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…or a link to more info here: https://www.mileiq.com/office365   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…

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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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Join your regional April SMB Partner Insider call this Friday, April 7

Garrett Bundy   Hello Partners! It’s time for the April US SMB Partner Insider call. Join your local Microsoft US team for the SMB Partner Insider call this Friday, April 7, 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…

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Azure Marketing Workshop for Partners

Jeff Stoffel   I am always amazed at the quantity and quality of learning opportunities we make available for partners.  I realize that marketing Microsoft Azure to our SMB customers can be challenging.  Sometime we all need a little guidance to determine the best approach.    Now there’s help!  Registration is open again for the…

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Learn how to create a connected workplace in Office 365 with OneDrive and SharePoint at the SharePoint Virtual Summit on May 16th

  Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud partners!  Wanted to let you know that Microsoft is pleased to announce the SharePoint Virtual Summit—a free, online event—on May 16th, 2017. At this year’s SharePoint Virtual Summit you’ll learn how to take advantage of SharePoint, OneDrive and the rest of the Office 365 collaboration toolkit to create a connected…

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Office 365 Groups, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer…. Oh My

With all the great innovative options and updates available in Office 365 there have been some tremendous new collaboration tools added (groups and teams).  When you add these two new tools to the already rich set of collaboration tools in Office 365: SharePoint Skype Outlook Etc.. You might be wondering which tool is for the…

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Save the date: Microsoft Cloud Architect Boot Camp

Tim Tetrick     When: May 15-19, 2017Where: The Westin in Bellevue, WARegistration Fee: USD $1,800.00 per attendee   Hello Microsoft Partners, The Cloud Architect Boot Camp is the same high quality technical training that internal Microsoft architect roles attend, and it is only being extended to Microsoft partners. By attending this event, you’ll be…

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New Windows Pro Devices vs. Chrome Devices – Partner Profitability and Customer Capabilities Showdown

Jeff Stoffel   Microsoft has released new LOW COST Windows 10 Pro devices under $300 for commercial use that enable you to deliver your commercial customers a low-cost device without sacrificing your profitability. For around the same cost of a Chromebook you can now provide your customers the proven productivity of Windows 10 Pro, modern…

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SMB JumpStart Hybrid Identity and Enterprise Mobility + Security program available on-demand!

Jeff Stoffel   I am excited to inform you that SMB JumpStart Hybrid Identity and Enterprise Mobility + Security program content is now available on-demand! Did you miss these series in December? No worries, both programs content is now available to you on-demand and at your convenience! Register now for JumpStart Hybrid Identity on-demand! Register…

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You’re Invited: How to Build a Business Intelligence practice

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Partners, I am excited to extend an invitation to join an exclusive new JumpStart program designed to enhance your sales and technical skills with Microsoft technologies. Partners are raving about their participation in JumpStart programs to date: “Great way to jump start a new business line!”, “provided education and tools…

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New Service Health Dashboard–now Generally Available

Garrett Bundy Hello Partners!  For a while now we have had the Service Health Dashboard “update” in preview after we announced it during Ignite 2016.  Now we are pleased to let you know that it is generally available for everyone. Here is a summary of the main improvements: Access rich and more actionable incident insights—The…

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Join your regional March SMB Partner Insider call this Friday, March 3rd!

Todd Sweetser Join your regional March SMB Partner Insider call this Friday! Join your local Microsoft US team for the SMB Partner Insider call Friday, March 3, 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…

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The Microsoft Trust Center as a Resource

Jeff Stoffel   I was discussing our cloud security, privacy, and compliance standards today with a partner.  As is usually the case, most if not all of the partner’s questions and concerns where readily answered by reviewing the available documentation on the Microsoft Trust Center.  We have a great number of pages and documents available…

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