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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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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Skype for Business Online Academy – No Cost Partner Webcasts

Onur Dogruoz Valued Partners, Microsoft Partner Technical Services team just announced two Skype For Business Online webcasts. With the new Office E5 suite around the corner, these “free” webcasts are critical for your technical teams to better understand the key capabilities coming to the market and will help you to uncover new opportunities. The Skype…

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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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Newly updated! Administering Office 365 for Small Business training

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make all aware of a recent update to the Administering Office 365 for Small Business course that is available on the Microsoft Virtual Academy.  This is the third version of this course, updated with the most current Office 365 functionality.  This is presented by Microsoft partners for Microsoft…

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Showcase Office 365 customer solutions with MEC Demo today!

Partners, Are you aware of all of the benefits of the Office 365 MEC Demo platform?  In the past, we’ve blogged several times about the benefits to partners of the MEC Demo platform.  Make sure you are leveraging MEC to tell impactful “stories” and “experiences” to your customers around user productivity, communication and collaboration technologies…

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Office 365 User Experience Demonstration Video

Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners! If you’ve ever had a customer or prospect ask to see a demonstration of Office 365 in action, feel free to send them to the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvOjXJICCRE (and also embedded below).  It might also be a good watch for those internal folks in your organization that are new…

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Office 365 Partner admin mobile app now available

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of another tool you can use to help perform administration tasks on behalf of your customers while you are on the road.  The new Office 365 Partner admin mobile app is now available for Android and iOS and coming soon for Windows Phone.  This will…

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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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Office 365 Rainmaker Series- Leverage Hot Cloud Technologies

Partners, Want to be a top seller of Microsoft products in 2015? Need to leverage hot Cloud technologies like Lync Online and SharePoint Online to sell more to your customers? Join us on 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 for the Office 365 Rainmaker web series to learn how. Register now! By popular demand, 3 new webinars are…

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Office 365 Training Opportunity and Resource! The Office 365 Summits!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Just wanted to drop a quick post regarding some upcoming training opportunities!  Office 365 Summit! The Office 365 Summit is a series of limited invitation 2 day workshops for Microsoft's most valued customers and partners providing deep-dive readiness on all productivity workloads from Microsoft product experts. Office 365 Summit will…

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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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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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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…

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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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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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Office 365 Feature Excel Web Part for comparing all Plans

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a new resource that has been created that can make it easier to learn, discuss and be aware of what capabilities are in each of the many Office 365 offerings.  Of course the Office 365 Service Descriptions continue to be there, but for a…

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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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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…

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