Augment your customer conversations with information from the Microsoft Business Hub

  By Ron Grattopp ….. If you aren’t subscribing to our Business Insights Newsletter, you may have missed this.  We launched this site a couple of months ago and, as you can see, it’s still in beta, but you can use it as a quick reference location for information about our products, news, and offers. …

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HP VirtualSystem for Microsoft Roadshow Trainings Starting this week!

  Woody Walton   I wanted to take a moment to invite all of you out there in the Microsoft partner community to take advantage of some live training events that are rolling out starting this week! I often hear from partners that there is not enough live “In-Person” training anymore.  …I could not agree…

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Are your BPOS customers ready to transition to Office 365? Are you?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- We encourage you to check out the Microsoft Online Services Transition Center You will find a number of whitepapers, videos, and guides to help make sure your customers experience a smooth transition from BPOS to Office 365. The page is split into two video sections: “I need to prepare for transition” Admins:…

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REFRESHER: Understanding How You are Paid for Selling Office 365

  Woody Walton   Office 365 has been in market for 4 months now.   With its release on June 28th, 2011, Microsoft instituted an updated fee payment model at the beginning of our new fiscal year which started only 3 days later on July 1st, 2011.  The mechanics of the fees and payments remain largely…

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Compete: GMail vs. Exchange

Q: (from Allison) I’m proposing Exchange Online (future option for Office 365) to a 25 seat customer and they have a GMail champion in-house. I think Exchange is the better solution, but I need to offer more supporting evidence so it doesn’t end up being a religious discussion between me and the GMail guy. Help?…

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About to host a Microsoft Online Services Event? Get your FREE Event-In-A-Box!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Use Ready-to-Go Marketing Events to schedule a qualifying in-person/seminar event occurring between October 10, 2011 and December 31, 2011 and receive an Event-In-A-Box kit for your event, while supplies last. Each kit features materials to support your in-person/seminar event, such as banners and product information, and fun and informative items to hand…

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Showing All Excel Workbooks on the Taskbar

Q: (from Phyllis) I have been trying to find the default setting in Excel for automatically opening multiple instances when a new workbook is opened. I can manually open them. I am on Windows 7 Pro and Office 2007. Can you give me a shove in the right direction?   A: It’s interesting – Word…

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Speaking of System Center, get ready for major updates in 2012

  By Ron Grattopp …..my teammate BVA just blogged about the upcoming TechNet System Center and Virtualization training, and, of course, you may well already know that we provide the best-of-breed management platform for Microsoft workloads whether physical- or virtual-based.  And, we provide management for cloud now as well.  As far as I know we’re…

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FREE System Center & Virtualization Training

      B   V   A Make sure you attend on of the Free TechNet events coming to a town near you.  Virtualization, System Center and Private Cloud are the topics.  Although there will be a little difference in format and agenda across the 3 regions, I highlighted each regions information below. East Region TechNet…

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BlackBerry support in Office 365 is now in Beta

Rob Waggoner   Usually when I talk about Office 365, someone asks if we offer integration with BlackBerry.  While BPOS initially offered BlackBerry integration at an additional cost, BlackBerry announced that they would offer BlackBerry integration services for Office 365 without an additional cost post RTM of Office 365.  Yesterday RIM announced the Open Beta…

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What is Data Protection Manager (DPM)?

Rob Waggoner     I’ve talked about DPM a lot lately and I still receive more questions like: “What is DPM?” and “What makes DPM so good?”.  To me, DPM is the best backup solution for the Windows Platform. Period!  DPM allows you to backup File Servers (even open files!), that’s easy, but it also…

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Microsoft Desktop Proposition–Crunching the numbers

  B  V   A I was recently at the San Diego VAR Summit, while we talked about a lot of the Microsoft Solutions, I was posed a question by a partner that started me thinking about delivering the Microsoft Desktop, so here is what I came up with: Windows 7 Enterprise Edition AV/AS Multi-Scanning Engine…

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Next Rev of Windows Intune Is Now Available

  Josh Condie – Last Monday, Microsoft announced that the next release of Windows Intune is now available (as of 10/17/2011).  With this update, we are delivering on our promise of frequent updates to address top customer feedback and enable new scenarios. While the core architecture of Windows Intune remains unchanged, we’ve added a few…

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“On The Grid”–The Official Office 365 Newsletter for IT Professionals

  Josh Condie – Microsoft’s Office 365 team has just released the first edition of “On The Grid, the official IT Pro newsletter for Office 365.” This monthly newsletter will bring IT Pros the latest information and guidance on Office 365, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and Office. Building on your skills and expertise…

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Windows Small Business Server 2011 Hands On Labs

  B  V  A While at SMB Nation in Las Vegas, this past week, we had several partners ask about the SBS 2011 Hands-On-Labs.  These are available for use 24 hours a day and can be launched through the links below. Windows Small Business Server 2011 End-End Scenarios Access videos, Interactive HOL’s and click-thru demonstrations…

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