Check out the Business Model Transformation Series on Microsoft Online Services Opportunity (read BPOS/Office 365)

Woody Walton Over the last two weeks I have had the opportunity to attend a train the trainer session on the executive summary for this series, attend the web versions of each of the sessions below, and the pleasure of actually presenting a truncated version of the executive summary at several Microsoft Central Region VAR…

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Office 365 May be the new kid on the block, but you should still be stealing BPOS lunch money!

  by Woody Walton The announcement of Office 365 on October 19th has been well received generally speaking from most of the partners I have spoken with.  Of course the inclusion of Office 2010 Pro plus as a component of subscription offering is the biggest news, but there are many kernels worth crunching through.  I…

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Microsoft Office 2010 Beta Expires Oct. 31

Rob Waggoner Procrastinators beware!  Please don’t wake up after a scary Halloween to find that your Beta version of Office 2010 has expired.  Below is the link talking about the expiration.   I’ve also included a run down of the different versions of Office 2010 and the link to the 60 day evaluation version of Office…

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Florida Partners: Transform your Business Model with Microsoft Online Services!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- I know this is short notice, but I wanted to make sure our Florida partners were aware of this seminar next week (November 2nd).  If you are located in or close to Central Florida, please join Mark Williams from IPED as we explore doing business in the cloud. Here’s a little more…

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It’s BACK–Announcing The BIG EASY 5.0

    Start Date: October 25, 2010 End Date: December 31, 2010 Target Audience: Small and Midsize Organizations Market Segments: Commercial and Local Government Organizations Products Included: •Designer and Developer Tools •Dynamics ® CRM (Open Value & OVS) •Microsoft Exchange® Server  (Open Value & OVS) •Microsoft® Forefront™ TMG •Microsoft Lync™ •Microsoft® Office System (Open Value…

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CRM Online Trial

Q: (from Matthew) It was a pleasure meeting you today.  I hope you can help me with is dealing with our conversation around CRM seats.  If you have anybody I can reach out to or any sites that can help me take advantage of the new/old Online CRM I would be very grateful. A: Regarding…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 & Windows 7 SP1 Release Candidate has been released!

Rob Waggoner   I installed the Beta of SP1 on all of my Hyper-V servers a few months ago and will be upgrading to the RC once I have some time (probably this weekend).  The Beta was very stable, I expect the RC to be pretty much ready to go.  We are planning to release…

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Don’t trust a fake Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), Get the Real Thing!

Rob Waggoner   CRN has the following article talking about rogue software that is impersonating itself as Microsoft Security Essentials.  A rogue version of Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT)’s free antimalware product, Microsoft Security Essentials, is making its way around the Internet by scaring users into buying a bogus security product. Rogue Antivirus Scareware Exploits Microsoft’s MSE http://www.crn.com/news/security/227900608/rogue-antivirus-scareware-exploits-microsofts-mse.htm?itc=refresh…

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There’s a new DPM 2010 SCOM Management Pack

Rob Waggoner                         This was just released, check it out.  Here’s the URL where you can download this management pack: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=32077d99-618f-43d0-843d-4ba4f8019f84&displaylang=en This is a brief feature summary, I took this right from the URL above, but I wanted to make sure you saw it.  Feature Summary The DPM 2010 Management Pack enables the user to…

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PowerPivot – next gen Business Intelligence (BI)

by Ron Grattopp…….Although PowerPivot has been available for a few months now, I recently saw the following Network World blog post (How Microsoft PowerPivot will disrupt BI) and thought it was an interesting take on the impact of PowerPivot, Microsoft’s “PivotTable on steroids” (link to a webcast referenced in the article), designed to allow end-users,…

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Office 365 provides your cloud customers with even more options!

  J.J. Antequino ———————————- First off….. QuickStartOnlineServices.com is the place to start for everything BPOS/Microsoft Partner related, and I encourage you to check it out.  When you do, you will be able to download the Office 365 Partner Overview Deck. Lots of great information in that deck, but it specifically calls out the different plans…

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Introducing Microsoft Office365, the evolution of Microsoft’s BPOS Offerings

Today Microsoft is announcing Office365 which was codenamed“Union”, the evolution of Microsoft’s online productivity services.  Office365 represents the next edition of the BPOS,, Office Live Small Business and Live@edu solutions.  But its even more than that, it’s the best of everything Microsoft knows about business productivity in one service.   It’s a combination of our world…

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I’ve heard of R2 releases, but what’s an R3 release? The SCCM team just released R3!

Rob Waggoner   We just released System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3.  So what’s R3?  I’ll rattle off a few of the items that got my attention… The first thing they talk about is R3’s ability to support Green IT.  R3 gives you the ability to build power plan configurations that you can deploy to…

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Pardon my French, but it’s just a DAM solution

by Ron Grattopp…….Well, since the word dam is not profanity, there really is no “French” to pardon here, but hopefully that title got your attention because I ran across this interesting CMSWire post on SharePoint’s Digital Asset Management (DAM) technology that I thought was worth your attention.  If you’re not already familiar with the capabilities…

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Which IM protocol does Microsoft use?

Q: (from Bill) I was looking at a telephone system for which they demonstrated "presence." I asked if was compatible with Microsoft’s presence, and he said it depended on whether MS is xmpp compatible. Is it? If not, what protocols does MS presence require? A: I had a great time researching this (Bing to the…

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How to Demo Office 2010 to your Customers (Part 4)

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Well, we’ve come to the end of the road… but there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow… should I go on? In the last part of this demo series I demo Office Web Apps in a SkyDrive environment, and I address some of the issues that arise…

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How to Demo Office 2010 to your Customers (Part 3)

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Are we already up to Part 3?  In this video, we complete our demo of PowerPoint 2010 with the Broadcast Slideshow feature.  Then I move onto a demo of Sharepoint Workspace 2010… This is that hidden gem in the Professional Plus SKU that I always rave about….  Sharepoint Workspace gives your customers…

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How to Demo Office 2010 to your Customers (Part 2)

J.J. Antequino ———————————- I hope that you enjoyed viewing Part 1!  Now let’s turn our attention to Excel 2010 and PowerPoint 2010.  Most people believe that spreadsheets are boring, but with the ability to quickly create dynamic looking tables and print worthy graphs, Excel 2010 can really brighten up your day (or your monitor at…

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How to Demo Office 2010 to your Customers (Part 1)

J.J. Antequino ———————————- I have delivered a number of Office 2010 demos to Microsoft Partners and their customers….  The demo video that I created below is Part 1 in a series where I show some quick highlights of various Office 2010 applications.  I have found this demo to be very effective when speaking to customers…

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