Office 365 Drumbeat Sales Training now On-Demand

  Woody Walton You used to have to wait for us to come to you for a full day of Office 365 Sales training.  Now the new Virtual Drumbeat Sales Resources for Office 365 Training is available on demand after our most recent virtual event on April 18th! What is more, an Alumni of our…

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Announcing SMB Advantage – Now available

  Big Easy and Cloud Easy come together to creating SMB Advantage   SMB Advantage gives your customers choices on Microsoft products and online solutions to fit their organization’s unique IT productivity and investment requirements.   Customers who make a qualifying purchase earn money back in the form of a partner subsidy, which they can…

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Office 365 Open Expanded Lineup – FAQ

  OVERVIEW Beginning September 1, 2013, Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Plan E1, Office 365 Plan E3, Exchange Online Plan 1 and Exchange Online Protection will be available for purchase through the Open programs (Open License, Open Value, and Open Value Subscription). Additionally, Office 365 offerings for government and academic customers will also be released…

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Power BI App for Windows 8 and Windows RT now available in Store

  Power BI for Office 365 is a new self-service business intelligence (BI) offering enabling businesses to gain insights from their data in powerful new ways within Excel and Office 365. Customers now have the ability to easily search, discover and access data inside and outside of their organization and, with just a few clicks,…

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How do I “Boot to Desktop” – Windows 8.1

B  V  A Recently I installed Windows 8.1 Preview on my Samsung Slate, in prep for questions at WPC – See J.J.’s Post – http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2013/06/18/worldwide-partner-conference-2013-is-less-than-3-weeks-away.aspx Anyway I wanted to enable the “Boot to Desktop” capability, as we all know the hype on this enhancement ;), (Never really was an issue for me as WinKey+D is…

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Microsoft SMB Accelerated Sales Process

B  V  A The Accelerated Sales Process was specifically designed to address the challenges described below, and create a pro-Microsoft bias, by re-aligning buying and selling activities.  Customers have fundamentally changed how and when they engage with sales professionals during their buying experience. Increasingly Office 365 prospects: Prefer self-service (trials) over sales conversations. Understand Office…

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Microsoft Cloud How To webcast series additions

B  V  A Wanted to let everybody know that we have added 2 more webcasts to our: “Microsoft Cloud How To” webcast series: 11-Jun 10-11AM PST Chris Large Online Services, Partner Business Development Manager Demystifying the Office 365 SKU Lineup                Join Microsoft experts as we breakdown the latest Office 365 offerings, which includes the…

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TechNet Virtual Labs – Windows Azure and More

B  V  A I was recently looking for additional readiness information for Windows Azure to contribute to the multi-part series we are putting together for our partners via this blog, I remembered the TechNet Labs, although many of us have had mixed experiences in the past, as I revisited the site, I realized that a…

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Azure Partner OnRamp Blog Series – Part 2: Windows Azure Training Kit

B  V  A Windows Azure Training Kit The Windows Azure Training Kit includes hands-on labs, presentations, and samples to help you understand how to build applications that use Windows Azure services. Please note: The hands-on labs in this kit require a Windows Azure account. If you do not have an account, you can sign up…

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Office 365 Adapter – Deploying Office 365 Single Sign-On using Windows Azure

B  V  A The following link is for a recently published document detailing How to utilize Azure for Single Sign-On to Office 365.  It is designed for system architects who want to understand the architecture and deployment options for extending your customer’s on-premise Active Directory Infrastructure with Windows Azure Virtual Machines: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38845 In reading through…

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SMB Samurai Server 2012 Part 8–VDI Q&A

B  V  A As a follow up to our final SMB Samurai Server 2012 webcast, I wanted to post the Q&A log as we had Adam Carter from Microsoft helping out with Q&A for this Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – VDI Configuration session. Question: VDI is strictly related to a brokered connection to a virtual desktop…

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Auto Resize Slides in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

B  V  A I wanted everybody to be aware of one of my favorite new features, but not on any top list that I have found in PowerPoint 2013.  Many times in the past I have had to re-format a slide deck based on the Projector or High Definition, commonly referred to as 4:3 or…

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Office 365 Pro Plus and RDS/TS installation with VL PUR

B  V  A WHAT: Many partners are aware by now that the Product Use Rights (PUR) was updated end of January in favor of supporting a RDS or TS deployment of Office, even though the user’s license was a subscription license through Office 365.  UPDATE – It is important to understand that a PUR is…

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IGNITE+ – Now available online !!!

B  V  A Office Ignite Sales and Technical Content Available for Partners on MPN The Office Ignite Sales and Technical content is now available for partners with MPN credentials on the Partner Learning Center (PLC). Each session module features a video recording of the session content delivered at a recent Ignite partner event and the…

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OEM Partners can qualify for FREE Office 365 Home Premium

B  V  A March Special: Office Business and Consumer readiness offer Get a free* digital download of Office 365.  We are giving away 1,000 digital downloads of Office 365 Home Premium to partners around the US and Canada !!! Only the first 1,000 partners who pass a quick assessment on Microsoft Office qualify.  Qualifying for…

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Big Easy 10 & Cloud Easy now available

B  V  A The Big Easy Offer 10: Customers get an opportunity to earn subsidy payouts on eligible Microsoft volume license purchases that can be applied towards future purchases of Microsoft software or associated services from their Microsoft partner of choice. ·Offer valid purchase period: March 1,2013 – May 31, 2013 ·Claims can be submitted…

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Office 365 Licensing and Scenario Overview

B V A Microsoft is introducing new business models for Office 365, available March 1st. This is the final video in our 3 part series.  It highlights, the licensing transaction details, as well as a demo of the VLSC or Volume Licensing Service Center, walking through getting and redeeming the keys, Introduces the Office 365…

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Winning the Midmarket Customer with Office 365

  B  V  A Microsoft is introducing new business models for Office 365, available March 1st.  This video is Part 2 in a 3 part series. It highlights the benefits of Office 365 and targeting the SMB Customer. The Midmarket Opportunity Office 365 Midsize Business offering Targeting the SMB Customer with key sale scenarios Woody…

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Making money with Office 365 Open and Office 365 FPP

B  V  A Microsoft is introducing new business models for Office 365, available March 1st.  This video, Part 1 of 3, highlights Office 365 Open and Office 365 Full Package Product. Many partners have asked for the ability to control billing and customer relationship, both new business models let partners accomplish this goal. Background on…

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