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Cloud | July 19, 2018 by Luke Black
This week, the Softchoice team is on the ground in Las Vegas attending Microsoft Inspire 2018 –Microsoft’s biggest partner conference. We’re bringing you the latest news and announcements. See the Day 1 recap here and Day 2 recap here. The highlight of Day 3 of Microsoft Inspire was Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s keynote address. After the […]
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Client Computing | July 18, 2018 by Luke Black
This week, the Softchoice team is on the ground in Las Vegas attending Microsoft Inspire 2018 –Microsoft’s biggest partner conference. We’re bringing you the latest news and announcements. See the Day 1 recap here. Kicking off Day 2 of Microsoft Inspire 2018, Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, hosted a keynote and shared […]
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Client Computing | July 17, 2018 by Luke Black
This week, the Softchoice team is on the ground in Las Vegas, attending Microsoft Inspire 2018 – Microsoft’s biggest partner conference – and I’m excited to bring you the latest news and announcements. The conference opened with an inspiring keynote presentation about digital transformation and the way people now experience life through technology. As Microsoft […]
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Microsoft | January 4, 2018 by Luke Black
Microsoft recently disclosed an industry-wide, hardware-based security vulnerability. While Microsoft or Softchoice have not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities have been used to attack Azure customers, many of our clients are wondering if there is anything they need to do.
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Microsoft | July 27, 2017 by Luke Black
Microsoft’s partner conference, now called Inspire, wrapped up July 14th.  Here are five key takeaways that customers should evaluate with the support of their Microsoft partner: Microsoft 365 Microsoft unveiled a new bundled offering that brings together Office 365 along with Windows 10, device management and security. There are two versions — Microsoft 365 Enterprise […]
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Microsoft | May 6, 2016 by Luke Black
Updated: May 6, 2016 (Originally published Sep 2014) Many organizations have been taking advantage of the Select Plus Agreement over the past few years for ad-hoc purchases that don’t require a standardization across one of Microsoft’s three Enterprise Product sets. And whether using the Select Plus as a companion agreement to an EA, or as the […]
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Microsoft | January 11, 2016 by Luke Black
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that starting July 1st, 2016 any new corporate Enterprise Agreement (including Enterprise Agreement Subscriptions) will require a 500 user/device minimum. Before we get into the specifics, let’s all take a deep breath. While at face value this may seem like a major change from Microsoft, in reality, the impact on existing […]
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Microsoft | September 30, 2015 by Luke Black
Picture this: It’s your tenth birthday, and you’ve just unwrapped the gift you had begged for all year. A brand new Lego set of your favorite NASA space shuttle. You tear open the box, spread the blocks around the carpet, ready to build, and then you notice it… The instructions are missing. The example above […]
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Microsoft | June 30, 2015 by Luke Black
Dealing directly with Microsoft support for Office 365 licensing, while bringing in a third party to separately manage and implement your environment has been a struggle all too familiar with businesses for sometime. Which is why  Softchoice is so proud to announce a new service designed to handle all your Microsoft cloud needs,  bringing together all your activities into a […]
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Microsoft | January 16, 2015 by Luke Black
A new phishing scam is affecting Microsoft clients across North America. The email looks legitimate, and appears to be a welcome email from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). The scam email includes links taking you to an authentic-looking Microsoft website, designed to steal your username and password associated with your Microsoft account. We’re asking […]
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Microsoft | November 29, 2013 by Luke Black
In today’s hectic business world, time is your most valuable commodity. That’s why every meeting must be a stepping stone that moves you closer towards your business goals. However, you may find that many of your meetings are not productive – especially if you spend too much time talking about other meetings and not enough […]
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Microsoft | August 15, 2013 by Luke Black
When it comes to business data security in our increasingly nomadic workforce, the benefits of utilizing SaaS technology to secure and backup data are quickly becoming apparent. In fact, we here at Softchoice recently experienced the process of vetting and implementing our own data protection and backup plan. Three months ago, we undertook a project to update […]
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Microsoft | June 25, 2013 by Luke Black
TechEd 2013– Microsoft’s annual conference for developers and IT professionals – was held earlier this month. For those who were not able to attend this year, presentations from the conference are available online at the TechEd page. Our Microsoft team attended the event and wanted to share key announcements with you we feel are relevant.

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