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Welcome to the US SMB&D TS2 Team Blog
Yet another reason to get them off of Windows XP!
Todd Sweetser Yes, Windows XP was retired back in April 2014. Yet there are still many of those that continued to use it in the SMB space (and others.) I wanted to share yet another reason to get them upgraded…. As of July 14th, 2015 Microsoft is no longer providing updates to Microsoft Security...
28 Jul 2015
The Path to Windows 10 Webcast–Replay
Recently I co-delivered a webcast called the Path to Windows 10 with Simone Ando, Product Marketing Manager, Windows and Devices. In the webcast we talked about how Windows 10 will be the best business platform ever – enabling our business customers to be more productive, simplifying management and deployment...
2 Jun 2015
IE Support Policy Information and Resources
We have been asked several times by partners what is the support policy and EOL of Internet Explorer. There seems to be a lot of confusion over this questions and the announcements we made around Microsoft Edge (Formerly Spartan). Here is some key information about Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft...
1 Jun 2015
Upgrading to build 10122 of Windows 10
Good morning partners, If you or your customers are a part of the Windows 10 Tech Preview, you may have been taking advantage of the latest builds of Windows 10. Recently we released build 10122, and your installation may have stopped at 18% . Thanks to Pieter Wigleven and Antonio Vasconcelos who found...
29 May 2015
Ramping up on Windows 10 --- Get Ready With Upcoming Training!
As you know Windows 10 is right around the corner and will be available shortly. We want to ensure you have all of the right tools and knowledge on the new operating system before your customers start inquiring. Please attend these webinars and in person training to learn more on how to keep current...
28 Apr 2015
Azure Backup now backs up your Client OS’ as well
Rob Waggoner During my recent Hands on Lab events, we spent time setting up Azure Backup. During these events, only Server OS’ (Server 2008 R2 + SP1 and above) were supported. The common question during these events was “Can I backup my Client OS’ with Azure Backup?���. During the events, the answer was...
17 Dec 2014
Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Capitalize on the Opportunity!
Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! The cloud marks an unprecedented shift in the way we deliver solutions to customers. This shift also marks a need to rethink the partner business model, in order to build a sustainable business. But how? That is the pressing question top of mind for many of our partners...
5 Nov 2014
Announcing the Windows 8.1 Devices Sweepstakes for IT Pros, Developers, and Sales Pros
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Each month, we announce a new sweepstakes to help IT pros, developers, and sales pros prepare for and take Microsoft certification exams and assessments on a featured topic. The Windows 8.1 devices sweepstakes for sales and technical roles is now available...
10 Oct 2014
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...
11 Sep 2014
FREE Microsoft eBooks
Onur Dogruoz Eric Ligman shared a huge collection of FREE eBooks on his blog yesterday. There are hundreds of eBooks available covering Windows, Office, Dynamics, Azure, Office 365, SQL Server, PowerShell and other Microsoft technologies. It’s a tremendous resource. Enjoy! Eric Ligman’s Blog
8 Jul 2014
Windows 8.1 Update – 2 Months Later
Josh Condie – It’s been almost 2 months since we released the Windows 8.1 Update at our Build Conference, so I thought I’d do a quick review of some of my more appreciated enhancements. To set the stage, I am the epitome of mobile employee. I travel extensively (both locally and nationally), spend much...
31 May 2014
Program Updates for Free and discounted training resources from Brainstorm now available to resell
Based on feedback received, we have made some updates to simplify this Thru-partner To-customer training resource offer for Windows 8.1 & Office 365. See below for details and updates. What are the Details? Partners can support every customer with simple to use, highly effective training resources...
2 Apr 2014
In case there is any doubt: Windows XP End of Support is an “Official” Problem
Woody Walton I have been speaking around the country to VARs and other Microsoft Partners about the opportunity that Windows XP End of Support represents. I know I may sound like a broken record, but we need to make sure we are crystal clear in dialogues with customers. …and in case you have been unsuccessful...
1 Apr 2014
Windows tablets! Get your Windows tablets!
J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- As I prepare to speak to more partners and customers about Windows devices, I am so pleased with the diversity of form factors that Microsoft and our partners have put together. What is also amazing is the affordability and value that we have now been...
5 Feb 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
Windows 8.1 Client Security Features
Kathleen Molosky With the upcoming availability of Windows 8.1 you will start receiving questions from your customers as to what is new with Windows 8.1. One of the areas normally of focus for your customers is security. They want to make sure their information is safe once they move...
9 Sep 2013
Get to Modern Partner Opportunities
Kathleen Molosky, PTS As your customers plan to move away from XP (hopefully well before April 8th, 2014) there is a lot you can do to help them make this a smooth and productive transition. Based on my experience deploying several versions of the client OS and applications within Microsoft...
20 Sep 2013
Windows 8.1 feature preview – unified smart search
By Ron Grattopp ….One of the most underrated (IMHO) yet important productivity aspects of the desktop OS is the search function. Way back in Vista we introduced the Instant Search (or search-as-you-type as some call it) functionality which was a huge step up over XP, and actually changed the way...
31 Jul 2013
How do I “Boot to Desktop” – Windows 8.1
B V A Recently I installed Windows 8.1 Preview on my Samsung Slate, in prep for questions at WPC – See J.J.’s Post - http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2013/06/18/worldwide-partner-conference-2013-is-less-than-3-weeks-away.aspx Anyway I wanted to enable the “Boot to Desktop...
27 Jun 2013
Windows 8.1 feature preview – enhanced security
By Ron Grattopp ….You should remember that I’ve previously discussed how Windows 8 significantly ups the security bar with features like Secure/Trusted/Measured Boot, Malware Resistance technology, and corporate business data protection (see my post on 12/31/12). So what does Windows 8.1 (aka Win8...
29 Aug 2013
Being a Nerd: Wireless VGA/HDMI Part 2
Q: (from Jeff) When you find a minute if I could trouble you to send me links to the HDMI connector for surface pro, as well as the device that allows you to connect to your television for both video and audio. A: This is a follow up question from my original post Being a Nerd: Wireless VGA/HDMI . In...
27 Nov 2013
Windows Server 2012 R2 Work Folders–The On-Premise Solution for Controlling Sensitive Data
While many small and medium size businesses are moving their IT infrastructure to Azure for hardware and operational cost savings, there are still times when technology solutions will need to stay on premise due to the sensitivity of data as the prevalent reason. Microsoft provides excellent hybrid...
13 Dec 2013
Delivering a Windows To Go Demo
Q: (from Jeff) So, I wanted to show a customer the Windows to Go. They previously consolidated their enterprise on Open value in Windows XP, but have since upgraded to a mix of Vista Business and Windows 7 pro with OEM licensing. I can’t seem to make one of the Windows to Go USB sticks work...
4 Nov 2013
Microsoft’s New Remote Desktop Clients for iOS, Mac OS and Android
Josh Condie - Microsoft has just released the first official Remote Desktop clients for iOS and Android . Now, users can bring the Windows desktop (even Windows 8.1 which released earlier this month) directly to their mobile devices that may be running on competing platforms. The apps let you connect...
31 Oct 2013
Windows 8.1 Preview License Expires Jan 2014
Thank you for using the Windows 8.1 Preview. Partners should communicate with their customers to make sure they move to the final released versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 before January 2014 when the license for the preview will expire. Plans should be made to move to the released version...
5 Dec 2013
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