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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Get Familiar with Microsoft’s New Partner Cloud Competencies

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, If you attended WPC in D.C. or have had a conversation with your partner contact at Microsoft recently, then you know that Microsoft is in the process of transforming to a “Cloud First” model. Of course, this type of significant change means inevitable...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Entrée 365; A tool to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a solution that makes it easy for you as the partner to enhance SharePoint Online’s mobile experience.  While it’s out of the box experience is good, this solution makes it better. It’s called Mobile Entrée 365.  What does it do? ...
  • 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: FREE Microsoft eBooks

    Onur Dogruoz Eric Ligman shared a huge collection of FREE eBooks on his blog yesterday. There are hundreds of eBooks available covering Windows, Office, Dynamics, Azure, Office 365, SQL Server, PowerShell and other Microsoft technologies. It’s a tremendous resource. Enjoy! Eric Ligman’s Blog
  • Blog Post: How many new features have been added to Office 365 since June 2013?

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- That question is answered in the Office Garage Series video that was posted last week. Jeremy Chapman and Julia White discuss how much innovation we’ve delivered to your customers in the past year! And the great thing about an Office 365 Subscription...
  • Blog Post: Public Roadmap for Office 365

    Q: (from almost everyone I talk to) What’s coming up next for Office 365? When will (fill in the blank) be available? A: In the distant past, people in my role had limited insight regarding what was on the horizon for new technologies within Microsoft. And often, even if we had insight, we had to be...
  • Blog Post: Data Migration Options for SharePoint Online

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Partners, Typically our conversations about migrating customer data to Office 365 start with messaging, i.e. how do I get my customer’s data from Exchange Server version X, Gmail, Lotus Notes, imap, etc to Exchange Online? We at Microsoft have many resources...
  • Blog Post: OWA for Android client available!

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! OWA for Android devices has been made available in pre-release form and can be accessed from the Google Play store .  The engineering team will be gathering feedback and fixing bugs during this pre-release phase to ensure that it is what users are expecting and requiring...
  • Blog Post: Drumbeat Office 365 Sales Day Training on June 25th

    Woody Walton Have you hired any new sales reps recently? Do your sales teams need a brushing up on the Office 365 sales pitch? If so attend Drumbeat! Drumbeat is designed specifically for our partner and focused on selling Office 365. A live virtual event is being held on June 25th from 9AM – 5PM, PST...
  • 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: Switching Plans with Office 365 Open

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- As you are probably aware, we have a nifty automated “Switch Plans” option for those customers who are looking to upgrade their Office 365 tenants. Unfortunately, this option is only available for those customers who have purchased Office 365 through...
  • Blog Post: Selling Office 365 Open? Avoid Open Product Key Activation on the wrong tenant by reading this post!

    Woody Walton I, like many on the TS2 team, spend much of my time supporting our distribution partners. I am often pulled into the loop when there is a process problem or satisfaction issue that relates to partners. The past few months I have seen a significant increase in escalations resulting from partners...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Online Attachment Size Limit

    Q: (from Leianni) Can you tell me what the largest size attachment that can be sent with Exchange online? A: Thank you Bing! A search on “Office 365 attachment size limit” resulted in the following link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/exchange-online-limits.aspx which is HUGE wealth of information...
  • Blog Post: SMB Advantage: Don’t Miss the Opportunity–Offer Ends May 31

    Onur Dogruoz Yes time is flying and we are almost in the middle of May. It means we now have less than 3 short weeks to take the advantage of this great offer. In March, I have blogged about the details of current SMB Advantage. You can see that blog post here . Just to quickly remind you the basics;...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the TS2 Office 365 Partner Admin Center Quick Start Video Series

    Jeff Stoffel TS2 Video Quick Start Series We just finished creating a short video series on how to utilize the Microsoft Online Partner Administration Center and wanted to give our blog readers a first look. This builds on the recent post by J.J., How do partners sign up to sell Office 365? The video...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Drumbeat Sales Training now On-Demand

    Woody Walton You used to have to wait for us to come to you for a full day of Office 365 Sales training. Now the new Virtual Drumbeat Sales Resources for Office 365 Training is available on demand after our most recent virtual event on April 18th! What is more, an Alumni of our very own TS2 Team, Bryan...
  • Blog Post: How to Transition an Office 365 tenant from Advisor to Open

    Woody Walton So you have been selling Office 365 through our Advisor Program for some time, but you have heard about the recent addition of Office 365 as SKUs in the Open License Program available through distribution. One question that may come to mind is how do I move a tenant (customer) from one sales...
  • Blog Post: OneDrive for Business Update: How do we Help Customers Migrate?

    Woody Walton Monday, April 28th, 2014, my peer Todd Sweetser in his post OneDrive for Business updates including storage increasing to 1TB! summarized the salient points for cloud seller relating to the announcement of the same day discussed thoroughly in the Thinking Outside the Box Office Blog by John...
  • Blog Post: Cloud SureStep Announced: Partner Path to Establish, Grow and Thrive with Microsoft Online Services

    Josh Condie – About a week ago, Thomas Hansen (Microsoft VP, SMB Worldwide) announced the launch of a comprehensive online (MPN-based) guide for success with Microsoft Online Services: Cloud SureStep . The link to his announcement is here . SureStep is a highly accessible, very rich and organized series...
  • Blog Post: How Lync Online sells Office 365

    Jeff Stoffel Having used Lync and predecessors - Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server - for over 10 years, I take for granted sometimes that the market knows all about Lync and the value it brings to small businesses. After returning from a number of partner events I realized once...