Office Remote App for Windows Phone 8

Onur Dogruoz   A couple weeks ago, Microsoft Research announced a new Windows Phone application, Office Remote.  This awesome application allows you to control Office 2013 applications running on your desktop from your Windows Phone. It is a great tool for people who are presenting a lot. Application lets you control Excel, Word and PowerPoint…

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Announcing Windows Server 2012 R2 Samurai Webcast Series

Q: (from Brenda) I liked the Windows Server 2012 Samurai Webcast Series, but has the content been refreshed since the launch of Windows Server 2012 R2? A: To stay ahead of the game, partners need to be ready now to show their customers how Windows Server 2012 R2 can help them be lean and stay…

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Identity and Authentication in the cloud: Office 2013 and Office 365 Poster

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Recently found this good resource in the Download Center for reviewing how Authentication can work with Office 2013 and Office 365.  Two scenarios illustrate how identities are provisioned and how those identities are authenticated completely in the Microsoft cloud or in a hybrid (on-premises and Microsoft cloud) topology.  It is…

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SkyKick Turbo Program has Launched

Office 365 “Turbo” is a new program designed to help partners sell more Office 365 and make Office 365 deployment projects easier and more profitable.   Focused on driving improved partner reach and amplified frequency, Turbo gives partners use of the SkyKick Migration Suite, and rich discounts on migrations to grow their Office 365 practice. With…

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RDS Use Rights for non-VL Office 365

Question: We get mixed information from Microsoft and distributors. Could you please inform me if there is any update on non-VL Office 365 rights to install/run on RDS? We are using office365 now (through advisory model). We need to start using RDS. And changing office365 to a VL-license forces us to completely rebuild our office365…

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New study highlights how technology helps fuel significant revenue and job growth for SMB customers

Tim Tetrick According to new research commissioned by Microsoft and independently conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm and a leading adviser on business strategy, tech-savvy small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) created more new jobs and drove more revenue gains over the past three years than SMEs using little technology….

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New Ready-to-Go Campaign: Office 365 Beats Google

Partners, We are excited to announce the availability of a new Microsoft Ready-to-Go campaign called – Office 365 Beats Google – focused on competing and winning against Google. This campaign provides marketing and sales tools to support you in conversations with customers who are considering Google Apps for Business as an alternative to Office 365…

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Office 365 Starter Kit for SMB Partners – Now Available!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is a new resource to help guide and assist you in selling and deploying Office 365, it is called the Office 365 Starter Kit for SMB Partners. Aligning to the Reseller Bootcamp agenda, the Starter Kit provides an overview of the key things you need to know about Office…

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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 solutions with Windows Server 2012 R2 that allow…

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Free Microsoft Virtualization Exam!

Rob Waggoner If you haven’t see our Virtualization Squared site, you should check it out.  We have free online training for Hyper-V, and when you complete the training you’ll receive a voucher to cover the cost of your Microsoft Virtualization Certification exam.    All of the exam details can be found here: http://www.virtualizationsquared.com/?CR_CC=200341392   The…

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New Office 365 Admin Mobile App!

Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist Great news for Windows Phone users!  Microsoft recently released the Office 365 Admin Mobile App for Windows Phone.  IT Administrators with Windows Phones can now easily view service health information and maintenance status updates for their Office 365 account.  Check it out:  http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/office-365-admin/76f9b288-37bc-4d75-8164-16d1df0447a2?signin=true To quickly install on your Windows Phone,…

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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 of Windows 8.1…

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Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes

Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, wanted to make you aware of this recently announced sweepstakes offer.  Register your company to enter the Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes, and then sell eligible SKUs of Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Exchange Online to your customers. For each qualifying sale between November 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, the…

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Microsoft Partner Program 2014 Updates

Josh Condie – Below is an especially useful announcement from October 25th by Julie Bennani, our General Manager for MPN.  SMB highlights include the evolution of programs such as Cloud Essentials to MAPs, updates on IURs, and changes to the timing of the updates to competencies that directly impact the SMB partner community: The new…

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Free Hyper-V Training for VMWare IT Professionals

Josh Condie – Reposting for a colleague: Get the edge in your technical career! Attend the online Virtualization IT Camp for VMware IT professionals and expand your virtualization skills. Seasoned experts will demonstrate key scenarios and cover equivalent technologies from Microsoft and VMware. Here’s your chance to upgrade your Microsoft Virtualization skills for FREE. The…

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Partners: Enter to Win Up to $1,000 in Our Sales Specialist Sweepstakes

J.J. Antequino ———————————- When you pass a Microsoft Sales or Presales Technical Specialist assessment for Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Windows 8, Office 365, Windows Server, and/or System Center, you’ll be entered into our sweepstakes for the chance to win a Microsoft Store gift card, up to $1,000. The more assessments you pass,…

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Up to Speed with Windows Server 2012

Josh Condie – It’s been a couple of weeks, but these resources are nice ones.  Windows Server 2012 R2 is not just a Service Pack roll-up.  There is significant enhancement and much that is brand new in the areas of virtualization, storage and much more.  This eBook is a great place to start to receive…

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Multi-Factor Authentication in Office 365 & Windows AZURE Part 1: Overview

Woody Walton I made a quick “budget” video overview of the basics of Multi-factor authentication in Office 365 and Windows Azure.  This is intended to provide a brief overview of how to configure the different MFA options (Text message, phone call, mobile app, etc.) for not only administrators on the service, but also how to…

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Office 365 to have built in External Message Encryption!

Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist You may have already seen the recent announcement back on November 21st introducing the upcoming release of Office 365 Message Encryption, which is replacing Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE).  Why should our hard working Office 365 partners care about this?  If you’ve sold an EHE deal in the past, then you…

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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…

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