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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...
14 Aug 2015
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...
11 Jun 2015
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...
18 May 2015
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...
28 Apr 2015
Hybrid Exchange Online and POP
Q: (from Philip) I have a client who is looking to migrate to Office 365. They are currently using POP accounts. Is this possible to run a hybrid environment while still using POP? Hey would like to move 15 out of 75 accounts to Office 365. A: I believe the preferred solution is to redirect all email...
2 Apr 2015
Showcase Office 365 customer solutions with MEC Demo today!
Partners, Are you aware of all of the benefits of the Office 365 MEC Demo platform? In the past, we’ve blogged several times about the benefits to partners of the MEC Demo platform. Make sure you are leveraging MEC to tell impactful “stories” and “experiences” to your customers around user productivity...
1 Apr 2015
Office 365 User Experience Demonstration Video
Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners! If you’ve ever had a customer or prospect ask to see a demonstration of Office 365 in action, feel free to send them to the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvOjXJICCRE (and also embedded below). It might also be a good watch for those internal folks...
2 Mar 2015
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. ...
18 Feb 2015
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...
29 Dec 2014
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
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
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
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
Exchange Online Attachment Size Limit
Q: (from Leianni) Can you tell me what the largest size attachment that can be sent with Exchange online? A: Thank you Bing! A search on “Office 365 attachment size limit” resulted in the following link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/exchange-online-limits.aspx which is HUGE wealth of information...
28 May 2014
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...
12 Feb 2014
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...
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
On Premises 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-premises technologies. Here’s the relevant segment out of the SharePoint...
30 Apr 2012
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