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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: On Premise 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-premise technologies. Here’s the relevant segment out of the...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 ...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions for Partners – Starting May 7th

      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...
  • Blog Post: 2,000 FREE Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses (Exam 74-324) Vouchers

    Josh Condie – This is great opportunity to advance 2 competencies quickly, and at a significantly reduced cost. Here is a very exciting offer for partners everywhere (not just the U.S.). Right now, the first 2,000 partners who take “Exam 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses”...
  • Blog Post: Up Selling and Cross Selling Windows Intune and Office 365

    Steve Deming I got the opportunity to attend the Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles this week and between partner meetings, I even got to attend some of the breakouts. One of those breakouts was “Up Selling and Cross Selling Windows Intune and Office 365”. Although most of the information was...
  • Blog Post: CRM Product News–Partner Ready Resources to expand your Practice

    Posted by Charles Van Heusen Since most traditional Microsoft Channel Partner don’t receive the Dynamics Partner Newsletters, I thought this would be worth sharing.  Especially for those of you have interesting in pursuing opportunities with CRM 2011 and CRM Online as a way to expand your practice...
  • Blog Post: UPDATED: Everything you ever wanted to know about Microsoft Cloud Computing Resources – or at least where to find it.

    By Ron Grattopp …..As you likely know, there have been some major changes in the Microsoft Partner Network program as well as the MPN Portal so it’s time to update this list of resources for you.  I’d also like to give a shout out to Diane Golshan from the US Partner Program team for her assistance...
  • Blog Post: Partner Portal for all things Office 365

    By Ron Grattopp ….. Recently, I’ve been doing some partner training on Office 365, and one of the KEY resources available to Microsoft partners that I continually point to is QuickStart for Microsoft Online Services Portal .  It occurred to me that I didn’t remember seeing any previous posts around...