New SMB Webcast Series Starts This Month - Register Now

  Josh Condie – Reblogging this post on behalf of the Office Team.  Details can be found here.  The SMB Academy series is an "…educational resource that’s brimming with practical and inspiring ideas to help you start, grow, and sustain your company. " The Office Small Business Academy series debuts January 26—register today What is…

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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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FREE Office 365 Practice Accelerator for SMB

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! One of the excellent resources available to partners are the Practice Accelerator series of courses.  Normally they would consume some of your advisory hours allocated to you via Microsoft Action Pack subscription or your competencies.  I wanted to make you aware of an offer to attend the Office 365 Practice…

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Cloud SureStep Announced: Partner Path to Establish, Grow and Thrive with Microsoft Online Services

Josh Condie – About a week ago, Thomas Hansen (Microsoft VP, SMB Worldwide) announced the launch of a comprehensive online (MPN-based) guide for success with Microsoft Online Services:  Cloud SureStep.  The link to his announcement is here.  SureStep is a highly accessible, very rich and organized series of resources and trainings for every phase of…

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April 5 is your last day to save $200 on your WPC 2013 all-access pass!

  Josh Condie – Registration savings end April 5 (Today!) Early-bird registration for WPC 2013 ends April 5. Get our best price on registration and pay just $1,795 for your all-access pass, a savings of $200 (full price is $1,995). There is an additional $200 refund for registrations that qualify for the Group Registration Discount….

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2013 Worldwide Partner Conference – Pre-Registration Open – Save $300

  Josh Condie – WPC 2012 was the biggest and best WPC yet. Now, we’re focused on bringing you a conference experience that delivers you the information, insights, and connections that will help your business win big. Through January 30, you can pre-register for WPC 2013 at a significant discount of $300 on the price…

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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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FREE 32GB Certified “Windows to Go” USB Drive

B  V  A Announcing the Sales Skills Excellence 32GB USB drive offer for U.S. partners who attend or attended a U.S. VAR Summit or U.S. Distribution Boot Camp, and earn a Partner Sales Skills Excellence accreditation, have the opportunity to receive a free 32GB USB drive certified for Windows to go.  Use this drive to…

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Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions (week starting November 5th)

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 projects,…

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Free Window 8 Jump Start Course - Developing Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS & JavaScript – Oct. 10th and 11th

Josh Condie – Jump Start online courses are specifically tailored for experienced IT pros whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to effectively map…

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Small Business Competency: Vouchers for Exam 74-324

Josh Condie – In continuing the theme of the blog entry that my friend and colleague Steve Deming posted about 3 weeks back (8/8/12), Microsoft is now making free exam vouchers available for individuals who were unable to pass exam 74-323.  The voucher is for the new exam: 74-324. Steve’s post:  Small Business Competency Exam…

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Microsoft Sales Specialist–Update–Partner Sales Skills Excellence

  B   V  A   Welcome to the all-new: Partner Sales Skills Excellence Program Your Microsoft Partner Network training is about to get even easier. With the growing success of the current Microsoft Sales Specialist program (over 55,000 accreditations and counting), we’ve decided to consolidate and simplify all of the sales partner training programs under…

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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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Small Business Competency and Office 365 Certification Path

B   V   A Julie Bennani, GM of Microsoft Microsoft Partner Network, recently blogged more information about the upcoming Small Business Competency, which will be launched in June 2012.  I wanted to highlight that there will be a strong cloud focus for this competency.  Julie states “The competency will lead with the Cloud and be a…

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MMS 2012 and Windows Intune Wave C Announcements

B  V  A Did you see the announcement made at Microsoft Management Summit 2012 in Las Vegas about the next version of Windows Intune.  If not, check out the official blog entry on our “Windows for Business” blog – http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/  Hopefully you already know that Windows Intune is our cloud-based management solution that provides tools,…

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The Benefits of Standardizing on Windows 7 and the Value of the Enterprise Edition

  Josh Condie – Adding to Woody’s great comments about the value proposition of Windows Intune.  I was preparing for a presentation on Intune recently and came across a whitepaper that IDC recently wrote about the value of Windows 7 for SMBs:  The Benefit of Using Windows 7 in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses.  You can…

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You want innovation, I’ve got your innovation right here

by Ron Grattopp……  I’m pretty sure by now that many of you have an idea that Microsoft invests heavily in research, at least you have if you’ve followed my blogs.  I believe our current investment is in the range of $9B/year.  It’s this commitment to R&D that has kept Microsoft as an industry leader in…

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Announcing myfirstserver.com

  By Ron Grattopp ….. A few weeks back I blogged about the launch of the SMB Server Experience and Server Selection Tools on the Midsize Business Solution page.  Well, now there is a new site, MyFirstServer.com that’s designed to be a customer-ready resource focused on the small business segment.  This new site provides small…

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