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#WIN10: NYC done; LA next

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By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman, SMB Nation and O365nation

Just as Microsoft confirmed July 29 as the date for General Availability (see our coverage here), the SMB Nation team was madly racing to launch our first Windows 10 workshop in New York City this past Tuesday. By any measure, it was a success as the goal for each city (five total in June) is to have 50 highly- qualified MSPs participate in a pilot program and focus group. The results will be used to craft Windows 10 strategy in Microsoft FY16 starting in July 2015. Our expert speaker, Onuora Amobi from Windows 10 Update is presenting in all cities and brings extensive knowledge to the table. Frankly, he knows more than you do about Windows june 2 2015 edited

The crowd of 51 sign-ups in NYC was enthusiastically engaged, to say the least. The conversations ranged from the technical dimensions to what I’d call the geopolitical debate of Microsoft not caring enough for the small partner. All of the feedback was noted and will be part of the final report for Microsoft.

Next up is Los Angeles, Calif., this coming TUESDAY June 9, so sign up here:

You should also check the dates for our workshops in Fort Lauderdale, Austin and Redmond. All of these occur in June 2015.

Webroot Announces Accelerated Growth in Q3

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Webroot announced today its Q3 highlights ending March 31, which included growth across all business segments, driven by customer demand and increase in channel and MSP partnerships.

More than 380 new MSP partners joined Webroot in Q3, and bookings from new business grew 40 percent year-over-year in in the small and medium business segment.

“We are a strong growth company with every region growing in double digits in revenue this quarter,” said Dick Williams, Webroot CEO. “A combination of the lightest endpoint agent and collective threat intelligence makes Webroot cybersecurity ideal for protecting virtually any device and the Internet of Everything. We remain focused on delivering a smarter approach to cybersecurity that works better for our customers, and they have awarded us with their loyalty and satisfaction.”

Webroot continued to expand its channel network with Continuum, which is bundling Webroot SecureAnywhere Business Endpoint Protection into its intelligent Remote Monitoring and Management platform.

Avnet Technology Solutions, an operating group of Avnet, Inc., announced yesterday it will begin offering Cisco and IBM’s new VersaStack solution in Latin America.

“VersaStack provides a valuable framework that our partners can use to capitalize on the vast opportunities in the integrated infrastructure market,” said Carlos Homps, director of solutions, marketing and sales acceleration, Avnet Technology Solutions, Latin America and the Caribbean. “The Avnet team has proven expertise in bringing complex, multi-vendor integrated systems to life, and we look forward to helping our channel partners continue to evolve and grow in this market space.”

According to Avnet Technology Solutions, key benefits of the solution to Latin American channel partners include channel focus and backing by Cisco Validated Design reference architectures.

More information about VersaStack is available here.

Quick Heal Technologies Earns Advanced IT Security Rating

IT security solutions provider Quick Heal Technologies announced today it earned an advanced rating from AV-Comparatives, an independent testing authority focused exclusively on security software.

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“Certification by AV-Comparatives represents an official seal of approval that is globally recognized,” said Farokh Karani, Director - North America, Sales and Channels, Quick Heal Technologies. “As we enter the North American market, the advanced rating from this highly respected testing organization gives our technology immediate credibility and reinforces the Quick Heal brand as a name our customers and channel partners can trust.”

The file detection test results indicated Quick Heal was on par with industry companies including ESET and Panda and ahead of vendors AVG and Trend Micro.

Quick Heal offers information on partnership opportunities here.

Microsoft Canada announced today further expansion across North America with plans to deliver Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from Toronto and Quebec City in 2016. Microsoft

Delivering these services from data centers on Canada increases possibilities for companies that have strict data storage compliance codes and addresses data residency considerations for customers and partners of all sizes now using cloud computing.

"Soon, the Microsoft Cloud will be truly Canadian," said Kevin Turner, Worldwide Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft, who traveled to Toronto to make the announcement. "This substantial investment in a Canadian cloud demonstrates how committed we are to bringing even more opportunity to Canadian businesses and government organizations, helping them fully realize the cost savings and flexibility of the cloud. According to IDC, total public cloud spend in Canada is projected to grow to $2.5 billion by next year. The fastest growth will be from public cloud infrastructure with a strong 45 percent increase by 2016.”

Azure is anticipated to be generally available in early 2016, while O365 and Dynamics CRM Online are expected later in 2016.