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  • Blog Post: Could Cortana in education help students and teachers?

    Cortana is the intelligent voice-activated assistant on a Windows Phone - described as ‘your personal assistant in your phone’ - and it provides a new way of interacting with other people and your phone. I’ve been using Cortana on my phone for a while now, using the Developer Preview of Windows 8.1 and...
  • Blog Post: Are you attending the Education Strategy Briefing at the Australia Partner Conference next week?

    Next week we’re hosting the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference in the Gold Coast Convention Centre. It’s a week full of strategic information on key topics across the Microsoft business. On Tuesday 2 September, before the main conference opens later, we are hosting an Education Strategy Briefing...
  • Blog Post: Are you running Windows XP or Office 2003 anywhere?

    I was in a government medical clinic two weeks ago, where they had rolled out a brand new system for managing their customer workflow and medical records. And every single computer, with this brand new software system, was running on Windows XP. They had built a brand-new mission critical IT system on...
  • Blog Post: How to choose the right device in education

    The search for the right device for both yourself and your school, TAFE or university can be challenging. What type of device will I get? What do all the specs mean? Which device will best cater for my needs? The problem is, with the broad collection of Windows devices now available, and the vast price...
  • Blog Post: Update 3: Microsoft Surface RT Education offer in Australia

    One of the most frequent questions that we’ve been asked about the Microsoft Surface RT offer for education customers in Australia (the offer is for education institutions to be able to order the Microsoft Surface RT from AU$219) is “can I get the Surface RT Education offer in stores, rather...
  • Blog Post: Update 2: Microsoft Surface RT for education in Australia

    There are a few new details to let you know about the Microsoft Surface RT offer for education customers in Australia which we announced nearly a month ago (the offer is for education institutions to be able to order the Microsoft Surface RT from AU$219). In the first update on the Surface education...
  • Blog Post: Update 1: The Microsoft Surface offer for schools, TAFEs and universities in Australia

    I published the key info yesterday on the Microsoft Surface RT offer for education customers in Australia , which allows schools, TAFEs and universities to buy Surface RT from AU$219. Overnight I’ve had a couple of questions from people about the offer, and I’ve also laid my hands on the full Surface...
  • Blog Post: Australia Microsoft Surface RT offer for Education

    You may have heard about the worldwide launch of a great Microsoft Surface offer for schools and tertiary education customers. It is exclusively for education institutions, to buy Microsoft Surface RT tablets at a reduced price for a limited time. The good news is that I can share with you the details...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft seminars for schools in Sydney on Thursday 9 May

    After the Brisbane and Melbourne events, at the end of next week, we're running a pair of seminars in Sydney for schools too on Thursday 9 May. It gives you a chance to look at Windows 8 and Office 365 Education, as well as chat with Microsoft staff and colleagues from other schools. And there's specific...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft seminars for schools in Melbourne on Monday 6th May

    At the beginning of next week, we're running a pair of seminars in Melbourne for schools, to give you a chance to look at Windows 8 and Office 365 Education, as well as chat with Microsoft staff and colleagues from other schools. And there's specific sessions for school leaders, IT managers, and classroom...
  • Blog Post: When does Windows XP support end? Less than a year

    If you've got any computers running Windows XP around your school, TAFE or university, then you've got less than a year to do something serious about it. Windows XP is more than 12 years old now, as it was launched in 2001 - and like all good things, it's coming to an end. In less than a year in fact...
  • Blog Post: Starting university with a Windows 8 tablet from Dell

    InformationWeek's Education section is reporting on the South Illinois University's plan to hand new students Windows 8 tablets from Dell as they start. According to the university, they'll be at the centre of a project to support new styles of learning as well as save students money through e-textbooks...
  • Blog Post: The Mathletics website now on every Windows 8 device

    You may notice that some websites on Windows 8 ask you to open them in the desktop version of Internet Explorer, rather than the modern UI version, because they are written in Flash - even though Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 has an integrated Flash Player, avoiding the need to download and install...
  • Blog Post: Building an engaging Windows 8 education app for students

    Earlier I wrote about building a Windows 8 education app for teachers , and here's part  two - building an interactive, engaging Windows 8 education app for students. We pick up where I left off earlier – where teachers have assigned an assignment to a group of students. Creating an immersive Windows...
  • Blog Post: Building an engaging Windows 8 education app for teachers

    Developing an education app is about designing an experience, before writing code . One way is to talk to teachers and students. Another way is to look at examples, and that's why we created 'App Idea Books' for Windows 8. They cover different areas – games, entertainment, news, productivity, sports...
  • Blog Post: Update 5: Windows 8 apps for education – ClickView Windows 8 app

    The first Australian education apps are starting to appear, and the charge is being led by ClickView , which is used by thousands of schools around the country. The native Windows 8 ClickView Player app allows you to search and playback videos, podcasts and vodcasts from the ClickView library, and the...
  • Blog Post: Which Windows 8 device for next academic year?

    There's all kinds of new devices running Windows 8 appearing on the shelves of retailers and online stores at the moment. In fact, it seems as if new ones pop up every time I walk away from my screen. Which might lead you to looking at the choices for different Windows devices for next academic year...
  • Blog Post: Update 2: Windows 8 Education apps in the Windows Store

    I thought this week I'd highlight three Windows 8 education apps that have been created by universities - DePaul University – College of Computing and Digital Media Windows Store link for DePaul University Windows 8 app The DePaul College of Computing and Digital Media Windows Store App...
  • Blog Post: New Lenovo Windows 8 tablets and laptops

    A month ago I wrote about a dozen new Windows 8 devices – laptops, tablets and All-In-Ones running Windows 8 and Windows RT – that were being previewed before the big day on 26th October when Windows 8 is officially released. It means that as a education user thinking about what devices teachers and...
  • Blog Post: Getting ready for Windows 8 and getting off Windows XP

    There's significantly less than two years to go before Windows XP is unsupported , and of course if you're still running Windows XP in your school, it's worth remembering that Windows XP was probably born before some or many of your students . But for schools making the shift to Windows 8, there's still...
  • Blog Post: What are you going to choose for the new Academic year? New Windows 8 devices coming soon

    I was chatting with teachers earlier this week, at a school workshop in Sydney, and one of the subjects that came up was "What device should we be looking at for next academic year?". It's a really tricky question, for two reasons: When you're choosing a Windows device, you're spoilt for choice...
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune in education–a step by step guide to implementing Intune

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Windows Intune for education , and the relevance of its new features to education customers. Of course, listing a set of new features with a single bullet point probably isn't enough to help you to understand how those features would actually work in an education network...
  • Blog Post: What's new for education in the latest Intune release?

    Yesterday, I wrote about Intune for BYOD in education , specifically for device management in education networks. But I didn't dive into much detail about the product, and what it can do. Although there's plenty of information on the Intune website, you might be interested in reading the guide to what...
  • Blog Post: Free leadership event in Brisbane- 21st century learning: How the best schools leverage technology to improve learning

    In three weeks' time, on Friday 20th July, we're running a joint Microsoft & Samsung event in Brisbane, for school senior leaders. The day is designed specifically for School Principals, IT Directors and their Curriculum Directors.   21st century learning: How the best schools leverage technology...
  • Blog Post: Less than two years to go before Windows XP is unsupported

    There’s still a sizeable proportion of computers in schools, TAFEs and universities that are running Windows XP. Whilst I know that some staff will like this (after all, they have a reputation for resisting change), it does mean that students are probably getting the worst deal. 97% of students...
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