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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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…


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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Office 365 Things You Need To Know Blog Series

Welcome!  We are going to be doing a blog series in October on Office 365 and Office 2016.  The primary goal is to help your business get up to speed on Office 365 and take it to the next level.  We will also cover many other topics to help you grow your business during the…

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Art of Automation: Leveraging PowerShell Modules and Starting with Office 365 PowerShell

Recently I published an introductory article about how PowerShell can help transform your business.   The article provided a primer to start learning the PowerShell language.   You can read the article here:  Art of Automation: Leveraging PowerShell to Improve Your Business In this article I am going to talk a little bit about how to find…

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Office 2016 upcoming events!

Tim Tetrick Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners, Office 2016 is coming next week! Catch the wave today and get ready for September 22. Join us for this upcoming YamJam and Modern Workplace webcast. What is the new Office? Office 2016 is the latest addition to Office 365—a subscription service that helps make it easier than ever…


Office 365 Import Service available

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There is a service now available in preview that can potentially help when the customer has quite a bit of data (either email or files) and a limited connection to the internet.  This is called the Office 365 Import Service. There are two components available, first is related to E-Mail…


Office 2016 release date and new Office servicing options announced

Tim Tetrick I was excited to see the official announcement yesterday that Office 2016 will be available starting on September 22nd.  Another interesting announcement was the improvements that we are making to the Office update model. Consistent with the Windows 10 approach, we are seeing a similar Current Branch and Current Branch for Business model…


Microsoft Cloud Roadshow announced!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud sellers! Just announced is an live event called the Microsoft Cloud Roadshow.  While not partner focused, is an opportunity to gain some more expertise on all things cloud. From the site: Build your Cloud skills Whether you know your way around the cloud and trying to stay current or are just…


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…


Microsoft Technical Partner Readiness Resources

We are moving fast as a company and our technology is moving faster.  Technical readiness is vital to success for you and your business.   There are some excellent resources for you to view on the Partner Network.  Below you will find the main pages on some of our technologies.  If you want to find all…


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…


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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Office 2016 for MAC is Available for Office 365 customers!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Office 2016 for MAC has been released and is now available for Office 365 customers!  One of the great benefits of an Office 365 ProPlus or Office 365 Business subscription is that it gives your users access to Office for up to 5 workstations.  This includes Office for MAC.  This…


New Skype for Business services recently announced in Preview

Tim Tetrick I was very excited to see the announcement a couple days ago of some new Skype for Business services that are now available in Technical Preview.  One of the most frequent questions I get from partners is “When is Skype for Business Online (formally Lync Online) going to support native voice/PSTN calling?”.  I’m…

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Manage Users’ Activations of Office Applications in Office 365

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! A very common ask we receive from partners is “How can we manage the Office applications that users install from an Office 365 subscription?”  This has been a challenge but a new management capability was just released that helps with this scenario! It is now possible to access a listing…


Office 365 Workload-Specific Admin Roles

Tim Tetrick I was excited to see that workload-specific admin roles is rolling out to Office 365 tenants starting today.  This feature gives the ability to assign workload-specific service administrator roles to your organizations IT administrators for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Skype for Business Online.  For example, an Exchange admin will no longer require…