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  • Blog Post: How do other education institutions solve their storage problems? Webinar

    Education customers have vast quantities of data to be stored – and demand for more storage from users is growing all the time. There are three basic choices: Keep adding storage in-house in your own datacentre (even if you’re a smaller school with a little stack of servers, it’ll quickly grow to become...
  • Blog Post: Webinar: How Office 365 Education helps students learn

    We’ve got a webinar coming up in two weeks for Australian schools: The subject of our next school-focused webinar is “ How do you give your students better learning experiences with a rich, interactive collaborative environment that will prepare them for the demands of a 21st century workforce? ” We...
  • Blog Post: Webinar on cloud privacy and data sovereignty

    The benefits of cloud computing for public sector organisations run right across the public sector, including education.  But as executives explore the opportunities, they often become concerned about data security and the privacy risks associated with online services – and justifiably so. We’re...
  • Blog Post: The next wave of One to One Learning- Professional Development webcast series

    Our worldwide Partners in Learning team run a series of Education webcasts focused on providing deep insights into teaching and learning. They are run from the Microsoft global headquarters in Seattle, and feature presenters from around the world. Fortunately for us in Australia, they are scheduled to...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Learning Strategies of the 21st Century Learner - Virtual Professional Development webcast series

    Our worldwide Partners in Learning team run a series of Education webcasts focused on providing deep insights into teaching and learning. They are run from the Microsoft global headquarters in Seattle, and feature presenters from around the world. Fortunately for us in Australia, they are scheduled to...
  • Blog Post: Webinar: Developing students’ 21st Century skills

    Expanding Learning Horizons , one of our national education partners, is running a webinar next Thursday on “How to develop students’ 21st Century skills”. Fortunately, the first thing on the agenda is to define what those skills are in an Australian context ( I mention this because...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in schools - Dashboards in SharePoint 2013

    Rod Colledge , is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, and an expert on the technology side of the use of Business Intelligence in education in Australia. For a living, he helps Microsoft customers with their own business intelligence projects, through his business at StrataDB ...
  • Blog Post: Ask the Experts–Tomorrow's BYOD in Education Webinar for partners

    Every month we run a Microsoft "Ask the Experts" webinar for Microsoft Education Partners in Australia, and on tomorrow's webinar we're going to do a deep dive into BYOD in schools (BYOD=Bring Your Own Device). I've got expert colleagues joining the webinar, and they'll talk about some of the...
  • Blog Post: Join the online launch of Office 365 on Thursday 28th Feb

    The invitation is out for anybody to join our Virtual Launch Event next week as we celebrate the availability of a major new release coming to Office 365 for businesses and education customers. Kurt DelBene, President of the Microsoft Office Division, will talk about Microsoft’s vision for productivity...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 in education–webcast for Australian partners

    CIOs are looking to cloud computing for delivery of ICT capabilities, and that is no different for education customers. In education, there's an emphasis on mobility, and supporting students and teachers using their own personal devices. Microsoft has a free version of Office 365 – Office 365 for education...
  • Blog Post: Big Data webcast on 19th February

    In two weeks time we're hosting a webcast on Microsoft’s vision and solutions for Big Data, and to discuss the strategic potential of Big Data for organisations. In the business world today, senior IT people and their business counterparts are struggling to gain business insight from the unprecedented...
  • Blog Post: Ask the Experts–February Education Webinar for partners

    Every month we run a Microsoft "Ask the Experts" webinar for Microsoft Education Partners in Australia, and following the first one this morning the attendees have voted for next month's to dive deeply into BYOD in schools (BYOD=Bring Your Own Device). I've already lined up expert colleagues...
  • Blog Post: 29th Jan Webinar - Office 365 for education with Microsoft MVP Loryan Strant

    As I've mentioned before, Loryan Strant's running weekly Office 365 for education webinars for schools in Australia ( Office 365 for education is our free, cloud-based service, that gives you Exchange email, SharePoint collaboration, Lync communications, and the browser-based Office Web apps - Word,...
  • Blog Post: Ask the Experts–Monthly webinar for Microsoft Education Partners in Australia

    We've just announced a new series of Ask The Experts webinars for Microsoft Education partners, and the first one is coming up in two weeks' time, on Tuesday 29th January at 11:00 AM. It's going to be a short-sharp focused 30 minute session, with 15 minutes put aside afterwards for Q&A. The aim is...
  • Blog Post: Learn more about the Office DevCamps in Sydney and Melbourne

    At the beginning of February, we've got a team of developers and trainers coming over to Sydney and Melbourne to run free Office DevCamps, for anybody who wants to develop apps for Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint and the Office Web Apps) to get listed in the new Office Store. As the vast...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with Office 365 for education - webinar from Microsoft MVP Loryan Strant

    Office 365 for education is our free, cloud-based service, that gives you email through Exchange, collaboration with SharePoint, and document services with Office Web applications (Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint - all running through your browser). You can use it for all kinds of things, from something...
  • Blog Post: Wednesday's Webinar–Tablets in schools

    This week's webinar "Tablets in Schools" is on Wednesday 5th December from 1 – 2pm. Cooper Wearne, the host, promises:   Everything your school needs to know about Windows 8 hardware. We will be looking at the emerging role tablets are playing in schools and we will highlight our recommended...
  • Blog Post: A free course from Charles Sturt University on developing Windows Phone 8 apps

    To coincide with the release of Windows Phone 8, IT Masters are offering a free short course in developing Windows Phone 8 applications.  All facets of the course will be delivered online in 1 1 / 2 hour sessions, with live, after hours Workshops being run by one of the industry’s leading experts...
  • Blog Post: Meet the modern office–the webinar version

    Cooper Wearne, who sits near me, is the host for our webinar series – and his next one is on the new Office. The webinar is on Thursday 15th November, from 1 to 2pm (AEST): Webinar: Meet the Modern Office Microsoft would like to invite you to join the webinar series...
  • Blog Post: New recordings of the free Office webinars every Tuesday

    Doug Thomas is in the part of the Office team that writes help content for Office on the Office.com website, and in the help pages of the software. And he's recently branched out to producing mini webinars to help you discover new parts of the Office suite. They're run every week, but unfortunately for...
  • Blog Post: Generation-e's cloud webinar for education

    One of our cloud partners in education, Generation-e , are running a webinar in October, looking at how you can use our free and paid Office 365 for education cloud services. It's going to be held on Thursday 18th October, at 1PM AEST. The presenter, Stuart Moore, is a seasoned cloud professional and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Webinars coming up in the next three months

    My colleagues that work with schools are running a series of free webinars over the next three months: The Microsoft Education Webinar Series is now live! We will be hosting a monthly webinar where you can get the latest information on key topics for education. These webinars are designed for...
  • Blog Post: Authorised Education Reseller webinar for Microsoft partners – Wednesday 4th April

    We are hosting a webinar for Authorised Education Resellers (AERs) on Wednesday next week. All Microsoft Partners working in the Education market in Australia are invited to attend. Microsoft experts will provide briefings on current promotions and offers, as well as ways to expand your businesses and...
  • Blog Post: Todays webinar on unified Communications with Polycom

    A reminder: Today Polycom and Microsoft are hosting a webinar at lunchtime that will look at the practical side of creating a unified communications system. From an education point of view, there’s two key reasons I keep coming across for buying unified communications systems: Save money – by switching...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications webinar with Polycom

    Polycom and Microsoft are hosting a webinar next Wednesday 28th March that will look at the practical side of creating a unified communications system. Ugh, “ Unified Communications ”, what’s that all about? To be honest, it’s turned into the short-form phrase for sticking your telephones, video conferencing...
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