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  • Blog Post: New Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0 Now Available

    By Ron Grattopp …..Most of you should be familiar with this tool by now, so I won’t go into details here, you can use the links below to get more info and download it. As a quick overview, here are some of the newer key scenarios that MAP v7.0 can help you with: · Determine your readiness for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune v2 beta out

      By Ron Grattopp…..As some of you may know, we announced the beta of the next generation of Windows Intune on day 1 of our Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles (July 11th), early indications are that it’s expected to be rolled out later this year.  If you want to check out the new beta...
  • Blog Post: You want it, you got it!…great new training opportunity around the cloud and virtualization, and did I mention it’s free!

      by Ron Grattopp……The “Cloud” and Virtualization are arguably the two hottest topics in the industry today, and Microsoft has some great technology for you leverage in your customer solutions portfolio in both of those spaces.  If you didn’t already know about it, the Microsoft Virtual Academy...
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday TwC

      Ron Grattopp ……most of you know one of my recurring themes is security, specifically the platform security that we provide that’s industry-leading.  And it’s that industry-leading platform security that I regularly remind you should be a key selling factor in your customer conversations. ...
  • Blog Post: Cloud OS – what is it and why do I care?

    By Ron Grattopp ….One term I suspect you’ll start hearing a lot more of going forward is “Cloud OS”.  Do you know what that is?  Do you care?  Well, I’ve run across a couple of articles that I believe answer both, so this’ll be one of my shorter posts as I mainly want to highlight these...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the SMB Server Experience Tool

      By Ron Grattopp ….. You’ll want to check out the brand new SMB Server Experience and Server Selection Tools on the Midsize Business Solution page (screenshot below) of the microsoft.com Server and Cloud Platform site.  These tools  just launched today and are a unique solution which...
  • Blog Post: An overview for partners of the Mobile PC market

    by Ron Grattopp….. If you’ve followed my blog (or Microsoft) for any length of time, you’ll recognize the name Mary Jo Foley, she publishes the “All About Microsoft” blog.  Back on Jan 24th, she published a post, How Microsoft plans to market against the iPad , in which she also published slideshots...
  • Blog Post: More ammo on browser security for your customer conversations

    By Ron Grattopp …..Back in September, I did a post called “The greatest browser security technology you probably never heard of…” which was a security focused post around the idea that socially-engineered (SE) malware is a far more prevalent threat today than the classic vulnerability exploit (aka drive...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft security revisited

    By Ron Grattopp ….a while back, OK, a fairly long time back, when TS2 first started blogging (and we were still doing individual blogs), one of the things I liked to do was take current news articles and blogs that I felt were biased or sensationalized (typically anti-Microsoft) and do a bit of a rebuttal...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft releases new Security Incident Report, version 8, for H2CY09

      Microsoft has released a new Security Incident Report (which you should be able to download as a PDF from this link) that covers H2CY09 (Jul-Dec 2009).  I would also encourage you to visit the homepage (shown above) for this report ( Microsoft's quarterly overview ) where you can download...
  • Blog Post: Apple update sets new patch record

    This actually happened a few weeks back, but it’s part of my continuing story on how Microsoft’s whole approach to security, in the era since the Trustworthy Computing Initiative, is a better bet for your business than any other platform, even some that have the advantage of perceptions that they are...
  • Blog Post: Answering the question: “Does Microsoft Look for Vulnerabilities in Their Own Products?”

    This is a repeat of one of my posts from January on the old TS2 blog, but I thought it was worthy of a re-post.  And you know platform security is one of my favorite subjects. Does Microsoft Look For Vulnerabilities in Their Own Products? Well, if you even entertained the initial thought that the...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Windows 7 first birthday - but that’s not really all of what this post is about (see yellow highlights below)

    by Ron Grattopp…the fact the Windows 7 was a year old yesterday isn’t breaking news but as I ran across some other blogs on the subject, I thought of something that I felt was worthy of a post of my own.  Even though Windows 7 has been a critical success and is breaking records for new OS adoption...
  • Blog Post: Here’s a shout out to Cindy Bates blog and some business focused resources you should explore

    By Ron Grattopp …..Back at the end of October I blogged about the Microsoft Business Hub site.  Hopefully, you were motivated to explore that site and the resources it provides.  If so, you also hopefully noticed that Cindy Bates’ blog is hosted on that site and a link to it is prominently...
  • Blog Post: Browser security redux

      By Ron Grattopp …..About 6 months ago, I did a post around including browser security as part of your customer conversations.  As we move forward in this ever more mobile, cloud-oriented computing paradigm where the browser becomes THE central app, I believe browser security should be an...
  • Blog Post: Update: Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR v12)

      By Ron Grattopp …..Well, it’s been over 2 years since I’ve blogged about the SIR (last one I did was for V8, Apr 2010), so I thought it might be time for a reprise.  You might remember that the SIR is published twice a year for the previous 6-month period, so this one (V12) is for the time...
  • 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: RT is dead (not), long live RT

    By Ron Grattopp ….I suspect many of you follow the trade rags as I do, and if you have then I’m betting you’ve seen the bandwagon some have jumped on how Windows RT is doomed.  Well, I recently ran across this article from long-time technology writer David Chernicoff, OMG! They're using Windows...
  • Blog Post: Great New Windows 8 Training Resources on the OEM Sales Center!

      Woody Walton   Keeping in mind that there are many types of Microsoft partners, it is always a good idea to snoop around and see what training, readiness, and customer focused content is available for the partner community at large, even if it does not map to precisely what you do. We are...
  • Blog Post: Identity management, to cloud or not to cloud

    By Ron Grattopp ….last month one of the posts I did was on the “Cloud OS”, so as part of my research for that I ran across information from some time back that I think is still relevant but not well known about our technology, so I wanted to share.  This post centers around info from a couple of...
  • Blog Post: New Certification Pack offering will help you get or upgrade your certifications for less

    by Ron Grattopp…….Most of you, being Microsoft partners, should already be familiar with the fact that the former Microsoft Partner Program, now Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), has undergone some significant changes.  One of the major changes is the requirement for partners looking to qualify for...
  • Blog Post: The Unified Communications Customer Conversation for SMB, Part 1: Setting the Stage

    By Ron Grattopp    ….. My teammate JJ just did a great post on Lync (specifically Lync Online which you get with Office 365) where he pointed out, rightly so, that Lync is a game changer .   I’ve just come off several weeks of training for one of our major distribution partners...
  • Blog Post: Intel/Microsoft “Building Solutions Together” roadshow coming May-June

    By Ron Grattopp…..I’m excited to announce a limited engagement roadshow co-sponsored by Microsoft and Intel.  You can read the registration blurb below and then follow the “Register now” link to get more information on when and where we will be.  The big thing that will differentiate this tour...
  • Blog Post: ANNOUNCING: Online Business Productivity Services Customer Rewards Offer – you don’t want to miss this!

    by Ron Grattopp….. This is an exciting customer offer designed to encourage customers to act now on BPOS and to help partners drive online services adoption . This offer will run from February 1 through April 1, 2011. Qualifying customers can receive up to the equivalent of 50% of their first annual...
  • Blog Post: PowerPivot – next gen Business Intelligence (BI)

    by Ron Grattopp…….Although PowerPivot has been available for a few months now, I recently saw the following Network World blog post ( How Microsoft PowerPivot will disrupt BI ) and thought it was an interesting take on the impact of PowerPivot, Microsoft’s “ PivotTable on steroids ” (link to a webcast...