O365 Deployment Training for U.S. Partners – Next Offering Sept 27-29

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Microsoft Office 365 Partner Deployment Training is a 3 day workshop for key partners with a focus and investment on building Office 365 deployment capabilities. It has been developed by the Microsoft Premier Deployment (MPD) team using the Office 365 Deployment Guide for Enterprises methodology for multi-tenant scenarios.  The training is focused…

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My customer has already paid for Core/Enterprise CALs or Office Pro Plus but they also want Office 365!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Well, they may be in for some good news if they have purchased those licenses through an Open Value or Open Value Subscription agreement! The Office 365 Open Value Offer provides Open Value (OV) and Open Value Subscription (OVS) customers a way to add cloud-based productivity tools through Office 365 at their…

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Microsoft FUSE Labs releases CompanyCrowd – a social content aggregator for businesses

  Josh Condie – This is a month late in posting, but a useful social media and news aggregator that can be company or industry specific, and evolves into a more tailored resource as you interact with it: Microsoft FUSE Labs just released a brand new project – called the “CompanyCrowd”. This new research project…

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I know how to send my customers a BPOS trial invitation, but how do I do it for Office 365?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- First of all, your MPN ID must be authorized to sell Microsoft Online Services.  If you have signed the Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement and taken the assessment, you should be good there. You must also have enrolled your MPN account in the Microsoft Cloud Essentials program located at www.microsoftcloudpartner.com.  This site…

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Microsoft Partner Profitability Tool

  With the ever-changing marketplace, Partners often consider adding additional competencies or services to their exiting practice.  How do you know if it would be profitable ?  Here is a great tool that takes just a small amount of time to estimate the P&L for new business opportunities – including Microsoft Cloud based solutions and…

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You want it, you got it!…great new training opportunity around the cloud and virtualization, and did I mention it’s free!

  by Ron Grattopp……The “Cloud” and Virtualization are arguably the two hottest topics in the industry today, and Microsoft has some great technology for you leverage in your customer solutions portfolio in both of those spaces.  If you didn’t already know about it, the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is a free and public portal for…

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Windows Intune Cloud Services Sweepstakes Ends May 31st!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- There is still time to win a small business office! Your customers depend on you to keep their PCs running at their best, whether they are in the office or on the road. Windows Intune simplifies and helps businesses manage and secure their PCs using Windows cloud services and Windows 7. Intune…

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Microsoft Cloud Essentials Migration Offer

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Many of our posts have mentioned that Partners can make money migrating their customers to BPOS and Office 365 (in addition to Partner of Record fees)….  Partners may choose to migrate their customers from POP accounts, older Exchange installations, or other mail solutions. While you are learning the ins and outs of…

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Pitching Cloud to SMB Customers

By Ron Grattopp…..We’re well into baseball season now, so I thought a baseball metaphor title might be reasonable .  I presented a Microsoft all-up cloud story breakout session and helped man our vendor fair booth at a major Distributor’s semi-annual partner conference this past week and, as you can imagine, cloud conversations dominated the scene. …

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Windows Intune: Partners Can “Brand” the End-User Experience!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- As you begin deploying Windows Intune to your customers, you will want to make sure the end-user/client experience is customized with your Partner information. Windows Intune allows you to “brand” the Windows Intune Center via policy: Here are what the policy settings look like: Here is what end-users will see on their…

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Windows Intune: How Do My Customers Get Windows 7 Enterprise?

J.J. Antequino ———————————- I’ve been having some great conversations with partners about Windows Intune…. and inevitably I’m asked, “So where do my customers go to download Windows 7 Enterprise?” Here’s how: There are three ways to access the Online Services Download Center to activate the Windows upgrade software included in your subscription. If you also…

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Did you know…that the Office 365 Marketplace was also announced today?!

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Today, Microsoft announced the public beta for Microsoft Office 365. More than a new version of a familiar product, Office 365 transcends the firewall to enable unprecedented collaboration and sharing across PCs, phones, and browsers. For Microsoft partners, Office 365 brings opportunities to reach new customers and develop new revenue streams. To…

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How to Add the Partner of Record (POR) to an Office 365 Beta Account

J.J. Antequino ———————————- As Bryan posted, the Office 365 Public Beta has just opened up!  You may be having conversations with your customers about the value of Office 365 and we’ve provided some great guidance in some of our earlier posts. However, I have been asked about whether or not the Partner of Record (POR)…

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How to Sell Office 365 to SMB Customers

J.J. Antequino ———————————- With the impending launch of Office 365, you are probably reading more about its capabilities and features.  You may also be one of those partners who has an Office 365 beta account! Perhaps you have even been successful selling BPOS…. however we have just launched some new training to help you learn…

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Competing in the Cloud: Microsoft vs. Google – Why It Matters to Your SMB Business

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Microsoft Partners – Please join us for the next session of our Cloud Compete Webcast Series – which is all about helping you secure your customer base, grow market share and address the competition!   This series is designed to help you understand how Microsoft competes with Google and is positioned to sell…

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Windows Intune–Microsoft’s Desktop Management Solution in the Cloud–Coming March 23rd

Get Ready to Deliver the Best Windows Experience, from the Cloud Today at CeBIT in Germany Microsoft announced that Windows Intune will be commercially available on March 23, 2011. Windows Intune offers your customers a comprehensive solution that brings together cloud services and an upgrade subscription for the Windows 7 Enterprise operating system to simplify…

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ANNOUNCING: Online Business Productivity Services Customer Rewards Offer – you don’t want to miss this!

by Ron Grattopp….. This is an exciting customer offer designed to encourage customers to act now on BPOS and to help partners drive online services adoption. This offer will run from February 1 through April 1, 2011. Qualifying customers can receive up to the equivalent of 50% of their first annual subscription fee in partner…

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On your mark, get set, QuickStart…

by Ron Grattopp…..               As I was doing my last post, I looked around my team’s postings on Microsoft Online Services (MOS)/BPOS, and I noticed that although we had covered just about every aspect of MOS/BPOS that you can imagine, we had not done any in-depth post on one of the resources I think is really…

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Engaging with a Distributor for Selling Microsoft Online Services

by Ron Grattopp…..                                This is a follow up to my teammate Woody’s posting on Jan 10th, Are you signed up to sell BPOS?? Have you associated yourself with your Distributor of Choice???? It is easy & worthwhile! – if you haven’t already read his post I encourage you to read it.  I recently had the…

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