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  • Blog Post: Conquer the Cloud with SMB Live Events

    Tim Tetrick We are excited to announce the new SMB Live events series, coming soon to a city near you! These free events are your exclusive opportunity to learn how Microsoft cloud solutions can help you address your customers’ evolving business needs. This 2-day series is designed to teach you how to...
  • Blog Post: Making Office 365 even better for small and midsized businesses

    Tim Tetrick Hi Partners, hopefully you have all seen the recent announcement Evolving Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses about the new plans that are coming for small and midsized business starting on October 1, 2014. I wanted to take a moment and highlight some of the great benefits...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Entrée 365; A tool to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a solution that makes it easy for you as the partner to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience.  While it’s out of the box experience is good, this solution makes it better. It’s called Mobile Entrée 365.  What does it do? ...
  • Blog Post: Power BI for Office 365 now available to Competency Partners

    Tim Tetrick Ever since Power BI for Office 365 launched back in February, 2014, we’ve heard from lots of partners who have asked for it to be included as part of their IUR (Internal Use Rights) benefits. Well I have some great news to share for our Cloud Partners who also have a competency. Power BI...
  • Blog Post: RDS and shared computer support for Office 365 ProPlus coming soon!

    Tim Tetrick I frequently get asked about Office 365 ProPlus running in an RDS (Remote Desktop Services) or TS (Terminal Services) environment. Currently, Office 365 ProPlus will not physically install in an RDS/TS environment. There is an exception in the Product Use Rights that allows customers to install...
  • 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: Office 365 Drumbeat Sales Training now On-Demand

    Woody Walton You used to have to wait for us to come to you for a full day of Office 365 Sales training. Now the new Virtual Drumbeat Sales Resources for Office 365 Training is available on demand after our most recent virtual event on April 18th! What is more, an Alumni of our very own TS2 Team, Bryan...
  • Blog Post: The Office 365 Service Descriptions and how to quickly/easily export multiple sections to PDF

    Tim Tetrick As referenced several times in this blog, the Office 365 Service Descriptions are an excellent resource for getting questions answered about Office 365. They are the authoritative source for all the questions you have around the features and capabilities of the service. From my experience...
  • Blog Post: Power BI for Office 365 Training Resources

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! We have been receiving many questions about one of the newest additions to Office 365, the Power BI for Office 365 solution.  What is it, how can it be used, what does it bring to the table?  Most of all, how can a Microsoft Partner get up to speed on it and...
  • Blog Post: OneDrive for Business updates including storage increasing to 1TB!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great updates announced today in regards to the OneDrive for Business offering.  This relates to all Office 365 SKUs that include OneDrive for Business including Standalone OneDrive for Business, Small Business Premium, Midsize and Enterprise offerings. The updates...
  • Blog Post: IUR (Internal Use Rights) Changes for Microsoft Cloud Partners – Action Required!

    Tim Tetrick In the past, MPN Partners with Cloud Essentials / Cloud Accelerate designation had access to Internal Use Rights for Office 365, CRM Online, Windows Intune, and Azure. Moving forward, however, only partners with a Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) or partners with a Silver or Gold...
  • Blog Post: Calculate your customer’s savings with Office 365

    Tim Tetrick Microsoft partners can now use CloudReady Insight , an Office 365 cost-saving assessment tool from third-party provider Exoprise , to show their customers how much they can save with Office 365. Help Office 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 users upgrade their systems With support ending soon...
  • Blog Post: OneDrive for Business

    Tim Tetrick As you may have seen recently, SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business . OneDrive for Business is personal online storage for a company’s employees. It’s the place where people can store, share, and sync their work files across multiple devices easily and securely. With OneDrive for Business...
  • Blog Post: When must I upgrade from Office Professional Plus 2010 Subscription to Office 365 ProPlus?

    Tim Tetrick I commonly hear this question from partners and customers – How long do I have before I must upgrade from Office Professional Plus 2010 Subscription to Office 365 ProPlus? Customers that were on Office 365 pre-service upgrade still have access to download and install Office Professional Plus...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ahead of the Game Technical Series Roadshow Coming to a City near you!

      Todd Sweetser Microsoft technical training is coming to a city near you. Register now to join us for the Ahead of the Game Technical Series event … space is limited. The Ahead of the Game Technical Series is a 2 day hands-on training event for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners with...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Joins Open Compute Project with Cloud Server Specification

    Woody Walton On Monday January 27th and with a live follow-up by Bill Laing, CVP Cloud & Enterprise, at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, CA, Microsoft joined the OCP and shared its “ Cloud Server Specification ”. You can Read Bill’s Blog Post here and also view his recorded keynote...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New Guided Walkthroughs for setting up common mailbox sharing scenarios

    Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Sellers! A new tool is available to help you and your customers when they wish to set up some common mailbox sharing requests.  These are called Guided Walkthroughs and walk the viewer through the steps required to achieve the scenario they are looking to solve. There are...
  • Blog Post: Litigation Hold versus In-Place Hold in Exchange Online

    Tim Tetrick I frequently get questions about the compliance archiving capabilities available in Exchange Online and Office 365 . One area that causes a lot of confusion is around Litigation Hold versus In-Place Hold . Is Litigation Hold the same as In-Place Hold? If not, then when and why would I choose...
  • Blog Post: Identity and Authentication in the cloud: Office 2013 and Office 365 Poster

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Recently found this good resource in the Download Center for reviewing how Authentication can work with Office 2013 and Office 365.  Two scenarios illustrate how identities are provisioned and how those identities are authenticated completely in the Microsoft cloud...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Password Sync (part of Directory Sync) Now Available!

    Michael Kophs, Cloud TSP Great news for Office 365 partners and customers that want a simple way to match their AD passwords with their Office 365 passwords!  The Office 365 Directory Synchronization tool (affectionately known as Dirsync) will now synchronize your user’s AD password with their Office...
  • Blog Post: 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.  ...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 June Promotions: MigrationWiz and the Big Easy

    Q: What incentives are available to help me close Office 365 deals in the last two weeks of June 2012?   A: OK… So it’s not a question from a specific partner, but it is something every partner should be asking right now. In the interest of closing our FY12 sales strong, Microsoft has several promotions...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...