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  • Blog Post: Why Promote Software Currency to your Customers

    Jeff Stoffel I recently teamed with one of our partners on a Security Webinar. I primarily focused on the benefits of running an up to date desktop and the security enhancements provided by a modern operating system. Working through the content reminded me once again how important it is to be current...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Leverage Hot Cloud Technologies

    Partners, Want to be a top seller of Microsoft products in 2015? Need to leverage hot Cloud technologies like Lync Online and SharePoint Online to sell more to your customers? Join us on 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 for the Office 365 Rainmaker web series to learn how. Register now ! By popular demand, 3 new webinars...
  • Blog Post: FREE Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! One of the excellent resources available to partners are the Practice Accelerator series of courses.  Normally they would consume some of your advisory hours allocated to you via Microsoft Action Pack subscription or your competencies .  I wanted to make you...
  • Blog Post: Partner Technical Services webcasts for Azure and Office 365

    Jeff Stoffel We have recently announced a new webcast series being presented by our Partner Technical Services team. This is a great opportunity to refresh and deepen your knowledge around Microsoft cloud services. Partner Technical Services (PTS) provides Microsoft partners with services and assistance...
  • Blog Post: Lync will become Skype for Business

    Jeff Stoffel On November 11, Microsoft announced that the best of Skype and Lync are coming together. In the first half of 2015, Lync will become Skype for Business with the release of a new client, new server and updates to the service in Office 365. It will bring the best of Skype and Lync together...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Video…A great opportunity for Partners!

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, Over the past few years I've worked closely with many of our great Office 365 partners in exploring ways they can provide value to their customers around SharePoint Online, the primary collaboration platform of Office 365. We’ve built out strategies...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses on Office 365

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  Want to make all aware of a training series on the Microsoft Virtual Academy that is focused on Office 365, called Office 365 for IT Pros .  These are mostly 200 level training sessions to help one understand various aspects of Office 365.  They recently...
  • Blog Post: New Activation Process for Office 365 Open better for Partners

    Woody Walton Hello Partners! I love it when I have good news to convey. I spend a lot of my time supporting distribution and the sale of Microsoft products through our Open License program. As of Today we have instituted a new process for new and existing customers of Office 365 Open Programs (Office...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Capitalize on the Opportunity!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  The cloud marks an unprecedented shift in the way we deliver solutions to customers. This shift also marks a need to rethink the partner business model, in order to build a sustainable business. But how? That is the pressing question top of mind for many of our partners...
  • Blog Post: Got IUR? Save Money & Sell More!

    Sara, one of my peers asked me to post the following information... Normally I’m reticent to just repost information in the TS2 blog – but honestly, I think Internal Use Rights (IURs) are one of the most underutilized resources by partners, so anything I can do to promote the cause, I will! If you are...
  • Blog Post: Monthly Office Hours covering Microsoft Online Services Advisor Web-Direct and Deploy Incentives!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  Wanted to make you aware of a resource that could help answer some questions you may have on incentives around Office 365 and Azure.  This was posted by Diane Golshan on the US Partner Community Blog but thought it deserved repeating here…. On the first Thursday...
  • Blog Post: Can the new Office 365 SKUs be used in an RDS environment?

    Rob Waggoner I have a number of discussions around RDS, especially around Microsoft Azure and the question of What Office 365 SKUs can I use in an Azure based RDS environment? The Office 365 ProPlus, E3 and E4 SKUs are the only Office 365 SKUs supported in an Azure based RDS environment, the new Office...
  • Blog Post: Amplify Office 365 Sales with Drumbeat!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Developed by Microsoft training experts and built on solution-selling methodology, this highly interactive Drumbeat Grow event provides tools and opportunities to refine and extend your sales skills —so you can transform customer product conversations...
  • Blog Post: Updated Office 365 Plan Selector Tool

    Onur Dogruoz In April when we launched the first version of the Office 365 Plan Selector Tool, Josh Condie covered this tool in detail on his blog post . With the introduction of the new Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses, the Office 365 Plan Selector Tool is also updated. This time,...
  • Blog Post: New Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses

    Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, I’m excited to see the official release today of the new Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses. As I previewed in a blog post back in July , these new plans include three new offerings specifically designed to meet the needs of SMB customers. To review,...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Training Opportunity and Resource! The Office 365 Summits!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Just wanted to drop a quick post regarding some upcoming training opportunities!  Office 365 Summit! The Office 365 Summit is a series of limited invitation 2 day workshops for Microsoft's most valued customers and partners providing deep-dive readiness on all...
  • Blog Post: Some more info on Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Many should be aware of the recently announced support for Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus. This makes it possible to install and use Office 365 ProPlus (the Office client) onto a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Windows Server, shared virtual machine or...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) Upgrades through the Open License Program

    Jeff Stoffel As many of you are aware, Microsoft is in the process of transitioning Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) customers to a new service called Office 365 Message Encryption. I have had several questions from our partners regarding the potential impact. I want to detail the process and potential...
  • Blog Post: Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud sellers!  Wanted to make sure all were aware of the current SMB Advantage program in place, see info below! Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage! The SMB Advantage offers are valid from September 2, 2014 – November 30, 2014. The offers allow you to claim partner...
  • Blog Post: OneDrive enhancements keep coming

    Jeff Stoffel Late last week we announced the first OneDrive for Business native experience on Android which is part of a significant update to the existing OneDrive app. This is our first app bringing together both OneDrive and OneDrive for business in a single client experience. This is an exciting...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for Non-Profits

    Q: (from Ken) I want to sign up a non-profit customer of mine for Office 365. I remember discussion about a conflict arising from the domain used for the trial period and post but can't remember if we should use their real domain or a temp one for the trial. Also, should the contact information entered...
  • Blog Post: How To Create an Office 365 Support Organization

    Josh Condie – As Office 365 gains deeper acceptance and adoption in the SMB community, and as Microsoft’s partners focus more of their internal resources on building a managed service practice around this cloud service, now more than ever is the time to optimize the support and the support opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Free Ignite Training: Managing Office 365 Identities and Services

    Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Partners! Wanted to make you aware of some no charge Office Ignite training coming up.  Great opportunity for excellent training on Office 365 Identities and Services! You're invited to attend a free 5-day instructor led virtual training on managing Office 365 identities...
  • Blog Post: Accelerate your Office 365 Migrations with Turbo

    Jeff Stoffel I often hear from partners that they are looking for ways to build an even more profitable Office 365 business. Migration projects can be time-intensive, impacting your company’s ability to sell more Office 365 with confidence. This ultimately impacts the most important thing – your profitability...
  • Blog Post: OneNote for Mac and iOS enhancements – access OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online notebooks

    Jeff Stoffel To continue building on the success of Office for the iPad, several new features have been added this week to OneNote for Mac , OneNote for iPad , and OneNote for iPhone . These enhancements include the ability to: Access notebooks stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online with...