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Manage Users’ Activations of Office Applications in Office 365
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A very common ask we receive from partners is “How can we manage the Office applications that users install from an Office 365 subscription?” This has been a challenge but a new management capability was just released that helps with this scenario! It is now possible...
23 Jun 2015
Office 365 Workload-Specific Admin Roles
Tim Tetrick I was excited to see that workload-specific admin roles is rolling out to Office 365 tenants starting today . This feature gives the ability to assign workload-specific service administrator roles to your organizations IT administrators for Exchange Online , SharePoint Online and Skype for...
11 Jun 2015
Office 365 for Organizations with International Users
Tim Tetrick I frequently get questions from partners and customers who are looking to move to Office 365 but have users located in different parts of the world and have questions associated with that. For example… Can I have a subscription with some users in one country and some users in another? Can...
1 Jun 2015
Common Question: How to hold former employee(s) email?
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A common question we receive from partners regarding Office 365 Exchange Online is “Can Exchange Online retain emails from employees after they leave the company WITHOUT using an Exchange Online license?” The quick answer is YES! This would utilize a function called...
18 May 2015
Skype for Business Update
Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, With all the changes and excitement around Skype for Business recently, I wanted to take a moment and provide an update on the current status of Skype for Business and also talk about some of the exciting new features we can look forward to this year. As I’m sure you’ve probably...
4 May 2015
Newly updated! Administering Office 365 for Small Business training
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make all aware of a recent update to the Administering Office 365 for Small Business course that is available on the Microsoft Virtual Academy . This is the third version of this course, updated with the most current Office 365 functionality. This...
28 Apr 2015
Built-in mobile device management in Office 365 now available
Tim Tetrick Back in October, 2014 Microsoft announced that built-in mobile device management (MDM) capabilities were coming to Office 365 . I am pleased to announce that as of Monday, March 30 this is now generally available and included at no additional cost in all Office 365 commercial plans, including...
2 Apr 2015
New MPN Offer - Internal Use Rights for SkyKick
Onur Dogruoz MPN Team announced a new Internal Use Rights (IUR) offer to help you with your migration to Office 365. This offer is called “Office 365 IUR SkyKick Migration Offer” and gives you free use of SkyKick’s Migration Suites to easily migrate and deploy your own business to Office 365. We hope...
13 Mar 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
Partner Technical Enablement Playbook
Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, Wanted to share with you what I hope will be a great resource for you and your teams. The Technical Enablement Playbook was created with the idea of developing a “playbook” of the common “partner technical enablement” best practices that my TS2 colleagues and I guide...
20 Feb 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
Meet the new Power BI
Tim Tetrick On January 27 Microsoft unveiled its new Power BI service, which is available now as a free Preview . We also announced a brand new pricing structure. At general availability, we will introduce a free offer, available as Power BI . We’ll also introduce Power BI Pro , with additional data...
9 Feb 2015
Changes to SharePoint Online Public Website
Tim Tetrick Cloud Partners, Wanted to make you aware of some changes coming to the SharePoint Online Public Website feature . I know some of you have customers utilizing this capability as part of Office 365 or you may be utilizing it yourselves as your primary company website to promote your organization...
6 Jan 2015
FREE Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! One of the excellent resources available to partners are the Practice Accelerator series of courses. Normally they would consume some of your advisory hours allocated to you via Microsoft Action Pack subscription or your competencies . I wanted to make you...
29 Dec 2014
Three Questions to Get to the Cloud with Office 365
Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Sellers, As you talk with your customers and prospects about moving to Office 365, here are three questions I would encourage you to incorporate into your discussions. Working with customers and partners, we’ve found these three questions really resonating as some of the biggest...
17 Dec 2014
Cloud Support Options for Microsoft Partners
Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, I wanted to take a moment to review the pre and post-sales support options that Microsoft Partners have available to them for use with Microsoft Cloud products. First, I want to talk about Partner Advisory Hours , which are a fantastic benefit available to Microsoft...
6 Dec 2014
Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses on Office 365
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Want to make all aware of a training series on the Microsoft Virtual Academy that is focused on Office 365, called Office 365 for IT Pros . These are mostly 200 level training sessions to help one understand various aspects of Office 365. They recently...
19 Nov 2014
Should I use DirSync or AAD Sync?
Tim Tetrick Hi Cloud Partners, I’m sure many of you out there are familiar with DirSync . DirSync is a tool that has been around for a while that allows customers to keep their on-premises Active Directory continuously synchronized with Azure AD. It syncs users, groups, and optionally passwords into...
12 Nov 2014
Office 365 for Mac and iOS environments
Tim Tetrick In case you didn’t catch it, Microsoft made some exciting new announcements over the last week for customers using Office 365 in Mac and iOS environments. First, on October 31, we announced a brand new Outlook for Mac client . The new Outlook for Mac delivers better performance and reliability...
7 Nov 2014
Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Capitalize on the Opportunity!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! The cloud marks an unprecedented shift in the way we deliver solutions to customers. This shift also marks a need to rethink the partner business model, in order to build a sustainable business. But how? That is the pressing question top of mind for many of our partners...
5 Nov 2014
Monthly Office Hours covering Microsoft Online Services Advisor Web-Direct and Deploy Incentives!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a resource that could help answer some questions you may have on incentives around Office 365 and Azure. This was posted by Diane Golshan on the US Partner Community Blog but thought it deserved repeating here…. On the first Thursday...
30 Oct 2014
One-Time Passcode for Office 365 Message Encryption
Tim Tetrick I wanted to highlight a new feature that just recently launched that enhances the capabilities of Office 365 Message Encryption . As you may recall, Office 365 Message Encryption released this past February , and replaced the functionality previously known as EHE (Exchange Hosted Encryption...
14 Oct 2014
New Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses
Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, I’m excited to see the official release today of the new Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses. As I previewed in a blog post back in July , these new plans include three new offerings specifically designed to meet the needs of SMB customers. To review,...
3 Oct 2014
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
Some more info on Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Many should be aware of the recently announced support for Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus. This makes it possible to install and use Office 365 ProPlus (the Office client) onto a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Windows Server, shared virtual machine or...
10 Sep 2014
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