I Love My New Windows Phone!

  Michael Kophs, Cloud TSP To follow up on Tim Tetrick’s last mobile themed post Office 365 Mobile Device Support, let me share with you my awesome experience on my new Windows Phone 8!  I would not call myself an extreme smart phone power user (like so many of my colleagues), but rather an average…

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Microsoft Office 365 Fast-Track $25,000 Sweepstakes

  Todd Sweetser – Hey there Cloud Sellers!  Enter the Office 365 Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $25,000 or a Quarterly Prize of $5,000…just for selling Office 365!! Sweepstakes Details Enroll in sweepstakes, and then drive a minimum of 2 new customer subscriptions, with 5 seats or more, of Microsoft…

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SharePoint Online: How to Share a Site Externally and Invite External Users

Woody Walton   I am presently sitting in a hotel in Chicago, having just finished presenting at a VAR summit downtown at our office in the AON Center.   It is always great to get in front of partners and hear what the word on the street is.  For anyone out there that was in attendance,…

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Outlook Password Expiration Notification in Office 365

Tim Tetrick   I know many of you have struggled through the current issue with Office 365 in which users of Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 don’t receive notification when their password is about to expire.   In addition, once the password has already expired, Outlook goes into a disconnected state and doesn’t let the user…

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Office 365 Readiness Programs for partners selling to SMB

  Todd Sweetser – Hi there Cloud Sellers!  Wanted to make sure you are aware of some current programs in place to assist with your Office 365 Readiness. First, be aware of the Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365.  You can use this training to be prepared to help your customers make that move to…

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Announcing Cloud Easy Offer – 15% of 1 year subscription

B  V  A The Cloud Easy Offer gives your customers choices on Microsoft Online solutions to fit their organization’s unique IT Productivity and investment requirements. Customers who make a qualifying Online Services purchase earn money back, 15% of 1 year subscription in the form of a partner subsidy, which they can use towards additional Microsoft…

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Small Business Competency Exam Refresh and Prep Resources

If you have been researching the Small Business Competency, you may have read the feedback on the 74-323 Exam and that Microsoft is releasing a revised exam 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses. In addition, the Jump Start readiness resource is hosting a multi-day, multi-hour webcast on Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses: http://msl-events.cloudapp.net/LobbyArea.aspx?eid=bc3f8905-867e-45ba-8f69-c750a1858c5d#…

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Mobile Device Support in Office 365

Q: (from Matt) Do you know where we can find more information how mobile devices work with O365?   A: Here’s a nice summary: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/mobility.aspx Following are some more detailed resources: Messaging (Exchange Online): http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-enterprises/ff637599.aspx Collaboration (SharePoint Online): http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-online-small-business-help/use-a-mobile-device-to-work-with-sharepoint-online-sites-HA102109237.aspx Communication (Lync Online): http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/what-is-lync/Pages/what-is-lync.aspx?Title=mobile-apps&tabID=4&itemID=4 Once you go to the E4 Plan, you have either an on…

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Yes, The Office Webs Apps can do that …Better

  Woody Walton     I am continually confounded by the lack of knowledge and visibility customers have of the Microsoft Office Web Applications.   I know I do my part every day to insure that all those I meet know the full story of what a great solution we have and just how versatile it…

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Office 365 June Promotions: MigrationWiz and the Big Easy

Q: What incentives are available to help me close Office 365 deals in the last two weeks of June 2012?   A: OK… So it’s not a question from a specific partner, but it is something every partner should be asking right now. In the interest of closing our FY12 sales strong, Microsoft has several…

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Getting an Extension on an Office 365 Trial

Q: (from Jackie) I would like your input on a situation I currently have with one of my potential sales of Office 365 and Windows Intune. I convinced a customer of mine to let me setup a trial account for Office 365.  I have not setup his Windows Intune yet as I will be managing…

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Winning Against Google with Office 365 Opportunities with Exchange 2010

Join us on Friday, May 18, at 10:00 AM Central Time     May’s Agenda will include: Central Region Highlights and Insights WPC — the latest information to help you know what’s happening with WPC2012 5 Reasons to Pick Office 365 Over Google Office 365 User Productivity Experience Demo Technology Buzz — Exchange Server 2010…

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UPDATE #2: Office 365 Demo Provisioning Assistant–NOW KNOWN AS MEC

B  V  A Wanted to provide an update to what was originally called – Office 365 Demo Provisioning Toolkit – See original post here The team recently upgraded the original toolkit to now be part of the Microsoft Experience Center or MEC – Please see POST – http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2013/03/01/get-demoing-office-365.aspx    Office 365 Demo Provisioning Assistant, some…

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Profit in the Cloud VAR Economics

B  V  A Ron Grattopp, one of my TS2 teammates recently did a great blog post on all the Microsoft Cloud resources and where they currently exist out in the Microsoft World, it reminded me of a recent publication I ran across while prepping for a webcast.  I found a great document that Monitor put…

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Learn how Microsoft Lync and SharePoint Online can expand your cloud practice!

Woody Walton   Hello All! I wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow culminates the our 4 part webinar Series, Expand Your Cloud Practice. As you have guess from the title of the post the forth and final installment is About SharePoint Online and Lync Online, two essential components of Microsoft Office 365.  The reason I…

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SharePoint Online Decreases Additional Storage Prices and Increase Quotas

  Woody Walton   Last Tuesday the Office 365 Technical Blog posted an update that was extremely important as regards SharePoint Online.  In the post Storage Update for SharePoint Online Enterprise Plans, Josh T spilled the much awaited beans.   Based on your feedback, we have reduced the price of additional storage by 92% for the…

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On Premises CALs included with Office 365 subscriptions

Q: (from Bill) Could you verify this benefit and help me understand it further?   A: (with help from Todd Sweetser – Thanks) I wasn’t aware of this, but “Yes”, Office 365 licenses do confer client access (CAL) rights for equivalent on-premises technologies. Here’s the relevant segment out of the SharePoint Product Use Rights(PUR):  …

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