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Free Microsoft Office training, resources and more. How to get them.
Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure to spend time in the afternoon visiting with one of our customers located here in the local area. It was a great opportunity to tour their facilities, talk with the key stakeholders of the company, learn more about their operations, hear about the prior, current...
17 Sep 2013
Almost 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks, covering Windows 7, Windows 8, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 365, Office Web Apps, Windows Server 2012, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2012, SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2013,
FREE! Now there’s a word that everyone can get excited about, right? Well, after looking at the results of the three “Free Microsoft eBooks” posts I have shared here this fiscal year (Microsoft’s fiscal year is July 1 – June 30), it is amazing to see the excitement that has come about from them and the...
28 Jun 2013
The Big Easy Offer is back, and don’t forget about Cloud Easy too!
Last month I told you about the “Cloud Easy” partner subsidy program that was announced and launched for partners in the United States. As I mentioned at the time, Cloud Easy is very similar to the very popular “Big Easy Offer,” only it is specifically aligned with our Microsoft online solutions. Well...
2 Oct 2012
Free Introducing Microsoft Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition eBook now available for download in PDF, MOBI, and EPUB editions
Last month I put up a series of two posts here on the blog providing you with access to over 80 FREE Microsoft eBooks that you can download in a variety of formats, covering topics from: SharePoint, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 365, Windows 8, Azure, Cloud, Windows Phone, Lync, Dynamics CRM, Duet...
7 Sep 2012
Announcing Virtual Chat, Dynamic Updating, and more now in the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App v3.0
As you know, the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App was originally launched with the concept of helping you, our Microsoft partners, more easily find and connect with information here at Microsoft. With the new 3.0 version of the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App, which is now available in the Windows...
8 Aug 2012
Another large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks and Resource Kits for you, including: SharePoint 2013, Office 2013, Office 365, Duet 2.0, Azure, Cloud, Windows Phone, Lync, Dynamics CRM, and more.
Last week, I put up my Large Collection of Free Microsoft eBooks post (60+ eBooks) here on the blog and the response and feedback I am receiving about it is incredibly positive about how much you liked it. Because of this, I thought I would put up this follow-up post which includes even more free Microsoft...
30 Jul 2012
Large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you, including: SharePoint, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Office 365, Office 2010, SQL Server 2012, Azure, and more.
Throughout the year I try to share resources and information with you that I think will be helpful for you. Often times these resources will include links to free eBooks that we make available on a variety of topics. Today, I thought I would post a large collection of eBooks for you here so that you...
27 Jul 2012
Microsoft Office training courses, online training, downloadable training, shortcuts, how to’s and more
The other day I put up my Microsoft Office 2010 “How To” Skills Builder Video Series post here on the blog, which includes several collections of “How-to” video series for Microsoft Office 2010. In there, I mentioned that I would be providing additional Microsoft Office training information for you shortly...
27 Jun 2012
2012 Microsoft Partner Of the Year Award Winners and Finalists Announced! Congratulations to you all!
Today, Microsoft announced the 2012 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists. These winners and finalists were selected from nearly 3,000 entries coming in from over 100 countries! Wow, that’s an impressive number of submissions, partners! Thank you to all of you that submitted your...
25 Jun 2012
Microsoft Office 2010 “How To” Skills Builder Video Series
Are you new to Microsoft Office 2010, or maybe you have been using Microsoft Office 2010 for years and are looking to expand your knowledge and proficiency in using Microsoft Office to do more? Either way, you should check out the free Skills Builder video series from the Microsoft Office Team that provides...
25 Jun 2012
Microsoft Partner Info V2.7 brings pinning, support, more perspectives, a new look, and more
Today the new 2.7 version of the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App released to the Microsoft Windows Phone Marketplace and brings with it a collection of new additions to the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App. First, let me offer my thanks to all of you that have been submitting your input and feedback...
30 Apr 2012
How to recover that un-saved Microsoft Office Excel, Word, or PowerPoint file you closed before saving
Have you ever started a new Microsoft Office Excel, Word, or PowerPoint file and been getting pretty far along when you accidentally close the document before saving it (or lose power and the computer shuts down, etc.)? Here’s a helpful little tip for any of you out there that happen to find yourself...
