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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog
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...
19 Nov 2014
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...
5 Nov 2014
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...
30 Oct 2014
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...
20 Sep 2014
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...
10 Sep 2014
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...
4 Sep 2014
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? ...
10 Jul 2014
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...
17 Jun 2014
OneDrive for Business updates including storage increasing to 1TB!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great updates announced today in regards to the OneDrive for Business offering. This relates to all Office 365 SKUs that include OneDrive for Business including Standalone OneDrive for Business, Small Business Premium, Midsize and Enterprise offerings. The updates...
28 Apr 2014
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...
25 Jan 2014
New Guided Walkthroughs for setting up common mailbox sharing scenarios
Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Sellers! A new tool is available to help you and your customers when they wish to set up some common mailbox sharing requests. These are called Guided Walkthroughs and walk the viewer through the steps required to achieve the scenario they are looking to solve. There are...
14 Jan 2014
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...
30 Dec 2013
Office 365 Starter Kit for SMB Partners - Now Available!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is a new resource to help guide and assist you in selling and deploying Office 365, it is called the Office 365 Starter Kit for SMB Partners. Aligning to the Reseller Bootcamp agenda, the Starter Kit provides an overview of the key things you need to know about Office...
20 Dec 2013
TS2 Office 365 & Online Services Partner Roadshow, May-Jun 2011
by Ron Grattopp…..Heard about Office 365, the follow on to BPOS? It’s already out in public beta and launch is not too far off. Your customers will be asking about it soon, if they haven’t been already, and you need to get ready for it, and be ready to advise your customers how they...
16 May 2011
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...
16 Jul 2013
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...
30 Jul 2013
External Partner Access to Office 365 Team Sites
Q: (from Stephen) … If the customer had office 365 could he set up users to only access the folders they are allowed to on the Sharepoint Team site? Q: (from Luis – July 2013) I received a question from a partner asking about the Office 365 E3 plan PAL allowance. He’s under the impression that...
13 Jan 2012
Office 365 Public Beta is Live… Sign up Today
It’s finally here! Sign up at http://www.Office365.com to learn more about Microsoft’s next generation of Online Services. Now you have to find out which version is right for you. The Small Business version or the Enterprise Options. Please keep in mind, Enterprise versions...
18 Apr 2011
Exchange Online Archiving and SharePoint Online Additional Storage availability expanded!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There have been further additions to which Office 365 SKUs that allow the ability to add-on Exchange Online Archiving (initial Enterprise SKU blog post that discusses and shows how to add-on is here .) Additionally, the ability to add-on SharePoint Online storage has been...
27 Sep 2013
Compete: GMail vs. Exchange
Q: (from Allison) I’m proposing Exchange Online (future option for Office 365) to a 25 seat customer and they have a GMail champion in-house. I think Exchange is the better solution, but I need to offer more supporting evidence so it doesn’t end up being a religious discussion between me and the GMail...
31 Oct 2011
I am a Partner, How do my Sales reps Quote Office 365?
By Woody Walton Office 365 has been out for just a couple of days and the traction thus far is amazing! One thing we have realized is that some partners are having a hard time figuring out how to quote Office 365 as it is different than BPOS. If you have not done so, please read J...
30 Jun 2011
Custom DNS records with Office 365
Q: (from Beth) [We have] an end user looking at Office 365 for Office, Exchange, SharePoint and Lync. They are concerned about keeping their DNS in-house as they have existing ecommerce servers. We want to confirm that this can be done… A: From the Office 365 FAQ: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us...
23 Nov 2011
Practice Accelerator Sessions – Starting August 13th
Josh Condie – Below is the schedule for all of the upcoming Practice Accelerator sessions scheduled for next 3 months. The cost to attend a Practice Accelerator session is now only five Partner Advisory Hours! A high-value training offering that can help your business expand across...
1 Aug 2012
Paradigm shift and the ensuing tsunami of cloud computing
By Ron Grattopp…..Well, I did a little research on “paradigm shift” and I ran across this one site, http://taketheleap.com/ , with what I consider the best simple definition of it: “Moving from one thought system to another ” and this great quote: "...everything can be taken from a man but one thing...
21 Apr 2011
Can I quote Office 365 E1, E2, or E3 in the same quote???
Woody Walton I have received various flavors of this question in the past month. Mainly, this comes up when we think too much about what the different plans offer. “The Office 365 E3 plan allows for unlimited email archive, but the E1 and E2 plan do not therefore...
1 Aug 2011
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