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  • Blog Post: How many new features have been added to Office 365 since June 2013?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- That question is answered in the Office Garage Series video that was posted last week. Jeremy Chapman and Julia White discuss how much innovation we’ve delivered to your customers in the past year! And the great thing about an Office 365 Subscription...
  • Blog Post: Weren’t able to attend the Cloud 1-2-3 Academy in person? View it online!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Back in February, Steve introduced the live in-person Cloud 1-2-3 Academy series. I just wanted to circle back on this and remind everyone that the modules have been made available to view by simply going to: http://aka.ms/C123 How impactful has this...
  • Blog Post: Switching Plans with Office 365 Open

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- As you are probably aware, we have a nifty automated “Switch Plans” option for those customers who are looking to upgrade their Office 365 tenants. Unfortunately, this option is only available for those customers who have purchased Office 365 through...
  • Blog Post: Azure in Open: What’s Coming….

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- With the recent announcement of the upcoming availability of Microsoft Azure through the Open program, I’m sure you are all very interested in finding out a little more. While you will be learning much more through the Microsoft Partner Network in the...
  • Blog Post: Did you know…. that you can earn an extra 8% incentive for Office 365 sales in May and June?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- If you are familiar with the US VAR Incentive Program, you are probably aware of some of the great incentives we have around selling Office 365… but wait… there’s more! New special Q4 accelerator: Earn an additional 8 percent on all Office 365 sales,...
  • Blog Post: Update: How do Microsoft partners sign up to sell Office 365?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- I just wanted to send a quick little update on the fastest way for partners to start selling Office 365 and how they can become eligible to receive fees for selling Microsoft Online Services. It all comes down to signing the Microsoft Online Services...
  • Blog Post: Watch Now: Why you should subscribe to the Action Pack

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- A couple of posts ago, I wrote about the Internal Use Rights benefits that you would receive depending on your competency level. While I work with a large number of Silver and Gold competent partner, we see so much opportunity for partners getting started...
  • Blog Post: So Office for the iPad is available now… Why should partners care?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Head on over to the Partner Marketing Center and click on the 5 Minute Friday video link [HERE] !! Ayman from the Office BG says: “From a partner perspective, this is a great opportunity to continue to talk about the Office 365 value prop. So for customers...
  • 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: Windows tablets! Get your Windows tablets!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- As I prepare to speak to more partners and customers about Windows devices, I am so pleased with the diversity of form factors that Microsoft and our partners have put together. What is also amazing is the affordability and value that we have now been...
  • Blog Post: Did you know your customers still have an “SMB Advantage”?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Check out my older post here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2014/01/23/the-smb-advantage-cloud-easy-incentive-ends-on-january-31st.aspx We’ve been given more time, and the SMB Advantage: Cloud Easy offer is still available for your...
  • Blog Post: Your Office 365/Cloud Internal Use Rights in 2014

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- I’ve been having a number of conversations with partners about some of the upcoming changes to the MPN program. Among these changes is how Cloud Internal Rights are going to be distributed. Here’s a matrix showing what you will get depending on your MPN...
  • Blog Post: The SMB Advantage: Cloud Easy incentive ends on January 31st!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- When your customers purchase certain Office 365 offerings from January 1st through the 30th, they are eligible for a partner subsidy check that they can use with you! The amount of partner subsidy funds available to a Qualified Organization is determined...
  • Blog Post: Did you know…that the Office 365 Marketplace was also announced today?!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Today, Microsoft announced the public beta for Microsoft Office 365 . More than a new version of a familiar product, Office 365 transcends the firewall to enable unprecedented collaboration and sharing across PCs, phones, and browsers. For Microsoft partners...
  • Blog Post: Sell 30 Windows Intune Seats and Earn $2806!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- No.  I am not joking. Today we launched the Windows Intune 3 for 5 Offer ! Microsoft is investing in helping jump start your success building a Windows Intune business. This offer will run from November 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012! The Windows...
  • 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: Reward yourself with an XBOX with the new Ready-to-Go Marketing Rewards program!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- This is really cool stuff! I’ve been a big proponent of our Ready-To-Go campaigns… FREE and CUSTOMIZABLE marketing materials for you to use with your customers!?  Seriously?  Yes. Seriously. As a Microsoft Partner, we’ve given you content that...
  • Blog Post: Add-On Software Now Available for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- By now, I’m sure most of you are aware that SBS 2011 (Standard & Essentials) is the final version you will be able to purchase (through June of next year)…. but did you know that SBS blog is still alive and well.…. and it’s been updated to include...
  • Blog Post: Sign up for U.S. Online Services Partner Updates!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- UPDATE (10/3/2012):  This newsletter is no longer active. With the upcoming launches of Office 365 and Windows Intune, you will definitely want to stay up to date! Receive bi-weekly partner updates with U.S.-specific content, including: Announcements...
  • Blog Post: Are you getting up to 25% back on your Open Value deals?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Please say yes   If you’ve been a partner for a while, may be familiar with the VAR Rebate program….. but there are some changes and requirements that we have to go over. If you’re fairly new to the Microsoft Partner Network, here’s a rebate program...
  • Blog Post: Learn more about the Microsoft Cloud OS Platform at a city near you!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- You’re probably wondering what this new platform is all about, but the good news is that we are hosting One-Day launch events to tell you all about it! The Cloud OS Signature Event Series will give you the opportunity to engage with the Redmond product...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Essentials Migration Offer

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Many of our posts have mentioned that Partners can make money migrating their customers to BPOS and Office 365 (in addition to Partner of Record fees)….  Partners may choose to migrate their customers from POP accounts, older Exchange installations...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: The Partner Business Opportunity

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- As I was preparing for a webcast… I was reviewing some of the obvious end-customer benefits of implementing Virtualization: Server Consolidation Energy & Space Reduction Application Compatibility Rapid Provisioning High Availability Business Continuity...
  • 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...