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Post Cyber-Attack: Know what you have

Leipzig, 05/17/2017 – Over the past weekend, the so-called “WannaCry” crypto virus attacked tens of thousands of international businesses, private persons and government agencies. It targeted devices running Microsoft Windows operating systems that lacked the necessary security patch levels.

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Monthly Microsoft Updates

Leipzig, 05/17/2017 – On a monthly basis, we inform you on selected product and licensing news to keep you up to date.

The current topics are: Windows 10 Creators Update is available since 11 April, Windows 10 Home to Pro Right Licensing for E3/E5, Office 365 groups guest access, green light for the integration of Microsoft Yammer in Office 365 groups, important information for Office 365 Enterprise E4 customers, Windows 10 support for CBB Build (1507) has ended, Microsoft announces updates to Office 365 Enterprise K1 plan and the release of Threat Intelligence and Advanced Data Governance, plus updates to Advanced Threat Protection.

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The integration of Microsoft Yammer in Office 365 Groups is under way

Leipzig, 05/11/2017 – With the start of Microsoft Yammer Enterprise's integration in Office 365 there is now an even stronger connection between Yammer Enterprise and Office 365 Groups, as Yammer Enterprise will no longer be available as a standalone license.

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The Most Important (NEW) Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10

Leipzig, 05/05/2017 – Windows 10 brings plenty of new features, an improved Start menu, Cortana and Microsoft Edge. Familiar and new keyboard functions make operation even simpler and more efficient. Find a cheat sheet with the most important shortcuts.

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Supercharge your day-to-day work with Macros

Leipzig, 04/28/2017 – Macros are handy add-ons when it comes to reducing the daily workload and to streamlining the user’s own handling of MS Office. We provide you with a step to step guide on how to get started with macros.

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5 Useful Functions in Skype for Business

Leipzig, 04/21/2017 Skype for Business has brought us all closer together. The program has become indispensable for companies operating on an international stage in particular. COMPAREX has put together five useful functions that every user should know in order to use the tool as efficiently as possible.

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Monthly Microsoft Updates

Leipzig, 04/20/2017 – On a monthly basis, we inform you on selected product and licensing news to keep you up to date.

The current topics are: Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 and Premium Assurance are available since March 2017, Windows 7/8.1 – No More Support for the New Generation of CPUs and Important Changes to the MPSA and Retirement of Select Plus effective since 1 April 2017.

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Office 365 E5 Plan: How good is the Enterprise Version?

Leipzig, 04/18/2017 – Software vendors are constantly busy adding updates and features to their products. An E5 version is now available for Office 365. The customers are finding it increasingly difficult to keep track of which version is best suited for individual cases. Useful or useless?

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Getting ready for software audits with COMPAREX

Leipzig, 03/21/2017 – Software audits are becoming increasingly frequent and can keep entire departments busy for months – time and resources that could certainly be used to better effect elsewhere. What is the purpose behind an audit? And how can you protect yourself?

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Enterprise 2.0: Social Media in Companies

Leipzig, 03/15/2017 – Many companies use social networks as standard communication channels. Many users adopted them as parts of their everyday routines. Thino Ullmann shines a spotlight on Enterprise 2.0 and the role that Microsoft plays in a digital workplace.

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Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Edge: How to Browse the Web with Windows 10

Leipzig, 03/08/2017 – You’ve downloaded Windows 10, but out of habit you continue to surf the net with the old Internet Explorer or an alternative browser? Our tips and tricks for Microsoft Edge ensure the switch will be perfectly easy. We’ll tell you what’s new and where to find the familiar functions.

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Teamwork with Microsoft Office 365 Groups

Leipzig, 03/02/2017 – Collaboration in a modern environment is the connecting link between all of the products in Office 365. Microsoft Office 365 Groups addresses this issue. Thino Ullmann explains the benefits of teamwork with Microsoft Office 365 Groups.

