Can Microsoft 365 Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro?

Q: (from Vince) A partner is inquiring if it would be possible for a user with Windows 10 Home to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional by purchasing Microsoft 365. A: I’m sorry to report that the upgrade benefit included in Windows 10 Enterprise through CSP or Microsoft 365 is a benefit that ONLY takes Windows…

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Windows Virtual Desktop

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Partners! I was really excited to see Windows Virtual Desktop officially announced at Ignite a couple weeks back.  Windows Virtual Desktop (formally known at RDmi (Remote Desktop Modern Infrastructure)), is a new service that enables you to host a complete modern desktop experience on Azure with built-in security and compliance,…


Register today! Windows as a Service (WaaS) and Security Workshop

Todd Sweetser Join us for this upcoming workshop in a location near you! Hi Cloud Partners!  I thought this L200-L300 technical training would be of interest…. Windows 7 End of Life is less than 14 months away. Customers need help making the leap to the new way to build, deploy, secure and service Windows! This…


Deploying Office 365 ProPlus with Microsoft Intune

Tim Tetrick   Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners! With all the new innovations and capabilities lighting up in the Microsoft cloud every week, I know it’s hard to stay up to date on all of them.  So every once in a while I spot one that kind of flies under the radar that I think our…


Mastering Microsoft 365: we’re bringing the experts to you

Tim Tetrick     Mastering Microsoft 365: we’re bringing the experts to you   Convenient technical workshops are right at your doorstep with the Microsoft 365 Tech Series. Microsoft-certified instructors provide workshops on the latest insights to benefit you and your organization.Our upcoming session will cover:Microsoft 365 Deployment and Management • Deepen your knowledge on…


Introducing OneDrive Files On-Demand

Jeff Stoffel   As expected many exciting announcements were made at Build 2017.  I am particularly excited by Joe Belfiore announcement that the new OneDrive Files On-Demand feature will be delivered with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.  With Files On-Demand, you can access all your files in the cloud without having to download them…


New Windows 10 upgrade benefits for Windows Cloud Subscriptions in CSP

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  Found some info that could be a large benefit to those looking at selling the Windows 10 Enterprise offering via CSP!  Info below is from blog post on the Windows Blog: We’re excited to announce that customers with Windows subscriptions via the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program can now upgrade…


Technical Deep Dive on Windows in CSP

      Todd Sweetser     Expand your Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) portfolio with Windows 10 by understanding the business and technical aspects of the solution. Explore the business opportunities for your SMB customers, along with deployment options and the basics of managing updates.    When: January 10th, 9am – 12pm Pacific Time…


Windows 10 and EMS Technical Readiness

TS2 is always on the lookout for technical readiness sessions that allow partners to go DEEP into a technology – something that we often can’t do in a one hour webcast. Here is where Partners can go to register for the technical presales or deployment readiness training: http://aka.ms/PartnerTechnicalServicesWin10EMS   Here are dates for the December…


Windows 10 Enterprise E3 for CSP Resources

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  As my colleague J.J. blogged about earlier this month here (and announced at WPC), Windows 10 Enterprise is going to be available via a subscription model, which is right in line with Microsoft’s continued drive to cloud enablement.   I wanted to share a couple of resources that can help partners…


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…


Upcoming Training Opportunities for Partners

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Sellers!  Wanted to pass along some Microsoft Cloud solution training offerings that are available, both short term and in the next couple of months. First, some trainings that are occurring this week: Grow and Manage Your Business with Azure Internal User Rights– Level 200:  Scenarios Internal Use Rights cloud services and…


Microsoft Intune Device Wipe

Q: (from Kevin) The engineers in my office have been testing EMS thru our MPN subscription. They said it works great on IOS iPhones but on Android it can’t remove the email account. They sent me the following link; https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Wipe-a-mobile-device-in-Office-365-9d727c7d-8b47-4499-bf24-d046b449214c?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US Can you confirm this is a limitation?   A: That may very well be accurate…


Windows 10 Azure AD Join

Q: (from John) You had also mentioned that Windows 10 is now more greatly integrated with Azure.  Do you have any white papers on what the integration is?   A: I’m seeing this question come up more often as our Windows 10 sales exceed 270M copies. What is driving the question: “Do I still need…


Moving to Windows 10? Things for the Back Pocket…

  Josh Condie – Last week, Microsoft updated it’s support policy for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 on Skylake systems.  In Windows Marketing GM, Jeremy Korst’s post (here), he provided the following: To help provide greater flexibility for customers who have longer deployment timeframes to Windows 10, the support period for Windows 7 and Windows…


Microsoft Mechanics – Stay up to date on the latest tech from Microsoft!

Todd Sweetser Hello Cloud Partners! Some partners recently mentioned this great education resource and I thought it would be good to share with you all!  Called Microsoft Mechanics – this video series covers the breadth of the Microsoft technologies including Azure, Office, Server, Surface and more.  It is designed for tech enthusiasts and IT professionals…


The “Get Windows 10” app is coming to your Domain join machines

Rob Waggoner Partners, Up until now, if your customer had a domain joined computer, the Windows 10 upgrade app did not ask your users to upgrade to Windows 10.  This will be changing soon and I want to make sure you are ready for the change.   We announced the change here, and we even documented…


OEMs and Support for Windows 7/8.1 on SkyLake processors (6th gen.)

  Josh Condie – This one is a quick reference, but an important one for you to have in your back pocket as you refresh your customers devices and are making the decision between Windows 10 and older versions of the OS.  Microsoft has announced that support for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will…


Accelerate Windows Accelerate

J.J. Antequino ———————————- This may be old news to some, but was recently brought up in a discussion I had with a partner around Windows 10 and the fact that it’s a Free upgrade… so how do they make money “selling” it? The highest margin opportunities have typically revolved around services. While a partner can…


Today Marks the End of Support for Windows 8 (Not 8.1)

  Josh Condie – The title above can be a little deceiving.  What this really means, is that it is time to move to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 ASAP.   As Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates and patches for Windows 8.  This is all in addition to the EOS for Internet Explorer…