The Periodic Table of Office 365

Good afternoon everyone,  I recently read a great article by Matt Wade, where he did an Everyday Intro Office 365.  It is a great little article.  I loved the one line from his article here: The most important thing is, no, O365 isn’t just Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook in your browser. That’s like saying…

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Azure Hybrid Use Benefit Guidance Document Now Available

Garrett Bundy Hello Partners! By now, I’m sure that you have heard us talk about the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.  If you have not take a look here. Many of our partners have been looking for some guidance around how to leverage this functionality, especially now that it is available in the portal and doesn’t…

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Azure Hybrid Use Benefit now available directly in the Azure Management Portal

Tim Tetrick   In case you missed the news from a couple weeks back, I wanted to highlight the fact that you can now activate your Azure Hybrid Use Benefit directly in the Azure Management Portal.  If you’re not already familiar with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit, it is a fantastic benefit that helps you get…

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Office 365 ROI Tool

Q: (from Neal) Hello. I hope all is well. I am trying to find, what I recall as being, an Excel workbook that helped partners calculate a customers ROI for Office 365. I know MS has an  online calculator that is highly simplified, but I need something a bit  more detailed. Are you aware of…

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Introducing OneDrive Files On-Demand

Jeff Stoffel   As expected many exciting announcements were made at Build 2017.  I am particularly excited by Joe Belfiore announcement that the new OneDrive Files On-Demand feature will be delivered with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.  With Files On-Demand, you can access all your files in the cloud without having to download them…

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Can I change my onmicrosoft.com domain name?

Q: (from Janelle) Reaching out to you guys to find out if you know for sure if I can or cannot change a client’s onmicrosoft.com initial tenant domain. We have a client whose initial tenant domain is spelled wrong….wasn’t a problem until now because they’re starting to use more features like sharepoint.  yyyyyy.onmicrosoft.com…should be zzzzzz.onmicrosoft.com…

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New SMB JumpStart Series Now Available for Registration

Woody Walton   Partners, You may have seen our previous post by my peer, Jeff Stoffel, titled Registration is open! Four new SMB JumpStart virtual workshops starting soon. The TS2 Team has been running these with great success thus far and we want to make certain you do not miss out! There are 2 new…

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Support for Access Web Apps in SharePoint Online Going Away

Q: (from Megan) Is there a good Microsoft resource with more information on the removal of Access Services from SharePoint Online?  My understanding is that no new Access apps can be created, but I’m trying to confirm whether or not my client that houses their tables in SharePoint Online and accesses them via Access 2016…

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How to Build a Successful Cloud Practice

Tim Tetrick   As part of the strategy to help our partners create and accelerate their efforts to develop profitable and successful cloud practices, I wanted to highlight the following Cloud Practice Development Playbooks focused on: Cloud Infrastructure & Management Playbook Cloud Application Development Playbook Data Platform & Analytics Playbook Mobility & Security Playbook Microsoft…

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Join your regional May SMB Partner Insider call Friday, May 5!

Todd Sweetser Join your local Microsoft US team for the SMB Partner Insider call Friday, May 5, 2017. You’ll get valuable, actionable information to help your Microsoft business grow. Presenters on these calls include the Microsoft Regional General Manager, Partner Sales Executives, Partner Channel Development Managers, Partner Technology Strategists and guest speakers. Hear what partner…

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Newly available Office 365 Advanced Security and Compliance solutions campaign

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  Came across this new set of partner resources that revolve around a very valuable topic, Office 365 Security and Compliance.  This can be used to help you expand your practice and bring some visibility into some of the value added solutions that Office 365 offers around security. Damaging publicity. Costly…

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Outlook Customer Manager Now Rolling Out

Garrett Bundy Hello Partners!   For quite some time now SMB customers have been looking for a way to leverage the functionality that was part of the solution called Business Contact Manager.  BCM has not been available or supported for some time now.  In it’s place we are now rolling out the Outlook Customer Manager…

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MileIQ: Another Office 365 Benefit

Q: (from Jeff) How do I find out which O365 plans include MileIQ? It would be nice if there was more info…  A: Well this caught me by surprise. Frankly, we’ve owned the company for almost 18 months and I nor my peers even knew about the acquisition. Microsoft has acquired Mobile Data Labs Further…

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Updated Partner Readiness Webcasts on Office 365 Enterprise E5

East Region SMB Techcast WHAT: Office 365 E5!  Auto-Attendant, Call Queues!  But wait, there’s more! WHEN: 4/20 @ 11:00 AM EST Now that the Skype for Business Cloud PBX can deliver the needed Auto-Attendant and Call Queues, it’s time to revisit what voice and collaboration solutions Skype for Business Online can now provide in some…

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Center of Reseller Excellence for Microsoft CSP (CORE CSP)

Tim Tetrick     Hello Microsoft Partners, Welcome to CORE CSP With an abundance of content out there, it can be difficult to know where to find the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) resources you’re looking for. That’s why we’ve narrowed the focus. With CORE CSP, we’ve curated the best, most-focused resources and tools to help…

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Great Article: Sell on Value, not on Features

Brent Combest, General Manager, Central Region SMB at Microsoft, just published a great article on the shift from features to selling solutions and value.  You can read the article here: Follow the Money: Sell on Value, not on Features  Brent focused on the shift on selling and quantifying the value of what happens when email…

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Just Announced: Price reductions on L Series and announcing next generation Hyper-threaded virtual machines

Good afternoon everyone! I just learned we have some promo pricing for VM’s in Azure you may have noticed in your partner center.  You can read the announcement here: Price reductions on L Series and announcing next generation Hyper-threaded virtual machines  From the article: In the next few months, Microsoft will be introducing a new…

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Registration is open! Four new SMB JumpStart virtual workshops starting soon

Jeff Stoffel   I am thrilled to inform you that there are 4 new SMB JumpStart virtual workshop series starting soon! Creating Virtual Machines with High Availability Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery Cloud PBX and PSTN in Skype for Business Online Reimagine Hybrid Cloud Storage with the StorSimple Virtual Appliance You don’t want to…

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Significant Update to Advanced Threat Protection

Garrett Bundy Hello Partners! Earlier this week we announced some pretty significant (and cool) feature updates for Office 365.  Office 365 Threat Intelligence, Office 365 Advanced Data Governance and then what I think is the coolest are the updates to the Advanced Threat Protection service!  Let’s take a look at each of these in a…

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Call Queues and Auto Attendant trainings updated for General Availability

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Partners, I hope everyone saw the news from last week that the Skype for Business Cloud PBX calling features Auto Attendant and Call Queues are now generally available.  These two features were previously available via Public Preview at www.skypepreview.com but have now been officially released.  You can read more in…

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