Teams as the new Skype for Business client

Q: (from Janice) We are developing an Enterprise Telecommunication practice to augment our Office 365 business. What is happening with Skype for Business? Should we hold off until the dust settles? A: You are obviously referencing some of the announcements that have come out of Envision and Ignite this week. Specifically the announcement that we…


New SMB JumpStart Series Now Available for Registration

Woody Walton   Partners, You may have seen our previous post by my peer, Jeff Stoffel, titled Registration is open! Four new SMB JumpStart virtual workshops starting soon. The TS2 Team has been running these with great success thus far and we want to make certain you do not miss out! There are 2 new…


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…


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…


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…


Skype for Business Online Licensing Resource

Todd Sweetser With all of the recent updates to Skype for Business Online there may be many questions about how it is licensed and what capabilities can be utilized based on what SKU was purchased.  I recently found this new resource that can help clear much of this information up. The page is titled “Skype…


How to Enable Skype For Business Broadcast Meetings

  Garrett Bundy Hello Partners.  A recent announcement was made that Skype for Business Broadcast meetings are now available for use if you have an Office 365 tenant, with E1, E3, E5 or Skype for Business Online Plan 2.  Skype Meeting Broadcast enables licensed Office 365 users to produce and broadcast a Skype for Business…

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Delegate Meeting Scheduling in Skype for Business

Q: (from Mitch) Skype Meeting Delegation: Currently we have some users that schedule meetings for others. (ie: CEO’s assistant, Sales team assistant…) These users are already delegates on office365 and can schedule regular meetings on their people’s calendars. But when the user tries to schedule a Skype meeting, they see this image below:   A:…


Skype for Business Online Academy December – Register Now!

  The highly anticipated release of the Office 365 E5 suite debuts tomorrow, December 1st.  If you have not been following E5 or the new services being launched in Skype for Business please read today’s Office Blog Post, Office 365 brings significant new value to business customers worldwide by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice-president for Microsoft…


Office 365 E5 and Skype for Business Resources on Drumbeat!

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers! Wanted to make you aware of some new resources that are available on the Office 365 Drumbeat portal focused on the upcoming Office 365 portal for partners.  For those not familiar with Drumbeat,  you can learn about proven sales best practices, programs, tools, and market insights. Then take advantage of…


Skype for Business Technical Series

Jeff Stoffel Curious what it takes to deploy Enterprise Voice solutions for your Office 365 customers?  Check out this technical training opportunity. The Skype for Business technical webcast series helps you design and deploy Enterprise Voice solutions for your Microsoft Office 365 customers and address different usage scenarios. Special offer! Attend this webcast October 1…

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Skype for Business Online Academy

Occasionally a partner training opportunity comes across my desk that has tremendous potential to change the way a business works. This is one of those opportunities: Learn how to plan for and deploy the new Skype for Business Online services such as Cloud PBX and PSTN Conferencing, Skype Meeting Broadcast, and Hybrid Voice. The Skype…

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Free eBook! Skype for Business User Tips & Tricks for Anyone!

Todd Sweetser I came across this excellent resource and felt it would be a great tool for your toolbox when working with customers.  It has a plethora of tips and tricks around utilizing  Skype for Business!  The goal of course is to get folks consuming the services, and this grouping of tips can give you…


Skype for Business Preview Program

Jeff Stoffel I am excited, as I am sure many of you are as well, about the new features that are coming to Skype for Business.  We have recently announced a preview of these features.  If you interested in giving these upcoming capabilities a try, be sure to check out the Skype for Business Preview….


SMB Live is back with two new events!

Tim Tetrick SMB Live is back with two new events! Starting in September and going through mid-November, we’re hitting 26 cities and we’re likely coming to city near you! This cloud event roadshow is designed exclusively for US SMB Partners. There are two events; one for partners just getting started in the cloud and the…


New Skype for Business services recently announced in Preview

Tim Tetrick I was very excited to see the announcement a couple days ago of some new Skype for Business services that are now available in Technical Preview.  One of the most frequent questions I get from partners is “When is Skype for Business Online (formally Lync Online) going to support native voice/PSTN calling?”.  I’m…

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Enterprise Voice in Skype for Business

Rob Waggoner   Question: Will Microsoft be offering an Enterprise Voice solution in Skype for Business? Answer: Yes, we have actually documented our plans around voice solutions (including Enterprise voice) here.  https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn951428.aspx Until next time, Rob

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Skype for Business Update

Tim Tetrick Hello Partners, With all the changes and excitement around Skype for Business recently, I wanted to take a moment and provide an update on the current status of Skype for Business and also talk about some of the exciting new features we can look forward to this year. As I’m sure you’ve probably…

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SMB Cloud Office Hours now Available on Demand

Jeff Stoffel Our TS2 team along with our Field Partners Sales Executives have been running “SMB Cloud Office Hours” for the last few weeks.  Each session starts with a short presentation on a key Cloud related topic followed by an open forum for your questions.  We have received many requests from partners for recordings of…


Announcing SMB Cloud Office Hours

Jeff Stoffel Are you a Cloud novice or already have a flourishing Cloud practice?  We hear from you all the time that it is tough to keep up with all the new Cloud updates. You have a lot of technical questions for which you need answers. We have listened to you and to help solve…

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