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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog
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
Office 365 Password Sync (part of Directory Sync) Now Available!
Michael Kophs, Cloud TSP Great news for Office 365 partners and customers that want a simple way to match their AD passwords with their Office 365 passwords! The Office 365 Directory Synchronization tool (affectionately known as Dirsync) will now synchronize your user’s AD password with their Office...
4 Jun 2013
Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool (Beta) is available now
We are excited to announce that the “ Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool beta is now available on the Community Portal. The beta version of Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool, is the first of a variety of tools that will be released in the Office 365 Deployment Resource Kit. ...
12 May 2011
Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions (week starting November 5th)
Josh Condie - Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting...
29 Oct 2012
How can an existing BPOS/Office 365 customer change their Partner of Record (POR)?
Q: (from Jason) I attended one of your training event a month or so ago. Can you please direct me to the form/s to have an existing BPOS client fill out in order to assign us as the registered BPOS partner for them. A: This is from a newsgroup post by Stephanie Perez ( http://social.technet...
16 Jul 2011
Updates to Microsoft Office 365 Partner Compensation
B V A Announced today July 12, 2011 during the keynotes at WPC - Partners earn money faster with Office 365. We will now pay partners at the beginning of the quarter (not at the end), which will significantly improve our partners’ cash flow. Partners that help customer with Enterprise...
13 Jul 2011
On Premises CALs included with Office 365 subscriptions
Q: (from Bill) Could you verify this benefit and help me understand it further? A: (with help from Todd Sweetser – Thanks) I wasn’t aware of this, but “Yes”, Office 365 licenses do confer client access (CAL) rights for equivalent on-premises technologies. Here’s the relevant segment out of the SharePoint...
30 Apr 2012
New Lync Online Features released in July
Michael Kophs Cloud Partner Technology Strategist Have you ever hosted a large Lync meeting and tried to effectively answer a flood of questions in the IM chat window? Does the overused phrase “like herding cats” come to mind? Fortunately, as of the July 2013 update to the Lync client, Q&A...
26 Aug 2013
New Lower Prices for Office 365 & Online Services
B V A Did you see the announcement yesterday March 14, 2012? I am really excited about a couple of the changes - The delta between the P1 sku and the E1 sku is now only $2.00, as we have stated before Partners are leading with the E sku’s. E3 which includes Office Professional...
15 Mar 2012
Microsoft Office 365 Fast-Track $25,000 Sweepstakes
Todd Sweetser – Hey there Cloud Sellers! Enter the Office 365 Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $25,000 or a Quarterly Prize of $5,000 …just for selling Office 365!! Sweepstakes Details Enroll in sweepstakes, and then drive a minimum of 2 new customer subscriptions, with 5...
2 Nov 2012
Exchange Online Purchase and Restrictions
Q: (from Greg) 1. is Exchange Online available as a standard-alone service using the Exchange 2010 standard? (just as Office 365 Beta uses the Office 2010 editions) 2. is there an SMTP relay or outgoing message limit with Exchange Online? (I have a client that send 1K individual and valid messages daily...
10 May 2011
Introduction to third-party Office 365 Onboarding Solutions
Michael Kophs Cloud PTS You’re a partner that's new to Office 365. Your customers are starting to ask about it, in fact you have a significant list of existing customers and prospects that you need to move to Office 365 as soon as possible. What are your options? You could review the...
24 Sep 2013
Spam Filtering in Office 365
Q: (from Mike) I attended your session in Manhattan a couple weeks back. First of all, thank you for the session- as someone who is just getting started in the business I learned quite a bit. I work with an IT management firm and part of what we do is set up our customers with various email services...
17 Jul 2011
Office 365 Feature Excel Web Part for comparing all Plans
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a new resource that has been created that can make it easier to learn, discuss and be aware of what capabilities are in each of the many Office 365 offerings. Of course the Office 365 Service Descriptions continue to be there, but for...
22 Oct 2013
Small Business Competency: Vouchers for Exam 74-324
Josh Condie – In continuing the theme of the blog entry that my friend and colleague Steve Deming posted about 3 weeks back (8/8/12), Microsoft is now making free exam vouchers available for individuals who were unable to pass exam 74-323. The voucher is for the new exam: 74-324. Steve’s post ...
28 Aug 2012
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