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New Office 365 Admin Mobile App!
Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Great news for Windows Phone users! Microsoft recently released the Office 365 Admin Mobile App for Windows Phone. IT Administrators with Windows Phones can now easily view service health information and maintenance status updates for their Office...
11 Dec 2013
Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes
Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, wanted to make you aware of this recently announced sweepstakes offer. Register your company to enter the Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes, and then sell eligible SKUs of Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Exchange Online to your customers. For each qualifying sale between...
3 Dec 2013
Multi-Factor Authentication in Office 365 & Windows AZURE Part 1: Overview
Woody Walton I made a quick “budget” video overview of the basics of Multi-factor authentication in Office 365 and Windows Azure. This is intended to provide a brief overview of how to configure the different MFA options (Text message, phone call, mobile app, etc.) for not only administrators on...
30 Nov 2013
New US SMB Partner Center on MPN!
Todd Sweetser A new helpful resource has been created to help Microsoft partners focused on the SMB (Small and Medium Business) space! We know that the amount of information that is out these can be quite challenging to navigate. A web HUB has been created to help narrow down some of the...
26 Nov 2013
The Directory Sync tool can now be installed on a Domain Controller!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great news for those that are selling into the smaller SMB accounts that may be running a single Domain Controller and don’t have the resources to have a second server. Historically you were required to install the Office 365 Directory Sync (DirSync) tool (now...
7 Nov 2013
Commercial Cross-Family SKU Transitions
Tim Tetrick Earlier this year Microsoft enabled automatic user transitioning for Office 365 direct and advisor customers within product families (i.e. E1 to E3; Small Business to Small Business Premium). In the future, eligible customers will also be able to complete automatic user transitions...
6 Nov 2013
Exchange Hosted Encryption User Experience Demo
Tim Tetrick Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) is an email encryption service that allows users to quickly and easily send encrypted email messages to anyone without having to purchase or install hardware or software. It uses policy-based encryption, which means that messages gets encrypted/decrypted...
4 Nov 2013
Managing spam notifications with Exchange Online Protection
Tim Tetrick In March 2013, Microsoft released a brand new version of its email filtering service that was previously known as FOPE (Forefront Online Protection for Exchange) . The new service is called EOP (Exchange Online Protection) , and it provides spam and malware filtering in the cloud. ...
29 Oct 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...
22 Oct 2013
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
End user training resources for Office 365 and Office 2013
Tim Tetrick From time to time I get asked about end user training resources for Office 365. Some partners are looking for help in building out their own end user training for customers, and some are just looking for resources they can pass along to their customers for self training...
14 Oct 2013
Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHS) Activation with Office 365
Woody Walton As Exchange Hosted Encryption , or EHE, has evolved as a service parallel to Office 365, we are often asked questions regarding integration of the two services. The purpose of this post to educate the partner community on how to activate your EHE subscription fro use with Office 365...
30 Sep 2013
Exchange Online Archiving and SharePoint Online Additional Storage availability expanded!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There have been further additions to which Office 365 SKUs that allow the ability to add-on Exchange Online Archiving (initial Enterprise SKU blog post that discusses and shows how to add-on is here .) Additionally, the ability to add-on SharePoint Online storage has been...
27 Sep 2013
Introduction to third-party Office 365 Onboarding Solutions
Michael Kophs Cloud PTS You’re a partner that's new to Office 365. Your customers are starting to ask about it, in fact you have a significant list of existing customers and prospects that you need to move to Office 365 as soon as possible. What are your options? You could review the...
24 Sep 2013
Office 365 Core Identity Scenarios
Tim Tetrick I often get questions about the identity management options with Office 365. Identity management is the process of identifying individuals in a system and controlling access to the resources in that system. With Office 365, there are three main identity options you...
11 Sep 2013
Office 365 is now available as a donation to qualified nonprofits!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! For those that work with customers in the nonprofit space Microsoft has just made Office 365 available as a donation to eligible organizations. What does this mean? Customers that qualify can now acquire and take advantage of the Office 365 offerings at a...
10 Sep 2013
Clarification of Office 365 Pro Plus support in VDI environments
In the last two weeks I received 3 separate inquires from partners regarding Office 365 and VDI. All the questions were slightly different, but the answer was the same. Two of the partners were under the impression you could not use Office 365 Pro Plus in a VDI environment. ...
31 Aug 2013
Exchange Online mailbox sizes are increasing
Tim Tetrick Cloud Partner Technology Strategist I am excited to announce that mailbox sizes in Exchange Online and Office 365 are increasing. User mailboxes will be doubling in size – from 25GB to 50GB , and even Kiosk mailboxes will be doubling from 1GB to 2GB . In addition, Shared mailboxes...
30 Aug 2013
SkyDrive Pro default storage increased to 25GB!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Great news! It was just announced that SkyDrive Pro as part of Office 365 has increased the default space allocated for each user from 7GB to 25GB! This is for both new customers as well as existing customers. This is a very common ask and is a welcome...
27 Aug 2013
Simplifying the Yammer and Office 365 integration
Michael Kophs Cloud Partner Technology Strategist A lot of you are experts on Office 365, and many of you know that Microsoft is betting big on improving business communication through enterprise social, specifically Yammer, but how many of you know the details behind the Office 365/Yammer integration...
26 Aug 2013
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
Office 365 Open Expanded Lineup - FAQ
OVERVIEW Beginning September 1, 2013, Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Plan E1, Office 365 Plan E3, Exchange Online Plan 1 and Exchange Online Protection will be available for purchase through the Open programs (Open License, Open Value, and Open Value Subscription). Additionally, Office 365 offerings...
22 Aug 2013
Power BI App for Windows 8 and Windows RT now available in Store
Power BI for Office 365 is a new self-service business intelligence (BI) offering enabling businesses to gain insights from their data in powerful new ways within Excel and Office 365. Customers now have the ability to easily search, discover and access data inside and outside of their organization...
21 Aug 2013
Office Mobile for Android Phones
Tim Tetrick Microsoft recently released Office Mobile for Android phones , which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and is available at no additional charge for Office 365 subscribers. This complements the Office Mobile for iPhone release that was announced in June, and means that Office 365...
13 Aug 2013
Get assistance in building up your Cloud Practice from your preferred Distributor!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers and would be Cloud Sellers! Our Cloud partner community continues to evolve and grow at an accelerated pace. As such the information pool available tends to be everywhere, sometimes making the information you are searching for challenging to find. This...
13 Aug 2013
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