Virtually Anywhere Access
Share and Collaborate With Others
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Who can benefit from a workspace?
What Can You Do With an Office Live Workspace?
There are a variety of ways to use Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta for school, extracurricular and personal projects:
Share documents with others
Prepare for a class presentation
Organize a study group
Organize an event
How can I get an Office Live Workspace?
Office Live Workspace beta, available in English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, Korean, Polish and Traditional Chinese worldwide, comes with advanced virus protection from Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint, and is accessible using a Windows Live ID and password.
You can get Office Live Workspace directly from http://officelive.com, or through your school with the Live@edu program:
UK Education Group Partner News
Following the Professional Developers Conference and the EDUCAUSE Event, there have been a number of Software + Services announcements. I thought that I’d try and provide a summary of these with links to more detailed information for those interested.
Microsoft is providing software plus services that will help Institutions effectively invest in IT for the next generations of learning
Cloud services, when employed alongside other core technology enablers and innovations, are resulting in dramatic benefits for Higher Ed institutions.
Microsoft is announcing new additions to our software plus services portfolio for Education, including Microsoft Azure Services Platform and Office Web applications.
A Press Release can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/oct08/10-27PDCDay1PR.mspx
Q: What are you announcing today?
A: Today we are announcing our vision for software-plus-services for the education market and new technologies to help institutions realize the next generation of computing today. With the state of the economy, schools expect both innovation and cost savings with their IT investments, and by using Microsoft technology, they can get the best of both worlds – choosing on-campus software and/or hosted/online services, whatever best fits their needs.
We also introduced Office Web applications, which are light weight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, through the browser (IE, Safari and Firefox). Also, the new Microsoft Azure Services Platform will help developers build the next generation of applications that will span from the cloud to the datacenter and deliver compelling new user experiences across the PC, Web and phone.
Q: What, exactly, is software plus services and what products/services from Microsoft are examples of S+S?
A: Software plus services is an industry shift driven by the recognition that combining Internet services with client and server software can deliver compelling opportunities and solutions. By bringing together the best of both software and services, we maximize capabilities, choice and flexibility for our customers. The broad software plus services approach unites multiple industry phenomena including software-as-a-service, service-oriented development and the Web 2.0 user experience under a common umbrella.
Microsoft has two categories of ‘finished’ offerings as part of our S+S strategy. Live offerings are primarily designed to meet the needs of individuals and small business for who ease of use, simplicity of access and flexibility is paramount. Following the S+S approach, Live offerings provide a set of service enhancements to client based offerings. For gaming and entertainment, Xbox Live provides a wide range of services that enhance the Xbox gaming experience and make it more social. Office Live enhances the Office personal productivity experience with services for collaborating and accessing you documents. And Windows Live is the must have addition to the Windows experience for communicating and sharing.
Similarly, most software services become more compelling when coupled with software or merely enabled for offline access using technologies such as Windows Live Mesh to ensure, for example, that photos taken with a digital camera are transparently and automatically backed-up to storage in the cloud and copied to the digital picture frame at grandma’s house on the other side of the world.
Q: Microsoft is becoming increasingly vocal about the shift to software plus services but how do you differentiate your offering?
A: Software plus services is an industry-wide vision focused on changing the way software is written and deployed. The next wave of computing is about offering customers the power of choice, delivering applications across PCs, phones, TVs, and other devices, at work and in the home, whether hosted in the clouds, on premise or a combination of the two. It’s also about driving change in business models through advertising, subscriptions, and online transactions. We’re different from others in the industry delivering on software plus services because of the depth and breadth of our platform and our vast ecosystem of developers. Microsoft delivers our partners and customers the best solutions for business and consumer users while providing them the flexibility of choice of both software and services, or a combination of the two.
Q: Who are the Office Web applications for?
A: The Office Web applications are designed to benefit people at home, work and school, providing them with the right tools to be productive wherever they are and across all devices. The Office Web apps complement Office on the desktop for people who use Office every day, as well as open the door to productivity for people who do not traditionally use Office programs on their desktop.
Specifically, we see Office Web applications used by:
Q: What is the Azure Services Platform?
A: The Azure™ Services Platform (Azure) is an internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers, which provides an operating system and a set of developer services that can be used individually or together. Azure’s flexible and interoperable platform can be used to build new applications to run from the cloud or enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities. Its open architecture gives developers the choice to build web applications, applications running on connected devices, PCs, servers, or hybrid solutions offering the best of online and on-premises.
Q: Is the Azure Services Platform one, single product or several product offerings combined into one?