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Hybrid scenarios with SharePoint 2016 – Sensibly combined at last

Leipzig, 02/21/2017 – Although hybrid scenarios with SharePoint are not new, SharePoint 2016 turns them into a real treat as well. While the data remains resting on the in-house server, users can switch seamlessly between SharePoint On-Premises and SharePoint Online.

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Monthly Microsoft Updates

Leipzig, 02/17/2017 – On a monthly basis, we inform you on selected product and licensing news to keep you up to date.

The current topics are: End of support for the 2013 versions of Office 365 client applications, Windows 10 upgrade benefits for Windows cloud subscriptions in CSP, Windows VDA price adjustments, Azure will no longer be available through the MPSA, changes in accessibility for Microsoft Project 2013 & Project Online, Premium Assurance extends Microsoft support, System Center 2016 Client Management Suite is no longer available, Windows Nano Server – SA for Server + CAL Required

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Tuning Outlook – 7 tips to increase your speed

Leipzig, 02/15/2017 – Your Outlook is too slow? In many cases this will be due to incorrect settings that can be remedied quickly. We have put together 7 tips to help you tune your Outlook and get it up and running at full speed.

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Since 1 February 2017, Microsoft Azure is no longer available through MPSA

Leipzig, 02/10/2017 Microsoft Azure is still available through Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Agreement Subscription (EAS), Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE), Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) and Microsoft Online Subscription Program (MOSP).
Customers, who have already purchased Microsoft Azure through MPSA, remain unaffected by the changes.

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Individualize Windows 10: The best free apps for a better functionality

Leipzig, 12/21/2016 Windows 10 comes with great new features. Users can navigate intuitively through an improved Start menu, ask Cortana for advice, or skip back and forth between virtual desktops. But there are a few more tricks to improve the performance of Windows 10.

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10 Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Edge (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet)

Leipzig, 12/06/2016 – Microsoft Edge includes a number of new, handy features, among them Web Note to write, type and draw directly on webpages. The small e symbol as a desktop icon and keyboard combination has remained unchanged. We have compiled 10 keyboard combinations that make surfing the net that little bit easier.

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The five best Excel functions for beginners

Leipzig, 11/25/2016 – We have taken a look at the most common Excel functions to give novices a better grasp of the world’s most commonly used spreadsheet calculation program and present to you: The five best Excel functions for beginners.

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Individualize Windows 10: Free apps for your custom look

Leipzig, 11/11/2016 – Here we have collected ten apps for Windows 10 that will allow you to individualize its look. Some of them bring back features from older Windows versions, while others customize the layout to accommodate personal tastes. And the best thing? All of these apps are free!

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Why there is currently no file hosting service alternative to OneDrive for Business

Leipzig, 11/02/2016 – Which file hosting service ticks all the right boxes? The file hosting service OneDrive for Business might not (yet) be quite such a household name as Dropbox or Google Drive, but it is the only product currently on the market that is truly mature enough for (secure) deployment in business environments. Christoph Vollmann, SharePoint Consultant at COMPAREX, introduces the service.

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New Azure Pricing Changes

Leipzig, 10/21/2016 – As of October 1st, many changes have gone into effect regarding Microsoft Azure. There are several ways to purchase Azure, and Microsoft has taken steps to create price parity between the different licensing programs (with a couple of exceptions), which makes it more important than ever to take a step back and look at your Azure investment to ensure you are positioned to maximize the benefits and savings available.

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COMPAREX Appointed Indirect Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Distributor in the EU and EFTA 

Leipzig, 10/17/2016 – Microsoft has welcomed the global COMPAREX Group into the circle of selected indirect Cloud Solution Provider (CSP). As of today, COMPAREX will act as one of few key CSP distributors for resellers in the EU and EFTA. The company has qualified for this leading role due to its geographical coverage, fully automated billing processes and a superb reputation in software services and license competence. 

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What is Office 365, and why should I use it?

