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Microsoft Office Mobile 6.1: Upgrade for Microsoft Office 2007 file formats

Microsoft Office 2007 introduced new Open XML-based file formats for Office applications. These new file formats reduce file size, improve security and reliability, and enhance integration with external sources. To allow Windows Mobile users to work with Office documents created in the Open XML formats, Microsoft has developed an upgrade for Word Mobile, Excel Mobile,… Read more

November lawsuits announced to help protect customers and Partners against counterfeit software

In our efforts to continue to help protect our legitimate Partners and customers from the dangers of counterfeit and illegal software, Microsoft continues to work to identify and pursue those creating, offering, and selling these items into the market. In case you had not seen the list earlier, we have posted our latest round of… Read more

Microsoft Small Business Server – Several server applications, one license, all on one box.

I saw a few questions floating around over the weekend regarding Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 and wanting to install the server components on multiple machines. Remember that just like Microsoft Office, SBS is a suite of products included in a single license. This license allows for the installation of those products onto a single… Read more

Information on online training and assessment requirements for Action Pack subscriptions

As you may recall, we announced that starting November 30, 2007, we are adding an online training and assessment requirement for anyone looking to acquire a Microsoft Action Pack subscription. We do have the list of required courses that you can choose from to meet this qualification posted to the Microsoft Partner Portal already, so… Read more

Software benefits for Certified and Gold Certified Microsoft Partners

From time to time, there are questions or conversations about, “What additional software do I get if we become a Certified or Gold Certified Microsoft Partner? We have a site on the Microsoft Partner portal that shows the software benefits for Certified and Gold Certified Partners, including how many licenses you receive for internal use,… Read more

A sincere Thank You from me to you

As we approach another Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to extend a sincere “Thank you” to all of you from me and all of us here. Every day it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day business and the “meet this deadline” or “where are we on this” rollercoaster which often causes people to… Read more

Microsoft announces the release of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5

Today, Microsoft announced the release of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5.  Visual Studio offers more than 250 new features and improvements to existing features, providing developers of all skills sets, from the hobbyist to the small development shop to enterprise development organizations, the tools they need to build great applications.  The .NET… Read more

Microsoft Small Business Show premiere replay now available online

For anyone who missed the live premiere of the Microsoft Small Business Show, or for any of you who did catch it but want to view it again, the replay of the entire show is now available for viewing at:   Thank you and have a wonderful day, Eric Ligman Microsoft US Senior Manager Small… Read more

Let’s set the record straight on Downgrade rights

Since I published my, "Licensing Basics: What are Downgrade Rights?" post, I have been receiving some follow-up questions and been seeing some conversations and comments showing that there are some misconceptions about downgrade rights and some have a perception that downgrade rights are something new or that we suddenly made a shift in policy to… Read more

Great offers on Windows Mobile 6 phones for US Microsoft Partners

In talking with our Windows Mobile Team, they told me about some offers they are extending to Microsoft Partners here in the US, so I thought I would share them with you in case you were unaware of them and would like to move to a Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 device. The Sprint Touch by… Read more