Partner Online Technical Training Available at No Cost

Jeff Stoffel   Where do I go to get more information or training on __________ (fill in the blank) is one of the more common questions I hear from partners.  For this reason I always like to highlight upcoming technical training opportunities.  Below is list of upcoming technical trainings designed to boost transformation to the…

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Microsoft StaffHub is Generally Available!

Garrett Bundy Hello Partners!   Do you work with customers that have frontline employees, things like hospitality workers, hotel employees, retail store workers etc?  Well Microsoft has released our StaffHub service as a part of your Office 365 subscription if you have an K1, E1, E3 or E5 plan.   There are an estimated 500-million…

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Join your regional January SMB Partner Insider call this Friday, January 6th

Jeff Stoffel   Happy New Year everyone! Kick off the New Year with a BANG! Join your local Microsoft US team for the SMB Partner Insider call Friday, January 6, 2017. You’ll get valuable, actionable information to help your Microsoft business grow. Presenters on these calls include the Microsoft Regional General Manager, and sales, technical,…

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Side-by-side Installation Scenarios with Visio/Project and Office 365 ProPlus Click-to-Run

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners! We get asked on occasion about the following scenario: The ability to install a Volume Licensed (MSI) copy of Microsoft Visio 2016 and/or Microsoft Project 2016 alongside an installation of Office 365 ProPlus (2016, Click-to-Run) via subscription.  This has been something that was not supported in the past.  There has…

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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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RDS and Shared Computer Activation Walkthrough for Office 365 Pro Plus

Garrett Bundy Hello Partners,   I spent this week traveling and visiting with my partners in Phoenix and during this trip there was a single reoccurring theme that kept coming up.  I have a customer who uses Remote Desktop Services (RDS) or Terminal Services if you like the old acronym, to deliver a desktop to…

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FY16 Cloud PBX Adoption Offer – Revised for February 1st

  Josh Condie – Available for customers purchasing at least 150 seats of eligible Office 365 seats between Dec. 1st 2015 and February 1st,  2016, and 50 seats from February 1st thru June 30th 2016, this service promotion is provided to eligible customers to help with Cloud PBX seat deployment using On-Premises PSTN Connectivity. Eligible…

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Drive up cloud revenue with Enterprise Mobility Suite

Jeff Stoffel Enterprise Mobility Suite provides a large opportunity for us to help our SMB customers with mobile device management and security.  Hopefully you have all seen Tim’s blog on the Online Technical Training for Deploying Enterprise Mobility Suite.  Expanding on this we have some terrific additional sales and tech-ready resources. Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite…

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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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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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ModernBiz Tech Series Content Updates

Attention ModernBiz Instructors we have some recent updates to the ModernBiz content.  This most recent release includes labs, decks and Train the Trainer (TTT) preparation videos from all 4 business groups (Office, C&E, Dynamics and Windows). What’s included in the updates? Office: Grow Efficiently Track 1, Module 5: Managing Identity with Azure AD and Office…

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Skype for Business Technical Series

Jeff Stoffel Curious what it takes to deploy Enterprise Voice solutions for your Office 365 customers?  Check out this technical training opportunity. The Skype for Business technical webcast series helps you design and deploy Enterprise Voice solutions for your Microsoft Office 365 customers and address different usage scenarios. Special offer! Attend this webcast October 1…

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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 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: Migration Decision Factors

Jeff Stoffel Exchange Online is part of Office 365 and provides a cloud-based messaging solution.  Today we are going to talk about the decision factors you need to uncover in order to plan a migration strategy for your customer. There are many paths to migrate data from an on-premises email organization to Office 365 Exchange…

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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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