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  • Blog Post: Public Roadmap for Office 365

    Q: (from almost everyone I talk to) What’s coming up next for Office 365? When will (fill in the blank) be available? A: In the distant past, people in my role had limited insight regarding what was on the horizon for new technologies within Microsoft. And often, even if we had insight, we had to be...
  • Blog Post: Intune Published Software Types

    Q: (from Douglas) Can you confirm if InTune can push both MSI and EXE file types? A: The short answer is “Yes”. I went to the Technet Support section of the Windows Intune site ( http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/windows-intune/support.aspx#fbid=GRwknOrZtWw ) and after clicking on...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Online Attachment Size Limit

    Q: (from Leianni) Can you tell me what the largest size attachment that can be sent with Exchange online? A: Thank you Bing! A search on “Office 365 attachment size limit” resulted in the following link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/exchange-online-limits.aspx which is HUGE wealth of information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure, Your Customers, Your Future: A Web Series by David Chappell

    I have had the great fortune to attend several of David Chappell’s presentations over the past several years and he is an AWSOME presenter. If you attend the first event and I’m sure you will make time to attend the remaining three events in the series. Microsoft Azure, Your Customers, Your Future If...
  • Blog Post: MCC Events Sweepstakes Announcement - Two All Access Passes to Worldwide Partner Conference!

    For those of you who are not familiar with the Microsoft Community Connections (MCC), they connect you with local organizations to help you educate small businesses on how current technology solutions can help them operate more efficiently and empower them to grow their business. Examples would be the...
  • Blog Post: Office for iPad Weekend Review

    Over the weekend, I spent a few minutes (OK hours...) comparing the new Office for the iPad to other favors of Office including the version for the Windows / IOS / Android Phones, the Web Apps, Windows RT, and the PC. I didn’t include the new native Android version nor the version for the Mac because...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 ProPlus Deployment Options

    Q: (from Dan) One quick question for you as we’re preparing to roll out office pro plus from 365 e3. I believe you indicated it’s possible to download a “traditional” MSI or other kind of installer rather than do the streaming install to every machine in the customer environment. Can you point us in...
  • Blog Post: Verify / Change the Partner of Record (POR) on an Office 365 Subscription

    Q: (from Brian) How do we insure we are the Partner of Record? A: (with help from my peer Todd Sweetser) Although the basic steps documented in JJ’s post on the same topic ( How to Add the Partner of Record (POR) to an Office 365 Beta Account ) are essentially accurate, I thought I would provide an example...
  • Blog Post: Cloud 1-2-3 Academy Workshops and Webinars!

    Over the last few months, the SMB Team at Microsoft has provided dozens of web based ( Cloud 1-2-3 ) and in-person ( SMB Live ) events on the sales, marketing, and technical skills needed to establish a Cloud business practice. The challenge is putting all of those pieces together and figuring out how...
  • Blog Post: Replacing an Exchange SMTP Relay in an Office 365 Environment

    Q: (from Kristy) Looking a bit more into Office 365 for our firm and doing some prep work.... One key item... Our finance/ ERP / billing system application - We email statements, employee paystubs, client invoices and similar items out of it now. And this configuration is quite simple now, as the finance...
  • Blog Post: CRM Training

    Q: (from Gail) I’m looking for training on how to use Microsoft Dynamics CRM that I can share with a customer. A: As a rule, Microsoft leaves training up to our learning partners ( http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/partners.aspx ), but Microsoft hosts some basic, getting started readiness for almost...
  • Blog Post: Deployment Planning Services

    Q: (from Gail) I have a customer who has Deployment Planning Services dollars for Windows desktop – what do I need to do to make sure I can take advantage of those dollars? A: It has been a long time since this topic has been addressed on our blog (March 2010: Exchange Deployment Planning Services )...
  • Blog Post: Does Visual Studio 2010 Professional come with Action Pack?

    Q: (from Shawn) Visual Studio 2010 Professional comes with the action pack correct?   A: Sort of… There are now two Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) editions found at: https://partner.microsoft.com/US/program/memsubscriptions Microsoft Action Pack Solution Provider Microsoft Action Pack...
  • Blog Post: Showing All Excel Workbooks on the Taskbar

    Q: (from Phyllis) I have been trying to find the default setting in Excel for automatically opening multiple instances when a new workbook is opened. I can manually open them. I am on Windows 7 Pro and Office 2007. Can you give me a shove in the right direction?   A: It’s interesting – Word and...
  • Blog Post: Which Office 365 plans work with Dynamics CRM Online?

    Q: (from Bill) Quick question, we are now thinking of going with Dynamics CRM.  But I think we cannot use Small Business Premium with Dynamics.  I think we have to go with Mid-Sized business? A: It took me a few minutes to find something, but a the Bing search that produced the winning answer...
  • Blog Post: Lync 2010 Client Licensing

    Q: (from Willie) I know that the Enterprise CAL is not a prerequisite of the Plus CAL, but if the customer only wanted voice functionality would they still need the Standard CAL (I feel confident the answer is yes, but I could not find it in the licensing guide and I didn’t want to assume)? Is there...
  • 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: Office 365 Open Licensing Readiness

    Office 365 on Open Licensing. You Bill, We Deliver. You don’t want to miss this webcast series! With the release of Office 365 on Open & Full Package Product (FPP), you now can deliver Office to your customers in the way that makes the most sense for them and you. The new Office 365 Midsize Business...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune Ready-to-Go (RTG) Sneak Peek Campaign Marketing Materials

    Q: (from Russ) We want to leverage some of the media wave focused on Windows Intune for our own customer facing event – timing is everything. Does Microsoft have materials (slide decks, scripts, data sheets) we can leverage to turn this around quickly?   A: Great timing! I just received an email...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync 2010, a Demo

    Rob Waggoner Steve Deming Steve and I sat down and put together a demo of Lync 2010. It’s one thing to talk about it, but seeing is believing. Take a look at this video and let us know what you think! Just a bit of background… During this demonstration, I...
  • Blog Post: Common Objections to Office 365 Small Business Premium

    Q: (from Leianni) When discussing Office 365 SBP with my peers, we frequently return to the same objections: subscription hard to sell low margin for partners no incremental sale channel killer Help me understand Microsoft’s position. A: I find myself frequently answering these questions. I just came...
  • Blog Post: What feature set is included with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Developer Edition?

    Q: (from Geoff) Does Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Developer Edition deliver the same functionality as Standard, Business Intelligence, or Enterprise edition?   A: From: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms144275.aspx “SQL Server 2012 Developer edition lets developers build any kind of application...
  • Blog Post: Tools to help move Apple Phone Apps to Windows Phone

    Q: (from Otto) You got me interested about the conversion tools to Windows phone platform.  What’s the name of the tools you’d referred to?   A: I just did a Bing search for “iPhone app to Windows Phone” and got the following link: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2011...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 with Multiple Domains

    Q: (from Jason) Is there a limit to how many Domains that can be added to an Office 365 account?  As long as we own a domain, can we just keep on adding domains, or is there a limit?  Is it based on subscription?  Licenses?  Secondly, if we wanted to use several domains for email...
  • Blog Post: More Windows To Go USB Drives

    Q: (from Gary) I was at the seminar and asked you about the specs on a jump/flash drive for Windows to Go setup. Could you let me know the which one would work best for me? I have tried LEXAR, KINGSTON, Data traveler and a few off brands that we have here. I haven’t been successful with any 32G or 64G...