A: The Azure Services Platform provides multiple cloud services that can each be used independently or in combination. It is a new cloud computing platform that enables developers to build the next wave of applications spanning the PC, mobile devices and the Web. Powerful new Microsoft tools and technologies available to developers will bring to life rich user experiences across a broad range of both business and consumer scenarios.
Q: What are you announcing today about Windows 7 at the PDC?
A: Today we are excited to unveil Windows 7 pre-beta code to PDC attendees. Windows 7 is designed to make everyday tasks faster and easier, and make new things possible for end-users.
Q: Yesterday Microsoft talked about the Azure Services Platform. How is Windows relevant if we’re moving towards this new cloud computing model?
A: For years, Windows has connected thousands of peripherals and partners to the PC ecosystem. Now, as the power of devices increases and the ubiquity of the web unfolds, Microsoft’s delivering on its Software + Services strategy by building platforms, tools, infrastructure and solutions to enable new kinds of applications and services that extend from the server, to the datacenter, to the cloud – and from the browser, to the PC, to the phone and beyond. The foundation of this strategy is Windows – it weaves these devices, applications and services together offering a seamless, unified experience for customers.
Q: How does Windows 7 fit into Microsoft’s software plus services vision?
A: For years, Windows has connected thousands of peripherals and partners to the PC ecosystem. Windows already integrates many service-enhanced experiences including Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center and Windows Update. As we move into the Windows 7 era, an increasing number of Windows experiences will be service enabled or powered by services. The platform itself is designed to interact with services and the new device experiences in Windows are completely delivered through services, built to host services and designed to be enriched by services. Windows Live services are another important aspect of this vision. Windows Live are the essential set of services that are designed to work with the Windows platform. As services become richer, they increasingly tap into the power of the PC for the most compelling interfaces, graphics capabilities, hardware acceleration, offline storage, computational power and increased performance. Services also rely on Windows to forge a relationship with the growing number of devices people use today.
Q: What are you announcing today about Office at PDC?
A: Today we are announcing that as part of the next release of Office, Microsoft will deliver Office Web applications, which are light weight versions of its Office programs, through the browser. Specifically, we plan to release four Web applications for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote enabling people to view, edit and collaborate on Office documents in a Web browser, as well as post them to blogs and Websites.
Q: When will the Office Web application be available?
A: There will be a private technical preview available later this year. To get more information and updates about beta availability, sign up for Office Live Workspace at http://workspace.officelive.com today.
Microsoft Select Plus for Academic represents an innovative step toward a volume licensing solution that is flexible, easy to manage, and balances growing technology needs with predictable costs in order to realise the most value from their software investment.
In case you could not attend any of the Live Meetings or 1:1 EdLAR training in TVP, this is your chance to learn about the most important improvements in Select Plus in less than five minutes. But before we do so, we’d like to mention the key features that Select and Select Plus have in common.
What are the most important improvements in Select Plus?
Better Software Asset Management
In Select, each legal entity that wants to order and manage its own licenses and Software Assurance benefits has to enter into a Select Enrollment. This requires a minimum three-year consumption of 750 points across all selected Product Pools. In Select Plus any entity – not just legal entities – can order and manage its own licenses and SA benefits. A simple Sign-up Form replaces the Select enrollment, and there is no minimum volume. Licenses can be tracked easily because each entity receives a unique so-called Public Customer Number (PCN). If a merger or take-over happens, the entity’s licenses can easily be identified and moved.
Forecast? What forecast? The price level of a new Select agreement is based on the customer’s three-year consumption forecast. Pricing under Select Plus isn’t based on forecasts. Instead, it is only based on real license consumption. In order to enter into a new Select Plus agreement, new customers must place an initial purchase order of at least 500 points per selected Product Pool.
When a customer associates their Select Plus agreement with an active Campus and School Agreement, they are are NOT required to meet an annual minimum purchase quantity under Select Plus for Academic.
Evergreen contract Select had a three-year duration with the ability to renew the agreement. In contrast, Select Plus is an evergreen agreement. After a customer enters into this agreement, it will last forever. Renewals are no longer required. If license consumption for a particular Product Pool falls short of the minimum volume of 500 points per annum, the agreement will be halted for that Product Pool until a 500+ point purchases order is placed. Unlike Select, Select Plus does not use terminations, and that’s a big plus for Select Plus.
