their business. ...
  • Blog Post: Hey Partners, Are you Cloud Power Ready? Then get the word out with the Cloud Power Campaign

    Cloud technology is getting a lot of attention. And a lot of businesses have questions about what the cloud can help them do. Materials from Ready-to-Go Marketing can help you provide answers about the cloud—and promote the uniqueness of Microsoft cloud solutions—to your customers. With the Cloud Power...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Content to help you Sell!

      We are pleased to announce the recent availability of more Office 365 key readiness messaging to help you take our value proposition to market. Take advantage of all of the resources listed below in your conversations and engagements with customers. Module 01: Office 365 Ignite (Beta)—What's New...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune–Microsoft's Desktop Management Solution in the Cloud–Coming March 23rd

    Get Ready to Deliver the Best Windows Experience, from the Cloud Today at CeBIT in Germany Microsoft announced that Windows Intune will be commercially available on March 23, 2011. Windows Intune offers your customers a comprehensive solution that brings together cloud services and an upgrade subscription...
  • Blog Post: How Easy is it for You to Send Customer Quotes for BPOS?

    J.J. Antequino   ---------------------------------- As the saying goes… It’s so easy a caveman can do it! Once you have signed the Microsoft Online Service Partner Agreement and taken the assessment, all you need to do is go to the Microsoft Online Services Partner Sales Portal at: http://sales...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Essentials

      On July 28th, Microsoft announced two offerings available to partners wishing to either sell and service or build and develop on the cloud platform providing you ways to engage that complement their existing Microsoft Network benefits. Microsoft® Cloud Essentials Pack The Microsoft Cloud Essentials...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Online Public Folders

    Q: (from Scott) We did our first install for Microsoft BPOS. We have an issue with the customer public folders for Exchange. We can not upload these. We were told we need to use Sharepoint. Is BPOS going to support public folders for Exchange later? A: It appears neither Exchange Online nor BPOS support...
  • Blog Post: West Region VAR Events

      Dear Partner, Microsoft  partners in the Small and Medium Business (SMB) market now have the opportunity to connect with local representatives and technical experts. This series addresses how Microsoft Online Services will help you make money and will describe the new “Cloud Champions Club...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Plan 1 vs. Plan 2

    Q: (from Willie) Can you elaborate on the difference between the plan 1 and plan 2 for the E3 and E4 suites? A: When you look at the differences in Exchange in E1 & E2 compared to E3 & E4, you will see we’ve added Voicemail & Advanced Archive Capabilities. That is the difference between the...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Competency: Vouchers for Exam 74-324

    Josh Condie – In continuing the theme of the blog entry that my friend and colleague Steve Deming posted about 3 weeks back (8/8/12), Microsoft is now making free exam vouchers available for individuals who were unable to pass exam 74-323.  The voucher is for the new exam: 74-324. Steve’s post ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Wave, it’s not what you think, but I think you’ll be interested

    Microsoft Wave No this isn’t our “Wave 14” 2010 products but in it’s own way it’s just as cool.  Also, you hear about some other companies that seem to get all the “innovation” credit and buzz, but Microsoft spent over $9b last year on research and the results of that is sometimes turned into products...