OWA for Android client available!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! OWA for Android devices has been made available in pre-release form and can be accessed from the Google Play store.  The engineering team will be gathering feedback and fixing bugs during this pre-release phase to ensure that it is what users are expecting and requiring.  The current requirements are as…

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Exchange Online Attachment Size Limit

Q: (from Leianni) Can you tell me what the largest size attachment that can be sent with Exchange online?   A: Thank you Bing! A search on “Office 365 attachment size limit” resulted in the following link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/exchange-online-limits.aspx which is HUGE wealth of information. A quick read, resulted in the answer of 25MB attachment limit…

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Replacing an Exchange SMTP Relay in an Office 365 Environment

Q: (from Kristy) Looking a bit more into Office 365 for our firm and doing some prep work…. One key item… Our finance/ ERP / billing system application – We email statements, employee paystubs, client invoices and similar items out of it now.  And this configuration is quite simple now, as the finance app and…

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Attend THE MEC (Microsoft Exchange Conference) in Austin March 31 – April 2

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Not to be confused with the MEC (Microsoft Experience Center) , the Microsoft Exchange Conference is coming to Austin at the end of March.   MEC is the premier global event for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 professionals. But the tour is almost at an end! The headlining event is coming up…


Microsoft Ahead of the Game Technical Series Roadshow Coming to a City near you!

  Todd Sweetser Microsoft technical training is coming to a city near you. Register now to join us for the Ahead of the Game Technical Series event … space is limited. The Ahead of the Game Technical Series is a 2 day hands-on training event for Microsoft value-added reseller (VAR) partners with or without existing…


MEC Demo 5.5 is now available!

Todd Sweetser MEC Demo 5.5 Now Available! MEC Demo 5.5 has launched! The latest demo version of the MEC (5.5) is now available at www.usmec.com.   MEC Demo is the lightweight MEC program alternative that empowers Microsoft and Partner sales teams to deliver the Microsoft platform value and Office 365 story with customers using a single…

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New Guided Walkthroughs for setting up common mailbox sharing scenarios

Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Sellers! A new tool is available to help you and your customers when they wish to set up some common mailbox sharing requests.  These are called Guided Walkthroughs and walk the viewer through the steps required to achieve the scenario they are looking to solve. There are 5 new Guided Walkthroughs…


Litigation Hold versus In-Place Hold in Exchange Online

Tim Tetrick I frequently get questions about the compliance archiving capabilities available in Exchange Online and Office 365.  One area that causes a lot of confusion is around Litigation Hold versus In-Place Hold.  Is Litigation Hold the same as In-Place Hold?  If not, then when and why would I choose to use one versus the…

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Identity and Authentication in the cloud: Office 2013 and Office 365 Poster

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Recently found this good resource in the Download Center for reviewing how Authentication can work with Office 2013 and Office 365.  Two scenarios illustrate how identities are provisioned and how those identities are authenticated completely in the Microsoft cloud or in a hybrid (on-premises and Microsoft cloud) topology.  It is…


Office 365 Starter Kit for SMB Partners – Now Available!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is a new resource to help guide and assist you in selling and deploying Office 365, it is called the Office 365 Starter Kit for SMB Partners. Aligning to the Reseller Bootcamp agenda, the Starter Kit provides an overview of the key things you need to know about Office…


Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes

Tim Tetrick Hello Cloud Partners, wanted to make you aware of this recently announced sweepstakes offer.  Register your company to enter the Cloud 1-2-3 GO! Sweepstakes, and then sell eligible SKUs of Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Exchange Online to your customers. For each qualifying sale between November 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, the…


The Directory Sync tool can now be installed on a Domain Controller!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great news for those that are selling into the smaller SMB accounts that may be running a single Domain Controller and don’t have the resources to have a second server.  Historically you were required to install the Office 365 Directory Sync (DirSync) tool (now called Windows Azure Directory Sync…

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Managing spam notifications with Exchange Online Protection

Tim Tetrick In March 2013, Microsoft released a brand new version of its email filtering service that was previously known as FOPE (Forefront Online Protection for Exchange).  The new service is called EOP (Exchange Online Protection), and it provides spam and malware filtering in the cloud.  EOP is included in all Office 365 for business…

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Qualifying SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals via the Cloud Deployment Partner program!

Todd Sweetser What is the Cloud Deployment Offer? Overview: Qualifying CDP SMB partners can earn up to $5,000 in partner subsidies on Office 365 Deals! Details: Customers who purchase a minimum of 150 seats of eligible Office 365 Enterprise SKUs will qualify for an investment toward their deployment. During the offer period, Microsoft will reimburse…

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Exchange Online Archiving and SharePoint Online Additional Storage availability expanded!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There have been further additions to which Office 365 SKUs that allow the ability to add-on Exchange Online Archiving (initial Enterprise SKU blog post that discusses and shows how to add-on is here.) Additionally, the ability to add-on SharePoint Online storage has been expanded to additional SKUs as well! First,…


Exchange Online mailbox sizes are increasing

Tim Tetrick Cloud Partner Technology Strategist I am excited to announce that mailbox sizes in Exchange Online and Office 365 are increasing.  User mailboxes will be doubling in size – from 25GB to 50GB, and even Kiosk mailboxes will be doubling from 1GB to 2GB.  In addition, Shared mailboxes are moving from 5GB to 10GB,…


Get assistance in building up your Cloud Practice from your preferred Distributor!

Todd Sweetser   Hi Cloud Sellers and would be Cloud Sellers! Our Cloud partner community continues to evolve and grow at an accelerated pace.  As such the information pool available tends to be everywhere, sometimes making the information you are searching for challenging to find.  This is a scenario where our Distribution Partners can provide…


Office 365 Outlook Connectivity Troubleshooting Guided Walkthrough

Tim Tetrick One of the biggest drivers of technical support volumes for Office 365 is Outlook connectivity issues.  To help assist, Microsoft has released a Guided Walk Through (GWT) for troubleshooting Outlook Connectivity issues in Office 365.  You can access it at https://aka.ms/outlookconnectivity. The purpose of this walk through is to assist in resolving these…


Office 365 Pricing Quick Reference

Michael Kophs – Cloud PTS Is your sales staff up to speed on the latest Office 365 offerings?  Do sellers in your org know the differences between the Office 365 Small Business Premium, Midsize and Enterprise sku’s?  Training your staff on the various products and services that you offer can often be a daunting task. …

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Updated “Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses” training available!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!   Some of you may recall some excellent training that was available to help in your preparation for Office 365 Certification testing that is under the name of Office 365 for SMB Jump Start and is available on TechNet.  This training regimen has been updated to the current Office 365…