Side-by-side Installation Scenarios with Visio/Project and Office 365 ProPlus Click-to-Run

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners! We get asked on occasion about the following scenario: The ability to install a Volume Licensed (MSI) copy of Microsoft Visio 2016 and/or Microsoft Project 2016 alongside an installation of Office 365 ProPlus (2016, Click-to-Run) via subscription.  This has been something that was not supported in the past.  There has…

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Advisor to CSP Transitions and avoiding the Lose Access to Office 365 emails that can follow

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners! We know that many partners are taking a serious look at the Cloud Solution Provider program as an avenue to procure and manage your Microsoft cloud customers, be it Office 365, CRM Online, Enterprise Mobility Suite and/or Azure.  There are many benefits to this program, ultimately about giving you as…

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RDS and Shared Computer Activation Walkthrough for Office 365 Pro Plus

Garrett Bundy Hello Partners,   I spent this week traveling and visiting with my partners in Phoenix and during this trip there was a single reoccurring theme that kept coming up.  I have a customer who uses Remote Desktop Services (RDS) or Terminal Services if you like the old acronym, to deliver a desktop to…

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Join us for the 3-part CSP Concierge Office Hours beginning February 5

Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, Are you ready to sell Microsoft cloud services and/or selling Microsoft Cloud services and want to increase profitability and customer control?  The Cloud Solution Provider program is designed to benefit partners and end customers by monetizing adjunct revenue streams to Online Services and generating incremental revenue and profit. CSP also empowers…

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Skype for Business Online Licensing Resource

Todd Sweetser With all of the recent updates to Skype for Business Online there may be many questions about how it is licensed and what capabilities can be utilized based on what SKU was purchased.  I recently found this new resource that can help clear much of this information up. The page is titled “Skype…

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Excellent Partner Sales and Licensing On Demand Webcasts

There are some great resources to help you improve your sales and readiness for your business.  Especially if you are looking to get into EMS or Dynamics, these are must watch!  You can read about all of them here:  Rev up your sales with our on-demand partner sales webcasts  Here are the Top 10 list…

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Office 2016 for MAC is Available for Office 365 customers!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Office 2016 for MAC has been released and is now available for Office 365 customers!  One of the great benefits of an Office 365 ProPlus or Office 365 Business subscription is that it gives your users access to Office for up to 5 workstations.  This includes Office for MAC.  This…

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Manage Users’ Activations of Office Applications in Office 365

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A very common ask we receive from partners is “How can we manage the Office applications that users install from an Office 365 subscription?”  This has been a challenge but a new management capability was just released that helps with this scenario! It is now possible to access a listing…

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Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud sellers!  Wanted to make sure all were aware of the current SMB Advantage program in place, see info below! Earn more partner subsidy funds with SMB Advantage! The SMB Advantage offers are valid from September 2, 2014 – November 30, 2014. The offers allow you to claim partner subsidy funds on…

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How to upgrade SQL Trial to a Paid edition?

Onur Dogruoz After the introduction of each new version of SQL Server, I am getting this question a lot. Given that SQL keys are embedded to the SQL media, i.e. not available on VLSC like other product keys, I wanted to blog about it hoping to clarify the process and help speeding up the sales…

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Azure In Open – New Sales Content for Partners

  Josh Condie – In preparation for tomorrow’s preview on the July Pricelist, Microsoft has released refreshed content for you to use for your internal team training and in your selling efforts to SMB customers.  There is an FAQ, Datasheet, and a couple of condensed PowerPoint decks that describe the process for acquiring Azure credits…

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Can Intune be used to license virtual desktops?

Onur Dogruoz After the recent updates to Intune service, I am constantly getting this question from our sellers. Can Intune subscription be used to license virtual desktops? Does that have any virtualization rights? Before answering the question, let’s have a quick look at the different Windows Intune offers and programs. As it can be seen…

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Cross-Family SKU Transitions

Tim Tetrick Earlier this year Microsoft enabled automatic user transitioning for Office 365 direct and advisor customers within product families (i.e. E1 to E3; Small Business to Small Business Premium).  Starting December 19, 2013, eligible customers will now be able to complete automatic user transitions for “cross-family” upgrades as well (i.e. Small Business to Midsize…

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Windows Licensing and BYOD: A case for Companion Subscription Licenses in the SMB

Woody Walton I work every day supporting Microsoft Partners of one type or another.  VARs, hosters, distributors, you name it.  Today my opinion was solicited on an aspect of Windows client licensing that is not commonly asked about and it got me thinking that many of you may not know about the offering, *** benefits,…

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Get (Microsoft) Licensing Ready!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Forgive me, if one of us posted this earlier, but thank me if we hadn’t! If you are looking for some help understanding the basics of Microsoft Licensing, I encourage you to head on over to: www.getlicensingready.com Even if you are an expert, I’m sure you’ll learn a thing or two!  Or…

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How can I install Microsoft Products for Sales Demos without breaking the bank?

Woody Walton   I am often asked by partners how they can get software for their sales teams to Demo without having to pay for the license.  There are several answers to that questions and I thought I would run them by you all as a refresher.  While investigating for a recent inquiry, I learned…

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Office Audit and Control Management Server 2013 releases to Open License tomorrow

Woody Walton   Office Audit and Control Management Server 2013.  What is that?   I asked myself that same question around the first of May when I become aware this product was releasing to the Open License Price list on June 1st. There is not a ton of information or advertising about this product, so I…

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Windows Server OEM licensing is cheaper, but not always.

Woody Walton   I commonly encounter partners that buy and then resell Microsoft OEM licensing, especially Windows Server and the Windows Client.   The typical reason for this is usually price, but the ease of purchase also comes into play.  There certainly is a measure of convenience in obtaining a server for instance with a copy…

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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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