Skype for Business for Mac client available in Public Preview!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners! A fairly common ask we receive is “when will the Lync for Mac client get updated to the Skype for Business client on the Apple Mac platform?”  The first step to get this is now available as a Public Preview.  Partners and customers can obtain access to the preview by…

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Recommended Telephony Devices for Skype for Business

The launch of the E5 suite of Office 365 and the PSTN calling functionality being built-in to Microsoft solutions has generated a lot of excitement.   Our customers excited about all the new capabilities, but more importantly I am hearing from all our partners about the new solutions they are able to offer their customers.  It…

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Free eBook! Skype for Business User Tips & Tricks for Anyone!

Todd Sweetser I came across this excellent resource and felt it would be a great tool for your toolbox when working with customers.  It has a plethora of tips and tricks around utilizing  Skype for Business!  The goal of course is to get folks consuming the services, and this grouping of tips can give you…

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Office 365 Service Comparison Web Site

There is a great new site I just learned about to help you navigate the different offerings in Office 365.  The set lets you quickly filter on what your look for.  You can find the site here: Office 365 service comparison Here is what it looks like: The site offers the ability to look at…

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Skype for Business Update

Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, With all the changes and excitement around Skype for Business recently, I wanted to take a moment and provide an update on the current status of Skype for Business and also talk about some of the exciting new features we can look forward to this year. As I’m sure you’ve probably…

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Lync Online Bandwidth Requirements

Q: (from Bill) I have a quick question about Lync Online.  Is there a good reference number for estimated bandwidth required for voice and/or video calls per user?   A: A quick Bing search on “Lync bandwidth” resulted in the following link to a Lync bandwidth estimation tool:http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=19011   Q: (from Bill) I saw that…

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Lync will become Skype for Business

  Jeff Stoffel On November 11, Microsoft announced that the best of Skype and Lync are coming together.  In the first half of 2015, Lync will become Skype for Business with the release of a new client, new server and updates to the service in Office 365.  It will bring the best of Skype and…

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How Lync Online sells Office 365

  Jeff Stoffel Having used Lync and predecessors – Office Communications Server and Live Communications Server – for over 10 years, I take for granted sometimes that the market knows all about Lync and the value it brings to small businesses. After returning from a number of partner events I realized once again that this…

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New Lync Online Features released in July

Michael Kophs Cloud Partner Technology Strategist Have you ever hosted a large Lync meeting and tried to effectively answer a flood of questions in the IM chat window?  Does the overused phrase “like herding cats” come to mind?  Fortunately, as of the July 2013 update to the Lync client, Q&A management in Lync meetings (both…

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Lync + Skype Integration was announced today: more value for your customers!

Woody Walton   Partnersphere,  I could not be more excited to relate to you this very important news.  If you have not heard, you have heard it now.  Lync and Skype integration is available now for both Lync Online and Lync Server 2013! This represents a great opportunity for you to sell Office 365 into…

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Free Office webinars every Tuesday, watch videos anytime

Todd Sweetser Hi Office and Cloud sellers alike!  Wanted to make all aware of this great resource that shows how to take advantage of Office and Office 365 components via short, focused webinars.  These are also available as recordings after each one so the library of useful videos grows each week!   Below is info…

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Lync Conference Limit

Q: (from Nikkia) I have a client who would like to know how many attendees can be in a Lync audio, video, web, chat meeting, please.  Do you know?  Thanks!   A: It took some hunting with Bing, but I found several aspects to the answer: Previous versions of Lync have been tested and support…

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New Office Online Ignite Training

B  V  A I was recently out on the Microsoft Partner site, and ran across this link to some New Office Ignite Trainings: http://officeignitelabs.cloudguides.com/  Each Technology header provides multiple trainings that are available on each solution available for you to watch online.  

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Check out Lync Partner Connect!

Woody Walton   I have had a few blog posts in the past around Lync and the opportunity it represents.  Specifically, in November I posted on the Lync Appliances as a way to get into the market without needing a lot of technical acumen initially.    You can read that post here. Today I come to…

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On Premises CALs included with Office 365 subscriptions

Q: (from Bill) Could you verify this benefit and help me understand it further?   A: (with help from Todd Sweetser – Thanks) I wasn’t aware of this, but “Yes”, Office 365 licenses do confer client access (CAL) rights for equivalent on-premises technologies. Here’s the relevant segment out of the SharePoint Product Use Rights(PUR):  …

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