The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.
With this blog post we want to draw your attention to some key assets that were made available:
Steve Ballmer announced this week the new Office. Explore the keynote here.
Get Office Customer Preview here.
Get your Office 365 Tenant here.
Get the Exchange/Lync/Sharepoint server bits here.
More information on Technet is available here.
More information on MSDN is available here.
Please already bookmark our key events after holiday:
- 2012 Partner Connect (Sales Event) 11th October
- Partner Bootcamp Week ‘The One and Only’ 16th – 18th October
- October 16th Exchange & Office 365 “What’s New” Technical training Register now!
October 17th SharePoint & Office 365 SMB Technical training Register now!
October 18th Lync Community Technical Training Register now!
October 19th SharePoint Enterprise “What’s New” Technical training Register now!
You can find an overview of all technical and sales readiness activities concerning Office Next and reserve already your seat at the Office Next Partner Page.
Enjoy Office Next & Enjoy your Holiday!
Build a Services Practice to Fast Track Your Business
Practice Accelerator (PA) is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. PA is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting. PA enables you to identify customer requirements, analyze their needs, scope projects, plan solution requirements, and deploy Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator can help you build your business capacity. The complete, reusable documentation set includes project guides, templates, architecture guidance, and planning and design guides, as well as leave-behind materials for your customers.
PRACTICE ACCELERATOR FOR OFFICE 365
Become ready to help your customers transition to the cloud with Practice Accelerator for Microsoft Office 365. Office 365 takes the industry’s most recognized set of productivity and collaboration tools and delivers them as a subscription service. With these cloud services, your customers’ organizations can lower overall costs and deliver the right set of tools for the right users, all with appropriate layers of security and compliance.
You can use your Partner Advisory Hours to pay for Practice Accelerator. Ten advisory hours will be deducted from your organization upon registration.
FREE FOR CLOUD ESSENTIALS & CLOUD ACCELERATE PARTNERS
DELIVERY INFORMATION Cost – 10 Partner Advisory Hours (Partner Advisory Hours are the payment method for Practice Accelerator). Cloud Essential and Cloud Accelerate Partners can participate in this Practice Accelerator at no cost.
Attendees –Participants should have basic to intermediate (100- 200) technical level in the solution, but we recommend a 200 level to get the most out of Practice Accelerator.
Delivery method – PA for Office 365 is presented by Microsoft experts via Microsoft Office Live Meeting for 4 hours per day over 4 consecutive days (totaling 16 hours). Daily outline can be found by clicking HERE.
We believe that many companies out there still have questions and second thoughts when it comes to Cloud. That’s why we are setting up some Azure lunches, open for all and free to attend. The set-up is simple: we’ll bring the food, you bring some thoughts.
During the lunches, Azure Microsofties will be available to think with you about your questions. Our hope is to inspire you and help you with your next step into the Cloud. So why not spend your lunch time at Microsoft – Here are a few dates we’re proposing, pick one and Register Now
- Thursday 23/02
- Thursday 08/03
- Thursday 22/03
- Thursday 05/04
- Thursday 19/04
- Thursday 03/05
- Thursday 17/05
In case you have a problem when registering – just send a short mail to email@example.com with your date of preference. Feel free to bring along a customer, partner or friend. The lunches are open for all !
Ps: max 6 persons per lunch
If you work with small and medium business (SMB) customers, you know they have specific needs. In many cases they also face limitations on time, resources, and even budget.
To guide you through sales conversations with this unique market segment, I’ve outlined a few key priorities and products you can focus on. Here are some recommendations on training and readiness to get you up to speed:
First, lead with the cloud. It’s a buzz word for a reason! Cloud solutions enable businesses of all sizes to reduce overhead and storage costs. This is an especially vital selling point for your SMB customers.
There’s real value for you as a Microsoft partner. Those who lead with the cloud earn more revenue from on-premise product deployments of Microsoft technology.
Get more training through this Cloud Sales Training – SMB Partners learning path.
Next, pull through Small Business Server. This is the optimal server platform solution for your SMB customers because it’s affordable, and simplifies small business IT. Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is a great option for businesses with up to 25 users. It enables those customers to organize and access business info from virtually anywhere — safely. Small Business Server 2011 Essentials integrates with cloud technology — providing a way of seamlessly introducing the server into a cloud conversation. Check out this Windows Small Business Server 2011 Sales learning path as a starting point.
Finally, continue to sell Microsoft Office 2010 with Windows 7. They work better together to help your SMB customers optimize the desktop, work and collaborate better, stay productive anywhere, and protect their work. We have learning paths for both Office 2010 and Windows 7 to help you get started.
Questions on readiness for selling to SMBs? Ask Brigitte Hayes !
Lync MCM Insights: Volume 1 Available Today in the Partner Learning Center!
Join us for a deep 300 level technical training on Lync Server 2010, presented to you by Lync MCM experts. The Lync MCM Insights video series will come in three volumes. In volume one’s video series, the first five sessions cover the fundamentals of a Lync system. Lync Internals covers the basics of the Lync client and Lync server. The Lync client section focuses on the sign-in process, provisioning and web service interactions. Whereas, the Lync server section covers the Central Management Store, certificates, user replicator, and several other core server functions. The Lync Edge webinar covers functionality of the three core Edge roles along with the Reverse Proxy. Hardware Load Balancers and Lync Directors are also covered in the Edge session. The Conferencing webinar covers key roles of Lync Conferencing such as the focus, focus factory, and MCUs. The conferencing lifecycle and meeting join process are also covered in the conferencing session. The final webinar covers Lync Migration and Coexistence. This session covers the step by step phases involved in migrated from OCS to Lync, including how to approach a user pilot and performing key post-migration steps.
This training is perfect for those who want to get advanced technical knowledge on Lync, after taking the basic training through Lync Ignite or the MCTS and MCITP related Microsoft Official Courseware. Additionally this is a great prerequisite training towards enrolling in the Lync Masters Certification.
Exam 74-322 Microsoft Lync Server 2010—Advanced Design and Deployment Beta Exam is Live! Increase your Lync expertise and offer greater differentiation in the marketplace, with the new Microsoft Lync Server 2010—Advanced Design and Deployment Exam (available March/April). Select partners will be invited to take the beta exam, at no charge, and if you pass you will receive credit on your Prometrics transcript. This exam will be required in the Microsoft Communications Gold competency, starting October 2012, so get started today! See here for more details.
Click here to take the Beta exam today! (Search by exam title and use the code “lync322” to take this exam for free).
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