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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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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Office 365 SMB SKU Transition Walkthrough

  Hello Partners!   Many of you have been awaiting updated information and guidance on how SKU transitions will occur for the retiring SMB plans purchased through Retail, Direct, or the Open License Program. The Plans I am referring to are: Office 365 Small Business Office 365 Small Business Premium Office 365 Midsized Business If your…

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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: Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run

We are at an interesting time in the world of Office 365, a time of transition. We have SKUs like Small Business Premium and MidSize Business retiring. We have a new Office version with the launch of Office 2016 on September 22nd. We have announced a new SKU, the anticipated E5 offering which adds a…

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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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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…

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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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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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Some more info on Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Many should be aware of the recently announced support for Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus. This makes it possible to install and use Office 365 ProPlus (the Office client) onto a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Windows Server, shared virtual machine or a shared workstation. See my colleague Tim…

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Free Ignite Training: Managing Office 365 Identities and Services

Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Partners! Wanted to make you aware of some no charge Office Ignite training coming up.  Great opportunity for excellent training on Office 365 Identities and Services! You're invited to attend a free 5-day instructor led virtual training on managing Office 365 identities and services. This free 5-day instructor led virtual course…

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Making Office 365 even better for small and midsized businesses

Tim Tetrick Hi Partners, hopefully you have all seen the recent announcement Evolving Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses about the new plans that are coming for small and midsized business starting on October 1, 2014.  I wanted to take a moment and highlight some of the great benefits that new and existing…

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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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SMB Advantage: Don’t Miss the Opportunity–Offer Ends May 31

Onur Dogruoz Yes time is flying and we are almost in the middle of May. It means we now have less than 3 short weeks to take the advantage of this great offer. In March, I have blogged about the details of current SMB Advantage. You can see that blog post here. Just to quickly…

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OneDrive for Business updates including storage increasing to 1TB!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Some great updates announced today in regards to the OneDrive for Business offering.  This relates to all Office 365 SKUs that include OneDrive for Business including Standalone OneDrive for Business, Small Business Premium, Midsize and Enterprise offerings. The updates are as follows! First, we will be increasing OneDrive for Business…

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Earn up to 30% in March with NEW SMB Advantage Offer

Onur Dogruoz   ***UPDATED: SMB Advantage offer has been updated and expanded to include SKUs for CRM on premise, Microsoft Office 365 Renew to the Cloud Open Value, Microsoft Get2Modern, and Microsoft Office 365 Advisor Upsell. SMB Advantage Offer is back for March, April and May 2014. Don’t miss the great opportunity! Here is a…

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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…

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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…

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Which Office 365 plans work with Dynamics CRM Online?

Q: (from Bill) Quick question, we are now thinking of going with Dynamics CRM.  But I think we cannot use Small Business Premium with Dynamics.  I think we have to go with Mid-Sized business? A: It took me a few minutes to find something, but a the Bing search that produced the winning answer was:…

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