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Sarah Bunt

Your Microsoft FY16 Funding Guide

Microsoft has announced their first round of funding buckets for their 2016 fiscal year.

Funding can be used to help offset the costs of deployment and adoption of Office 365 Workloads and the deployment and adoption of the Enterprise Mobility Suite.

Funding available for purchases of Office 365:

 Clients who purchase Office 365 between July 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015, are eligible for the US Early Bird Office 365 Active usage funding.

The payout is $15/seat up to 1000 seats with a maximum of $15,000.

Requirements:

  • Clients first purchase of Office 365
  • Purchase of 150+ seats of eligible 365 SKUs:  any combination of E Suite (E1, E3, E4), or standalone SKU’s of Office ProPlus, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, Project and Visio
  • Must reach 5% active usage on a single workload by December 31st, 2015 to qualify for payment
  • Please note: Exchange active usage is not eligible for this offer

**The deadline to apply for the Early Bird Office 365 Active usage funding is August 31, 2015.

 


Clients who purchase Office 365 from September 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016 are eligible for the Office 365 Adoption Funding.  

The Payout is $15/user for first 1,000 users and then $5/user for 1000+ users up to $60,000.

Requirements:

  • Clients first purchase of Office 365.Purchase of 150+ seats of eligible Office 365 SKUs: All E Suites, Office 365 ProPlus, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, OneDrive for Business, Project Online, Project Pro, Project Lite and Visio Pro for Office 365 standalone SKUs
    • This offer is available through EA/EAS, Open, Open Value, Open Value Subscription, Cloud Solution Provider, MPSA, AOS and MOSP
  • Purchase of 150+ seats of eligible Office 365 SKUs: All E Suites, Office 365 ProPlus, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, OneDrive for Business, Project Online, Project Pro, Project
  • Qualified workloads:  SharePoint, Skype for Business, Office Pro Plus or Yammer
  • Client must meet 15% active usage metric on any one workload
  • Please note: Exchange active usage is not eligible for this offer


 

 Funding available for purchases of Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) or EMS through the Enterprise Cloud Suite:

 Clients who purchase Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) Or Enterprise Cloud Suite before August 31, 2015 are eligible for the EMS Deployment Funding

Amount of funding based on # licenses purchased: 150-249 users = $4,000 ; 250-999 users = $6,000

 Requirements:

  • Purchase ECS or EMS from before August 31, 2015
  • Funds can be used to offset the cost of deployment for Microsoft Intune, Azure Active Directory Premium, or Azure Rights Management System.
  • Deploy any two components and receive double the funding
  • Example: purchase 250 EMS licenses under ECS and deploy Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory Premium = $6,000+$6,000 = $12,000 maximum EMS deployment funding.
  • Funding must be requested within 4 months of purchase date and deployed within 90 days of funding approval.


Clients who purchase Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) from September 1, 2015- March 31, 2016 are eligible for the EMS Adoption Funding.

The Payout is $15/user for first 1,000 users and then $5/user for 1000+ users up to $60,000.

 Requirements:

  • Net new Purchase of eligible SKU’s: EMS & ECSPurchase of 150+ seats of a single eligible SKU qualify for an investment toward driving active usage of Intune and Azure Active Directory Premium.
    • This offer is available through EA/EAS, Open, Open Value, Open Value Subscription, Cloud Solution Provider, MPSA, AOS and MOSP.
  • Purchase of 150+ seats of a single eligible SKU qualify for an investment toward driving active usage of Intune and Azure Active Directory Premium.
  • Client must meet 15% active usage metric for Intune and/or Azure Active Directory Premium
  • Please note: Azure Rights Management is not eligible for this offer

Click here to view a summary of what determines active usage for both Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)

Contact Interlink today if you have any questions or want to know if you qualify for any Funding!

 

Matt Scherocman

Outlook Web App (OWA) will now be known as “Outlook on the web.”

Outlook Web App (OWA) will now be known as “Outlook on the web.”

Microsoft continues to innovate on the UI for customers to become more productive. They have renamed the Outlook Web App to “Outlook on the web”. Additionally, they have created a new design for the action bar available across the Mail, Calendar, People, and Task areas in Outlook on the web.

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They have:

  • Made the email subject line larger and more prominent
  • Indented messages in the reading pane for easier reading
  • Added more prominent buttons in Calendar to make navigation and creating a new meeting request simpler.

Additionally, Outlook on the web adds new features that make things easier to navigate and organize mail within the browser. Let’s take a look at them below.

Pin lets you pin any message in your inbox so that it is highlighted in yellow and kept at the top of your inbox.

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Sweep, includes a simple set of actions to manage emails from specific senders. You can manage reoccurring messages (like newsletters, digital coupons, and other email received on a regular basis) as well as choose to keep messages from a specific sender (for a specified number of days, only keep the latest message, or delete all messages from the sender).

Archive lets you quickly move messages out of the inbox to a folder of your choice.

Undo lets you revert unintended actions with a single click.

Preview the message contents in-line with the subject. With Outlook on the web you can also now perform common actions in bulk, and clicking a message now displays the message in the same window — finally no pop-ups or separate windows.

