Why buy Office Standard 2013 or Office Professional Plus 2013?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Because those are the only versions of the New Office that you can purchase for your customers and install today! December 1st is here, and all of your Volume License customers can now get their hands on it. The Office 365 and Consumer offerings will be here soon, but I wanted to…

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Add-On Software Now Available for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

J.J. Antequino ———————————- By now, I’m sure most of you are aware that SBS 2011 (Standard & Essentials) is the final version you will be able to purchase (through June of next year)…. but did you know that SBS blog is still alive and well.…. and it’s been updated to include Windows Server 2012 Essentials!…

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New Thorough Office 2013 Content on MPN to Support Launch

Woody Walton   The needle in the haystack.  This syndrome is one I routinely hear from partners looking for good content on the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) or even on Microsoft proper form time to time.   These sites are not perfect and one can sometimes experience difficulty finding the right resource, but recent strides have…

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Exchange Server Supportability Matrices–Exchange 2010 and 2013

Josh Condie – One of the most valuable resources on the Microsoft public domain that I consistently have partners thank me for exposing to them is the Exchange Supportability Matrix.  These are condensed, single page charts providing all the details necessary for implementing a “supported” Exchange Server configuration. Inclusive of the following: Lifecycle Dates Release…

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Exchange 2013 and Data Loss Prevention–Set Your Messaging Proposal Apart from the Others

Josh Condie – Exchange Server 2013 will be available next week, and comes with many new features as well as improvements on existing features that are already familiar to those who have worked with Exchange Server 2010. In a nutshell: Great new experiences in the touch-friendly Outlook 2013, as well as a streamlined OWA experience…

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New USB Flash Drives Certified for Windows-to-Go!!!

Woody Walton   In my previous post Client Disaster Recovery, Yet another Reason to Consider Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows To Go! on September 30th I discussed one of the many advantages of Windows To Go, which is available through Windows 8 Enterprise.  If you still need to brush up on all Windows To Go…

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Q&A: How do I license Office RT for commercial use?

By Ron Grattopp ….So in my previous blog post I gave you the rest of the story around Windows RT which includes Office Home & Student 2013 RT (Office RT), but what I didn’t call out specifically, that you need to know, is that Office RT is NOT designed or licensed out-of-the-box for “commercial, non-profit,…

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Being a Nerd: Wireless VGA/HDMI

OK… So I’m a self proclaimed nerd AND a presenter. This naturally leads to a frustration around showing Windows 8 to customers while using a tablet: the tablet computer is all about mobility and freedom but I had to be “tethered” to the projector with a VGA or HDMI cable. Now I found several devices…

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Marketing Webcast by Ready to Go Team

B  V  A In recent conversations with many partners we have received feedback on helping them drive better Marketing and Sales campaigns.  The Ready to Go team has put together the following webcast to help you drive sales with your marketing plan.  Please join Kelly Stark, Sr. Partner Marketing Manager, Microsoft and Lori Stutsman, President…

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Windows Small Business Server 2011 with Software Assurance

Q: (from Ed) Have you given or planning to give a license review of how the dropping of SBS Standard has affected current OV SBS customers and Microsoft’s recommendation of what Partners should discuss with those customers.     A: Obviously, current customers on SBS with SA have the option to be on the current…

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Small Business Competency and 74-324

B  V  A In past posts, my teammates and I have blogged about Microsoft Competencies, just search our blog with “Competency”.  However, while recently supporting the HTG Summit and IT Nation in Orlando Florida, the topic of Exam 74-324 came up a lot.  Many asked about this new exam, and what preparation materials are available. …

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Windows RT, the rest of the story

By Ron Grattopp ….If you’re a consistent follower of this blog, you might remember that I recently did a post around “what you need to know about Windows RT”.   The intent of that was to highlight 2 key points that anyone selling Window RT (WinRT) devices should insure their customers know and that is, since…

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I Love My New Windows Phone!

  Michael Kophs, Cloud TSP To follow up on Tim Tetrick’s last mobile themed post Office 365 Mobile Device Support, let me share with you my awesome experience on my new Windows Phone 8!  I would not call myself an extreme smart phone power user (like so many of my colleagues), but rather an average…

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Office 365 Mobile Device Support

  Tim Tetrick Office 365 includes mobile device support for devices that support the Exchange ActiveSync protocol.  This includes Windows Phones, iPhones, iPads, most Android devices, and more.  Office 365 also supports BlackBerry devices via BlackBerry Business Cloud Services (BBCS) hosted by Research in Motion (RIM).  For more information on BBCS, see http://us.blackberry.com/business/software/cloudservices.html Implementation of…

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How to setup Hyper-V on a Windows Server 2012 Server

Rob Waggoner With Windows Server 2012, we now have two editions of Windows Server 2012 that include Hyper-V, Standard and Datacenter Edition.  Starting with Windows Server 2012, we are no longer offering an Enterprise version of Windows Server, we’ve included all of the capabilities of Windows Server in the Standard Edition version.  The only difference…

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FREE 32GB Certified “Windows to Go” USB Drive

B  V  A Announcing the Sales Skills Excellence 32GB USB drive offer for U.S. partners who attend or attended a U.S. VAR Summit or U.S. Distribution Boot Camp, and earn a Partner Sales Skills Excellence accreditation, have the opportunity to receive a free 32GB USB drive certified for Windows to go.  Use this drive to…

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Windows Server Multilingual User Interface

Q: (from Jessica) I had a request today for Windows Sever, Multi-Language.  I see that SA gives multi language rights to desktop applications, will it so the same for server products.  I can’t find anything specifically saying this.   A: Great question. A Bing search on “Windows Server Multi Language” gave me the following download…

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Microsoft Office 365 Fast-Track $25,000 Sweepstakes

  Todd Sweetser – Hey there Cloud Sellers!  Enter the Office 365 Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $25,000 or a Quarterly Prize of $5,000…just for selling Office 365!! Sweepstakes Details Enroll in sweepstakes, and then drive a minimum of 2 new customer subscriptions, with 5 seats or more, of Microsoft…

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Free Windows 8 book from Microsoft Press

Rob Waggoner If you haven’t seen this yet, Jerry Honeycutt authored the Microsoft Press book Introducing Windows 8 An Overview for IT Professionals.  The book looks great, and you can download the preview of it here.  People have said that Windows 8 is a better Windows 7 than Windows 7 itself.  I’ve also heard concerns…

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