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By SuperUser Account on 11/20/2012 9:23 AM

Opportunities in the Cloud Start Today!

Get The Tools You Need to Build a Thriving Cloud Practice

Join the Microsoft Cloud Program

Drive new revenue when you develop or sell cloud solutions based on innovative Microsoft technologies. Start by enrolling in the Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack, and then qualify for the advanced Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Program to earn additional benefits.

Start with Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack

Are you new to the cloud? Get resources designed to help you start your cloud practice:

  • Leverage internal-use licenses for Microsoft Office 365, Windows Intune, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to build sales acumen, and expand online development skills with the Windows Azure Platform.
  • Access targeted cloud training courses and learning paths to help build your cloud expertise
  • Drive new opportunities with Microsoft Pinpoint and Microsoft Office 365 Marketplace participation.
  • Use delegated administration and the partner dashboard to manage customer trials and accounts
  • Increase revenue by qualifying for advisor incentives.


By SuperUser Account on 6/4/2012 12:01 PM

Drive new revenue when you develop or sell cloud solutions based on innovative Microsoft technologies. Start by enrolling in the Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack, and then qualify for the advanced Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Program to earn additional benefits.

The Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack

Are you new to the cloud? Get resources designed to help you start your cloud practice:

  • Leverage internal-use licenses for Microsoft Office 365, Windows Intune, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to build sales acumen, and expand online development skills with the Windows Azure Platform.
  • Get expert support and grow your expertise with technical guidance and targeted training.
  • Drive new opportunities with Microsoft Pinpoint and Microsoft Office 365 Marketplace participation.
The Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack Software Benefits
Microsoft Technology
License Grant
Microsoft Office 365
250 licenses
Note: If you intend to sell Office 365 you will need to sign the Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement (MOSPA) and complete the required assessments in order to access your partner sales features benefit. Learn about MOSPA.
Windows Intune
Subscription for 25 PCs
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
250 licenses
Note: If you intend to sell Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, you must meet all the requirements of the CRM Software Advisor Program in order to be able to receive CRM Online advisor fees. Learn more.
Windows Azure platform
375 hours of small compute instance, 20 gigabytes of storage, and 250,000 storage transactions
  • Microsoft SQL Azure Web Edition database: 1 gigabyte
  • 100,000 access control transactions (provided at no charge for billing periods prior to 11/30/2012)
  • Service bus connections (free until 3/31/2012) and 128 MB cache
  • Data transfer: unlimited in and 25 gigabytes out
Marketing Benefits
Listing as Cloud Essentials partner on the Microsoft Pinpoint online marketplace
Marketing resources
Business Benefits
Online sales and financial modeling tools
  • Demo Showcase
  • Profitability Modeler
Presales and technical support
  • Online Technical Communities for cloud services
For Partners Who Sell and Service
For Partners Who Build and Develop
  • Enroll in the Microsoft Partner Network.
  • Sign the Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement (MOSPA) and complete introductory training and an assessment. Learn about MOSPA.
  • To continue receiving these benefits in your second year of enrollment, you must meet a modest sales requirement of 50 seats per product during your first year of enrollment.
  • Enroll in the Microsoft Partner Network.
  • Sign up on Microsoft Platform Ready and register your application.
  • To continue receiving these benefits in your second year of enrollment, you must meet a modest sales requirement of 50 seats per product during your first year of enrollment.
Annual Fee
There is no fee for this program.


By SuperUser Account on 5/30/2012 11:26 AM
May 24, 2012
Alliance to change the dynamics of the modern Catholic classroom and provide students and educators worldwide with tools and training to succeed in the 21st-century workforce.

REDMOND, Wash. — May 24, 2012 — The Catholic International Education Office (OIEC) has entered into an education alliance with Microsoft Corp. to provide Office 365 for its community of Catholic schools across the world as part of a new Social Network for Catholic Education. This will begin with provision of software for 4.5 million students as part of a three-year alliance plan but in time has the potential to scale across OIEC’s community of more than 43 million Catholic students at 210,000 schools in 102 countries. The new network will provide innovative software, services, training and access to technologies that will better prepare students for the jobs of the future.

