Microsoft a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites

I have some exciting news from Gartner about our EMS suite: “Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Visionary in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites, based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. This Magic Quadrant rates vendors on their ability to help organizations integrate mobile devices into their security frameworks…

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IE Support Policy Information and Resources

We have been asked several times by partners what is the support policy and EOL of Internet Explorer.   There seems to be a lot of confusion over this questions and the announcements we made around Microsoft Edge (Formerly Spartan).  Here is some key information about Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge. The latest version of…

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Upgrading to build 10122 of Windows 10

Good morning partners, If you or your customers are a part of the Windows 10 Tech Preview, you may have been taking advantage of the latest builds of Windows 10.  Recently we released build 10122, and your installation may have stopped at 18% .  Thanks to Pieter Wigleven and Antonio Vasconcelos who found the following…

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Ramping up on Windows 10 --- Get Ready With Upcoming Training!

As you know Windows 10 is right around the corner and will be available shortly. We want to ensure you have all of the right tools and knowledge on the new operating system before your customers start inquiring.  Please attend these webinars and in person training  to learn more on how to keep current with…

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2,000 FREE Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses (Exam 74-324) Vouchers

Josh Condie – This is great opportunity to advance 2 competencies quickly, and at a significantly reduced cost. Here is a very exciting offer for partners everywhere (not just the U.S.). Right now, the first 2,000 partners who take “Exam 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses” will be able to take it for free…

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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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Cloud Fast-Track Bootcamp is Coming to a City Near You…

  Josh Condie – If you have just begun to sell Microsoft Online Services such as Office 365 and are looking for the deep guidance to accelerate your new practice, then this course is just what you need.  You will learn about all of the programs and resources available to you and your customers, and…

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Practice Accelerator Sessions – Starting August 13th

  Josh Condie – Below is the schedule for all of the upcoming Practice Accelerator sessions scheduled for next 3 months.  The cost to attend a Practice Accelerator session is now only five Partner Advisory Hours!  A high-value training offering that can help your business expand across the Microsoft Platform. A few things to note:…

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Save the Date: “Office 365 for Small Business” Jump Start August 29-30th

    Josh Condie – Microsoft is creating a new exam, 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Business. This exam will be based on a training course specifically designed to meet the needs of partners administering Office 365 for small business customers. In summary, if you’re seeking Small Business competency attainment, you should complete all…

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Windows Intune June 2012 Release Available Today

Josh Condie – Employees are becoming more and more tech-savvy and demanding greater flexibility with their work style, where and how they access information and what devices and computing platforms they use.  An increasing number of employees are mobile or home-based today and need to work from anywhere, at any time, and they expect their…

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The Unified Communications Customer Conversation for SMB, Part 1: Setting the Stage

By Ron Grattopp    ….. My teammate JJ just did a great post on Lync (specifically Lync Online which you get with Office 365) where he pointed out, rightly so, that Lync is a game changer.   I’ve just come off several weeks of training for one of our major distribution partners around Lync and helping them…

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Microsoft Office 2010 Beta Expires Oct. 31

Rob Waggoner Procrastinators beware!  Please don’t wake up after a scary Halloween to find that your Beta version of Office 2010 has expired.  Below is the link talking about the expiration.   I’ve also included a run down of the different versions of Office 2010 and the link to the 60 day evaluation version of Office…

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How to Demo Office 2010 to your Customers (Part 4)

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Well, we’ve come to the end of the road… but there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow… should I go on? In the last part of this demo series I demo Office Web Apps in a SkyDrive environment, and I address some of the issues that arise…

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How to Demo Office 2010 to your Customers (Part 3)

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Are we already up to Part 3?  In this video, we complete our demo of PowerPoint 2010 with the Broadcast Slideshow feature.  Then I move onto a demo of Sharepoint Workspace 2010… This is that hidden gem in the Professional Plus SKU that I always rave about….  Sharepoint Workspace gives your customers…

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How to Demo Office 2010 to your Customers (Part 2)

J.J. Antequino ———————————- I hope that you enjoyed viewing Part 1!  Now let’s turn our attention to Excel 2010 and PowerPoint 2010.  Most people believe that spreadsheets are boring, but with the ability to quickly create dynamic looking tables and print worthy graphs, Excel 2010 can really brighten up your day (or your monitor at…

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How to Demo Office 2010 to your Customers (Part 1)

J.J. Antequino ———————————- I have delivered a number of Office 2010 demos to Microsoft Partners and their customers….  The demo video that I created below is Part 1 in a series where I show some quick highlights of various Office 2010 applications.  I have found this demo to be very effective when speaking to customers…

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What are the differences between Office 2010 PKC, FPP, and VL?

  J.J. Antequino ———————————- This is a question that is often asked by Partners.  Often times your customers are interested only in the PRICE of acquiring Office, and are unaware of the limitations and the benefits of each of the different suites and their purchase methods.  As a follow up to Charles’ post from earlier…

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E-books (free) for Office 2010 training and reference

This is not breaking news as it were, but I thought as Office 2010 sales start to ramp up, I’m sure there’ll be a need for training or just general info around it.  Of course, if your customers have volume licensing and SA, they get e-learning provided as an SA benefit which is great for…

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