Leipzig, 10/13/2016 – Many Office users have difficulty working out what Microsoft Office 365 actually is. Frequently it is equated with the ‘classic’ Office product. The users therefore assume that they simply receive Word, Excel and PowerPoint, etc. ‘from the cloud’. But precisely this aspect comes with new, additional benefits. Anton Neidel, COMPAREX expert for Microsoft technologies explains what they are.

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10 Shortcuts for Microsoft Word (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet)

Leipzig, 10/06/2016 – Microsoft Word is the perfect way of getting thoughts down on (digital) paper, no matter whether they are project drafts or to-do lists. Microsoft provides a large number of keyboard combinations that make using the word processing program that bit easier.

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ECS becomes SPE

Leipzig, 9/29/2016 – IT security is one of the most important areas in the IT landscape. Microsoft is also keeping a watchful eye on corporate security requirements, and is all set to launch its new Secure Productive Enterprise Suite (SPE) in October 2016 to replace the standard Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS). The new Enterprise Suite will be available in two versions, E3 and E5. COMPAREX Senior Technical Presales Executive Thino Ullmann has summarized the new features of the SPE, as well as the most important differences between the various versions of the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite (EMS) E3/ E5 and Windows 10 Enterprise E3/ E5.

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10 Shortcuts for MS OneNote (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet!)

Leipzig, 9/27/2016 – Create mind maps, make lists or paint little pictures. Everyone has their own way to record brainwaves and ideas. But no matter which method you prefer, Microsoft OneNote is a great way to keep notes clearly ordered, to add or alter contents easily and to retrieve thoughts with no trouble at all. The right keyboard combinations can even make management of the digital notebook a fair bit easier.

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10 Shortcuts for MS Excel (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet!)

Leipzig, 8/30/2016 – Worksheet calculations by Microsoft Excel enable plenty of arithmetical operations with formulas and other features, no matter whether you need to produce a cost summary or statistics. There is a detailed overview of keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Excel intended to help users tap into the full potential of this effective worksheet calculation program.

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Microsoft StorSimple – Automatic Disaster Recovery

Leipzig, 8/25/2016 – So far our author Henrik Motzkus has concentrated his detailed look into Microsoft StorSimple here on our blog on the fundamental features. Today he will expand on a few individual aspects. One of the most important of them is disaster recovery.

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10 Shortcuts when Creating PowerPoint Presentations (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet!)

Leipzig, 8/04/2016 – Microsoft offers a detailed list of shortcuts that will save you stacks of time and plenty of nerves when creating PowerPoint presentations. Here we’ve picked our ten favorites, which we believe will provide the greatest benefits the next time you set about creating a PPT presentation. We are delighted to provide a cheat sheet of this list in case you’re afraid you will read them once and then forget all about them.

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Happy 1st Cake Day, Windows 10! … and thanks for the Anniversary Update!

Leipzig, 8/02/2016 Windows 10 is celebrating its first anniversary and has every reason to be jubilant. Vendor Microsoft is now giving the 350 million strong community using the operating system a handsome present in its Anniversary Update. But instead of cake it comes with various improvements and new features – the kind of gift to get our juices flowing. Read our summary of the new features for corporate and EDU customers.

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Windows 10: Here are the Most Important (NEW) Keyboard Shortcuts (plus free cheat sheet to download!)

Leipzig, 7/19/2016 Windows 10 brings plenty of new features, including an improved Start menu, the digital voice-controlled assistant Cortana, the new browser Microsoft Edge and virtual desktops. Familiar and new keyboard functions make operation even simpler and more efficient. Below you will find a Windows 10 Shortcuts Cheat Sheet with the most important shortcuts.

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Microsoft License Configurator is now the Microsoft Volume Licensing Advisor

Leipzig, 7/18/2016 – With the recent changes to the requirements of the Enterprise Agreement, we decided it is time to update and rename our former License Configurator to Microsoft Volume Licensing Advisor. It describes the best what our tool offers to you: It provides guidance if you are lost in the wide range of available Microsoft Volume Licensing programs when looking for the best fitting one for your organization.

