After the great success of Office 365 Open program, Microsoft today announced the new Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program at the Worldwide Partners Conference held today. As part of this program, Microsoft’s partners will be able to directly provision customer subscriptions and provide one monthly bill for both Partner and Microsoft services. It will also allow them to directly manage their customer subscriptions with in-product tools in the Partner Admin Center and own the technical support relationship. The new program will open up interesting opportunities for our partners including distributors, MSPs, ISVs and hosting providers to package their solutions with Microsoft cloud offerings. Beginning with Office 365 and Windows Intune, the Cloud Solution Provider program will be rolled out to select partners in 48 countries over the next 12 months. We will continue to expand this platform to all of our cloud offerings, including Microsoft Azure, Dynamics CRM Online and more. Read more ...

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Speaking at WPC, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner announced that they are already working on the next major release of Windows while listening to feedback from all sections of the users.  he also revealed that the upcoming Windows version will have a game changing features for the enterprise. We have no idea what he is specifically talking about, but it could be related to app compatibility story. Microsoft might allow enterprise to run any legacy app without any special virtualization software in the Windows. Again, this is my guess based on few of their patents in the recent time related to running different OS at the same time on a device while another hypervisor OS managing it. Windows Threshold is also expected to have updated Modern UI framework. Do you have any guesses for what that game changing feature might be? ...

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Last week, Microsoft announced their partnership with Salesforce.com in which Salesforce can be now integrated with Office 365 and you can host Salesforce apps on Azure. Even though it is a win-win situation, Microsoft Dynamics partners are not so happy about this deal. Microsoft Dynamics is the competing CRM product against Salesforce and it has lost one of the main advantages of having an easy integration with Office 365. Since both Dynamics and Salesforce has Office 365 now, Dynamics partners will have hard time convincing their customers. According to R “Ray” Wang, principle analyst at Constellation Research, after the deal was announced dozens of Microsoft partners he advises expressed displease with the news. “They were pissed!” Wang said. But analyst claims that Dynamics will still be the best choice for Microsoft shops, Are there concerns justified? Yes and no, Wang says. The reality is Dynamics and Salesforce are the two big ...

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Microsoft today announced a new way for businesses to license Microsoft Azure through partners. This new licensing program will enable partners to gain  benefits of Microsoft Volume Licensing, flexible monetary payments, and additional opportunities. Previously, there were two options for purchasing Microsoft Azure, either on www.azure.microsoft.com or as part of an Enterprise Agreement (EA) with Microsoft. Through the Open Licensing program, Azure will now be available through another familiar licensing option that offers the benefits of Microsoft Volume Licensing, flexible monetary payments, and additional opportunities for you to grow margins and deepen customer relationships. When you resell Azure in Open Licensing, you purchase tokens from your preferred Distributor and apply the credit to the customer’s Azure Portal in increments of $100. The credits can be used for any consumption-based service available in Azure. To add more credit, you simply purchase new tokens and add them to the account. This gives ...

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Microsoft has organized Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 in Washington, D.C. from July 13-17 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. At WPC 2014, Microsoft’s partners can grow their professional network and their business by networking, learning business building best practices, and honing their expertise with Microsoft solutions. They can learn how Microsoft is betting big on the five trends of the modern IT industry—Cloud, Data, Leadership, Mobility, and Social—and discover where opportunities exist for their business to expand. Even though the conference is open to anyone who gets the passes, Microsoft every year restricts employees of certain companies from attending their events. Last year’s list included Google, Salesforce and VMWare. This year, Microsoft has added Amazon to the list. It is not a surprising move from Microsoft given the fact that they are competing against each other in Cloud Computing industry. The following companies and their employees and representatives are excluded from pre-purchasing ...

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Today Lenovo introduced two new additions to its FLEX family of dual mode laptops with the new FLEX 2 laptops available in 14 and 15.6-in models. The laptops have the ability traditional laptop in “laptop mode” or to be used in “stand mode” by flipping the keyboard underneath the screen 300 degrees. Both models come with 1080p full HD widescreen displays with 10-finger multi-touch. They both come with an optional backlit keyboard. On the inside, these models will be available in a couple of different options: Up to 4th generation Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce graphics OR up to AMD A8 APU processor and Radeon R5 M230 graphics. They also come with three different storage options: Up to 1TB of hard drive or hybrid SSHD storage or up to 256 GB SSD storage. For audio, stereo speaks with Dolby Advanced Audio v2 technology and an optional dual array digital microphone “The new FLEX ...

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