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Microsoft Ahead of the Game Technical Series Roadshow Coming to a City near you!
Todd Sweetser Microsoft technical training is coming to a city near you. Register now to join us for the Ahead of the Game Technical Series event … space is limited. The Ahead of the Game Technical Series is a 2 day hands-on training event for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners with...
5 Feb 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
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
Office 2013 Version Economics: An Example.
Woody Walton Well the new year is almost upon us and I thought I would close out 2012 with an illustration of why a customer might choose to purchase Office 2013 though either our volume licensing programs or through our Office 365 subscriptions, rather than buy it through retail, such as Office...
1 Jan 2013
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
Big Easy 10 & Cloud Easy now available
B V A The Big Easy Offer 10: Customers get an opportunity to earn subsidy payouts on eligible Microsoft volume license purchases that can be applied towards future purchases of Microsoft software or associated services from their Microsoft partner of choice. · Offer valid purchase period...
4 Mar 2013
Ignite Technical and Sales Training for Exchange, Office & Office 365
Tim Tetrick Don’t miss this opportunity! The Exchange, Office & Office 365 Ignite events are a series of free, limited invitation workshops for Microsoft's most valued partners introducing you to the technical capabilities of the recently launched NEW Exchange, Office and Office 365. Technical...
26 Mar 2013
SkyDrive Pro default storage increased to 25GB!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Great news! It was just announced that SkyDrive Pro as part of Office 365 has increased the default space allocated for each user from 7GB to 25GB! This is for both new customers as well as existing customers. This is a very common ask and is a welcome...
27 Aug 2013
New Office Online Ignite Training
B V A I was recently out on the Microsoft Partner site, and ran across this link to some New Office Ignite Trainings: http://officeignitelabs.cloudguides.com/ Each Technology header provides multiple trainings that are available on each solution available for you to watch online.
18 Dec 2012
Office 365 Licensing and Scenario Overview
B V A Microsoft is introducing new business models for Office 365, available March 1st. This is the final video in our 3 part series. It highlights, the licensing transaction details, as well as a demo of the VLSC or Volume Licensing Service Center, walking through getting and redeeming the keys...
26 Feb 2013
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
Accelerate Your Cloud Business with a Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track Bootcamp
Tim Tetrick Microsoft Cloud Fast-Track Bootcamp Join Microsoft cloud experts in your area for a one day training to help you fast-track your cloud sales and profits using the latest product roadmaps, demo tools, customer campaigns, and shared best practices. Learn about the new Office and how...
18 Jan 2013
Microsoft SMB Accelerated Sales Process
B V A The Accelerated Sales Process was specifically designed to address the challenges described below, and create a pro-Microsoft bias, by re-aligning buying and selling activities. Customers have fundamentally changed how and when they engage with sales professionals during their...
13 Jun 2013
Free Office webinars every Tuesday, watch videos anytime
Todd Sweetser Hi Office and Cloud sellers alike! Wanted to make all aware of this great resource that shows how to take advantage of Office and Office 365 components via short, focused webinars. These are also available as recordings after each one so the library of useful videos grows each...
17 Apr 2013
Microsoft Office 365 December MigrationWiz Offer
Todd Sweetser Easily move more customers to the Cloud with this great offer! Hi Cloud Sellers! I wanted to make sure you knew you could receive up to 100 MigrationWiz Premium Mailbox Migration licenses for qualifying Office 365 E3 SKU customer sales completed this December. This offer ends...
7 Dec 2012
Updated “Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses” training available!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some of you may recall some excellent training that was available to help in your preparation for Office 365 Certification testing that is under the name of Office 365 for SMB Jump Start and is available on TechNet. This training regimen has been updated to...
30 Jul 2013
Office 365 is now available as a donation to qualified nonprofits!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! For those that work with customers in the nonprofit space Microsoft has just made Office 365 available as a donation to eligible organizations. What does this mean? Customers that qualify can now acquire and take advantage of the Office 365 offerings at a...
10 Sep 2013
Key Changes Coming to Office 365 E & K SKUs
Tim Tetrick As part of our updated Office 365 services rollout (see the recent blog post from Steve Ballmer), I wanted to provide you with a heads up on some key changes coming to the E (Enterprise) and K (Kiosk) plans. First, Office Web Apps is being added to the E1 and K1 plans. Currently...
1 Feb 2013
Qualifying SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals via the Cloud Deployment Partner program!
Todd Sweetser What is the Cloud Deployment Offer? Overview: Qualifying CDP SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals! Details: Customers who purchase a minimum of 150 seats of eligible Office 365 Enterprise SKUs will qualify for an investment toward their deployment...
23 Oct 2013
Learn how Microsoft Lync and SharePoint Online can expand your cloud practice!
Woody Walton Hello All! I wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow culminates the our 4 part webinar Series, Expand Your Cloud Practice. As you have guess from the title of the post the forth and final installment is About SharePoint Online and Lync Online, two essential components of Microsoft...
1 May 2012
Addressing Office 365 Customer Concerns about Data Geo-Redundancy and Location
Woody Walton This comes up from time to time and I recently briefed some internal call center folks on how to handle this question or concern when speaking to prospective SMB customers about Office 365. In general I like to refer customers to our Office 365 Trust Cente r at http:/...
27 Jun 2013
Get to Modern Partner Opportunities
Kathleen Molosky, PTS As your customers plan to move away from XP (hopefully well before April 8th, 2014) there is a lot you can do to help them make this a smooth and productive transition. Based on my experience deploying several versions of the client OS and applications within Microsoft...
20 Sep 2013
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
Exchange Online Archiving (EOA) NOW Available as Add-on to Any Enterprise Exchange Online Plan
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! GREAT NEWS! Exchange Online Archiving (EOA) is now available as add-on to any Enterprise Exchange Online plan. What does this mean? Exchange Online Archiving (EOA), including In-Place hold and unlimited storage, was previously only available to be purchased...
16 May 2013
The Directory Sync tool can now be installed on a Domain Controller!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great news for those that are selling into the smaller SMB accounts that may be running a single Domain Controller and don’t have the resources to have a second server. Historically you were required to install the Office 365 Directory Sync (DirSync) tool (now...
7 Nov 2013
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