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  • Blog Post: Common Question: How to hold former employee(s) email?

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A common question we receive from partners regarding Office 365 Exchange Online is “Can Exchange Online retain emails from employees after they leave the company WITHOUT using an Exchange Online license?” The quick answer is YES!  This would utilize a function called...
  • Blog Post: SMB Cloud Office Hours now Available on Demand

    Jeff Stoffel Our TS2 team along with our Field Partners Sales Executives have been running “SMB Cloud Office Hours” for the last few weeks. Each session starts with a short presentation on a key Cloud related topic followed by an open forum for your questions. We have received many requests from partners...
  • Blog Post: Using Choice to Win with the Microsoft Cloud

    Making Money with Microsoft Cloud -- Insights from a Microsoft Reseller Session Overview: Come hear from a Microsoft Reseller who continues to drive his business into one of the top in the US by focusing on offering the Microsoft Cloud to Small and Medium size commercial customers. Ben Peterman, Client...
  • Blog Post: Ramping up on Windows 10 --- Get Ready With Upcoming Training!

    As you know Windows 10 is right around the corner and will be available shortly. We want to ensure you have all of the right tools and knowledge on the new operating system before your customers start inquiring. Please attend these webinars and in person training to learn more on how to keep current...
  • Blog Post: Newly updated! Administering Office 365 for Small Business training

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make all aware of a recent update to the Administering Office 365 for Small Business course that is available on the Microsoft Virtual Academy .  This is the third version of this course, updated with the most current Office 365 functionality.  This...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Performance Management

    As Office 365 becomes more accepted as a mainstream augmentation or alternative to an on-premises network, customer and ultimately partner questions turn to “so how much bandwidth do I need?” That’s always a difficult question to quickly answer, because there so many factors to take into account. Last...
  • Blog Post: MPN Learning Paths – A Valuable Training Resource

    Jeff Stoffel I am often asked where should a partner start to learn about a specific technology or partner program. Of course there are often many options and resources available however I want to highlight one that I find valuable to start with. If you’re a partner considering where to learn more about...
  • Blog Post: Not for Profit Office 365 Business Plans Now Available

    Q: (from Bruce) I have two clients that tell me that they are a 501C3 Non Profit and both of them are interested in Office 365. How do I know whether they meet Microsoft’s criteria for Non Profit pricing? A: The approval process is simple: Sign them up for an Office 365 trial Submit the NFP review document...
  • Blog Post: Showcase Office 365 customer solutions with MEC Demo today!

    Partners, Are you aware of all of the benefits of the Office 365 MEC Demo platform? In the past, we’ve blogged several times about the benefits to partners of the MEC Demo platform. Make sure you are leveraging MEC to tell impactful “stories” and “experiences” to your customers around user productivity...
  • Blog Post: Office Delve to rollout to all eligible Office 365 Business Customers

    Jeff Stoffel During Satya Nadella’s keynote Monday at the Convergence conference , he showed Office Delve as a prime example of how Microsoft is reimagining productivity to help people work in new and more connected ways. After spending some time with Delve, I couldn’t agree more. Delve is an experience...
  • Blog Post: Restricting Access to Office 365

    Q: (from Jim) I have a client going on E3 shortly (small number of users) and that’s been decided. However, they have asked me if it’s possible to restrict some users to only access Office 365 while at their Office Location, so from one specific identifiable network. This includes restricting access...
  • Blog Post: Earn up to 52% in incentives and rebates when you sell O365 TODAY!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- We are really excited to announce that there are quite a few offers in place to help you accelerate your Office 365 practice. As you review the offers below, you will notice that the more customers you sell to, the bigger the incentives! First, choose...
  • Blog Post: QuickTenant now available for MEC Demo (MicrosoftCIE.com)

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- We hope you all agree that demoing the benefits of Office 365 can go a long way towards closing a sale. But one of the negative aspects to enabling MEC Demo tenant in the past was the fact either the tenant creation process would contain errors or fail...
  • Blog Post: Announcing SMB Cloud Office Hours

    Jeff Stoffel Are you a Cloud novice or already have a flourishing Cloud practice? We hear from you all the time that it is tough to keep up with all the new Cloud updates. You have a lot of technical questions for which you need answers. We have listened to you and to help solve your pain points - to...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Partner admin mobile app now available

    Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of another tool you can use to help perform administration tasks on behalf of your customers while you are on the road.  The new Office 365 Partner admin mobile app is now available for Android and iOS and coming soon for Windows Phone. ...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 to have built in External Message Encryption!

    Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist You may have already seen the recent announcement back on November 21st introducing the upcoming release of Office 365 Message Encryption , which is replacing Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE). Why should our hard working Office 365 partners care about this...
  • Blog Post: New Ready-to-Go Campaign: Office 365 Beats Google

    Partners, We are excited to announce the availability of a new Microsoft Ready-to-Go campaign called – Office 365 Beats Google – focused on competing and winning against Google . This campaign provides marketing and sales tools to support you in conversations with customers who are considering Google...
  • 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...