20 Apr 2012
A single list of Microsoft April Security downloads by product
Following the publishing of my Microsoft April 2012 Security Bulletin posted post this morning, it didn’t take too long until I received the following inquiry: “Do you have a single list of the actual downloads for the security updates by product?” Well, I didn’t at the time but thought I’d put one together...
11 Apr 2012
Microsoft April 2012 Security Bulletin posted
This week, Microsoft posted the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2012, which includes updates for products such as Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, .Net Framework, SQL Server, Forefront, and Microsoft Developer Tools. This summary includes the following Bulletin IDs: Microsoft...
11 Apr 2012
The Big Easy Offer extended in Canada through May 31st, so be sure to get your money!
Recently, I let you all know about the Big Easy Offer and how to participate in it in my Money, money, money! Are you claiming yours through the Big Easy offer? post. One thing I called out in the post, to help avoid confusion, is the fact that the Big Easy 8.0 offer page states that only the U.S. offer...
10 Apr 2012
Money, money, money! Are you claiming yours through the Big Easy offer?
In case you missed the news, the Big Easy Offer is back! Yes, The Big Easy Offer 8 is now in market, enabling your clients to receive a subsidy payout of up to 30% for additional purchases of Microsoft software licenses or associated services. For those of you that have been around awhile, you know that...
6 Apr 2012
How to get your WPC 2012 Partner Award nominations in now. Time is running out!
With each passing day, we get another day closer to Worldwide Partner Conference 2012, which is July 8-12th in Toronto this year. I absolutely love Worldwide Partner Conference and it is by far my favorite conference of the year! What is also getting closer with each passing day is the deadline to get...
30 Mar 2012
Help! What/where are the key Microsoft partner social media connection points?
Last night, I received an online ping via social media from The VAR Guy (@TheVARGuy ) asking for a little direction and assistance from a social media perspective when it comes to navigating and following the information coming out of Microsoft. After all, I don’t think you will find many people that...
27 Mar 2012
What you may be missing: Resources from March 2-9 and who’s sharing what
From week to week, I share a bunch of different content across a multitude of my various online presences, such as through my blog , my Twitter account , my LinkedIn account , and my Facebook account . Across these different online resources, the content shared is not always the same, nor is everything...
12 Mar 2012
Final week to take advantage of these Microsoft offers
As we approach the end of 2011 and the beginning of the new 2012 year, many people are in the process of taking care of last minute items to close out the year. As you are going through those lists of things to get in before the end of the year, I wanted to make sure that you remembered the Microsoft...
27 Dec 2011
Microsoft Partner Info V 2.3 is now live in Windows Phone Marketplace
Overnight, the new V 2.3 version of the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App for Windows Phone went live in the Windows Phone Marketplace. For those of you that currently have a previous version of the Microsoft Partner Info Mobile App installed on your phone, you too probably received the update notice...
18 Nov 2011
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5 Beta Now Available
Looking to simplify your cloud migration planning? If so, you will want to check out the newly released Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5 Beta. This new version of the MAP Toolkit brings several new features to help you in your cloud migration planning, including: Hyper-V Cloud Fast...
25 Oct 2011
The Big Easy Offer is back! Partner subsidy funds are waiting for you.
Once again, one of the most popular promotions that we have offered over the years, the Big Easy Offer , is back! That’s right, the Big Easy Offer that provides a subsidy check to customers who make qualifying license purchases that they can they use with a Microsoft partner of their choice for implementation...
20 Sep 2011
Microsoft Partner Info V 2.2 mobile app now on Windows Phone Marketplace
Since the initial V 1.0 release of the Microsoft Partner Info mobile app in May, it has continued to evolve in terms of interface and information that it brings directly to the phones of partners everywhere based on input and feedback we have received from our partners on what they would like to see...
7 Sep 2011
How to see what eLearning courses you get included in your Software Assurance benefits
As many of you are probably already aware (and if you’re not, you should be), one of the very beneficial benefits included with Software Assurance is a benefit called “ eLearning .” In fact, training is one of the very beneficial Software Assurance benefits that is underutilized by many clients. Here...
30 Aug 2011
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