Prorated Software Assurance In Select, customers who buy Software Assurance pay for the number of remaining years in the agreement plus the entire current year. Customers who place orders briefly before an agreement anniversary often feel that they didn’t receive proper value for money. In Select Plus customers’ initial purchase order for Software Assurance provides coverage for three years, and is charged for three years. In order to achieve an annual rhythm, the SA renewal is then done for two years plus 1 to 12 months, whichever length is needed in order to reach the next anniversary. The second renewal is then done for three years. Select Plus also offers prorating for Step-up Licenses. If for example a Windows Server Standard license with 15 months remaining SA is stepped up the Windows Server Enterprise, the customer pays the incremental cost of the license plus the incremental cost of SA for just 15 months, whereas in the past, this would have cost 24 months SA. All in all, this means that customers now get what they pay for, both for SA and for step-up licenses.
For more information please review the Select Plus presentation and Partner sales card via the SkyDrive link below:
Here’s a great opportunity to get your events promoted by Microsoft. We have developed our public sector business plan around a number of key initiatives that we will be promoting throughout the year.
Microsoft Government Initiatives
Microsoft Education Initiatives
Microsoft Health Initiatives
Core Infrastructure Optimisation
Anytime Anywhere Learning
Information Governance and Assurance
Connected Learning Community
Business Performance Management
Dynamic Education Infrastructure
Citizen Service Platform
If you are interested in running an event, we've created some resources and collateral aligned to these initiatives and can help you publicise your event by promoting via Microsoft communications.
To register your event, please click here to register your events.
So what does the programme involve?
We are looking for partner run events that align to our key public sector initiatives. These events could be one-to-many seminars, workshops or Live Meetings.
We will be providing resources around each of the key initiatives including: PowerPoint’s, battle cards, case studies etc
We will highlight your event on our customer facing public sector websites, and we will promote this page in our customer communications throughout the year.
If you would like to discuss your event or have any other PS queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m sure many of you are wondering what the latest is on Grava. Well here’s an update from the product group ……….
The timing of this update finds us just over a month away from releasing to manufacture the Grava SDK, along with a customizable player. The Microsoft Grava CTP Connect site will continue to provide partners and customers access to the CTP builds of the authoring tool and player, but the final release of Grava’s SDK will be available as a free download on MS Download Center at: http://www.microsoft.com/download
For partners that are content professionals, publishers, ISVs & IHVs, and developers within the education community, the Grava SDK provide a set of APIs to collate, extend and customize Grava components into a Grava presentation. The Grava SDK is built on the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF); providing the programming model and tools upon which to build rich educational experiences.
The authoring environment will have a familiar look and feel of Microsoft Office with the ribbon UI, menus, toolbars, and functionality. This interactive canvas allows educators and subject matter experts to assemble rich multimedia content thereby enabling students to discover the material, while appealing to a range of learning styles. Beta versions of the authoring tool will align with the Office 14 beta timelines; spring 2009 for beta 1, late summer 2009 for beta 2. Final release in 2010.
If you are a partner who is interested in accessing the latest Grava Community Technical Preview (CTP) and would like to participate in the newsgroups and forums please complete the following steps:
1. Go to http://www.connect.microsoft.com/grava and request permission to be added to the Grava site
2. Follow up with an email to email@example.com by providing him with the name of the person you would like to add
3. We will then flag them and make sure they are added to the community.
Following the success of the deployment workshop in June we are repeating this comprehensive deployment workshop which is a MUST for all Education partners! The feedback from the June workshop was fantastic …… no technical question unanswered.
It will be a technical day packed with information about deploying Vista and Office 2007 - from Office 2007 compatibility to application virtualisation - there will be demonstrations, toolkits, resources as well as experts on hand to answer all your questions.
09.35 Education Customer Experience Background
10:05 Deployment Challenges: Microsoft Deployment and the Optimised Desktop Methodology, pain points, why you need to know about deployment, experiences, technology changes
10.45 Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 Technical Walkthrough
12.40 Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 Session Follow Up
12.55 Office 2007 Compatibility: Discussion & Demonstration
14.10 Office 2007 Deployment: Discussion & Demonstration Q&A
15.25 Application Management & Delivery Focus on Application Virtualisation, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualisation (both MDOP technologies) and MSI repackaging
Presenters: These will include Nick Umney, Jason Stiff, Keith Baker and Jamie Bulmer
Target Audience: This event is aimed at technical staff from Education Partners.
Date: Wednesday 26 November from 9:15 am to 4:30 pm.
Venue: ‘Marlow’, Building 2, Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG. Please report to Building 2 reception on arrival.
Registration: Please confirm your attendance by emailing your Partner Account Manager or Mitch Phypers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Microsoft® ESP™ is a visual simulation software development platform that extends immersive games-based technology to training, learning and decision support for commercial, government and academic organizations. The ESP™ team is offering a FREE technical training one-day event for Developers in November. We strongly encourage you to attend and learn about this exciting newer technology platform that have already begun to revolutionize the simulation and visualization markets. Complete details are below. Please register soon as capacity is limited.
