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  • Blog Post: Training Spotlight: Special savings for holiday 2014 – Expires Dec 8th!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- The MPN Training team is helping you kick off 2015 with some great gifts of learning! Here’s what Burke had to say! Practice tests Do you wish to study before you take your certification exam? Practice tests are a great way to gauge your knowledge and...
  • Blog Post: Have you seen the new Microsoft Intune updates?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- With Microsoft Intune being available through Open, I seem to be getting more and more inquiries about it. When it originally launched we positioned as a way for partners to monitor their Windows PCs and standardize on a common Windows Desktop experience...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Windows 8.1 Devices Sweepstakes for IT Pros, Developers, and Sales Pros

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Each month, we announce a new sweepstakes to help IT pros, developers, and sales pros prepare for and take Microsoft certification exams and assessments on a featured topic. The Windows 8.1 devices sweepstakes for sales and technical roles is now available...
  • Blog Post: Amplify Office 365 Sales with Drumbeat!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Developed by Microsoft training experts and built on solution-selling methodology, this highly interactive Drumbeat Grow event provides tools and opportunities to refine and extend your sales skills —so you can transform customer product conversations...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Business Development Training

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Business Development Training for Microsoft Partners Get Ready for Business as a Service Training! To successfully overcome the challenges of the Cloud, we have designed a one day Get ready for Business as a Service training to help you understand and...
  • Blog Post: Partner Practice Enablement - Microsoft Azure Technical Training

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- The 2 day training starts with an introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks (Infrastructure Services). It delivers the foundational knowledge needed for users intending to run new workloads in Windows Azure or migrate existing...
  • 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: Partners, your customers only have 15 Days and 20 Hours to make a qualifying Big Easy or Cloud Easy purchase!!

    J.J. Antequino ----------------------------------         I’m not sure if I have made this clear enough, but you and your customers only have about 2 weeks to take advantage of the Big Easy and Cloud Easy offers!  This incentive ends on MAY 31st!! I wrote about both of these...
  • Blog Post: SBS 2011 Essentials vs. Server 2008 R2 Foundation

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- I am absolutely excited that SBS 2011 Essentials is coming soon… and the fact that you don’t have to worry about any CALs makes me even more excited So while we are on the topic of not having to worry about any CALs… it’s only fitting that we take yet...
  • 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...