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Microsoft Cloud Trust Center Resources
Tim Tetrick I know many of you are familiar with the Office 365 Trust Center and use it on a regular basis to help address your customer’s questions and concerns around Privacy, Transparency, Security, Compliance, and Certifications. What you may not be aware of is that Microsoft has similar Trust Centers...
22 Feb 2014
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...
14 Jan 2014
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...
10 Jan 2014
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...
30 Dec 2013
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
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
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
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”...
15 Jan 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
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...
29 Oct 2012
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 ...
28 Aug 2012
Purchasing Clarifications on Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE)
Woody Walton There is no doubt that as far as Microsoft Online Services are concerned, Office 365 steals the lions share of the press and the majority of the content and resources too. This makes it hard sometimes for one to uncover details on some of the complimentary (or integrated) online...
27 Jun 2012
Transform Your (Cloud) Business Model in April
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- I know that a couple of my cohorts have mentioned some of these events in their blogs, but I wanted to make sure this specific series was highlighted! In April, we have three LIVE workshops happening in all three regions: East, Central, and West. Please...
2 Apr 2012
Hosting a Cloud Event? You could get free Money from Microsoft!
Q: (from Sara) We’ve been a Microsoft cloud partner for a few months now and are making plans for the new year. One of our proposed activities is to host a meeting with some of our existing customers and potential customers to discuss their options in the cloud. How can I get Microsoft to help? ...
27 Dec 2011
Secret Sauce for Selling SA in SMB
By Ron Grattopp ….. I LOVE alliteration and catchy titles, and I hope this title caught your attention because I have some info to share about a new cloud service that I think you’ll want to know about (but probably don’t yet). A while back I did a post where I mentioned my favorite movie...
21 Nov 2011
Sell 30 Windows Intune Seats and Earn $2806!
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- No. I am not joking. Today we launched the Windows Intune 3 for 5 Offer ! Microsoft is investing in helping jump start your success building a Windows Intune business. This offer will run from November 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012! The Windows...
2 Nov 2011
I know how to send my customers a BPOS trial invitation, but how do I do it for Office 365?
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- First of all, your MPN ID must be authorized to sell Microsoft Online Services. If you have signed the Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement and taken the assessment, you should be good there. You must also have enrolled your MPN account in...
27 Jun 2011
Microsoft Cloud Essentials Migration Offer
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Many of our posts have mentioned that Partners can make money migrating their customers to BPOS and Office 365 (in addition to Partner of Record fees)…. Partners may choose to migrate their customers from POP accounts, older Exchange installations...
27 Apr 2011
Pitching Cloud to SMB Customers
By Ron Grattopp….. We’re well into baseball season now, so I thought a baseball metaphor title might be reasonable . I presented a Microsoft all-up cloud story breakout session and helped man our vendor fair booth at a major Distributor’s semi-annual partner conference this past week and, as you...
21 Apr 2011
Did you know…that the Office 365 Marketplace was also announced today?!
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Today, Microsoft announced the public beta for Microsoft Office 365 . More than a new version of a familiar product, Office 365 transcends the firewall to enable unprecedented collaboration and sharing across PCs, phones, and browsers. For Microsoft partners...
19 Apr 2011
Windows Intune–Microsoft's Desktop Management Solution in the Cloud–Coming March 23rd
Get Ready to Deliver the Best Windows Experience, from the Cloud Today at CeBIT in Germany Microsoft announced that Windows Intune will be commercially available on March 23, 2011. Windows Intune offers your customers a comprehensive solution that brings together cloud services and an upgrade subscription...
1 Mar 2011
ANNOUNCING: Online Business Productivity Services Customer Rewards Offer – you don’t want to miss this!
by Ron Grattopp….. This is an exciting customer offer designed to encourage customers to act now on BPOS and to help partners drive online services adoption . This offer will run from February 1 through April 1, 2011. Qualifying customers can receive up to the equivalent of 50% of their first annual...
1 Feb 2011
On your mark, get set, QuickStart…
by Ron Grattopp….. As I was doing my last post, I looked around my team’s postings on Microsoft Online Services (MOS)/BPOS, and I noticed that although we had covered just about every aspect of MOS/BPOS that you can...
25 Jan 2011
West Region VAR Events
Dear Partner, Microsoft partners in the Small and Medium Business (SMB) market now have the opportunity to connect with local representatives and technical experts. This series addresses how Microsoft Online Services will help you make money and will describe the new “Cloud Champions Club...
22 Sep 2010
Microsoft Cloud Essentials
On July 28th, Microsoft announced two offerings available to partners wishing to either sell and service or build and develop on the cloud platform providing you ways to engage that complement their existing Microsoft Network benefits. Microsoft® Cloud Essentials Pack The Microsoft Cloud Essentials...
5 Aug 2010
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