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Check out new Office 365 Nation Mobile App!

It’s been asked of many: “given the chance to do it again, would you do it differently?” The answer is a resounding yes. The idea of building an independent Office 365 community is now a reality with Office 365 Nation ( And our momentum is accelerating. There is a hunger for an “outside looking in view” of the Office 365 world. Thus, we have a mobile app to accelerate the experience.

First – scan the QR code pictured and download the mobile app for your Android, Apple or Windows phone. Okay – now that you have done that, we can continue.

Today the application is focused on our seven city independent Office 365 tour traversing NFL cities. It all starts next Tuesday, January 27th followed by the Silicon Valley on January 29th. Wanna learn more, “old school” style? Then visit our traditional tour site at But we’d actually prefer you use the mobile app.

Tomorrow, the application will be an integral part of the day-to-day Office 365 Nation community motion. We’ll have the ability to alert you to important news. We can survey you on the fly, as we want to be your independent Office 365 Ombudsman, keeping a watchful eye over Microsoft. Imagine that I’m in a meeting with the Office 365 product team in Redmond and I instantly survey the community about some pending proposition or initiative. You get the point, I hope. The Office 365 Nation mobile app is an enabling technology bringing us closer together to accomplish more goodness.

Connecting the dots

I started talking about the pace of community building. It took 15+ years to build SMB Nation (initially focused on Windows Small Business Server). With the pace of Office 365 and the different nature of the community (enterprise, government, education, SMB), my intentions are to build a similar community four times faster so we can enjoy the ride sooner!

If you have any troubles or feedback with the Office 365 Nation app, please contact our developer, Robert Nitrio This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As they say, feedback is the breakfast of champions!

The Scoop

I end with some “can’t wait” information for you to peruse while you’re waiting for the mobile app to install. Here is the “411” surrounding our Office 365 Nation winter/spring tour:

Be sure to mark your calendar to attend the inaugural *independent* Office 365 community meetings occurring in seven NFL cities in the first part of 2015. Already we are experiencing an overwhelming response and we are limiting enrollments to 150-attendees so we encourage you to sign-up today. Learn more here:

Who should participate?

  • Office 365 IT Pros
  • Office 365 MSPs
  • Office 365 Consultants
  • Segments: Enterprise, Government, Education, SMB

What will you learn!

Help form an on-going Office 365 community that is independent and professionally managed so you can accelerate your discovery journey about the amazing Office 365 platform and share your experiences. You will rapidly advance your Office 365 migration, deployment, administration and troubleshooting skills.

Sessions include:

  • Office 365 Click-to-Run Deployment
  • Line of Business Apps/Integration with Office 365
  • Office 365 Licensing
  • Office 365 Migrations
  • SharePoint Online & OneDrive for Business 101
  • The Easiest Way to Office 365
  • Making Money with clients in Office 365
  • Modern Malware and Next Generation Endpoint Security

Speakers include:

  • Grant Thompson – Independent Hoster with an Office 365 history dating back to BPOS Day One
  • Melanie Gass – Hosts the “Microsoft Princess” radio show and directs a successful Office 365 consultancy in the New York City-area.
  • Harry Brelsford – Author of 19-books on server technologies and IT Pro consulting,

REGISTER HERE: Read carefully how you can attend with a complimentary pass.

Tour Cities:

  • January 27, 2015: Bellevue, WA
  • January 29, 2015: Silicon Valley, CA
  • February 26, 2015: Los Angeles, CA
  • March 26, 2015: New York, New York
  • April 16, 2015: Chicago, IL
  • April 30, 2015: Dallas, TX
  • May 14, 2015: Washington D.C.

Who are we and why are we doing this?

We are long-time community members who don’t work for Microsoft and value our independent analysis, research, workshops and community activities. Our intention is to develop a nationwide network of independent Office 365 community groups and meet quarterly. In short, we can tell it like it is and real world Office 365 best practices, something that is difficulty for traditional Microsoft events to accomplish. Learn more about us here:

Thank you for your consideration in participating in our inaugural Office 365 Community Group meetings in the first part of 2015!

Hurry and sign-up here:

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