Monthly Archives: June 2007

Personal Favor

We need your vote! This is a personal favor to ask you to help an organization I’ve been involved with for the last 10 years. Norman has done an amazing job of promoting conservation; you can see he Conservation Meter at the Oakland Zoo!! Check out their website, most importantly please go to link below and VOTE..


Voice Your Choice for the for Ecosystem Survival/


 Patagonia is Opening a New Store in Palo Alto, June 30  and We Need Your Help!


YOU CAN VOTE ONCE A DAY! Until July 9th – √ vote for Save Nature


Patagonia is opening a new store in Palo Alto at 525 Alma Street on Saturday, June 30. To celebrate, they we will be presenting a check for $5,000 to a local environmental organization in support of their work. The Center for Ecosystem Survival ( has been selected by Patagonia to be considered as a prospective recipient. We need your help in selecting and voting for to receive $5,000 and be honored and  recognized at the grand opening.


VOICE YOUR CHOICE: Simply click this link to let Patagonia know you support us in receiving the donation –


Please cast your vote by JULY 9, 2007. The group that gets the most votes will receive $5,000 at the Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, July 14. Stop by the store between 10 am and 6 pm on that day to see how YOUR VOTE made the difference!


Please pass this email forward to help us continue our success.  We are going to be in a tough race.


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Posted by on June 27, 2007 in Hot Topic


Intro Windows SBS 2003 Technical Library!

Introducing the Windows SBS 2003 Technical Library! Click link for details!!
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Posted by on June 26, 2007 in Hot Topic


New Tool for Partners

Windows Vista Partner Sales and Deployment Resources for Small and Mid-Size BusinessesNOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!! 

 The Windows Vista Partner Sales and Deployment Resources Toolkit has been launched via the Microsoft Partner Portal (MSPP) on the Windows Vista product page.  This online toolkit provides partners with tools and information to Learn, Assess, Sell, and Deploy Windows Vista. This partner readiness toolkit will also be distributed in DVD to all partners in upcoming MAPS and Gold/Cert boxes. You can view the new Partner Sales and Deployment Resources toolkit here:

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Posted by on June 26, 2007 in Hot Topic


Say Goodbye to Microsoft Office 2003

Say goodbye to Microsoft Office 2003

As you know, Microsoft Office 2007 launched for Business customers through Volume Licensing in November of 2006 and went to general availability through Retail Box and OEM in January of 2007.  As such, now is a great time to educate your customers on the benefits and features of the 2007 Microsoft Office system.


After June 30, 2007, OEM Microsoft Office 2003 will no longer be available from Microsoft.  Some authorized OEM Microsoft distributors may have some remaining inventory left for a short time after June 30th; however, Microsoft will no longer be shipping OEM Microsoft Office to them.  For all system builders, you can see more about this on the Microsoft System Builder website.


If you are a Microsoft system builder, make sure you are buying legitimate Microsoft OEM software through the authorized OEM Microsoft distributors to help protect your clients from illegal or counterfeit software floating around out there.  I have posted a list of OEM System Builder Partner Resources and posted about the dangers of buying OEM through sites online in the past.  Not to mention the potential exposure to an audit or fine that illegal software opens your clients up to.


Also, remember that for your clients wishing to run Office 2003 still today, by taking advantage of the downgrade rights included in the Volume Licensing versions of Microsoft Office 2007, they can utilize Office 2003 today and then move to Office 2007 when they are ready without having to re-buy their Office license like they would with OEM.  Remember that OEM Microsoft Office does not have downgrade rights.


To learn more about downgrade rights and the Volume Licensing Programs, you can attend my:

“Introduction to Open License for Partners” webcast on Tuesday, June 19th and to learn more about how Microsoft Office is licensed, you can attend my “Introduction to Office, Windows, and Server Licensing for Partners” webcast on Thursday, June 21st .


Thank you and have a wonderful day,


Eric Ligman
Microsoft US Senior Manager
Small Business Community Engagement
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights

Published Monday, June 18, 2007 7:00 AM by mssmallbiz

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Posted by on June 25, 2007 in Hot Topic


BASBITS Serves Up Apples and ….????

BASBiTS Serves Up Apples and Mobile Reference Documentation Tools


The next BASBITS (Bay Area Small Business Information Technology Specialists) Users Group Meeting will be on Wednesday, June 27th at 6pm.


Our Main Program will feature member Roger Smith in a discussion of Apples and Macs in the SBS environment.

The Short Program will be presented by member Randy Dugger with tips for maintaining Mobile Reference Documentation


BASBITS is a local users group for IT Professionals who add value to small business clients’ Small Business Server. Our meeting is back this month at our regular location: The  California Conference Room at 1798-B Bay Road, East Palo Alto, CA 94303. Pizza and drinks will be there by 5:45pm.  Cost is just $10 at the door.

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Posted by on June 22, 2007 in User Group Information


Lunch at Microsoft with Dell!!


June 27 – Resellers Please Join Me for Lunch at DELL SPD Summer Seminar

Dell’s Solution Provider Direct Division is pleased to invite you to attend a multi-customer briefing on June 27th, 2007, sponsored by Microsoft.

The program will run from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Topics for the discussion include:

•             Dell’s Storage and Storage Server Strategy

•             Microsoft® Windows Unified Data Storage Server

•             How to Sell from a Financial Perspective

•             Discover Opportunities with OEM-Software Assurance

Lunch and afternoon refreshments will be provided. This also an opportunity to network with Dell SPD Managers, these vendor partners and other resellers in your area! Don’t miss this event!

After the Seminar, AMD will be sponsoring a FUN Networking opportunity that will begin at the conclusion of the Seminar. Make sure you are ready for this one as well.

RSVP using this link today!

Location: Microsoft Office, The Landmark at One Market, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94105

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Posted by on June 20, 2007 in Training


Upcoming Specializations

Upcoming Specializations Initiatives
Start preparing early to attain upcoming specializations in the Information Worker Solutions and Advanced Infrastructure Solutions competencies before they become available through the Microsoft Partner Program.
By joining the Early Start Initiative or Quickstart for Search, you gain early access to training, invitation-only briefings, monthly communications, and exams required to achieve the following specializations.
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Posted by on June 19, 2007 in Special Offer