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CRM Online Learning Paths on MPN

If you’re a partner considering where to start to learn more about CRM Online, the MPN learning...

Author: chrisp Date: 12/22/2014

Microsoft UK Partners - Getting Started with Dynamics CRM Online

Microsoft Partners have Internal Use Rights (IUR) available to use Dynamics CRM Online dependent on...

Author: chrisp Date: 08/22/2014

Quantifying Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Exchange Online and Office 365 versus On Premises Solutions

One of the most common points of debate that gets raised when I am talking to Microsoft partners and...

Author: chrisp Date: 06/19/2014

Microsoft Office 365 Partner Web Banner and Microsite Kit

As a Microsoft partner, if you’ve ever wanted to host an Office 365 microsite from a banner within...

Author: chrisp Date: 11/28/2013

Clippy Returns!

Hey, it looks like you’re writing an instant message – do you need help with that? Thought not but...

Author: chrisp Date: 12/05/2012

Find Your Perfect Partner With PinPoint

Microsoft have today launched a new customer facing business website in the UK with a direct link to...

Author: chrisp Date: 06/28/2012

Office 365 for Education – UK Availability

Details of the UK availability, plans and pricing for Office 365 for Education are now available on...

Author: chrisp Date: 06/28/2012

I’ve just been reading the November 2011 edition of the SpiceWorks Voice of IT “State of SMB IT”...

Author: chrisp Date: 11/17/2011

Preparing for Microsoft Exams and Certifications

If you’re looking for a quick and easy guide to passing Microsoft certification examinations, you...

Author: chrisp Date: 10/05/2011

Office 365 – Jump Start Kit on TechNet Edge

If you’re in need of some quality technical content for Office 365, you could do worse than look at...

Author: chrisp Date: 07/26/2011

Interactive Guides to Help Transition to the Office 2010 Ribbon

If you are having trouble transitioning to the ribbon interface in Office 2010, have no fear, the...

Author: chrisp Date: 03/14/2011

Looking to Achieve a Microsoft Competency? These Training Guides Should Help!

This site is a great reference point that provides insight into how to prepare and pass the...

Author: chrisp Date: 01/27/2011

Free Microsoft Antivirus for Home and Small Business PC

Did you know that as a home user or a small business with up to ten PCs, free antivirus is available...

Author: chrisp Date: 01/17/2011

Internal Software Usage Rights for Microsoft Partners

If you're a Microsoft partner, from 1st November 2010, the internal usage licensing rights for...

Author: chrisp Date: 12/02/2010

Office 2010 Translation Services

I’m a big fan of Outlook and Word 2010, I particularly like the ease in which you can handle...

Author: chrisp Date: 06/03/2010

Using Visio 2010 and SharePoint 2010 to Share Network Diagrams

Good to see that the Visio 2010 Add-in for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 R2 is now...

Author: chrisp Date: 06/01/2010

Windows Azure Platform & Scrabble

Technorati Tags: Cloud,Windows Azure,SQL Azure I’m convinced that I use phrases and therefore put...

Author: chrisp Date: 05/26/2010

In the UK, We're All In...What's All In? - A Microsoft Cloud Services UK Roadmap

I've just published a Microsoft UK Cloud Services roadmap titled "We're All In...What's All In?" -...

Author: chrisp Date: 04/15/2010

Excel Conditional Formatting Demo File

A few folk asked me for my Excel file today during a Live Meeting I delivered... Here's the link:...

Author: chrisp Date: 11/17/2009

Introducing Microsoft Office 2010

There’s a great series of eleven short Silverlight videos from the Microsoft product team with...

Author: chrisp Date: 07/21/2009

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview

The Microsoft Office 2010 “limited” technical preview, due in July 2009 has a waitlist which you can...

Author: chrisp Date: 05/12/2009

ServerQuest II – A Day in a Geeks Life

Here’s a neat little online game which can also be a great pointer to some valuable resources. ...

Author: chrisp Date: 05/07/2009

Windows 7 Release Candidate Available

I spent a day recently upgrading my PC’s to Windows7.  That’s my home Media Center, my work...

Author: chrisp Date: 05/06/2009

2007 Microsoft Office System Service Pack 2

If you feel the need to gain an understanding of what is going to be contained in Service Pack 2 for...

Author: chrisp Date: 04/21/2009

Ferrari Website Built on SharePoint

From Scuderia to Store, Community to News, there’s a whole host of droolable content over on the new...

