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  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Update – 2 Months Later

    Josh Condie – It’s been almost 2 months since we released the Windows 8.1 Update at our Build Conference, so I thought I’d do a quick review of some of my more appreciated enhancements. To set the stage, I am the epitome of mobile employee. I travel extensively (both locally and nationally), spend much...
  • Blog Post: Cloud SureStep Announced: Partner Path to Establish, Grow and Thrive with Microsoft Online Services

    Josh Condie – About a week ago, Thomas Hansen (Microsoft VP, SMB Worldwide) announced the launch of a comprehensive online (MPN-based) guide for success with Microsoft Online Services: Cloud SureStep . The link to his announcement is here . SureStep is a highly accessible, very rich and organized series...
  • Blog Post: Up to Speed with Windows Server 2012

    Josh Condie – It’s been a couple of weeks, but these resources are nice ones.  Windows Server 2012 R2 is not just a Service Pack roll-up.  There is significant enhancement and much that is brand new in the areas of virtualization, storage and much more.  This eBook is a great place to...
  • Blog Post: A Concise SQL Server 2012 Licensing Overview

      Josh Condie – With the Release Candidate for SQL Server 2012 now available it is now more important than ever that Microsoft effectively communicate the significant licensing changes that are coming with the new release.  Below is the best, concise summary that I have seen. SQL Server 2012...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Introducing The Beyond Easy Campaign for FY13 Q4 – Find. Sell. Reward!

    Josh Condie – This FY13 Q4 campaign is built to provide partners a single compelling place to maximize their opportunity with Microsoft. By utilizing the vast Microsoft investments showcased in this campaign, it is now Beyond Easy for partners to find new and existing customers, close business...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s New Remote Desktop Clients for iOS, Mac OS and Android

    Josh Condie - Microsoft has just released the first official Remote Desktop clients for iOS and Android . Now, users can bring the Windows desktop (even Windows 8.1 which released earlier this month) directly to their mobile devices that may be running on competing platforms.  The apps let you connect...
  • 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: Office 365 for Government Announced

    Josh Condie – Yesterday, Microsoft announced Office 365 for Government.  This represents a great opportunity for our SMB partner community, especially at the local and regional government level.  Small State and Local Government entities are the perfect candidates for secure and private cloud...
  • Blog Post: Bing Business Portal (in Beta)

    Josh Condie – The Bing Business Portal is in beta and is a great resource to acquaint yourself, and your business, with.  It is nicely tailored for the SMB segment, and replaces Bing Local Listings .  Bing Business Portal is a free service that allows you to claim your business listing information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft FUSE Labs releases CompanyCrowd – a social content aggregator for businesses

      Josh Condie – This is a month late in posting, but a useful social media and news aggregator that can be company or industry specific, and evolves into a more tailored resource as you interact with it: Microsoft FUSE Labs just released a brand new project – called the “CompanyCrowd”. This new...
  • Blog Post: Consolidated Collection of Office 365 Sales Resources for Partners

      By Josh Condie…  In an effort to help our partners blast out of the gates, below is a comprehensive list of sales tools to help Microsoft’s partners go to market efficiently with Office 365.  Everything from solution demos to executive videos, customer collateral for Small/Mid-size Businesses...
  • Blog Post: Next Rev of Windows Intune Is Now Available

    Josh Condie – Last Monday, Microsoft announced that the next release of Windows Intune is now available (as of 10/17/2011). With this update, we are delivering on our promise of frequent updates to address top customer feedback and enable new scenarios. While the core architecture of Windows Intune...
  • Blog Post: April 5 is your last day to save $200 on your WPC 2013 all-access pass!

      Josh Condie - Registration savings end April 5 (Today!) Early-bird registration for WPC 2013 ends April 5. Get our best price on registration and pay just $1,795 for your all-access pass, a savings of $200 (full price is $1,995). There is an additional $200 refund for registrations that qualify...
  • 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: Office 365 In-Person Deployment Training: Next Offerings in CA, NY and FL

    Josh Condie - Office 365 Deployment Training: Next Offering in Mountain View, CA – Apr 3-5 th Office 365 Partner Deployment Training is designed for partners with a focus on building Office 365 deployment capabilities. Developed by the Microsoft Premier Deployment team, the training sessions use Office...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions (week starting November 5th)

    Josh Condie - Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Competency: Vouchers for Exam 74-324

    Josh Condie – In continuing the theme of the blog entry that my friend and colleague Steve Deming posted about 3 weeks back (8/8/12), Microsoft is now making free exam vouchers available for individuals who were unable to pass exam 74-323.  The voucher is for the new exam: 74-324. Steve’s post ...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions for Partners – Starting May 7th

      Josh Condie - Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live...
  • 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: New MCSE Certification Paths for SQL Server 2012–Available This Month

    Josh Condie – Microsoft has just announced the 2 certification paths to receive your MCSE for SQL Server 2012.  These tracks will be built upon the new technical certification redesign that Microsoft introduced just a few months back.  Following the April launch of SQL Server 2012, two new...
  • Blog Post: The Benefits of Standardizing on Windows 7 and the Value of the Enterprise Edition

      Josh Condie – Adding to Woody’s great comments about the value proposition of Windows Intune.  I was preparing for a presentation on Intune recently and came across a whitepaper that IDC recently wrote about the value of Windows 7 for SMBs:  The Benefit of Using Windows 7 in Small and...
  • 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: 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference – Pre-Registration Open – Save $300

      Josh Condie – WPC 2012 was the biggest and best WPC yet. Now, we’re focused on bringing you a conference experience that delivers you the information, insights, and connections that will help your business win big. Through January 30, you can pre-register for WPC 2013 at a significant discount...
  • 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...