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  • Blog Post: Office Delve to rollout to all eligible Office 365 Business Customers

    Jeff Stoffel During Satya Nadella’s keynote Monday at the Convergence conference , he showed Office Delve as a prime example of how Microsoft is reimagining productivity to help people work in new and more connected ways. After spending some time with Delve, I couldn’t agree more. Delve is an experience...
  • Blog Post: Announcing SMB Cloud Office Hours

    Jeff Stoffel Are you a Cloud novice or already have a flourishing Cloud practice? We hear from you all the time that it is tough to keep up with all the new Cloud updates. You have a lot of technical questions for which you need answers. We have listened to you and to help solve your pain points - to...
  • 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

    Welcome! My team will be doing a number of videos around various components in Azure. The goal of this series is to give you very short messages around a number of the key Azure components needed to build a solution on Azure. We will start with the basics and build from there. This page will keep the...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: How to Activate your Azure IUR Benefit

    Jeff Stoffel Do you have Microsoft Azure Internal Use Rights (IUR) yet not sure how to activate this benefit? Please watch this video to see step by step instructions on how you can activate your IUR. Be sure to watch the rest of the series at http://azure.msts2.com Thanks for watching! Technorati Tags...
  • Blog Post: Azure in 5 Minutes: Setup and Manage your Customer’s Azure Open Subscription

    Jeff Stoffel How to setup an Azure Open subscription is a common question I receive from partners. Please watch this video to get an understanding of the steps involved and how simple it really is. Be sure to watch the rest of the series at http://azure.msts2.com Thanks for watching! Technorati Tags...
  • Blog Post: Why Promote Software Currency to your Customers

    Jeff Stoffel I recently teamed with one of our partners on a Security Webinar. I primarily focused on the benefits of running an up to date desktop and the security enhancements provided by a modern operating system. Working through the content reminded me once again how important it is to be current...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 deployment & Usage Assets for SMBs Now Available

    Jeff Stoffel We often focus on selling the benefits of Office 365 to our mutual customers however sometimes forget the activities that take place after the sale. If is important to remember that a successful Office 365 rollout focuses on driving adoption and helping everyone understand the benefits of...
  • Blog Post: Partner Technical Services webcasts for Azure and Office 365

    Jeff Stoffel We have recently announced a new webcast series being presented by our Partner Technical Services team. This is a great opportunity to refresh and deepen your knowledge around Microsoft cloud services. Partner Technical Services (PTS) provides Microsoft partners with services and assistance...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 End of Life and your SMB Customers

    Jeff Stoffel As many of you are well aware, the End of Life for the Windows Server 2003 family of products is July 14, 2015. On this date, all support for Windows Server 2003, including R2, will cease. This is a great opportunity to support SMB customers in their migration to Windows Server 2012 R2,...
  • Blog Post: Lync will become Skype for Business

    Jeff Stoffel On November 11, Microsoft announced that the best of Skype and Lync are coming together. In the first half of 2015, Lync will become Skype for Business with the release of a new client, new server and updates to the service in Office 365. It will bring the best of Skype and Lync together...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft partner training, calls, and webcasts

    Jeff Stoffel I have had requests from many partners on where to go for additional training…. of all types. The November 2014 US Partner Training Hot Sheet is now on the US Partner Training blog and is a terrific way to find out about available trainings. In the Hot Sheet, you’ll find a list of upcoming...
  • Blog Post: New Azure Technical Hands-on Labs Training is coming soon to a city near you!!

    Jeff Stoffel I want to make sure you didn’t miss the upcoming in-person training session built solely around one of Microsoft’s hottest products, Microsoft Azure. Learn directly from Microsoft technical experts and take your cloud practice to the next level with this hands-on technical training. Don...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) Upgrades through the Open License Program

    Jeff Stoffel As many of you are aware, Microsoft is in the process of transitioning Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) customers to a new service called Office 365 Message Encryption. I have had several questions from our partners regarding the potential impact. I want to detail the process and potential...
  • Blog Post: OneDrive enhancements keep coming

    Jeff Stoffel Late last week we announced the first OneDrive for Business native experience on Android which is part of a significant update to the existing OneDrive app. This is our first app bringing together both OneDrive and OneDrive for business in a single client experience. This is an exciting...
  • Blog Post: Expand your Customer Reach with Microsoft Led Events

    Jeff Stoffel In the last few weeks I have been asked to participate in a number of customer facing events. As much as I’d like to join in on every event I simply can’t participate in them all. I believe this is a situation we all face – not enough time in the day to accomplish everything we would to...
  • Blog Post: Accelerate your Office 365 Migrations with Turbo

    Jeff Stoffel I often hear from partners that they are looking for ways to build an even more profitable Office 365 business. Migration projects can be time-intensive, impacting your company’s ability to sell more Office 365 with confidence. This ultimately impacts the most important thing – your profitability...
  • Blog Post: OneNote for Mac and iOS enhancements – access OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online notebooks

    Jeff Stoffel To continue building on the success of Office for the iPad, several new features have been added this week to OneNote for Mac , OneNote for iPad , and OneNote for iPhone . These enhancements include the ability to: Access notebooks stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online with...
  • Blog Post: Azure Technical Training Opportunities

    Jeff Stoffel As we all know cloud adoption is accelerating at a tremendous rate. Many of our SMB partners include cloud offerings based on Azure as a core part of their business. I also realize many other partners are just starting down the path. In this post I want to highlight a few of the many available...
  • Blog Post: Load Balancing in Microsoft Azure

    Jeff Stoffel During our TS2 Azure Boot Camp we discussed the benefits of an Availability Set. We went into details on how our SLA states that you will have external connectivity at least 99.95% of the time when you have two or more instances deployed in the same Availability Set. Today I would like to...
  • Blog Post: Azure in Open Licensing Ramp Up Summit

    Jeff Stoffel To build on J.J.’s earlier post , here is another opportunity for you to dig into the details of the upcoming Microsoft Azure in Open opportunity. This is sure to be an educational webinar on this opportunity for our SMB partners. Please join as we kickoff the Azure Ramp Up Summit on June...
  • Blog Post: General availability of the two most requested features for Azure Virtual Network

    Jeff Stoffel Multiple site-to-site and VNET-to-VNET connectivity At TechEd North America 2014, we announced the general availability of several new Azure features. I’d like to highlight the general availability of the two most requested features for Azure Virtual Network: Multiple Site-to-Site VNET-to...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the TS2 Office 365 Partner Admin Center Quick Start Video Series

    Jeff Stoffel TS2 Video Quick Start Series We just finished creating a short video series on how to utilize the Microsoft Online Partner Administration Center and wanted to give our blog readers a first look. This builds on the recent post by J.J., How do partners sign up to sell Office 365? The video...
  • Blog Post: How Lync Online sells Office 365

    Jeff Stoffel Having used Lync and predecessors - Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server - for over 10 years, I take for granted sometimes that the market knows all about Lync and the value it brings to small businesses. After returning from a number of partner events I realized once...