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  • 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: Tech Guarantee Access to Outlook 2010 with Business Contact Manager

    Q: (from Peter) According to the Tech Guarantee those customers that purchase Office 2007 SBE, Pro, and Ultimate have the option of Downloading Office 2010 Home and Business or Pro with the download of BCM. Is this BCM download ONLY for Tech Guarantee customers? Please advise as some of our reps think...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010: Understanding the Suite Line-ups and Changes to Licensing

    While I’ve been working with my counterparts on the US Partner Readiness team to build the training for Office 2010, I felt it was important to share some of the key changes to the Office 2010 product lines up with you. I’ve included a few screenshots from the online training course that is available...
  • Blog Post: Becoming better acquainted with Microsoft Office OneNote 2010

    Woody Walton If you have looked at the new SKU matrix for Microsoft Office 2010 you will notice a couple of things.  First, there are less SKUs.  We have moved from eight SKUs in Microsoft Office 2007 to five across OEM, retail, and volume licensing in Microsoft Office 2010 (three cheers!)...
  • 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: How to Demo Office 2010 to your Customers (Part 1)

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- I have delivered a number of Office 2010 demos to Microsoft Partners and their customers….  The demo video that I created below is Part 1 in a series where I show some quick highlights of various Office 2010 applications.  I have found this...
  • Blog Post: How to Demo Office 2010 to your Customers (Part 3)

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Are we already up to Part 3?  In this video, we complete our demo of PowerPoint 2010 with the Broadcast Slideshow feature.  Then I move onto a demo of Sharepoint Workspace 2010… This is that hidden gem in the Professional Plus SKU that I always...
  • Blog Post: The Unified Communications Customer Conversation for SMB, Part 1: Setting the Stage

    By Ron Grattopp    ….. My teammate JJ just did a great post on Lync (specifically Lync Online which you get with Office 365) where he pointed out, rightly so, that Lync is a game changer .   I’ve just come off several weeks of training for one of our major distribution partners...
  • Blog Post: What are the differences between Office 2010 PKC, FPP, and VL?

      J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- This is a question that is often asked by Partners.  Often times your customers are interested only in the PRICE of acquiring Office, and are unaware of the limitations and the benefits of each of the different suites and their purchase methods...
  • 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: Exchange Server Supportability Matrices–Exchange 2010 and 2013

    Josh Condie – One of the most valuable resources on the Microsoft public domain that I consistently have partners thank me for exposing to them is the Exchange Supportability Matrix.  These are condensed, single page charts providing all the details necessary for implementing a “supported” Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Now Available – Work Smart Guide for Windows 8 – The Quick and Essential Training for End-Users

    Josh Condie – For those of you who subscribe to the weekly Technet Newsletter, you may have already seen this.  For those of you who don’t, or may not have reviewed the entire newsletter, this resource is worth calling out.  The Work Smart Guide for Windows 8 is a condensed, visual guide to...
  • Blog Post: Practice Accelerator Sessions – Starting August 13th

      Josh Condie – Below is the schedule for all of the upcoming Practice Accelerator sessions scheduled for next 3 months.  The cost to attend a Practice Accelerator session is now only five Partner Advisory Hours!  A high-value training offering that can help your business expand across...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2010 Beta Expires Oct. 31

    Rob Waggoner Procrastinators beware! Please don’t wake up after a scary Halloween to find that your Beta version of Office 2010 has expired. Below is the link talking about the expiration. I’ve also included a run down of the different versions of Office 2010 and the link to the 60...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune June 2012 Release Available Today

    Josh Condie – Employees are becoming more and more tech-savvy and demanding greater flexibility with their work style, where and how they access information and what devices and computing platforms they use.  An increasing number of employees are mobile or home-based today and need to work from...
  • Blog Post: How to Demo Office 2010 to your Customers (Part 4)

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Well, we’ve come to the end of the road… but there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow��� should I go on? In the last part of this demo series I demo Office Web Apps in a SkyDrive environment, and I address some of the issues that arise when collaborating...
  • Blog Post: How to Demo Office 2010 to your Customers (Part 2)

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- I hope that you enjoyed viewing Part 1!  Now let’s turn our attention to Excel 2010 and PowerPoint 2010.  Most people believe that spreadsheets are boring, but with the ability to quickly create dynamic looking tables and print worthy graphs...
  • Blog Post: How do I get Office Web Apps NOW?

    Whenever I get the chance to talk to partners about Office Web Apps, I do! If they are not familiar with Office Web Apps, I generally explain what they are and then show a demo.  After the “Oohs” and “Aahs” they’ll then ask how they can get them right away.  Currently Office Web Apps is in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office OneNote 2010 REDUX

    A month ago, my teammate (and esteemed colleague) Woody Walton did an excellent post on OneNote 2010 – if you haven’t read it, I definitely give it a “must read” and you should go back and read it right now, do not pass “Go” and do not collect $200 <grin> (probably showing my age if you have never...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Foundation Licensing

    Q: (from Maureen) I have client that would like to open their SharePoint site up for access by their customers. I want to figure out if they should buy individual Windows Server CALS for the external customer users or an external connector. Would you know what the price is for the external connector...
  • Blog Post: A Tale of Two Articles (on Office 2010)

    I found this rather interesting and had to share.  I’m not a Wired reader, but I ran across two Wired articles as “related” links to other Office 2010 info gathering I was doing.  The first one turns out to be a reasonably interesting article called How Microsoft Crowdsourced the Making of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2010 Technology Guarantee Program

    Sell Office 2007 today and your customer can download Office 2010 free! How the program works: Purchase Office 2007 —Customer buys qualifying Office 2007 product (with or without a new PC) from an authorized reseller between March 5 – September 30, 2010. Install and Activate Office 2007 —Customer installs...
  • Blog Post: E-books (free) for Office 2010 training and reference

    This is not breaking news as it were, but I thought as Office 2010 sales start to ramp up, I’m sure there’ll be a need for training or just general info around it.  Of course, if your customers have volume licensing and SA, they get e-learning provided as an SA benefit which is great for business...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 and Data Loss Prevention–Set Your Messaging Proposal Apart from the Others

    Josh Condie - Exchange Server 2013 will be available next week, and comes with many new features as well as improvements on existing features that are already familiar to those who have worked with Exchange Server 2010. In a nutshell: Great new experiences in the touch-friendly Outlook 2013, as well...