Resize images, add custom borders, apply shadow effects, and rotate images. Now supports a full set of emojis. J

To, Cc, or Bcc lines, now show a list of the most common people and distribution groups you have been emailing, which is refined as you type. As you add recipients, Outlook on the web makes suggestions that you most commonly email.

Calendar in Outlook on the web has gained a five-day weather forecast.

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Charms, which are basically icons to help you quickly identify specific types of events (an airplane for an upcoming flight, a knife and fork for a business dinner, a music note for a piano class, and so on) have also been added.

Mobile browsing experience has received user interface and navigational improvements:

  • Updates to closer resemble the UI look of Outlook apps on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
  • Improved navigation for switching between Mail, Calendar and People.
  • More prominent search command.
  • Ability to switch between emails without returning to the message list.
  • Time strip updated to show the full week within the calendar.
  • Improved UI for creating new events and using the scheduling assistant in Calendar.

The following updates are coming to Office 365 users today, as long as they have a plan that includes Exchange Online and have opted into Microsoft’s First Release program. Everyone else will begin receiving these updates in “the first week of September.”

 


Interested in the new "Outlook on the web"? Give us a call at (513) 444-2020 or contact us here!

Matt Scherocman

No Frustration Conference Room Management

No Frustration Conference Room Management

Looking for a more streamlined way to manage conference rooms, as well as make them productive versus just empty spaces? Robins’ presence-sensing software for conference room management utilizes commodity tablets and beacons to increase the efficiency of booking and using conference rooms. The software running on the tablet has a number of features including the ability to see schedules of other rooms in the organization, how many people the space can accommodate, and even a picture of the equipment inside it. 

Collaboration without frustration.

Matt Scherocman

Interlink Cloud Advisors Named One of Ingram Micro’s Fastest-Growing SMB Channel Partners in the U.S.

Interlink Cloud Advisors Named One of Ingram Micro’s Fastest-Growing SMB Channel Partners in the U.S.

Global Technology Distributor Recognizes Interlink Cloud Advisors’ Achievements and Success in Fourth Annual Ingram Micro SMB 500 List

BLUE ASH, OH July 28, 2015 - Interlink Cloud Advisors today announced it was included in the Ingram Micro 2015 SMB 500 list. The annual list recognizes the top 500 fastest-growing Ingram Micro U.S. channel partners serving the small and midsize business (SMB) market. Ranked at number 59, Interlink Cloud Advisors has expanded its business with Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) by more than 81% percent in the past three years.

“We are proud to be recognized as a top growing contributor to our region’s economic success and believe it is due to our firm commitment of helping businesses take advantage of the economics, flexibility and extensibility of cloud computing on the Microsoft platform,” stated Interlink President Matt Scherocman. “It feels good to know we have built a company that offers services and solutions that are not only profitable, but also cut client costs and increase overall performance.”

Matt Scherocman

Microsoft’s Active Usage - 2016 Funding Opportunities

Microsoft active usage funding 

In 2016, Microsoft is focusing on the customer and enabling their success through cloud-based technology. To support this focus, they are providing funding to eligible organizations for the adoption of Microsoft Office 365 Active Usage, Intune Active Usage and Azure Active Directory Premium (AADP):

The funding dollars are available to help customers realize the true value of their investments and ensure users are actively using these service to their full potential.

Microsoft Funding Opportunities for Active Usage:

Microsoft Office 365 Active Usage

Many organizations have starting reaping the benefits of Office 365 and its ability to empower their people using the latest and greatest collaboration services. Funding can help you use the cloud to gain control of your IT and give you the flexibility you need to run your business.

Funding may be available for those engage in “active use” in the following workloads:

  • Skype for Business Online/Lync Online: Customer’s employees are signing in and sending/receiving instant messages
  • SharePoint Online / OneDrive: Customer’s employees are signing in and accessing/creating SharePoint sites and content
  • Office 365 ProPlus: Client is installed on desktops and being used by Customer’s employees
  • Yammer: Users are commenting, posting, liking or sharing content.
  • Project/Visio: Customer’s employees log in and load one of the pages at least one time per month

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Microsoft Intune Active Usage:

Need funding dollars to help with mobile device management, mobile application management, and PC management capabilities from the cloud? Using Intune, organizations can provide their employees with access to corporate applications, data, and resources from virtually anywhere on almost any device, while helping to keep corporate information secure.

An organization will be considered for funding if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Deployed a Microsoft Intune agent on a PC
  • Has assigned a Microsoft Intune license to a user and has at least one mobile device/PC associated with the licensed user

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Azure Active Directory Premium (AADP):

Azure Active Directory Premium is ideal for organization who are looking for identity and access management in the cloud. Providing single sign-on to thousands of cloud (SaaS) apps and access to web apps you run on-premises, Azure Active Directory Premium features multi-factor authentication (MFA); access control based on device health, user location, and identity; and holistic security reports, audits, and alerts.

Customer funding will be considered for those actively using AADP if they meet one of the below criteria. The largest number from the below will be taken into consideration for the incentive:

  • Number of licensed users accessing at least one 3rd party app
  • Number of licensed users registered for self-service password reset
  • Number of licensed users enabled for MFA

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Questions about Active Usage or anything else mentioned above?

Give us a call at (513) 444-2020 or contact us here!

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