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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...
10 Jul 2014
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...
10 Jun 2014
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...
4 Jun 2014
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...
14 May 2014
Offering RDS solutions on Microsoft Azure
Tim Tetrick With all the interest and excitement around Microsoft Azure recently, my colleagues and I have been fielding lots of questions from partners about the ability to host RDS (Remote Desktop Services) within Azure as a solution for customers. This is indeed a supported solution on Azure and provides...
13 May 2014
The Office 365 Service Descriptions and how to quickly/easily export multiple sections to PDF
Tim Tetrick As referenced several times in this blog, the Office 365 Service Descriptions are an excellent resource for getting questions answered about Office 365. They are the authoritative source for all the questions you have around the features and capabilities of the service. From my experience...
29 Apr 2014
IUR (Internal Use Rights) Changes for Microsoft Cloud Partners – Action Required!
Tim Tetrick In the past, MPN Partners with Cloud Essentials / Cloud Accelerate designation had access to Internal Use Rights for Office 365, CRM Online, Windows Intune, and Azure. Moving forward, however, only partners with a Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) or partners with a Silver or Gold...
4 Apr 2014
Cloud Assessment Tool: Exoprise CloudReady® Webinars, Help, and Sample Reports
Woody Walton To piggy back on Tim Tetrick’s post titled Calculate your customer’s savings with Office 365 , which highlights the capabilities of the Exoprise Cloud Readiness Assessment Tool, called by them CloudReady® Insight , I wanted to further explain the additional assistance that Exoprise provides...
1 Apr 2014
Calculate your customer’s savings with Office 365
Tim Tetrick Microsoft partners can now use CloudReady Insight , an Office 365 cost-saving assessment tool from third-party provider Exoprise , to show their customers how much they can save with Office 365. Help Office 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 users upgrade their systems With support ending soon...
8 Mar 2014
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
Microsoft Cloud Trust Center Resources
Tim Tetrick I know many of you are familiar with the Office 365 Trust Center and use it on a regular basis to help address your customer’s questions and concerns around Privacy, Transparency, Security, Compliance, and Certifications. What you may not be aware of is that Microsoft has similar Trust Centers...
22 Feb 2014
When must I upgrade from Office Professional Plus 2010 Subscription to Office 365 ProPlus?
Tim Tetrick I commonly hear this question from partners and customers – How long do I have before I must upgrade from Office Professional Plus 2010 Subscription to Office 365 ProPlus? Customers that were on Office 365 pre-service upgrade still have access to download and install Office Professional Plus...
6 Feb 2014
Litigation Hold versus In-Place Hold in Exchange Online
Tim Tetrick I frequently get questions about the compliance archiving capabilities available in Exchange Online and Office 365 . One area that causes a lot of confusion is around Litigation Hold versus In-Place Hold . Is Litigation Hold the same as In-Place Hold? If not, then when and why would I choose...
10 Jan 2014
New study highlights how technology helps fuel significant revenue and job growth for SMB customers
Tim Tetrick According to new research commissioned by Microsoft and independently conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) , a global management consulting firm and a leading adviser on business strategy, tech-savvy small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) created more new jobs and drove more...
20 Dec 2013
Managing spam notifications with Exchange Online Protection
Tim Tetrick In March 2013, Microsoft released a brand new version of its email filtering service that was previously known as FOPE (Forefront Online Protection for Exchange) . The new service is called EOP (Exchange Online Protection) , and it provides spam and malware filtering in the cloud. ...
29 Oct 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
Drumbeat Office 365 Sales Readiness
Tim Tetrick Come learn the proven best practices for selling Office 365! The Drumbeat Sales day provides partners in sales and pre-sales technical roles with best practice sales training for Office 365. Selling Office 365 requires a new way of selling, come hear about it. In addition...
26 Sep 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
Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio
Tim Tetrick I want to make everyone aware of a newly updated resource to assist with your Online Services selling efforts. The Microsoft Online Services Document Portfolio is a collection of over 120 unique documents all related to the Microsoft Online Services business across Office 365 , Windows...
10 Jan 2013
Office 365 Core Identity Scenarios
Tim Tetrick I often get questions about the identity management options with Office 365. Identity management is the process of identifying individuals in a system and controlling access to the resources in that system. With Office 365, there are three main identity options you...
12 Sep 2013
Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes
Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, wanted to make you aware of this recently announced sweepstakes offer. Register your company to enter the Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes, and then sell eligible SKUs of Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Exchange Online to your customers. For each qualifying sale between...
3 Dec 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
End user training resources for Office 365 and Office 2013
Tim Tetrick From time to time I get asked about end user training resources for Office 365. Some partners are looking for help in building out their own end user training for customers, and some are just looking for resources they can pass along to their customers for self training...
14 Oct 2013
Outlook Password Expiration Notification in Office 365
Tim Tetrick I know many of you have struggled through the current issue with Office 365 in which users of Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 don’t receive notification when their password is about to expire. In addition, once the password has already expired, Outlook goes into a disconnected...
8 Oct 2012
New OneNote Apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android
Tim Tetrick Microsoft recently released the next wave of OneNote applications for iPhone, iPad, and Android via the Office News and OneNote blogs. This complete rewrite of the platforms enables longer term success with more frequent app updates, improved syncing across devices (and now to SharePoint...
23 Jul 2013
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