By SuperUser Account on 5/25/2012 12:41 PM

Corporate technology managers must take time when deciding on Windows, Office upgrade path

By Juan Carlos Perez
May 25, 2012 06:00 AM ET
Microsoft's big upgrade year

IDG News Service - Microsoft is in the midst of an unprecedented, massive upgrade cycle for its enterprise software products, a refresh wave that represents a major challenge for CIOs and IT managers responsible for charting their companies' technology strategy.

Not only is Microsoft working on a major revamp of its flagship Windows operating system, but significant upgrades are coming to its Office products, the Explorer browser and a range of back-end enterprise products.

"There's definitely something unique going on here," said Ted Schadler, a Forrester Research analyst.

The current status and expected delivery dates of the various upgrades vary -- and in some cases, Microsoft hasn't yet provided specifics -- but the overall effort started last year and may carry over into 2013.

Unsurprisingly, the company is trumpeting the initiative with an intense marketing assault, and CIOs and IT directors must be ready to analyze the individual upgrades to decide which ones make sense for their companies.

"Microsoft is the strategic supplier. It's far and away the No. 1 most-used workforce technology. That makes it a critical supplier to the enterprise and every CIO needs to be extremely in touch with what Microsoft is doing," Schadler said.

Coming soon from Microsoft

Chief among the upgrades are new versions of Windows OSes for PCs, tablets, servers and possibly even phones. Microsoft says that Windows 8, now in beta testing, is a major revamp of the Windows 7 OS for PCs. It includes a new touch-optimized user interface called Metro designed for tablet devices, which have become popular among enterprise users.

new version of Internet Explorer (IE10), is also in progress, designed to take advantage of the new features and capabilities in Windows 8, particularly the Metro UI.

Microsoft is also revamping its Office family. The "Office 15" upgrade initiative,now in its early stages, will include new versions of productivity apps like Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and communications and collaboration products like Exchange/Outlook, Lync and SharePoint -- both on premise and as part of the cloud-hosted Office 365 suite.

By SuperUser Account on 4/18/2011 8:40 AM
Using Office 365, small businesses can be up and running with Office, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online in just 15 minutes.

REDMOND, Wash. — April 17, 2011 — David Kroenke has authored more than 15 undergraduate business technology textbooks over the past few decades, with titles including “Database Concepts” and, most recently, “Using MIS.” As a small-business owner working with a handful of co-writers, editors, designers and contractors, Kroenke often collaborated via telephone, email and file-sharing — and mailed printed copies of book drafts to his team for review. However, once he became a beta tester for Microsoft Office 365, it changed the way his business works.

Office 365 simplifies and integrates everyday work tasks.
Office 365 simplifies and integrates everyday work tasks.
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“I work out of two offices, and Office 365 saves me the hassle of tracking book files between so many different places,” said Kroenke. “I don’t have to wonder where I put everything, because it’s always available to me, no matter where I am.”

As soon as he heard about Office 365, Kroenke signed up for the limited beta program.

Office 365 Availability
Office 365 is on track to launch worldwide later this year. Today, people can secure a spot in the Office 365 public beta and learn more about the service at, and follow Office 365 on Twitter (@Office365), Facebook (Office 365), and the Office 365 blog for the latest information.
Customers can find information at the Office 365 Marketplace, and partners can submit new apps and solutions.

“Office 365 has opened up a whole new world of productivity for me — I feel like a kid in a candy shop,” said Kroenke.

“After using it for just a few weeks, Office 365 simplified my business, giving me more time to focus on the work that’s most important. We can brainstorm in real time, organize, and streamline the book-editing process. Office 365 gives small-business owners like me many of the tools we never had before.

“With just one click, I can show my co-worker a document I’m working on and make suggested changes while in a videoconference; we can even use a virtual whiteboard. My co-worker might be in Ohio, while I’m in Seattle, but we’re drawing on the same whiteboard, just like we’re sitting in the same room. That is just really, really cool,” said Kroenke.

