Customer Talk workbooks

Overview

A large number of small and midsize businesses (SMB) are still using older technology, representing a significant revenue opportunity for your business. Request and use your U.S. SMB Customer Talk workbook* to identify customers who are using older versions of Microsoft software, and needing upgrade to Windows 10, SQL Server, Office 2016 and/or Office 365! The next step is to equip your business with sales and marketing resources to have compelling upsell conversations with your customers.

After receiving your workbook, use the information and resources below to maximize your opportunities.

Opportunity spotlight: Windows Server 2003 & SQL Server 2005 End of Support!!

Time has run out to upgrade from Windows Server 2003 – the end of Microsoft support happened on July 14, 2015. Windows Server 2003 customers are now vulnerable since all Windows Server 2003 versions are no longer receiving critical updates or maintaining regulatory compliance. This can also affect customer’s other applications and services. In addition, SQL Server 2005 end of support is coming April 12, 2016 with parallel implications. Help your customers avoid all the hassles by upgrading to Windows 10, SQL Server 2014, Office 2016 and/or Office 365! Leverage this unique opportunity to modernize your customer’s network. The time to upgrade your customers and partners is NOW! Do not wait!

Each migration comes with multiple opportunities to equip your customers with the latest Microsoft products and services, both on premise and in the cloud. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few hundred days to migrate servers and applications, so it is important to start the conversation now and establish a plan to ensure a smooth transition.

Take Action: Quickly identify your partners on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 by requesting your Customer Talk workbook! Be sure to also use the tools and resources below to up-level your customer’s infrastructure to Windows Serve 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, Windows 10, SQL Server 2014, Office 2016 and/or Office 365.

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Product resources

Windows Server

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Microsoft Azure

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Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office 365

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Microsoft Exchange

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Microsoft SQL Server

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*The workbook contains Microsoft Confidential Information, and is intended for internal use only by you as a Microsoft partner. Workbooks may not be available to all partners.