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  • Blog Post: Welcome to Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 Day 2! Some things to know…

    Welcome to Day 2 of Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 in Washington, D.C.! For those of you that joined us yesterday, the conference got started off with a lot of excitement, energy, and great information in our series of keynotes, followed by a full day of sessions and meetings. If you are not here...
  • Blog Post: The Big Easy 10 Offer is back! Claim your money now.

    Several years ago, we introduced a The Big Easy Offer, a program that provides Microsoft partner subsidy dollars to companies that purchase qualifying Microsoft products through various Volume Licensing programs, such as the Open Business, Open Value, and Open Value Subscription programs. Since that...
  • Blog Post: How to Sell Office 365 through Open License and Full Packaged Product – What Partners Need To Know

    Back in January, I put up a post Announcing Office 365 through Open and the New Office availability! In there I mentioned the announcement we had made about the upcoming availability of Office 365 through Open, which is an incredibly exciting opportunity for our partners everywhere that have been asking...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Office 365 through Open and the New Office availability! Info and resources for you.

    Yesterday, we announced the release of Office 365 Home Premium , which is a reinvention of Microsoft’s Office product line for consumers. The new offering includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: The top posts of 2011, and of all time

    Welcome to 2012, everyone! I certainly hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and New Year’s Day. To kick off the 2012 year, I thought it might be fun to look back at 2011 quickly to see which of the posts here on the blog you all came to and visited the most. With that, below is a list of the top...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: You only have 5 weeks left to take advantage of the Big Easy Offer in the U.S. and Canada!

    As I have mentioned here on the blog several times in the past, the Big Easy Offer is always one that is a favorite among partners whenever it is in market due to the fact that it translated directly into dollars that their customers can use to do more business with them based on deals they close during...
  • Blog Post: Some of the top information you may have missed

    As I have mentioned here in the past, I look to share information with partners across a variety of platforms, some of which include: my Blog , my Twitter account , and my LinkedIn account . Through these various communications, I often share links to a variety of resources, information, downloads, and...
  • Blog Post: Big Easy Offer 2011–It’s back!

    Here is some great news that the U.S.Team has announced for all of the partners in the U.S. – The Big Easy Offer is now back in market and runs from today, May 2nd, until June 30, 2011! As you probably know, the Big Easy Offer has been a very popular offer among partners in the U.S. based on the way...
  • Blog Post: How to get 50%* off your Microsoft Office Professional Plus payment this year

    How many of you remember the former offer we ran that provided you with up to 50% off your first year payment of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 if you had a qualifying version of Microsoft Office already that ended at the end of 2010? What if I told you that right now you could get the 50%*...
  • Blog Post: Making Money with Open Value and Open Value Subscription–March 18th

    I am very excited to get a chance to connect with the Microsoft partners in the U.S. West Region again this week when I will be joining the Microsoft U.S. West Region SMS&P Team on Friday for their monthly partner call to present on a topic that I get questions on frequently, and used to get when...
  • Blog Post: Yes, the Microsoft Big Easy Offer is back and going on now!

    For the partners in the U.S. and Canada, you may recall when we first launched the Big Easy Offer: The Big Easy Offer is now live on Microsoft Incentives and since that day, the Big Easy Offer has continued to be a favorite among customers and partners.  The Big Easy provides a way for customers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft 50%* off N-2 promotion continued through end of 2010

    You asked for it and you’ve got it!  Ever since the original announcement at the beginning of 2010 that Microsoft would be expanding the list of qualifying products for the 50%* upfront discount through our Open Value Subscription program to include versions that are two versions old (N-2), the...
  • Blog Post: Expanded N-2 product download availability on VLSC (Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center)

    Here is some great news for our volume licensing customers who may need access to older versions of some of their Microsoft products.  In September, several N-2 versions of products will be available for download on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) site.  Currently, with...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) Update on July 22nd

    To keep you updated on the latest round of updates coming to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center, I am posting a quick update here to let you know about some modifications we will be making to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Website on Thursday, July 22nd. The Microsoft Volume Licensing Service...
  • Blog Post: Join us for the Annuity and Renewal session at WPC10

    Want a chance to hear from your peers on how they are building very successful annuity practices in their businesses as well as having the opportunity to have an open Q&A session with them to ask your specific questions about how they have overcome obstacles, built their success, resources they use...
  • Blog Post: The “Big Easy” Offer is back! But for a very limited time…

    Over the years, one of the very popular offers we’ve had in market from time to time is the “Big Easy” offer which allows you to not only receive a partner subsidy check from Microsoft when you acquire Microsoft technology solutions, but it also allows you to increase the amount you receive for each...
  • Blog Post: What qualifies for the Office Up-to-date 50%* discount (UTD) now that Office 2010 is out?

    In January, I put up a post announcing the expansion of the Up-to-date (UTD) 50%*discount offer through Open Value Subscription being expanded to include two prior versions (N-2) through June, 2010 as well as “ How the Microsoft 50%* Up-to-date discount works .” In the announcement post I included the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Open License Basics – What are the different Open License Programs?

    What are the different Open License Programs, what are the differences, and who are they for? This is a relatively common set of questions I have seen over the years, and one that you have probably seen addressed in some fashion on the blog over the years in various different posts. Let me provide a...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Open License Basics – A New Series I’ll Be Posting On The Blog

    Over the past several weeks, I have been speaking with many Partners and customers through the Blog, on the phone, through email, on Twitter, on Facebook, face to face, and more about various items relating to the Open Licensing Programs that Microsoft offers. Several of the conversations have begun...
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