Ready for Work, Whenever You Are

Small businesses around the world can now enjoy the benefits Kroenke described. Microsoft today announced the public beta of Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes. Office 365 was recently introduced in limited beta, bringing together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service. The public beta allows millions of people in more countries and more languages — a total of 38 markets and 17 languages in all — to try Office 365 for the first time.

By SuperUser Account on 11/30/2010 2:11 PM

 By Saad Fazil

Microsoft is on a roll: Its newly launched Windows Phone 7 isgaining momentum, and Kinect, its motion controller response to the Wii, is rumored to have sold out (although whether that rumor is true is another matter). If there was ever a time for Microsoft to get back on its feet and stand shoulder to shoulder with Apple and Google, this would be it.

This positive buzz comes at a time when Microsoft sorely needs it. Microsoft’s major source of power and revenue –  the Windows operating system –  is under an unprecedented threat on several fronts. First, as mobile phones become smarter, the Windows franchise will lose its dominance unless Microsoft can find a way to compete with Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. Second, as operating systems find their way into other connected devices such as Internet TV, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are getting all the buzz. Third, as the Internet becomes speedier and demand for cloud-based storage increases, web apps will become even more popular, making the Windows operating system even less relevant.

So what’s Microsoft doing to regain footing on these three fronts?

Despite arriving late to the party, Windows Phone 7 has received strong reviews so far, and while there are a few glaring omissions (such as the missing copy/paste function), on the whole it is a great leap forward from the antiquated Windows Mobile platform.

It’s too early to tell whether Windows Phone 7 can catch up in a market dominated by iOS and Android, but it has some clear advantages. Tighter integration with Microsoft Office, still the most dominant productivity suite, is one of them. Gaming is another.

By SuperUser Account on 11/25/2010 2:23 PM

By: Michael Muchmore, PC MagazineGoogle Docs on iPad

Google wants you to stop using Microsoft Office and move to its completely Web-based Docs service, and with each passing week the service gets richer and better performing. But just in case you're too devoted to the installed productivity suite leader, there's a next-best choice: Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, formerly DocVerse.

Google Cloud Connect is basically an Office plug-in that syncs documents with your cloud-based Google Docs account; it was made available to Google "trusted testers" on Monday. The Google Docs blog post making the announcement has been updated to note that available slots for prospective testers filled up within a few hours of the announcement. PCMag got early access to the software for a look.

Though the Connect plug-in won't give Office users all of the live collaboration features available in the Web version of Docs, it will offer a Sync button that will back up the document being worked on, make it available from anywhere via Google Docs, and assign it a unique URL. The toolbar also offers a Share button that sends this URL or gives rights to the document to Google contacts.

By SuperUser Account on 11/24/2010 10:00 AM
I was hunting around recently looking for a good online training service for one of our members when I found the following gold mine.  Maybe many of you already knew about this, but I didn’t, and it is yet another amazing resource that Microsoft has provided, but is a bit buried and hard to find.

Microsoft has its weaknesses, but one of them is Not Customer and Partner support material (IMHO).  You could argue that there often is no global hierarchy for organizaing and finding all of the resources available (often times they are siloed by MSFT team or group), but not that there isn’t enough.  I’m in the business of knowing these, and I find new ones every day

For example, I ran across this Youtube video last week that showcases something called the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework: I sent it to our developers and they were blown away by this free resource.

Anyway, I digress. ...
By SuperUser Account on 11/20/2010 10:22 AM

Microsoft Office 365 is coming….. as we have shouted almost daily lately.  For those of you who are curious, but have tons of questions, our good friends at Microsoft have provided a ton of resources.  One that is concise and to the point is the new Microsoft Office Transition Center. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Office 365?
A: Microsoft Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time, money and free up valued resources. Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop suite with online versions of Microsoft’s next generation communications and collaboration services: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online. With Office 365 we provide services that are easy to administer and simple to use – always backed up by robust security, reliability and control to run your business.

Q: When will Office 365 be available to customers?

