Microsoft MVP Mentor Program for Education

Did you know the Microsoft MVP Program has had a mentorship program for a few years now that allows schools and teachers to request mentors for virtually every product Microsoft has?

Working with people who are interested in learning new technologies means a lot to me to me. I’m an older guy now but back in the NT 4.0 days someone contacted me on AOL asking me about networking and servers OS’s and I invited him over to my office and we covered that basics (OS, DNS, DHCP) and more over a few months. He was a mechanic just out of high school and always felt like he wanted to learn new technologies. He’s now running a very successful consulting firm in St. Louis Mo.

I got so much out of that personally and I can say that I’ve been involved in this program for years. To be honest that’s why I work in the forums, why I run events and like to help others get ahead when that might not have a chance otherwise. Helping others is good Karma!

The technologies start at Azure and end at Xbox and includes every product in-between. Take a moment and spread the word about the program to friends or teachers you feel might take advantage of this.

You can find them on Facebook & apply to be matched with an Microsoft MVP by filling out this application.

Thanks SPK

Kris Wagner


SkyDrive Pro Storage up to 25GB and ease of Sharing

by  Kris.Wagner  on 8/29/2013 12:08 AM

I’ve not been able to see the setting in my portal yet but I know it’s coming soon! 25 GB’s for storage up from 7GB. Good FAQ’s listed at the bottom on this page.

We’re continually improving the SkyDrive Pro service. The new SkyDrive Pro apps are now available in the Window Store and App Store. Today, we’re pleased to announce three new significant improvements to SkyDrive Pro for Office 365 business subscribers – to help you be more productive:

  • Each user now gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (up from 7 GB).
  • You can now increase users’ SkyDrive Pro storage beyond the default 25 GB-up to 50 GB and 100 GB.
  • With the new Shared with Me view you can easily find documents others have shared with you.
SkyDrive Pro increases storage and ease of sharing

by Office 365 Team (re-posted from on August 27)

Co-authors Mark Kashman (@mkashman) and Tejas Mehta (@tpmehta) are senior product managers on the SharePoint marketing team.

SkyDrive Pro is cloud storage for business. It’s the place where employees can store, sync, and share their files across multiple devices with ease and security. With SkyDrive Pro you can collaborate with others in real time and edit documents from virtually anywhere via a web browser using Office Web Apps. Accessing your files from multiple devices (including Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS, and Android devices) is a cinch with native SkyDrive Pro and Office Mobile apps. Not only does SkyDrive Pro deliver the frictionless user experiences that employees expect in a file sync solution, it’s backed by a platform that provides industrial-strength content management, compliance, and content management controls.

Let’s dive into the details!

Each user now gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (up from 7 GB)

The default SkyDrive Pro storage space in Office 365 is now 25 GB-for both new and existing customers.

Let’s look at what that means for the overall storage for each user. With Office 365, you get 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage + 25 GB of  email storage + 5 GB for each site mailbox you create + your total available tenant storage, which for every Office 365 business customer starts at 10 GB + (500 MB x # of user(s)1). If you and your company have growing storage needs across your various work streams and content types, we think you’ll find Office 365 offers ample headroom on day one, at no additional cost.

1 In Office 365 Enterprise plans, only Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3, and E4 users contribute to the total available tenant storage. Kiosk workers and external users are not calculated into the equation. For small business and midsize plans, all licensed users contribute to the total available tenant storage.

You can now increase users’ SkyDrive Pro storage beyond the default 25 GB-up to 50 GB and 100 GB

SharePoint Online admins can now increase SkyDrive Pro storage space for those individuals that need and want more than the default 25 GB of storage. You can select increases in increments, up to 50 GB or 100 GB (the current SkyDrive Pro limit), and you can adjust the storage for up to 25 users at once. The storage you allocate will come from your tenant’s overall pool of storage and you have clear visibility of how much total available tenant storage your company has to allocate to your users’ SkyDrive Pro. If you need more tenant storage, navigate to the Storage Metrics page (Site Settings a Storage Metrics) and then to Buy quota, where you can purchase more; additional storage for SharePoint Online costs $0.20USD/GB/month.

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Microsoft Transform Tour13: #Yammer Multi-City’s

I really wish I would have seen this sooner but if you’re in Chicago the event is Tuesday afternoon in the city. I’m already speaking at the Microsoft SharePoint and Project Conference in the city on Tuesday or I’d be there! Yammer is hot people, I even heard someone on CNN say he saw something on Yammer just like we’d say check out that Facebook post. It looks like costs may vary by city but they come with a free Yammer Certification – Who knew?

Join Yammer and Microsoft as we usher in a new era of the enterprise — one that turns both internal and external business collaboration into a social, mobile, and engaging experience.

Checkout the latest in social technology solutions that will transform the way business gets done. Transform Tour13 provides you with an in-depth look at these solutions and how to implement them in your own organization.

See exclusive presentations and hands-on demonstrations, network with like-minded peers while gaining direct access to industry experts. And as a Transform Tour13 participant, you’ll gain practical advice and invaluable guidance on how to customize adoption for your company. Join business and IT leaders across the U.S. for this unique half-day event:

CHICAGO – Yammer on Tour April 16, 2013 1:30pm – 6:00pm Register
CHARLOTTE April 25, 2013 9:00am – 12:30pm Register
HOUSTON May 2, 2013 9:00am – 12:30pm Register
SEATTLE May 7, 2013 9:00am – 12:30pm Register
SAN FRANCISCO May 9, 2013 9:00am – 12:30pm Register

Something for everyone

We will have top-shelf gifts from Yammer and Microsoft for every attendee. A few lucky individuals will receive a $150 value gift card from the Microsoft Store.

