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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog
OneDrive for Business
Tim Tetrick As you may have seen recently, SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business . OneDrive for Business is personal online storage for a company’s employees. It’s the place where people can store, share, and sync their work files across multiple devices easily and securely. With OneDrive for Business...
5 Mar 2014
Addressing Common Office 365 Selling Challenges
Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist O365 Sellers, Following you’ll find a very useful deck that I reference when coaching new partners on how to address common Office 365 customer objections and challenges. The topics below are the most common issues that come up in my partner and customer pre...
1 Mar 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
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
Easily Brand Your Customer’s SharePoint Online Sites
Michael Kophs – Partner Technology Strategist Did you know the latest version of SharePoint Online includes some very cool custom branding options? Impress your Office 365 customers by giving their SharePoint sites a familiar look and feel, that showcases their own brand and colors. Following...
28 Oct 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
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
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
Power BI for Office 365
Michael Kophs – Cloud PTS This summer I was fortunate enough to experience the gauntlet of Microsoft conferences: WPC (our Worldwide Partner Conference), MGX (internal sales conference) and TechReady (internal technical conference) in three consecutive weeks! Throughout these three weeks...
31 Jul 2013
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
SkyDrive Pro Apps for Windows 8 & iOS are here!
Woody Walton This is important. We cannot all follow every blog and with all the static in the blogosphere right now over Windows 8.1 I wanted to make certain you did not miss this. SkyDrive Pro is the new brand for My Sites in Office 365 & SharePoint online. We have had a...
29 Jun 2013
Mobile Device Support in the New Office 365
Tim Tetrick I wanted to take the opportunity to review the great mobile device support that’s included in the new Office 365. You can access email, calendar, documents, instant messaging, presence, audio, video, and other Office 365 services from your mobile phone or tablet. Supported devices...
20 May 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
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
Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet
Michael Kophs Microsoft Cloud TSP Looking to provide your customers/prospects with a detailed comparison between Microsoft’s Cloud services and an on-premises solution (or other hosted offering)? Check out the following Office 365 Cost Comparison Worksheet. Use this worksheet as a starting...
26 Feb 2013
Join us for a Virtual Launch Event for the new Office 365 for business
Todd Sweetser Join us for a Virtual Launch Event for the new Office 365 for business. Hi Cloud Sellers! February 27 th marks an important milestone with the general availability of the new Office 365 for business. We would like to personally invite you and your customers to attend the virtual...
18 Feb 2013
Explaining SkyDrive Pro; Cloud Storage for the Business User
Michael Kophs I talk to Microsoft cloud partners everyday and one of the most frequent questions I have received over the past couple of years is “when will Microsoft/Office 365 offer a cloud storage solution like SkyDrive (which has always been a consumer cloud storage solution) for the business?” ...
8 Jan 2013
Microsoft Cloud How-To Webinar Series
Samir Kukreja - I wanted to make sure you were aware of the upcoming sessions, part of the Microsoft Cloud How-To Webinar Series. Microsoft experts will provide a technical overview on how to position and demo products like Office365 and Windows Intune. You will also learn about the current offers...
7 Dec 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
SharePoint Online: How to Share a Site Externally and Invite External Users
Woody Walton I am presently sitting in a hotel in Chicago, having just finished presenting at a VAR summit downtown at our office in the AON Center. It is always great to get in front of partners and hear what the word on the street is. For anyone out there that was in attendance...
1 Nov 2012
Office 365 Readiness Programs for partners selling to SMB
Todd Sweetser – Hi there Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make sure you are aware of some current programs in place to assist with your Office 365 Readiness. First, be aware of the Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365 . You can use this training to be prepared to help your customers...
1 Oct 2012
SharePoint and Azure Development
Q: (from Nikkia) Good morning Stephen! It was great to meet you last night at the IAMCP DC chapter meeting! I remember you saying (hopefully, remembering correctly) that SharePoint development can be done on Azure. Is that true? I don’t seem to see it on the Azure information...
16 Aug 2012
Mobile Device Support in Office 365
Q: (from Matt) Do you know where we can find more information how mobile devices work with O365? A: Here’s a nice summary: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/mobility.aspx Following are some more detailed resources: Messaging (Exchange Online): http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/office365...
1 Aug 2012
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...
30 Apr 2012
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