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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog
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
Lync Online Bandwidth Requirements
Q: (from Bill) I have a quick question about Lync Online. Is there a good reference number for estimated bandwidth required for voice and/or video calls per user? A: A quick Bing search on “Lync bandwidth” resulted in the following link to a Lync bandwidth estimation tool: http://www.microsoft.com/en...
13 Jan 2015
Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Leverage Hot Cloud Technologies
Partners, Want to be a top seller of Microsoft products in 2015? Need to leverage hot Cloud technologies like Lync Online and SharePoint Online to sell more to your customers? Join us on 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 for the Office 365 Rainmaker web series to learn how. Register now ! By popular demand, 3 new webinars...
5 Jan 2015
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
How Lync Online sells Office 365
Jeff Stoffel Having used Lync and predecessors - Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server - for over 10 years, I take for granted sometimes that the market knows all about Lync and the value it brings to small businesses. After returning from a number of partner events I realized once...
30 Apr 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
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
New Lync Online Features released in July
Michael Kophs Cloud Partner Technology Strategist Have you ever hosted a large Lync meeting and tried to effectively answer a flood of questions in the IM chat window? Does the overused phrase “like herding cats” come to mind? Fortunately, as of the July 2013 update to the Lync client, Q&A...
26 Aug 2013
Microsoft Office 365 Fast-Track $25,000 Sweepstakes
Todd Sweetser – Hey there Cloud Sellers! Enter the Office 365 Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $25,000 or a Quarterly Prize of $5,000 …just for selling Office 365!! Sweepstakes Details Enroll in sweepstakes, and then drive a minimum of 2 new customer subscriptions, with 5...
2 Nov 2012
Mobile Device Support in the New Office 365
Tim Tetrick I wanted to take the opportunity to review the great mobile device support that’s included in the new Office 365. You can access email, calendar, documents, instant messaging, presence, audio, video, and other Office 365 services from your mobile phone or tablet. Supported devices...
20 May 2013
Lync + Skype Integration was announced today: more value for your customers!
Woody Walton Partnersphere, I could not be more excited to relate to you this very important news. If you have not heard, you have heard it now. Lync and Skype integration is available now for both Lync Online and Lync Server 2013! This represents a great opportunity for you...
29 May 2013
Updated “Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses” training available!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some of you may recall some excellent training that was available to help in your preparation for Office 365 Certification testing that is under the name of Office 365 for SMB Jump Start and is available on TechNet. This training regimen has been updated to...
30 Jul 2013
Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet
Michael Kophs Microsoft Cloud TSP Looking to provide your customers/prospects with a detailed comparison between Microsoft’s Cloud services and an on-premises solution (or other hosted offering)? Check out the following Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet. Use this worksheet as a starting...
26 Feb 2013
Qualifying SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals via the Cloud Deployment Partner program!
Todd Sweetser What is the Cloud Deployment Offer? Overview: Qualifying CDP SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals! Details: Customers who purchase a minimum of 150 seats of eligible Office 365 Enterprise SKUs will qualify for an investment toward their deployment...
23 Oct 2013
Ignite Technical and Sales Training for Exchange, Office & Office 365
Tim Tetrick Don’t miss this opportunity! The Exchange, Office & Office 365 Ignite events are a series of free, limited invitation workshops for Microsoft's most valued partners introducing you to the technical capabilities of the recently launched NEW Exchange, Office and Office 365. Technical...
26 Mar 2013
Join us for a Virtual Launch Event for the new Office 365 for business
Todd Sweetser Join us for a Virtual Launch Event for the new Office 365 for business. Hi Cloud Sellers! February 27 th marks an important milestone with the general availability of the new Office 365 for business. We would like to personally invite you and your customers to attend the virtual...
18 Feb 2013
Microsoft Cloud How-To Webinar Series
Samir Kukreja - I wanted to make sure you were aware of the upcoming sessions, part of the Microsoft Cloud How-To Webinar Series. Microsoft experts will provide a technical overview on how to position and demo products like Office365 and Windows Intune. You will also learn about the current offers...
7 Dec 2012
New Office Online Ignite Training
B V A I was recently out on the Microsoft Partner site, and ran across this link to some New Office Ignite Trainings: http://officeignitelabs.cloudguides.com/ Each Technology header provides multiple trainings that are available on each solution available for you to watch online.
18 Dec 2012
Office 365 Feature Excel Web Part for comparing all Plans
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a new resource that has been created that can make it easier to learn, discuss and be aware of what capabilities are in each of the many Office 365 offerings. Of course the Office 365 Service Descriptions continue to be there, but for...
22 Oct 2013
Mobile Device Support in Office 365
Q: (from Matt) Do you know where we can find more information how mobile devices work with O365? A: Here’s a nice summary: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/mobility.aspx Following are some more detailed resources: Messaging (Exchange Online): http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/office365...
1 Aug 2012
Free Office webinars every Tuesday, watch videos anytime
Todd Sweetser Hi Office and Cloud sellers alike! Wanted to make all aware of this great resource that shows how to take advantage of Office and Office 365 components via short, focused webinars. These are also available as recordings after each one so the library of useful videos grows each...
17 Apr 2013
Learn how Microsoft Lync and SharePoint Online can expand your cloud practice!
Woody Walton Hello All! I wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow culminates the our 4 part webinar Series, Expand Your Cloud Practice. As you have guess from the title of the post the forth and final installment is About SharePoint Online and Lync Online, two essential components of Microsoft...
1 May 2012
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