Space is limited for this event and we want you to be part of it. Don’t miss out. Register now for Transform Tour13 and discover how to drive business transformation through Enterprise Social.

Office 2020? Microsoft Office Beta Pre-Release Program Now Open

Have you ever wondered how you could get access into Microsoft’s pre-release beta programs for Office products? Here’s how…! Who knows, you could be looking at Office 2020 soon! IMO this is an excellent move towards opening up and gaining critical product bug/feedback from users of all types!

Many of you may know this program as something called the TAP (Technical Awareness Program) that’s been locked down to targeted groups of customers, MVP’s, Insiders and ISV’s. Well times-they-are-a-change’n, Microsoft is opening the Pre-Release program up to home and business users, Now’s your chance to sign up to gain access to what many out there have already had for years. Here’s the post from the Office Pre-Release site!
PreRelease2Join Us – “The Office team at Microsoft is looking for participants to join us in pre-release beta programs!  Your feedback in these programs will be instrumental in building the best productivity software and services available. The programs will span across the full family of Microsoft Office client, server and cloud services both Windows and Mac.  The family of products include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Visio, Publisher and Outlook applications, as well as the Exchange, SharePoint and Project server products and cloud services.
PreRelease1If you or the company you work for, or both, are interested in providing feedback to shape and enhance the latest and greatest technologies in the world, then we’d like to know more about you.”


Kris Wagner

Windows Phone Developer Accounts $19 USD until 8/27

My Windows Phone Dev account was up for renewal and I was very happy to see there’s a promotion for $19 USD on new accounts and renewals until 8/27. Check it out at but here are the details from the site. $20 bucks you know you want to, I bet you’re surprised I do it.


Join The new Windows Phone Dev Center has everything you need to create great apps and add them to the Windows Phone Store for the world to see, try, and buy. You can start creating apps anytime. When you’re ready to offer them in the Store, you’ll need a subscription to the Dev Center where you can start the process of adding them to the Store catalog. Your subscription includes some useful tools and your own personal dashboard to track your apps and your earnings.

Dev Center registration price promotion

For a limited time, the annual subscription fee for a Windows Phone Dev Center account has been reduced to $19 USD (or the equivalent in your local currency). Taxes, VAT, and other fees are excluded from this offer. This offer is valid beginning 6/26/2013 12:00 AM PST and ending 8/27/2013 12:00 AM PST in countries where the Windows Phone Dev Center registration is available (see Regional info). See the official terms of this offer for more details.

What do I get?

Your subscription connects you to tools, information, tips, code samples, and a broad community of developers. You can:

  • Get free development tools, including a phone emulator to test your app
  • Explore code samples and all the information in our developer library
  • Read tips about selling your app
  • Review our policy guidelines and certification requirements
  • See tips and guidelines for creating apps that reflect the beauty of our design concepts
  • Create apps with trial options
  • Enable in-app purchasing, so customers can buy things within your app
  • Test your app with a real phone
  • Submit free and paid apps to the Store
  • Distribute your app around the world and set country/region-specific price tiers
  • Watch your progress and manage your apps in a personalized dashboard
  • Ask questions, share advice, or talk with other Windows Phone developer


    Thanks Kris Wagner 30% off @Microsoft Cert Kits – Ends 4/30/2013

MeasureUpco1So the new SharePoint 2013 and other core tests… They are much harder than the last bunch for 2010…. Not all tests are alike! While the tests are not 100% accurate (meaning a 1:1 match) they can be close. Also keep in mind there could be 10 flavors of the test and the one you’re taking might not be what the person next to you is taking. I helped write these tests in the past and can tell you some are harder then others. I have used the practice tests to help me study for years now and I give them a 4 out of 5. Note: I’ve had some issues with the test engine on Windows 8, they said they are working on a fix. PS I get no commission and have no connection to M-Up. I just like their products J – Happy SharePointing.

Spring into Savings: 30% Off Practice Tests!
Offer Ends 4/30/2013

Featured: Microsoft Cert Kits

If you’re serious about getting certified and don’t have time to sit in a classroom or guess through different learning systems, Cert Kits provide a fast-track to certification with a “boot camp style“, easy-to-use suite of learning, practice and mentoring tools in one package – at a price you can afford. Purchased separately, expect to pay 60% more for these online tools. Cert Kits include:

Subscriber Discount Take 30% off any one Practice Test. Expires Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Use code “MUPSPRINGSAVE” at checkout. (excludes VMware, Upgrades and extension products).

Kris Wagner

Free SharePoint Core Test Prep for MCSE & MCSM Certifications Tests 410, 411 & 412

Are you planning on going for your SharePoint 2013 MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) or MCSM (Microsoft Certified Solutions Master)? Why not jump on the free Microsoft Certification Prep wagon and get the required tests 410, 411 & 412 out of the way before you take the SharePoint 2013 tests?

Microsoft is giving us exam preparation videos, discussion forums and wikis for the core tests mentioned (I said free right?). At the bottom of this entry you’ll see the paths you’ll have follow to get the certification you want.

@Microsoft is giving us exam preparation videos, discussion forums and wikis for the core tests mentioned (410, 411 & 412).

It’s free, unplug from work and start watching these before bedtime or at lunch. They will not be free for long.

Here’s the link again Facebook @MSLearning YouTubeLinkedIn

From Microsoft:

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification validates your foundation of core technical skills and prepares you for a sustainable IT career. To help you get there, we present the 90 Days to MCSA program, a plan of action with a focus on Windows Server and SQL Server. The plan gives you a clear roadmap, tools and community support, all designed to help you achieve your MCSA goal at a pace that works. Make a commitment to yourself and get started today.