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Secure Remote Work Resource Center

We want to ensure you have the resources you need to support your customers with the increased need for remote work scenarios, so that they can empower people to stay productive, while IT can maintain security and control.

New Secure Remote Work Workshop

The Secure Remote Work Workshop – a new offering in the Microsoft 365 Partner Accelerators program – is a one-day partner-led engagement designed to help customers rapidly deploy remote work scenarios to empower employees to stay connected, while enabling IT to maintain security and control. During the workshop, customers will learn about enabling cloud identity, and receive guidance about rapid deployment of Teams, the Teams adoption kit, and secure access to Teams. Learn more about the Secure Remote Work Workshop or watch the on-demand webinar.

Now available: The Secure Remote Work Workshop for business is a free online tool available within the Commercial Consulting Tool (CCT). This assessment, which is optimized for customers with fewer than 1,000 seats, includes three tailored deliverables: subscription recommendation, basic deployment preflight check, and advanced deployment checklist for partners.

Enable people and teams to be productive from anywhere

Enable people to meet and collaborate from home

Keep employees productive, even when they’re working remotely. Help your customers to provide powerful meeting, collaboration, and workflow experiences to those working from home.

Inform and engage employees & customers

Help your customers reach any audience across and outside their organizations with live and on-demand events. Enable them to keep employees, partners, and customers informed and up-to-date with news and announcements – and help them share their vision and foster dialogue to drive change.

Make productivity applications available on any device

Help your customers’ employees stay connected to the best of Microsoft 365 Apps by enabling them to be productive, pick up where they left off, and keep collaborating from anywhere, at any time.

Help customers work confidently with Surface and Windows devices

Enable your customers’ workforces to stay connected and secure with Teams peripherals and modern Surface and Windows devices. There’s a device available to fit practically every work experience and workstyle.

Manage and secure access to apps, data, and devices

Secure remote access to applications

Effective remote work starts with secure app access. Enable remote access to cloud and on-premises apps without a virtual private network (VPN), simplify discovery of apps for users, and collaborate with contractors and partners. All with security controls to protect access to apps and extend data protection to devices. 

Secure managed and unmanaged devices

How can device management help with remote work? Provide users access to the breadth of resources they’ve always needed to get work done from company-owned and personal devices securely, and enable integration of security baselines and compliance policies within a single management console.

Deliver the best virtual desktop experience

How can desktop and app virtualization help with remote work? Keep those needing to work from home productive and secure on
any device and provide a complete device experience that meets regulatory compliance guidelines.

Build remote work skills

Develop your Teamwork and Security practice skills to support your customers’ remote work needs.

Securing Remote Work Partner Kit for customers with 1-300 employees

As employees begin to adopt Teams chat, meetings, and calling to enable remote work, customers are also considering how to secure home environments. For small and medium businesses (SMBs), this means quickly enabling secure remote access for your customers, managing their devices and securing their business data, while keeping operational costs low for you and your customers.

Now available, the Microsoft 365 Business Premium Securing Remote Work Partner Kit provides easy-to-apply practical IT guidance, along with go-to-market resources that you can use in your customer conversations.
 

Learn more about the Securing Remote Work Partner Kit

Help your customers enable remote work

Microsoft provides a range of ways for customers to get started with Teams and remote work. Use the following guidance to support your customers with the right offers or adoption guidance.

For customers who don’t have Teams today

 
CSP trial offers
Multiple one-month trial offers are available for you to offer to your customers, including Microsoft 365 Business Standard and Office 365 E3.

Partner-initiated Microsoft Teams trial
Customers with Exchange Online can get started by adding Teams to their current licensing for up to six months.

Microsoft no longer offers the Microsoft CSP Office 365 E1 or Microsoft 365 Business Basic promotions. Download the FAQ to learn more.

Teams Exploratory Experience
Users who have Azure Active Directory and aren’t licensed for Microsoft Teams can initiate this exploratory experience for Teams.

Microsoft Teams Free
Get your customers started today with the free direct version of Teams or video calling.
 
Want to learn more? Get a full list of Teams trials and offers.

For customers who have Teams

While many customers are licensed for Teams today, not all of those customers are using the full functionality. You can help your customers ramp up quickly and facilitate user adoption, by taking advantage of the following resources:

 
Increase in Microsoft Teams Online Services Usage OSU-M365 incentive
Effective April 1, and through September 30, we have increased the incentives payout at the 15 percent milestone for all qualified entitlements for non-FastTrack partners, and added a new incentive payout at the lowest qualified entitlement level for FastTrack partners. Learn more.

Deliver valuable guidance from anywhere

 
As organizations everywhere are moving to remote work, how you engage with your customers is also affected. Microsoft wants to help you keep your business active and assisting your customers during this challenging time.

To prioritize the health and safety of you and your customers and help reduce in-person interaction during the COVID-19 outbreak, partner workshops can now be conducted virtually. To help ease the change in delivery method, the timeline to conduct workshops with completion dates after March 31, 2020, has been extended from 90 to 110 days.

Teams apps

Partners and customers have found Teams apps to be an important bridge for business continuity. With more than 450 solutions, users can maintain – and even improve – engagement and productivity.

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Teams devices

To ensure quality user experiences, it’s important to use certified devices for Teams – for personal and meeting room use. There’s a device available to fit practically every work experience and any workstyle.

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Windows devices

Windows devices are among the many tools that enable businesses to continue to collaborate and get things done without worry. Learn how to empower your customers and their workforces to continue doing great things remotely with Windows devices.

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Education

Many education leaders are making the difficult decision to close schools. To help make the transition to distance learning, we’ve created resources, training and how-to guides to help support IT, educators, staff, and students as they make this transition. Find the latest sales, marketing and technical resources in the partner readiness kit.

Download the Microsoft Education Partner Readiness Kit

FastTrack

FastTrack assistance is available to help organizations set up remote work and learning in response to COVID-19. In addition to eligible plans, FastTrack is assisting with onboarding to Microsoft Teams and other Microsoft products, with the free six-month Office 365 E1 and G1 trials and Office 365 A1. FastTrack assistance for these trials is available through August 2020. Customers must have 150 or more licenses to engage. Refer to the Service Description for further details. Microsoft, customers, and partners can request assistance through the FastTrack website.

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