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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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Office 365 Outlook Connectivity Troubleshooting Guided Walkthrough
Tim Tetrick One of the biggest drivers of technical support volumes for Office 365 is Outlook connectivity issues. To help assist, Microsoft has released a Guided Walk Through (GWT) for troubleshooting Outlook Connectivity issues in Office 365. You can access it at http://aka.ms/outlookconnectivity...
31 Jul 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
Outlook Web App Client now available for iPhone and iPad
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Microsoft has released a native Outlook Web App client for iPhone and iPad devices. The client is available for download from the iTunes store: OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad . There is an excellent blog post and FAQ on the Office 365 technology blog...
16 Jul 2013
New Version of the Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet
Michael Kophs Microsoft Cloud PTS Back in February, I blogged about the Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet. Well a lot has changed since then, so check out the new Cost Comparison Worksheet - v2 by clicking on the link below! Looking to provide your customers/prospects with a detailed comparison...
26 Jun 2013
Microsoft SMB Accelerated Sales Process
B V A The Accelerated Sales Process was specifically designed to address the challenges described below, and create a pro-Microsoft bias, by re-aligning buying and selling activities. Customers have fundamentally changed how and when they engage with sales professionals during their...
13 Jun 2013
Why Connect with a Microsoft Distributor for your Cloud Business?
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- We’re working on a new landing page to help Microsoft Partners learn how to engage with Microsoft Distributors in building and growing their cloud businesses. Check out this short 3 minute video that we put together to learn some of the great reasons...
31 May 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
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
UPDATED Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio
Tim Tetrick In a blog post from January , I talked about the Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio as a resource to assist with your Online Services selling efforts. I’m happy to announce that we have an updated version of the PDF Portfolio now available with completely refreshed content...
5 Apr 2013
April 5 is your last day to save $200 on your WPC 2013 all-access pass!
Josh Condie - Registration savings end April 5 (Today!) Early-bird registration for WPC 2013 ends April 5. Get our best price on registration and pay just $1,795 for your all-access pass, a savings of $200 (full price is $1,995). There is an additional $200 refund for registrations that qualify...
5 Apr 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...
25 Mar 2013
IGNITE+ – Now available online !!!
B V A Office Ignite Sales and Technical Content Available for Partners on MPN The Office Ignite Sales and Technical content is now available for partners with MPN credentials on the Partner Learning Center (PLC). Each session module features a video recording of the session content delivered...
15 Mar 2013
OEM Partners can qualify for FREE Office 365 Home Premium
B V A March Special: Office Business and Consumer readiness offer Get a free* digital download of Office 365. We are giving away 1,000 digital downloads of Office 365 Home Premium to partners around the US and Canada !!! Only the first 1,000 partners who pass a quick assessment on Microsoft...
6 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
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