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The top 10 best keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Outlook (plus free cheat sheet to download!)

Leipzig, 7/06/2016 – Microsoft Outlook helps us plan and organize our (working) days. Microsoft has put together a detailed list of keyboard shortcuts to make using the personal information manager as efficient as possible. We’ve picked our top ten most valuable shortcuts.

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10 shortcuts when delivering presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint

Leipzig, 6/24/2016 – We recently presented ten keyboard shortcuts that make creating presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint easier. Again, we chose our ten favorite shortcuts to run through presentations smoothly.

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Operating virtual systems in the cloud?! The costs and benefits of flexible provisioning.

Leipzig, 6/30/2016 – The last instalment in my blog series checked out a few hybrid approaches. They included using virtual machines in Azure to balance load peaks. My musings were entitled “Does it have to be the whole cloud?” Of course it doesn’t, but sometimes it just makes sense. Anyone looking to shed some light on the topic of virtual machines in Azure will sooner or later come across some recurring terms and concepts. So let’s use this blog article to approach the topic systematically and explain what it’s all about.

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COMPAREX Continues Winning Streak with three Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards and a Nomination for SAM 

Leipzig, 6/14/2016 – Following last year’s win in Microsoft’s contested Software Asset Management (SAM) Partner of the year award category, global IT provider COMPAREX AG has been nominated yet again as one of the top 4-finalists for 2016. Moreover, COMPAREX has been recognized with the Microsoft Bulgaria and Kazakhstan Partner of the Year Awards as well as the Partner Seller LATAM Award. In doing so, the company has successfully followed up its extraordinary success in the 2015 awards season.

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Skype for Business: (b)ringing the personal Skype experience to the workplace

Leipzig, 6/6/2016 – Today, telephony is more than just making and receiving calls. It is an experience which is an integral part of our work and our private lives. It’s an essential communication channel within organizations and as such should be part of any efficient and intuitive workplace.

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How Can Additional License Fees be Avoided for Windows Server 2016?

Leipzig, 5/20/2016 – Announced some time ago, they are now scheduled for rollout: Microsoft is all set to launch the new versions of Windows Server in the second half of 2016. Besides necessary product modifications and new cloud-inspired features, there will be a number of changes to the license rights.

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Important Change for EU countries*

Redmond, 5/15/2016 – Microsoft announced today that Project Pro for Office 365 is now available under the name Project for Office 365 for these EU countries:

* Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

The change concerns the product name only. The product itself including all features will stay the same.

The Microsoft StorSimple Virtual Array

Leipzig, 5/10/2016 – COMPAREX Expert Henrik Motzkus spoke with COMPAREX Newsroom not long ago to explain what makes Microsoft StorSimple such a great option to get started in the hybrid storage cloud.

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Dos & Don'ts for Microsoft Licensing within a hosted service

Leipzig, 4/25/2016 – Many organizations are currently investigating the possibilities to purchase a hosted service. They want to realize savings on hardware and management as well as great scalability and flexibility potentials. Such a move raises some questions.

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Microsoft Azure StorSimple: Easy Entry to the Hybrid Cloud

Leipzig, 4/6/2016 – As we heard just recently from our COMPAREX MVP Eric Berg, storage is among the scenarios that are particularly suited to hybrid solutions. Today his colleague, COMPAREX IT Architect Henrik Motzkus, is recommending the great entry-level solution for cloud novices: Azure StorSimple.

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Hybrid Solutions Instead of the Full Cloud

Leipzig, 3/30/2016 – Cloud solutions like Microsoft Azure permit the use of data center infrastructures as services. What’s more, they also create and execute user-defined applications as services. But it doesn’t always have to be ‘the full cloud’. It’s all about hybrid infrastructure here.

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Top 10 best free SharePoint Apps from the Microsoft Store

Leipzig, 3/11/2016 – We have put together a selection of SharePoint apps, which we believe to provide the best help. And to top it off, these apps can be downloaded for free.

