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  • Blog Post: Replacing an Exchange SMTP Relay in an Office 365 Environment

    Q: (from Kristy) Looking a bit more into Office 365 for our firm and doing some prep work.... One key item... Our finance/ ERP / billing system application - We email statements, employee paystubs, client invoices and similar items out of it now. And this configuration is quite simple now, as the finance...
  • Blog Post: Attend THE MEC (Microsoft Exchange Conference) in Austin March 31 – April 2

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Not to be confused with the MEC (Microsoft Experience Center) , the Microsoft Exchange Conference is coming to Austin at the end of March. MEC is the premier global event for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 professionals. But the tour is almost at an...
  • 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: On Premise CALs included with Office 365 subscriptions

    Q: (from Bill) Could you verify this benefit and help me understand it further?   A: (with help from Todd Sweetser – Thanks) I wasn’t aware of this, but “Yes”, Office 365 licenses do confer client access (CAL) rights for equivalent on-premise technologies. Here’s the relevant segment out of the...
  • Blog Post: Purchasing Clarifications on Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE)

    Woody Walton   There is no doubt that as far as Microsoft Online Services are concerned, Office 365 steals the lions share of the press and the majority of the content and resources too.  This makes it hard sometimes for one to uncover details on some of the complimentary (or integrated) online...
  • Blog Post: Managing spam notifications with Exchange Online Protection

    Tim Tetrick In March 2013, Microsoft released a brand new version of its email filtering service that was previously known as FOPE (Forefront Online Protection for Exchange) .  The new service is called EOP (Exchange Online Protection) , and it provides spam and malware filtering in the cloud. ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 Fast-Track $25,000 Sweepstakes

      Todd Sweetser – Hey there Cloud Sellers!  Enter the Office 365 Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $25,000 or a Quarterly Prize of $5,000 …just for selling Office 365!! Sweepstakes Details Enroll in sweepstakes, and then drive a minimum of 2 new customer subscriptions, with 5...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Device Support in the New Office 365

    Tim Tetrick I wanted to take the opportunity to review the great mobile device support that’s included in the new Office 365.  You can access email, calendar, documents, instant messaging, presence, audio, video, and other Office 365 services from your mobile phone or tablet.  Supported devices...
  • 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: Ignite Technical and Sales Training for Exchange, Office & Office 365

    Tim Tetrick   Don’t miss this opportunity! The Exchange, Office & Office 365 Ignite events are a series of free, limited invitation workshops for Microsoft's most valued partners introducing you to the technical capabilities of the recently launched NEW Exchange, Office and Office 365. Technical...
  • Blog Post: Join us for a Virtual Launch Event for the new Office 365 for business

      Todd Sweetser Join us for a Virtual Launch Event for the new Office 365 for business. Hi Cloud Sellers! February 27 th marks an important milestone with the general availability of the new Office 365 for business. We would like to personally invite you and your customers to attend the virtual...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud How-To Webinar Series

      Samir Kukreja - I wanted to make sure you were aware of the upcoming sessions, part of the Microsoft Cloud How-To Webinar Series. Microsoft experts will provide a technical overview on how to position and demo products like Office365 and Windows Intune. You will also learn about the current offers...
  • Blog Post: Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes

    Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, wanted to make you aware of this recently announced sweepstakes offer.  Register your company to enter the Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes, and then sell eligible SKUs of Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Exchange Online to your customers. For each qualifying sale between...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet

    Michael Kophs Microsoft Cloud TSP Looking to provide your customers/prospects with a detailed comparison between Microsoft’s Cloud services and an on-premises solution (or other hosted offering)?  Check out the following Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet.  Use this worksheet as a starting...
  • Blog Post: Qualifying SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals via the Cloud Deployment Partner program!

    Todd Sweetser What is the Cloud Deployment Offer? Overview: Qualifying CDP SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals! Details: Customers who purchase a minimum of 150 seats of eligible Office 365 Enterprise SKUs will qualify for an investment toward their deployment...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Office Ignite Webcasts

    Todd Sweetser I wanted to share information with you regarding the Office Ignite Webcasts that are currently on the calendar.  Note that Ignite Webcasts are online sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and support staff. The Ignite webcast series addresses different Office...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Device Support in Office 365

    Q: (from Matt) Do you know where we can find more information how mobile devices work with O365?   A: Here’s a nice summary: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/mobility.aspx Following are some more detailed resources: Messaging (Exchange Online): http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/office365...
  • Blog Post: Free Office webinars every Tuesday, watch videos anytime

    Todd Sweetser Hi Office and Cloud sellers alike!  Wanted to make all aware of this great resource that shows how to take advantage of Office and Office 365 components via short, focused webinars.  These are also available as recordings after each one so the library of useful videos grows each...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Password Expiration Notification in Office 365

    Tim Tetrick   I know many of you have struggled through the current issue with Office 365 in which users of Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 don’t receive notification when their password is about to expire.   In addition, once the password has already expired, Outlook goes into a disconnected...
  • 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...