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New Microsoft Business and Technology Assessment Toolkit launched

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New Microsoft Business and Technology Assessment Toolkit launched

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You may remember the Small Business Tech Assessment Toolkit that came out last year and received some great reviews by Partners.  Well, the new Microsoft Business and Technology Assessment Toolkit has just been released and includes some fantastic new features and information!


Here are just some of the highlights:


  • Easy installation and self-updating features.
  • New assessments that allow deeper evaluation of your customers’ server, mobile, and desktop needs and help you identify solutions using technologies based on Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2, Windows Mobile, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and Microsoft Windows Vista.
  • A customizable question bank that allows you to tailor assessments to your customers’ specific needs.
  • A Windows-based platform that’s compatible with both Microsoft Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

There is also the “Assess and Win” promotion going on right now where you can win a free copy of SBS 2003 R2 Standard when you complete five technology assessments and submit them online.


Download your copy of the new Toolkit today.


Also, Mike Iem and I will be presenting a four-part webcast series around SBS and the Toolkit like we did with the Fast Track series last year.  The sessions are not posted on MS Readiness yet, but should be going live soon to register for.


  • Session 1: (February 26th @ 8:00 am and 1:00 pm PST) Windows SBS 2003 R2 Overview and Optimizing the Sales Process
  • Session 2: (February 27th @ 8:00 am and 1:00 pm PST) Microsoft Business and Technology Assessment Toolkit
  • Session 3: (February 28th @ 8:00 am and 1:00 pm PST) Licensing as a Revenue Generator for Your SBS 2003 R2 Business
  • Session 4: (March 1st @ 8:00 am and 1:00 pm PST) Realizing the Value of Mobility and SharePoint Services V3

Thank you and have a wonderful day,


Eric Ligman
Microsoft US Senior Manager
Small Business Community Engagement
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights

  • It looks like the Toolkit is not just "compatible" with Office 2007; it REQUIRES it:

    "Note: InfoPath 2007 is required for the English-language toolkit. It’s included with the 2007 Microsoft Office system in the January 2007 Microsoft Action Pack, and Microsoft Certified and Gold Certified Partner Boxes."

    Your blog of January 20 estimated Action Pack shipments in North America on January 19 and expedited shipping to arrive within 5 days. I'm still waiting for mine. Any updates on the timeframe?

  • Be forewarned, if you're doing the English language download, it won't let you download or install it unless you're already running InfoPath 2007. (If you're like me, your Action Pack hasn't arrived, so you're SOL.)  You can't even download it for future installation because the utility checks your machine first to see if you've met the requirements, and if not, it terminates the install.

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  • Found on the Microsoft Small Business Channel Community Blog : New Microsoft Business and Technology

  • When you get your Action Pack, make sure you do a complete install of InfoPath 2007, including the .NET 2.0 programability piece, or the tool won't download or install correctly.

    If you do not have this installed, the error you get will tell you that System.AddIn.Contract needs to be added to the Global Assembly Catalog (GAC).

  • Back at the end of January I posted about the launch of the new Business and Technology Assessment Toolkit.

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