New Tool Converts Video Calls & Online Meetings to Skype for Business

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September 6, 2016New Tool Converts Video Calls & Online Meetings to Skype for Business
  Having been extensively involved with mail and calendar migration to Exchange Online in Office 365, we at Binary Tree know that installing Exchange is only the first step. To get the most out of Office 365, you’ll likely also need to adopt other key tools such as SharePoint, OneDrive, ...
August 19, 2016How to use Skype for Business Meeting Converter?
The Skype for Business Meeting Conversion Tool is designed to transform meetings scheduled through 3rd-party providers into Skype for Business meetings.  The following is a short guide on how to use the tool. Note: System requirements can be located here Open the application. Press Next to continue. In the Outlook ...
June 24, 2016What Did Satya Nadella Tell Microsoft Employees Last Week?
Microsoft shouldn’t be classified as a computer company, a database and applications software provider, a maker of games mobile phones. It’s a productivity company, that’s how its CEO, Satya Nadella, sees it. He went as far as to leave stylish and sticky terms like “mobile-first”, “cloud-first” out of the company’s ...
June 24, 2016Is Microsoft at War With Its Partners
No one wants to be uninvited from a party, and Okta is no different. And the news that Microsoft had uninvited the identity management vendor and long-standing Microsoft partner from exhibiting Microsoft Ignite made for one of the more intriguing recent stories. Initially, Microsoft said the action was due to ...
June 24, 2016adminIs Microsoft at War With Its Partners Full

No one wants to be uninvited from, and Okta is no different.

And so the news that Microsoft had uninvited the identity management vendor and long-standing Microsoft partner from exhibiting a Microsoft Ignite made for one of the more intriguing recent stories.

Initially, Microsoft said the action was due “broad competition between our companies in the mobility solution space.”

When the news got out, Microsoft quickly reversed course and invited Okta to sponsor.

This spat is the most recent example of Microsoft cutting out partners, but is by no means unique case. When the news got , Microsoft quickly reversed course and re-invited Okta to sponsor.

It’s My Party

Last summer, Microsoft announced major changes to its FastTrack cloud onboarding program. The offer to execute Office 365 igrations essentially cut or diminished the role of channel partners.

Even on the hardware side Microsoft demonstrated no reluctance to cross red lines with the release of the Surface line of PC, directly competing with traditional hardware partners who were the lifeblood of Windows for many years.

According to Microsoft there are over 430,000 partners around the world (pdf) and some estimate that partners generate nearly $9 in revenue for every $1 that Microsoft makes. Over the past two or so decades, a symbiotic relationship developed between Microsoft and its partner ecosystem which served both parties well.

From my experience, Microsoft has the past been very sensitive not to harm partners or play favorites. With a typical three-year release cycle, wide gaps existed in many Microsoft offerings that partners addressed through both service and software offerings.

So, why is Microsoft destabilizing these longstanding relationships?

Blame It on the Cloud

No one wants to be uninvited from a party, and Okta is no different.

And so the news that Microsoft had uninvited the identity management vendor and long-standing Microsoft partner from exhibiting at Microsoft Ignite made for one of the more intriguing recent stories. Initially, Microsoft said the action was due to “broad competition between our companies in the mobility solution space.”

From my experience, Microsoft has in the past been very sensitive not to harm partners play favorites. With a typical three-year release cycle, wide gaps existed in many Microsoft offerings that partners addressed through both service and software offerings.