New Service Health Dashboard–now Generally Available

Garrett Bundy Hello Partners!  For a while now we have had the Service Health Dashboard “update” in preview after we announced it during Ignite 2016.  Now we are pleased to let you know that it is generally available for everyone. Here is a summary of the main improvements: Access rich and more actionable incident insights—The…

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Join us at SMB Live and build your Microsoft cloud practice

Tim Tetrick   This year’s SMB Live events, coming to 22 cities across the United States, include a day of new in-depth and hands-on marketing content, and a day of 200 & 300-level technical training to modernize your organization’s technical skills and marketing capabilities. You’ll leave SMB Live with the tools you need for cloud…

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Office Go-to-Market (GTM) Guide for ISVs

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  I know that many of you out there may have an ISV side to your practice, or perhaps you are thinking of developing one to help give you some great value added capabilities.  With that, this came across my desk and I wanted to share it with you as a…

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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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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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New Cloud PBX Auto Attendant (Preview) and Call Queues (Preview) Training

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners, I know many of you are excited about the new Cloud PBX service that is included in the Office 365 E5 plan and can be added on to existing E1 and E3 Plans.   Cloud PBX is Microsoft’s technology for enabling call control and PBX capabilities in the Office…

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Visio Viewer for iPad as well as Visio Online Preview are now available!

Todd Sweetser Good day Cloud Partners!  Do you or any of your customers work with Visio drawings?  Ever wish it was possible to view them on an iPad or on the web?  Well, now you can!  We are pleased to announce the launch of both Visio Viewer for iPad and Visio Online Preview! As one…

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Getting Started with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials

Jeff Stoffel   I am always looking for training webcasts to share with partners.  Here is another one that is sure to be a great learning opportunity. Are you interested in expanding your cloud portfolio? Our new Getting Started with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials program kicks off on December 2nd, and you won’t want…

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Register today for the U.S. SMB Customer Lifetime Value Academy!

Todd Sweetser Good day Cloud Partners!  Do you want to maximize your revenue generating potential and loyalty with your existing customers?  What is the cost to your business of not maintaining your customers?  In a cloud business model, it is no longer just about the deal or the initial sale, it is about customer lifetime…

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Office 2007 End of Life is on the horizon

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  As the cycle of life continues so does the end of extended support for the Office 2007 family of products.  For customers that are using Office 2007 solutions today it is important to make sure they are aware of this milestone.  This can be specially very important for the customers…

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Microsoft Teams–The Chat Based Workspace in Office 365

Garrett Bundy     Hello Partners! Today is an exciting day at Microsoft as we have now announced publicly Microsoft Teams with Office 365.  This helps to fill a gap that was a highly requested functionality of being able to have persistent chat with Skype, but it does more than that.  It can integrate with…

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Skype for Business Mac is now publicly available

Garrett Bundy Hello Partners,     This announcement has been a long time coming, but I am pleased to let you all know that the Skype for Business Mac client has been released for public download. Original post came from the Office Blogs site (Skype for Business announces new Mac client and new mobile sharing…

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Build new web and mobile solutions for your customers with Microsoft PowerApps and Microsoft Flow

Todd Sweetser   Hi Cloud partners!  Wanted to share some information on an upcoming training opportunity! Have started to receive questions from many of you regarding PowerApps and Flow….   Microsoft PowerApps and Microsoft Flow are two new services from Microsoft that provide opportunities for you to bring new productivity solutions to your customers.  These…

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Readiness Blitz

You are invited to join us for the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics 365 Readiness Blitz!  Microsoft Dynamics 365 takes a new approach to business applications. Our current CRM and ERP cloud solutions will be unified into one cloud service with new purpose-built apps to help manage specific business functions, including: Sales, Field Service, Customer Service, Project…

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Information about the renaming of SharePoint Online sites from *.microsoftonline.com to *.sharepoint.com

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  Was alerted to this information and wanted to share it with the SMB partner community.  I have been involved with the Microsoft Cloud solutions since the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) days and worked with many partners during the early times with BPOS.  For those that don’t know, SharePoint Online…

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Customer Immersion Experience (CIE) Bootcamps!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  The Office 365 Customer Immersion Experience continues to be a powerful tool to give partners the tools and skills to allow customers to sell themselves on the value that the Microsoft platform could deliver for their business.  Many partners use these events to help close deals and expand solution usage…

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SMB Live is back! Register today for a session near you.

Jeff Stoffel   Microsoft’s SMB Live Roadshow is back featuring two one-day Microsoft Cloud training events for Cloud Solution Providers and Microsoft Partners. Below you can select which event(s) best fit your business needs, find a city near you (21 available), and register today! (Day 1) Microsoft SMB Live: Differentiate Your Cloud Practice for Increased…

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Check out the FREE partner online technical trainings – some starting today!

Jeff Stoffel   I know many of you, like me, enjoy the opportunity to grow your skills with technical training.  And what’s even better, FREE technical training!  Boost your partner transformation to the cloud with technical training designed to help you win more deals, accelerate deployment and increase consumption – available at NO COST! Here’s…

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Office 365 and SEC Rule 17a-4 requirements

Tim Tetrick   I’ve had several questions lately asking whether Office 365 and its archiving capabilities are able to meet SEC Rule 17a-4 requirements.  Many financial institutions such as banks and broker-dealer organizations are subject to Rule 17a-4, which is issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with respect to electronic data storage.  Rule…

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Service Assurance Dashboard for Office 365

Garrett Bundy   Hello Partners,   At Microsoft we are continually working to improve the level of trust that our partners and customers have in us.  To that end Microsoft established the Trust Center very early on (http://trustoffice365.com) and we have evolved that over time.  Microsoft believes that as your customers embark on this journey…

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