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Bring Your Own Device "not under my roof"?

Leipzig, 3/23/2016 – We currently find ourselves at the onset of a new revolution in IT. The last revolution began at the end of the nineties and was the introduction of the sophisticated utilization of client/server infrastructure and the advent of Active Directory, the predominant Directory service since then.

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"Setting up Shop" with the Windows Store for Business

Leipzig, 3/8/2016 – People should agree that the Microsoft Store, when compared to the Apple Store, was deemed to be a rather poor relation when considering application availability and the usability of the webstore interface.

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The Rudiments of Microsoft Azure: A Quick Guide by Eric Berg

Leipzig, 3/1/2016 – 5% of the Fortune 500 companies already use the Microsoft service Azure to access their cloud services via the Internet. What might this cloud solution look like? Eric Berg, COMPAREX Senior IT Consultant and MVP, presents the three areas of the Microsoft cloud service Azure: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.

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Microsoft Products and Services Agreement: One contract fits all

Leipzig, 2/26/2016 – The software giant Microsoft has announced that it will raise its entry threshold for Enterprise Agreement Contracts to 500 desktops from 1 July 2016. Reason enough for us to take a closer look at the Microsoft Products and Service Agreement (MPSA) as an alternative for companies with between 250 and 499 desktops.

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Microsoft Office 365: Flying blind with a cloud product? Learn more about proper planning!

Leipzig, 2/19/2016 – Trusty Office in an improved form? Microsoft promises cost reductions, mobility, flexibility, and outstanding availability of 99.9 percent. In this article our expert Torsten Schaper explains what needs to be taken into consideration when planning cloud and Microsoft Office 365 services. Let’s get started!

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Landmark change in Redmond: Microsoft raises the minimum threshold for Enterprise Agreements (EA)

Leipzig, 2/2/2016 – Microsoft has announced changes to its Enterprise Agreement Program, starting 1 July 2016! We have put together the most important questions & answers to help you find your way.

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The COMPAREX Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Skype for Business

Leipzig, 2/1/2016 – If you want to smoothly navigate yourself through your work day, shortcuts can help you to be a tad more quickly. When it comes to instant messaging, voice calls and video conferencing in Skype for Business Microsoft provides an extended list of shortcuts you can choose from. Get here the COMPAREX cheat sheet with our top ten recommendations.

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Questions and answers concerning Office 365 ProPlus

Leipzig, 11/27/2015 – Madeleine van de Rotten, Cloud Consultant at COMPAREX Netherlands answers common questions on Office 365 ProPlus. She also points out the differences to Office 2013 Professional.

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COMPAREX IT Consultant Eric Berg awarded the title of Microsoft MVP

Leipzig, 11/13/2015 – Eric Berg received the glad tidings on 1 October 2015: Microsoft has awarded him the title of “Most Valuable Professional” (MVP). The qualified business engineer received this accolade for his outstanding work in the Microsoft Community.

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Global Microsoft Partner COMPAREX invited to open subsidiary in Canada

Leipzig, 8/26/2015 – As part of its strategic international growth plan, COMPAREX has now entered the Canadian market. After the recent expansion in the United States this is the next step to service COMPAREX’s customers all over North America.

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COMPAREX recognized as winner for 2015 Microsoft Volume Licensing Partner of the Year

Leipzig, 6/17/2015 – COMPAREX today announced it has won the 2015 Microsoft Volume Licensing Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

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COMPAREX recognized global "2015 Microsoft SAM Partner of the Year"

Leipzig, 6/15/2015 – COMPAREX today announced it has won the global 2015 Microsoft SAM Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

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Microsoft names COMPAREX Global Cloud Partner of the Year 2014

Leipzig, 3/25/2015 – COMPAREX received the accolade as Global Cloud Partner of the Year, which the vendor awards to global Licensing Solution Providers (LSP). The awards ceremony was held in March at the Microsoft EMEA Channel Partner Conference 2015 in Dublin.

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