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: 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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Transitioning Office 365 Users from Advisor to Open – “You cannot redeem this product key based on the subscriptions you currently have.”

J.J. Antequino ———————————- Reselling Office 365 through the Open program is one of the most profitable ways for partners to get the power of Office 365 into your customers’ hands.  Additionally, you are able to decide how to bill your customer directly. Because of this, many of our Partners have decided to transition their customers…

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New Activation Process for Office 365 Open better for Partners

Woody Walton Hello Partners! I love it when I have good news to convey.  I spend a lot of my time supporting distribution and the sale of Microsoft products through our Open License program.   As of Today we have instituted a new process for new and existing customers of Office 365 Open Programs (Office 365…

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Updated Office 365 Plan Selector Tool

Onur Dogruoz In April when we launched the first version of the Office 365 Plan Selector Tool, Josh Condie covered this tool in detail on his blog post. With the introduction of the new Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses, the Office 365 Plan Selector Tool is also updated. This time, instead of…

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Selling Office 365 Open? Avoid Open Product Key Activation on the wrong tenant by reading this post!

Woody Walton I, like many on the TS2 team, spend much of my time supporting our distribution partners.  I am often pulled into the loop when there is a process problem or satisfaction issue that relates to partners.   The past few months I have seen a significant increase in escalations resulting from partners inadvertently redeeming…

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How to Transition an Office 365 tenant from Advisor to Open

Woody Walton So you have been selling Office 365 through our Advisor Program for some time, but you have heard about the recent addition of Office 365 as SKUs in the Open License Program available through distribution.  One question that may come to mind is how do I move a tenant (customer) from one sales…

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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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Power BI for Office 365 Training Resources

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! We have been receiving many questions about one of the newest additions to Office 365, the Power BI for Office 365 solution.  What is it, how can it be used, what does it bring to the table?  Most of all, how can a Microsoft Partner get up to speed on…

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Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the VAR Rebate!!

Woody Walton Microsoft’s VAR incentive program is a MUST DO for any reseller out there that sells Microsoft products and solutions.  All you have to do is be a registered member of the Microsoft Partner Network (free), and sign up for the incentive program (also free)! After that we track your Open License sales through…

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Getting started with your Office 365 Practice; Simple guidance to get you selling ASAP

Partners, I’m often asked by new SMB cloud partners how they can quickly become trusted advisors to their customers relating to anything Office 365.  The typical Microsoft response to this question is to flood the poor partner with enough training and learning resources to make their head explode!  I am certainly guilty of this. My…

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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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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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