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  • 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: New and updated Azure Infographics/Posters

    Tim Tetrick Wanted to make everyone aware of a valuable resource that has just recently been updated. They are Inforgraphics/Posters that cover the key messaging concepts for Azure, including Overview , Security , Scalability , Identity and Access , and Infrastructure Services . I would encourage you...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2014 Sessions available on Channel 9 on-demand!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to drop a quick blog on a good resource for learnings on Microsoft solutions.  TechEd North America 2014 occurred last month. While many attended, many others could not.  For those that did not attend, or those that want a refresher or could not get to...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices for securing access to your Azure Virtual Machines

    Tim Tetrick When using a public cloud service like Microsoft Azure, securing access to your Virtual Machines should be a primary security concern. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some best practices you can use to help reduce your exposure to attacks. Username/Password Hackers utilize brute...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp… give it a try!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! As I mentioned on my previous post, More on Azure Announcements at TechEd , one of the solutions announced is Azure RemoteApp.  While there is not a large amount if info available yet, there is some basic documentation. Go to the Azure RemoteApp Preview page to review...
  • 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: New study highlights how technology helps fuel significant revenue and job growth for SMB customers

    Tim Tetrick According to new research commissioned by Microsoft and independently conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) , a global management consulting firm and a leading adviser on business strategy, tech-savvy small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) created more new jobs and drove more...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Drumbeat Office 365 Sales Readiness

    Tim Tetrick Come learn the proven best practices for selling Office 365!  The Drumbeat Sales day provides partners in sales and pre-sales technical roles with best practice sales training for Office 365.  Selling Office 365 requires a new way of selling, come hear about it.  In addition...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio

    Tim Tetrick I want to make everyone aware of a newly updated resource to assist with your Online Services selling efforts.  The Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio is a collection of over 120 unique documents all related to the Microsoft Online Services business across Office 365 , Windows...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: It’s time to sign up for the Microsoft FY14-H1 VAR Rebate!

    Tim Tetrick Microsoft introduces an opportunity for partners to earn up to 22% in incremental incentives on eligible sales of Microsoft Open Licensing agreements. Sign in and sign up today to make sure your business doesn’t miss out on one of the benefits of selling Microsoft products. Here’s how to...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Mobile Device Support

      Tim Tetrick Office 365 includes mobile device support for devices that support the Exchange ActiveSync protocol.  This includes Windows Phones, iPhones, iPads, most Android devices, and more.  Office 365 also supports BlackBerry devices via BlackBerry Business Cloud Services (BBCS) hosted...
  • Blog Post: Introducing The Beyond Easy Campaign for FY13 Q4 – Find. Sell. Reward!

    Josh Condie – This FY13 Q4 campaign is built to provide partners a single compelling place to maximize their opportunity with Microsoft. By utilizing the vast Microsoft investments showcased in this campaign, it is now Beyond Easy for partners to find new and existing customers, close business...
  • Blog Post: Key Changes Coming to Office 365 E & K SKUs

    Tim Tetrick As part of our updated Office 365 services rollout (see the recent blog post from Steve Ballmer), I wanted to provide you with a heads up on some key changes coming to the E (Enterprise) and K (Kiosk) plans.  First, Office Web Apps is being added to the E1 and K1 plans.  Currently...