A: Office 365 will be available for purchase in 2011. Please note that existing customers must be transitioned to Office 365 before it is available to them. Transition to Office 365 will be available to existing BPOS customers soon after availability of Office 365. Microsoft will work with all existing BPOS customers to determine the best time for the customer’s business to make the transition.

Q: What services and tools are included in Office 365?

A: Office 365 includes: Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Lync Online and the latest version of Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop suite.

By SuperUser Account on 11/16/2010 3:31 PM


Cloud computing is to business what the pocket calculator was to education back in the 1980s.  I’ve already  told you how I was addicted to the Cloud , and your now probably hearing about it daily.  So why should you be interested in this new buzz word.  Well, there are a couple reasons your ears should perk up when you here news about The Cloud, especially when it involves the Microsoft products your company has become dependent upon over the years like Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, or Microsoft Dynamics.

  1. Cost – costs usually include little to no up-front costs, and monthly per user costs moving forward.  This allows you to convert capital expenditure to operational expenditure which can lower the barrier to entry into new products and services.
  2. Freedom – your team can more easily access systems remotely and from multiple devices such as Mobile devices
  3. Reliability – cloud computing is ideal for business continuity and disaster recovery.
  4. Scalability – you get “on-demand” provisioning of resources on a self-serve basis in realtime.
  5. Maintenance - cloud computing application maintenance is done for you by the host, and changes and updates apply to all users independent of location.
By SuperUser Account on 10/19/2010 11:14 AM
Microsoft announces Office 365, a new service that brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 19, 2010 — With the announcement of Microsoft Office 365, the productivity power of the cloud just got a turbo boost for customers of all sizes. The new service brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.

Microsoft announces Office 365, a new service that brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.
Microsoft announces Office 365, a new service that brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.
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“Office 365 is more than a new brand. It’s a progressive approach to cloud applications,” said Kurt DelBene, president of the Microsoft Office Division. “We designed Office 365 to work for a business of one – or a business of one million and one.”

Any business will be able to transform the way it works with Office 365, and make it dramatically easier for people to connect to co-workers, partners, customers and the information that keeps business moving forward – instead of spending valuable time on technology management and maintenance.

For example, The Starwood Hotel chain, which owns Sheraton, St Regis, W, Westin and other properties around the world, will be able to use Office 365 to change how its regional managers work together. Each manager oversees 70 to 80 properties, making it impossible to be physically present in all company locations. With Office 365, Starwood managers will improve the performance of their properties, using Web conferencing with collaboration and messaging technology. This will change how the company implements promotions, trains new employees, and shares its best practices, while saving money. Managers will be in multiple locations virtually, creating better customer and employee interaction and satisfaction.

Office 365 changes the rules

Kurt DelBene, President, Microsoft Office Division.
Kurt DelBene, President, Microsoft Office Division.
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To date, only the largest businesses have been able to take advantage of modern, enterprise-caliber IT solutions. Office 365 changes that. No longer will enterprise technologies be reserved for traditional office workers and the larger organizations that can afford their own data centers. Instead, organizations of all sizes and people in all types of jobs will use enterprise-grade collaboration tools, social networks and unified communications to improve the way they work – and never again be trapped behind the firewall or on applications from last decade. In a few clicks, a small business can get enterprise-caliber productivity applications, an expansive capacity to grow, and a team of IT and security experts on its side. It’s not realistic for a small company to acquire these resources on its own, but delivered at scale, customers can get these solutions at a dramatically lower cost – saving 10-50% over comparable alternatives.

Any type of business can use the cloud service too. At The HerbFarm, a Northwest restaurant ranked regularly as one of the best in the United States, the manager of guest services doubles as the IT lead. With Office 365, he’ll be able to focus on his “day job” and let Microsoft focus on the technology – all while enabling better collaboration. For example, the team will be able to communicate more efficiently between a sous chef at the local market and a team at the restaurant to set the day’s menu based on the freshest produce and fish available at the moment. A delicious meal will be prepared for customers in real time – helping a local chef create a world-class dining experience.

Office 365 means speed and scale


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