When must I upgrade from Office Professional Plus 2010 Subscription to Office 365 ProPlus?

Tim Tetrick I commonly hear this question from partners and customers – How long do I have before I must upgrade from Office Professional Plus 2010 Subscription to Office 365 ProPlus? Customers that were on Office 365 pre-service upgrade still have access to download and install Office Professional Plus 2010 Subscription, in addition to the…

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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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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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Outlook Password Expiration Notification in Office 365

Tim Tetrick   I know many of you have struggled through the current issue with Office 365 in which users of Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 don’t receive notification when their password is about to expire.   In addition, once the password has already expired, Outlook goes into a disconnected state and doesn’t let the user…

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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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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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Yes, The Office Webs Apps can do that …Better

  Woody Walton     I am continually confounded by the lack of knowledge and visibility customers have of the Microsoft Office Web Applications.   I know I do my part every day to insure that all those I meet know the full story of what a great solution we have and just how versatile it…

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Office 365 for Government Announced

Josh Condie – Yesterday, Microsoft announced Office 365 for Government.  This represents a great opportunity for our SMB partner community, especially at the local and regional government level.  Small State and Local Government entities are the perfect candidates for secure and private cloud computing, especially when it comes to productivity and collaboration solutions.  So often,…

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So your customer wants to use Office 2010 Home & Business in a Remote Desktop (Terminal Server) environment?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Please let them know that this is not possible. As you probably know, Office 2010 can be purchased a few ways: PKC, FPP, OEM, or VL…. Do you know what all of those letters mean?  Do your customers? Office 2010 can only be run in a Remote Desktop (Terminal Server) environment if…

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Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions for Partners – Starting May 7th

  Josh Condie – Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting. Practice Accelerator enables you to identify customer requirements, analyze their needs, scope…

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Musings about the Business Value of Microsoft Office 2010

  Woody Walton As Microsoft Employees and partners we sometimes take it for granted that everyone is acquainted with the value proposition or rich capabilities of the Microsoft Office line of products, most notably Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus.   Unfortunately,  many customers lack the exposure and understanding that we do. This week I was attending…

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Showing All Excel Workbooks on the Taskbar

Q: (from Phyllis) I have been trying to find the default setting in Excel for automatically opening multiple instances when a new workbook is opened. I can manually open them. I am on Windows 7 Pro and Office 2007. Can you give me a shove in the right direction?   A: It’s interesting – Word…

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Can Access 2010 work with SharePoint in the Cloud?

Q: (from Linda) Please let me know how I can try out a version of MS Access 2010  linking to SharePoint cloud. What I would like to do is find a SharePoint server that I could use for testing? I have clients who would be very interested in doing this.   A: I knew I…

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Intel/Microsoft “Building Solutions Together” roadshow coming May-June

By Ron Grattopp…..I’m excited to announce a limited engagement roadshow co-sponsored by Microsoft and Intel.  You can read the registration blurb below and then follow the “Register now” link to get more information on when and where we will be.  The big thing that will differentiate this tour from previous Intel-Microsoft roadshow events, is that…

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Is the version of Office Professional Plus in Office 365 “special”?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Sort of.  You will have the same access to the following applications as you would in the Volume Licensing version of Office: However, the activation, licensing, and use rights differ. Here’s some good info from the Office 365 Beta Service Descriptions site (I highlighted some…..highlights ): Administration, Provisioning, and Activation of Office…

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PowerPivot – next gen Business Intelligence (BI)

by Ron Grattopp…….Although PowerPivot has been available for a few months now, I recently saw the following Network World blog post (How Microsoft PowerPivot will disrupt BI) and thought it was an interesting take on the impact of PowerPivot, Microsoft’s “PivotTable on steroids” (link to a webcast referenced in the article), designed to allow end-users,…

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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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