Author: chrisp Date: 04/03/2009

SharePoint Designer 2007 Now Available as Free Download

SharePoint Designer is now available as a free download from Microsoft. SharePoint Designer can be...

Author: chrisp Date: 04/03/2009

VS 2008 Extensions for SharePoint - March 2009 CTP Released

The March 2009 CTP Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint are now available.  You can...

Author: chrisp Date: 03/20/2009

SharePoint, Customisation and Sample Master Pages

Here's another screencast I've recorded which shows how to apply the sample custom master pages...

Author: chrisp Date: 03/18/2009

SharePoint, People, Personalisation and MySite

Here's another screencast I've recorded which shows some of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server...

Author: chrisp Date: 03/16/2009

SharePoint, Collaboration and Workflow

Here's another screencast I've recorded which shows some of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server...

Author: chrisp Date: 03/13/2009

Insight Into FAST Search and SharePoint Roadmap

The roadmap for SharePoint Search and FAST enterprise search integration got an update today. In...

Author: chrisp Date: 03/05/2009

SharePoint and 64 bit (x64) Development

I've been struggling to develop anything on my 64bit Windows Server 2008 box for a while now, mainly...

Author: chrisp Date: 02/04/2009

Here's another screencast I've recorded which shows some of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server...

Author: chrisp Date: 01/29/2009

Microsoft ROI Calculators (from Nucleus Research)

The following tools may be useful to help build business case and justification with regards to...

Author: chrisp Date: 01/28/2009

SharePoint, Business Process & Forms

Here's a little screencast I've recorded showing a demonstration of some of the Microsoft Office...

Author: chrisp Date: 01/23/2009

Demo Showcase 2008 SMB Edition

The Demo Showcase 2008 SMB Edition is now available for download. This is a set of 4 comprehensive...

Author: chrisp Date: 08/26/2008

Online Windows Small Business Server 2008 Training Webcasts

Some great, free SBS2008 webcasts coming soon, a series of 8!   WES02PAL:  Windows SBS...

Author: chrisp Date: 08/07/2008

Four UK Microsoft SQL Server and BI Courses Available Now!

The Partner Readiness team is pleased to announce the delivery schedule of the following courses SQL...

Author: chrisp Date: 07/22/2008

Need to Navigate Microsoft?

Microsoft is a big company.  Actually, Microsoft is a huge company!  And one of the most...

Author: chrisp Date: 07/21/2008

Small Business Server 2008

Folks have been asking whether or not there will be a small business version of Windows Server 2008,...

Author: chrisp Date: 05/07/2008

Get a Free Business Web Site!

Are you running a small business? Did you know that when you sign up to Microsoft Office Live Small...

Author: chrisp Date: 04/09/2008

The Danger of Blogging on Behalf of Your Company

Another gem from the bLaugh team about the dangers of business blogging... True? A few of the people...

Author: chrisp Date: 04/07/2008

Microsoft Office Accounting 2008 - UK

Microsoft Office Accounting is an easy to use, comprehensive accounting package that works with...

Author: chrisp Date: 04/04/2008

Product Demonstration Resource for ALL Microsoft Partners!!!

The Microsoft Partner Demo Showcase download has been extended to include Deep Dive/Product virtual...

Author: chrisp Date: 02/07/2008

Profile Your Office System Solution!

If, as a Microsoft Partner, you are currently building a solution that uses Open XML, then we want...

Author: chrisp Date: 12/12/2007

Get Open Office for Free with Java RunTime Update!

A novel new update from Sun... Free OpenOffice with every Java RunTime update... Before you’re...

Author: chrisp Date: 10/15/2007

If You Know What it is, don't Turn Back

A great thing happened yesterday...I saw a smorgasbord :) I remember the first time I came across...

Author: chrisp Date: 09/27/2007

Simpsonize Yourself!!!

You absolutely completely and utterly have to!!! So, to create your own persona that could be ready...

Author: chrisp Date: 08/01/2007

VOiP As You Are

Ever seen two elderly PBXs talking about their future plans..? Me neither until I watched this!...

Author: chrisp Date: 07/31/2007

Demo Showcase 2007 Sales/Technical Training

If you don't know what the Demo Showcase is or don't understand what it can do for your business,...

Author: chrisp Date: 07/23/2007

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