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  • Blog Post: US IAMCP Certification Voucher Program

    Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, I’m excited to tell you about a great new offer for IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners) members to get a free test voucher for Microsoft certification exams! The IAMCP has negotiated a special program with the Microsoft Partner Network...
  • Blog Post: Built-in mobile device management in Office 365 now available

    Tim Tetrick Back in October, 2014 Microsoft announced that built-in mobile device management (MDM) capabilities were coming to Office 365 . I am pleased to announce that as of Monday, March 30 this is now generally available and included at no additional cost in all Office 365 commercial plans, including...
  • Blog Post: Office 2016 Mac Preview

    Tim Tetrick As I mentioned in my Office 365 for Mac and iOS environments blog a few months back, Microsoft planned to release a public beta of the next version of Office for Mac in the first half of 2015. Well I’m happy to report that Office 2016 Mac Preview is now available! The new Office 2016 for...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 User Experience Demonstration Video

    Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners! If you’ve ever had a customer or prospect ask to see a demonstration of Office 365 in action, feel free to send them to the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvOjXJICCRE (and also embedded below). It might also be a good watch for those internal folks...
  • Blog Post: Partner Technical Enablement Playbook

    Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Partners, Wanted to share with you what I hope will be a great resource for you and your teams. The Technical Enablement Playbook was created with the idea of developing a “playbook” of the common “partner technical enablement” best practices that my TS2 colleagues and I guide...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Azure Portal Walkthrough

    Tim Tetrick If you are new to Azure, this Azure Portal walkthrough will help you get familiar with how to create, configure, and monitor services within Azure. We’ll also look at how to add co-admins, how to check your services usage and Open credits, and more. Be sure to check out our whole series of...
  • Blog Post: Meet the new Power BI

    Tim Tetrick On January 27 Microsoft unveiled its new Power BI service, which is available now as a free Preview . We also announced a brand new pricing structure. At general availability, we will introduce a free offer, available as Power BI . We’ll also introduce Power BI Pro , with additional data...
  • Blog Post: SMB Live is back to modernize your 2015 and registration is now open!

    Tim Tetrick SMB Live is back to modernize your 2015 and registration is now open! We’re excited to announce new in-depth & hands on marketing content, along with 300-level technical training to modernize your organizations’ technical skills and marketing capabilities- leaving you with the tools you...
  • Blog Post: Azure Data Security and Privacy

    Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, With lots of stories in the press recently about the rights of governments and legal entities to access data stored in the public Cloud, questions are bound to come up from your customers and prospects regarding Azure. I wanted to provide you some ammunition for helping address...
  • Blog Post: Changes to SharePoint Online Public Website

    Tim Tetrick Cloud Partners, Wanted to make you aware of some changes coming to the SharePoint Online Public Website feature . I know some of you have customers utilizing this capability as part of Office 365 or you may be utilizing it yourselves as your primary company website to promote your organization...
  • Blog Post: Three Questions to Get to the Cloud with Office 365

    Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Sellers, As you talk with your customers and prospects about moving to Office 365, here are three questions I would encourage you to incorporate into your discussions. Working with customers and partners, we’ve found these three questions really resonating as some of the biggest...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Support Options for Microsoft Partners

    Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, I wanted to take a moment to review the pre and post-sales support options that Microsoft Partners have available to them for use with Microsoft Cloud products. First, I want to talk about Partner Advisory Hours , which are a fantastic benefit available to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Should I use DirSync or AAD Sync?

    Tim Tetrick Hi Cloud Partners, I’m sure many of you out there are familiar with DirSync . DirSync is a tool that has been around for a while that allows customers to keep their on-premises Active Directory continuously synchronized with Azure AD. It syncs users, groups, and optionally passwords into...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for Mac and iOS environments

    Tim Tetrick In case you didn’t catch it, Microsoft made some exciting new announcements over the last week for customers using Office 365 in Mac and iOS environments. First, on October 31, we announced a brand new Outlook for Mac client . The new Outlook for Mac delivers better performance and reliability...
  • Blog Post: One-Time Passcode for Office 365 Message Encryption

    Tim Tetrick I wanted to highlight a new feature that just recently launched that enhances the capabilities of Office 365 Message Encryption . As you may recall, Office 365 Message Encryption released this past February , and replaced the functionality previously known as EHE (Exchange Hosted Encryption...
  • Blog Post: New Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses

    Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, I’m excited to see the official release today of the new Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses. As I previewed in a blog post back in July , these new plans include three new offerings specifically designed to meet the needs of SMB customers. To review,...
  • Blog Post: Register today for a FREE course on how to design and develop a Windows Apportal. Space is limited!

    Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, Whether you’re an established developer or new to the field, this course will give you guidance on how to design and develop a fully functional Windows Apportal. Introduced in July, a Windows Apportal is a Windows 8.1 app that can integrate a customer’s entire line of business...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 shared computer activation

    Tim Tetrick Back in May, I shared in a blog post that “ native RDS/TS support for Office 365 ProPlus is coming, and is currently targeted to release in the second half of 2014 ”. Well I’m pleased to announce that this support is now available as of September 1, 2014. All SKUs containing Office 365 ProPlus...
  • Blog Post: Conquer the Cloud with SMB Live Events

    Tim Tetrick We are excited to announce the new SMB Live events series, coming soon to a city near you! These free events are your exclusive opportunity to learn how Microsoft cloud solutions can help you address your customers’ evolving business needs. This series is designed to teach you how to not...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy

    Tim Tetrick Just wanted to remind all you partners out there about this great resource that provides you and your customers with FREE training on Microsoft products and services. What is MVA? Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy...
  • Blog Post: Making Office 365 even better for small and midsized businesses

    Tim Tetrick Hi Partners, hopefully you have all seen the recent announcement Evolving Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses about the new plans that are coming for small and midsized business starting on October 1, 2014. I wanted to take a moment and highlight some of the great benefits...
  • Blog Post: Power BI for Office 365 now available to Competency Partners

    Tim Tetrick Ever since Power BI for Office 365 launched back in February, 2014, we’ve heard from lots of partners who have asked for it to be included as part of their IUR (Internal Use Rights) benefits. Well I have some great news to share for our Cloud Partners who also have a competency. Power BI...
  • Blog Post: New and updated Azure Infographics/Posters

    Tim Tetrick Wanted to make everyone aware of a valuable resource that has just recently been updated. They are Inforgraphics/Posters that cover the key messaging concepts for Azure, including Overview , Security , Scalability , Identity and Access , and Infrastructure Services . I would encourage you...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices for securing access to your Azure Virtual Machines

    Tim Tetrick When using a public cloud service like Microsoft Azure, securing access to your Virtual Machines should be a primary security concern. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some best practices you can use to help reduce your exposure to attacks. Username/Password Hackers utilize brute...
  • Blog Post: RDS and shared computer support for Office 365 ProPlus coming soon!

    Tim Tetrick I frequently get asked about Office 365 ProPlus running in an RDS (Remote Desktop Services) or TS (Terminal Services) environment. Currently, Office 365 ProPlus will not physically install in an RDS/TS environment. There is an exception in the Product Use Rights that allows customers to install...