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 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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Transitioning away from Office 365 Small Business Premium requires an Office client reinstallation

Woody Walton Office 365 Small Business Premium was a great price value for SMBs.  As we see the product sunset over the next several months the transition to “New” Business Plans (Business Premium for instance) may create some situations you have not anticipated.  The same would also be true of moving to the Enterprise Plans…

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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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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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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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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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Office 365 Feature Excel Web Part for comparing all Plans

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of a new resource that has been created that can make it easier to learn, discuss and be aware of what capabilities are in each of the many Office 365 offerings.  Of course the Office 365 Service Descriptions continue to be there, but for a…

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Exchange Online Archiving and SharePoint Online Additional Storage availability expanded!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! There have been further additions to which Office 365 SKUs that allow the ability to add-on Exchange Online Archiving (initial Enterprise SKU blog post that discusses and shows how to add-on is here.) Additionally, the ability to add-on SharePoint Online storage has been expanded to additional SKUs as well! First,…

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SkyDrive Pro default storage increased to 25GB!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Great news!  It was just announced that SkyDrive Pro as part of Office 365 has increased the default space allocated for each user from 7GB to 25GB!  This is for both new customers as well as existing customers.  This is a very common ask and is a welcome addition to…

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Office 365 Pricing Quick Reference

Michael Kophs – Cloud PTS Is your sales staff up to speed on the latest Office 365 offerings?  Do sellers in your org know the differences between the Office 365 Small Business Premium, Midsize and Enterprise sku’s?  Training your staff on the various products and services that you offer can often be a daunting task. …

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Outlook Web App Client now available for iPhone and iPad

Todd Sweetser   Hi Cloud Sellers! Microsoft has released a native Outlook Web App client for iPhone and iPad devices.  The client is available for download from the iTunes store: OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad.  There is an excellent blog post and FAQ on the Office 365 technology blog here covering the solution….

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