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  • 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: 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: Office Remote App for Windows Phone 8

    Onur Dogruoz A couple weeks ago, Microsoft Research announced a new Windows Phone application, Office Remote . This awesome application allows you to control Office 2013 applications running on your desktop from your Windows Phone. It is a great tool for people who are presenting a lot. Application lets...
  • 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: NEW Office 2013 & Office 365 cloud services Technical Training in Redmond January 22 – 24, 2013.

      Are you customer ready for the NEW Office 2013 & Office 365 cloud services? Jump start your readiness by attending this exclusive premier partner pre-launch event. Register now as space is limited! The event will be held at the Microsoft Corporate campus, in Redmond, WA, USA. Come discuss...
  • Blog Post: Why buy Office Standard 2013 or Office Professional Plus 2013?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Because those are the only versions of the New Office that you can purchase for your customers and install today! December 1st is here, and all of your Volume License customers can now get their hands on it. The Office 365 and Consumer offerings will...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Get Demoing Office 365!

    Todd Sweetser   Hi Cloud Sellers!  With the commercial launch of the new Office 365 we have an amazing opportunity to deliver new solutions to our customers. A critical component of our customer discussions is being able to deliver the Office 365 business value through demonstrations that are...
  • Blog Post: New Office 365 Commercial Services – New Business Models – Be Ready

      Woody Walton   Two days ago in a blog post entitled “ Office 365: The Next Bold Step ”, Steve Ballmer announced to the world the availability of Office 365 Home Premium, and foremost in my mind, he gave everyone a solid date when the new Office 365 Commercial Services will be available. These...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, New Office Event Materials

    Q: (from Bill) I’m giving a presentation on Tuesday morning.  I’m going to be highlighting Windows 8 but also wanted to talk about the other product launches in this wave.  Do you have any resources that gives some details about the new versions of server and office? I want to highlight both...
  • 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: Time to think about Apps for Office and SharePoint

    Michael Kophs – Cloud TSP On my company’s SharePoint Online intranet site, I want to post our branch office quarterly sales progress for everyone to see.  I want an eye-catching visual representation of year-to-date sales per office to get each rep’s competitive juices flowing!  I need a quick...
  • Blog Post: New Office Online Ignite Training

    B  V  A I was recently out on the Microsoft Partner site, and ran across this link to some New Office Ignite Trainings: http://officeignitelabs.cloudguides.com/   Each Technology header provides multiple trainings that are available on each solution available for you to watch online.  
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: How do I license Office RT for commercial use?

    By Ron Grattopp …. So in my previous blog post I gave you the rest of the story around Windows RT which includes Office Home & Student 2013 RT (Office RT), but what I didn’t call out specifically, that you need to know, is that Office RT is NOT designed or licensed out-of-the-box for “commercial...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Pricing Quick Reference

    Michael Kophs – Cloud PTS Is your sales staff up to speed on the latest Office 365 offerings?  Do sellers in your org know the differences between the Office 365 Small Business Premium, Midsize and Enterprise sku’s?  Training your staff on the various products and services that you offer can...
  • Blog Post: Give Me Some Room with Office 2013 Touch Mode, etc!

    Woody Walton   Okay, I have been using touch for a while, but I have never stepped away from the ability to fallback to a traditional keyboard as I mostly use a touch enabled laptop.  A combination of events allowed me to take the next step and go keyboard-less and experience touch only for...
  • Blog Post: 10 Tablets to be given away at Windows 8 & Office Partner Summits

    Are you ready ? All attendees will be entered in a drawing for 1 of 10 Windows 8 Tablets to be given away.  Windows 8 and the new Office and Windows Server 2012 are coming soon, and because you’re a valued Microsoft Partner, we would like to invite you to the Microsoft Windows and Office Partner...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Demo’ing the new Office

    Q: (from Patrick) I am delivering a new Office presentation shortly. Do you have a recording of you demoing Office 2013 that I would watch? Do you have the sample files you use to conduct the demo?   A: For demo files, I now use the “Take a Tour” templates that come with the new Office. They can...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet

    Michael Kophs Microsoft Cloud TSP Looking to provide your customers/prospects with a detailed comparison between Microsoft’s Cloud services and an on-premises solution (or other hosted offering)?  Check out the following Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet.  Use this worksheet as a starting...
  • Blog Post: Help your customers “Get2Modern” with Windows 8 and Office 2013

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for the decade-old Windows XP as well as Office 2003. This means your customers will no longer receive updates, including security updates, for Windows XP from Microsoft. The security and privacy implications...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Office Ignite Webcasts

    Todd Sweetser I wanted to share information with you regarding the Office Ignite Webcasts that are currently on the calendar.  Note that Ignite Webcasts are online sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and support staff. The Ignite webcast series addresses different Office...