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Matt Scherocman

Microsoft Awards Interlink Cloud Advisors For Top Consumption Use of Office 365

Top Consumption Award

Pictured from left to right: Mike Rocco, General Manager, Microsoft CAM, Rajeev Perera, Partner Strategy and Solutions Director, Amy Rigert, Managed Partner Sales Director, Jim Dietrich, General Manager, Microsoft CTM, Mike Wilson, Managing Consultant, Interlink, Matt Scherocman, President, Interlink, Ervin Flores, General Manager, Managed Partners, Microsoft, Chris Chris Sakalosky, Vice President, Central Region Corporate Accounts, Microsoft, Jennifer Heard, Vice President, WW Corporate Account and Partner Sales at Microsoft


Microsoft presented Interlink Cloud Advisors with the FY15 Top Consumption Award in the Heartland District during Microsoft’s PeopleCentral Conference FY16, which was held in Chicago, Illinois on August 26-27, 2015. 

The Top Consumption Award was awarded to the one partner within the Heartland District that drove the greatest client usage of Office 365. Microsoft’s Heartland District is comprised of over 2,000 Microsoft partners throughout Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, so this was quite an honor for Interlink. Through their ongoing and consistent effort around driving Office 365, Interlink has been able and continues to help their clients get the most return on investment out of Office 365. They show their clients the value of utilizing Office 365's bundled powerful and strategic components like Skype for Business, Yammer, focused SharePoint sites, OneDrive, and pair that with training and O365 support.

top consumption award 

“Interlink’s goal is not just to migrate users to Office 365. We want to show our clients how to get real value from their Office 365 investment by going beyond basic emailing and file sharing. By demonstrating how to tap into the power of the platform, our clients get the most out of Office 365 and utilize more of the tools it has to offer,” explains Matt Scherocman, President of Interlink. "This, in turn, drives consumption."

Learn how Interlink can help you get the most out of your Office 365 investment. Contact us Today! 

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Sarah Bunt

What is Office Sway?

Sway

Sway is now rolling out to users with full features and capabilities.

SWAY

In October 2014, Microsoft introduced a new way for consumers to share their ideas utilizing a number of multimedia outlets. Sway allows for the compiling of videos, pictures, Tweets, and more in polished reports and presentations – all in an interactive way.

Check out this Sway we put together on the new offerings of Office 365! 

Sway can be used across many different industries and businesses – even in education.

  • Newsletters

  • Marketing plans/campaigns

  • Proposals and sales pitches

  • Project plans/updates

  • Brochures/digital fliers

  • Weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual reports

  • Training manuals

 

Sway vs. PowerPoint

  • Fluid. Better movement from slide to slide that gives a more unified flow in the presentation.

  • Embed. Add Tweets, Videos, other Sways and more directly into the presentation simply and without having to interrupt the movement.

  • Upload. Word, PowerPoint, and PDFs can be uploaded and formatted automatically into Sway saving time and energy re-entering all of the content.

  • Explore. Deeper options to navigate with horizontal and vertical movements. Possible integration of vertical movement within a horizontal format.

  • Publish. Created and shared easily on the web with co-authoring capabilities.

 Sway picture

Sway will support Office 365 work and school credentials, meaning all qualified Office 365 for business or education subscribers can start utilizing Sway too. Both Sway on the web and the next Sway for iPhone update will support logging in with Office 365 work or school accounts.

Look for an article on Sway- Tips and Tricks coming soon.

If you want to know about the new Office 365 products, features and updates, contact us here.

Matt Scherocman

Kickle - Economic, Simple, and Flexible Skype for Business video conferencing

Kickle - Economic, Simple, and Flexible Skype for Business video conferencing

Kickle offers big video conferencing functionality for small conference rooms at a small cost.

 

Kickle is a compact device that connects to any screen or projector and turns it into a video conferencing system. It’s based on Skype for Business (Lync) software and is compatible with Skype for Business and Lync.The creation of Kickle was inspired by a client who was looking for a simple room based solution based on Lync (now Skype for Business) technology. It can transform any screen into a video conference system simply and in a cost effective manner. You can utilize the resources you already have and make your smaller spaces more useful.

 

Product Information

 

KICKLE2

 

Kickle allows for simplicity.

 

Kickle consists of FOUR appliances:

  • HD webcam - wide-angle lens
  • Kickle Box – essentially a small form factor PC which can be hidden and controls the experience in the room
  • Desktop Microphone - Omni directional microphone used for flawless sound quality.
  • USB sharing cable - connects to the computer to enable document sharing.  

Place the webcam on your chosen display device, place the Kickle appliance behind it, and utilize Skype for Business to have remote meetings in a smart, efficient way.

Packages start at $3000 per room.

 

Kickle allows for flexibility.

 

You can even scan a QR code with your smartphone, which generates an email automatically that you can send to your attendees. Or in 3 clicks, you can schedule a meeting from your computer. In addition, you are able to send the whiteboard content through email to all the attendees or save it on a USB.

 

The unit price is starting from $3000 including the following set-up.                 

Have questions about Kickle or are looking to see a demonstration? Contact us here or at 800-900-1150.

http://www.Kickleforskype.com/

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.

action bar

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.

outlook web

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!

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