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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Regional March US SMB Partner Insider call(s) are Friday, March 11th with partner case studies! Attend the call and complete the evaluation to get an entry to win $15 Grand* and JBL Synchros E40BT On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones**!

Todd Sweetser Regional March US SMB Partner Insider call(s) are Friday, March 11th with partner case studies! Attend the call and complete the evaluation to get an entry to win $15 Grand* and JBL Synchros E40BT On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones** If you haven’t already registered, click the link below for your regional call. If you have…

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Microsoft Mechanics – Stay up to date on the latest tech from Microsoft!

Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Partners! Some partners recently mentioned this great education resource and I thought it would be good to share with you all!  Called Microsoft Mechanics – this video series covers the breadth of the Microsoft technologies including Azure, Office, Server, Surface and more.  It is designed for tech enthusiasts and IT professionals…

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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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The Profit Opportunity Behind 200 Million Windows 10 Devices

Recently we just made an exciting and humbling announcement that there are over 200 million devices running Windows 10.  You can read the full article here: Windows 10 Now Active on over 200 Million Devices  Some highlights from the above article: And Windows 10 adoption is accelerating, with more than 40% of new Windows 10…

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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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Help Lead Your Customers to the Cloud with MPN Advisory Hours: Sample Scenarios

One of the most valuable resources you may have access to as part of your MPN benefits is:  Advisory Hours    This is one of the core benefits of being a MPN partner, and often times a underutilized benefit.   Partner advisory hours are the currency used to access certain key services offered to Microsoft Partner Network…

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Office 365 E5 Resources to Help Grow Your Business

As many of you are aware today, we officially announced the Office 365 E5 SKU.  This really provides a whole new set of technical capabilities to Office.  You can read about some of the fantastic changes here: Office 365 brings significant new value to business customers worldwide  More importantly this provides some great opportunities for…

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Resources available to help with Office 365 upsell scenario from Exchange Online!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! How many of your customers have purchased and are using the standalone Exchange Online Plan 1 SKU?  Did you know that for $1.00 per user per month more they can get access to the entire suite of services with the Business Premium plan?  This includes 1TB of OneDrive for Business…

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Office 365 E5 and Skype for Business Resources on Drumbeat!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of some new resources that are available on the Office 365 Drumbeat portal focused on the upcoming Office 365 portal for partners.  For those not familiar with Drumbeat,  you can learn about proven sales best practices, programs, tools, and market insights. Then take advantage of…

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Office 365 Things You Need to Know: The Opportunity Behind Identity and Azure Active Directory Premium

One of the great technologies you can leverage with your Office 365 customers is the identity.  As you probably know behind every Office 365 tenant is Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD).  Which in itself is a fantastic benefit for your customers.  More importantly AAD provides you some great managed service opportunities to help you keep…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office 365 Client Update Branches

Onur Dogruoz Hello Cloud Partners, After the release of Office 2016, the way Office 365 clients getting updates have changed. In our blog series, my fellow colleague Todd outlined some resources that you can utilize to get more information on the subject. Please see Todd’s blog here Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office 365 ProPlus - Managing User Activations

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! You may be aware that each user of Office 365 ProPlus (and Office 365 Business) can install the Office client on up to 5 (FIVE) workstations.  This is a great benefit of the subscription licensing model! Did you also know that both the user and the administrator can manage these…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Office 2016, When will it be available in Office 365?

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A very common question we have been hearing since Office 2016 has been released is “when will my Office 365 ProPlus or Business customer receive the Office 2016 client?”  While this should be cut and dry, it is a bit more complex than you would expect.  After some investigating we…

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Office 365 Things You Need to Know: Office 365 Migration Tools and Services

So you have just landed your first customer for Office 365 including your managed services. Congratulations and Thank you! Now what?!?!  Well most likely it is time to get your customer’s tenant up and running then begin performing the actual migration.  So, where do you turn, what resources do you need and what resources do…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Excel 2016 Changing How You Work With Data

In Microsoft Office 2016 we have made a lot of enhancements in the products, especially in Excel 2016!  There are a ton of great features and you can read about them here: What's new in Excel 2016 for Windows.  For today’s post I will show you some of the great things Excel 2016 can do…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Outlook 2016 and Attachments

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Office 2016 has released to the wild!  Now we need to learn how it can tame your workflow as you know it today and make your productivity increase with ease! One capability that has been added involves Outlook 2016 and how attachments are handled.   The old method of manually grabbing…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Internal Use Rights

Tim Tetrick As we kick off the blog series this month on Office 365 Things You Need To Know, I first want to make sure that as Microsoft Partners you are taking full advantage of your Internal Use Rights benefits. Microsoft Partners receive Internal Use Rights (IUR) licenses for Microsoft software and online services as…

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Business is better with Office 365: Introducing Office 2016 Webcast Q/A

Good afternoon everyone!  Tim, Rob and I had the chance to answer questions on a customer facing webcast: Business is better with Office 365.  Everyone had great questions and I think we typed non-stop for the entire webcast.   I believe the Q/A list provides some insights into the types of solutions and technologies our customers…

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Office 365 Things You Need To Know: Series Introduction

Ah October…. the crispness in the air, the changing of the leaves and so many more fond memories.  October brings us Halloween, Columbus Day, playoff baseball, football and s'more's.   More importantly this October is going to bring you several things you need to know about Office 365, to help you take your business to the…

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