The sessions will allow you to:
These sessions will target Developers, Architects, technical managers and Web designers, be very much demonstration oriented, and will be delivered by seasoned developers with experience in Government and Public Sector. Seize this opportunity to immerse yourself in this exciting new technology! For more information about Microsoft ESP, visit: www.microsoft.com/esp or www.msdn.com/esp.
Who Should Attend
Developers, Architects, Web Designers and technical managers who wish to get an early look at the next advancement in Software Development.
London, UK – November 19, 2008
Imperial War Museum London
Lambeth Road London SE1 6HZ United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7416 5000
Map & Directions
Date & Time
Wednesday, November 19 @ 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Registration Information Click here
The Museum will remain open until 6:00 p.m. for attendees to view exhibits.
The UK Education Partner Team are pleased to invite you to join us on Monday 8 December for a technical briefing session relevant to the Education sector. Come along to find out about the latest technologies that can be incorporated into solutions to provide a rich and dynamic teaching and learning experience.
AGENDA (subject to minor change)
09:00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
09:30 Introduction & Welcome Bonami Meredith
09:45 Virtualisation Matt McSpirit
10:30 Business Intelligence Nick Umney & Shailan Chudasama
11:30 Vista/Office Deployment Nick Umney
12:20 Surface - Introduction Mark A’Bear
12:30 Lunch: during lunch there will be an opportunity to see a demonstration of a Surface device in our presentation centre
13:30 Security Tony Clarke
14:15 Live@edu Matthew Fox
15:00 Software + Services Mark A’Bear
15:45 Wrap Up & Close Mark A’Bear
This event is specifically for Education partners or those with potential and desire to engage in the sector. The technical content will be fairly high level but will assume some background to the Microsoft stack.
Monday 8 December from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
‘Everest I & II’, Building 3, Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG. Please report to Building 3 reception on arrival.
Please confirm your attendance by emailing your Partner Account Manager or Mitch Phypers (email@example.com).
Confused about licensing? For example, how do you licence for different virtualisation scenarios? What are the changes to SPLA? What about Select Plus and Open Value. These roadshows in Reading and Manchester are designed for Licensing Partners to answer all your questions, so please register now before the events become fully booked.
Attend this course to understand Microsoft Product and Programme Licensing for FY09 and how to best apply this knowledge to your customers business needs.
This session is aimed at Licensing Specialists and Licensing Managers within the UK Partner Channel who wish to gain an advanced understanding of Microsoft’s Software Licensing. This session is aimed at providing UK Channel Partners with a complete understanding of Microsoft’s Software Licensing for FY09.
Thames Valley Park, Reading - 11 November 2008 - 10:00 - 17:00 Agenda
09.30 - Registration
10.00 - Introduction – Amanda Sleight
10.15 - Virtualisation Technologies – Matt McSpirit
11.00 - SQL Server 2008 and APA Overview – Victoria Hart
11.30 - Digital Piracy – Natalie McAdden
11.45 - SAM Update – Allen Manville
12.00 - Lunch
12.30 - MS Financing FY09 – Stephen Kerr
13.00 - EOC Operations Update – EOC CAS
14.15 - Break
14.30 – 16.30 - Tracks
14.30 - 16.30 - LAR/SAM Partner Track
14.30-15.00 Select Plus Post Launch – EOC CAS
15.00-15.30 SPLA Changes FY09 – Sarah Hunter/Nicole Zimmerman
15.30-16.00 MDOP – Doug Elsley
16.00-16.30 BPOS Overview – Peter Bishop
14.30- 16.30 - Disti/Breadth Partner Track
14.30-15.00 Open Gov Post Launch – EOC CAS
15.00-15.30 Open Value 2008 Overview – Emma Healey
15.30-16.00 Academic FY09 Overview– Natasha Moisio
16.00-16.30 SPLA Changes FY09 – Sarah Hunter/Nicole Zimmerman
16.30 - Q&A
17.00 - Finish
Tel - 0870 166 6680 ref 1820
Manchester - 12 November 2008 - 10:00 - 17:00 Agenda
09.30 - Registration
10.00 - Introduction
10.15 - Virtualisation Technologies
11.00 - Break
11.15 - SQL Server 2008 and APA Overview
12.30 - MS Financing FY09
13.00 - Select Plus and Open Value 2008 - EOC Operations Update
14.30 - SAM Update FY09
15.15 - SPLA Changes FY09
15.45 - BPOS Overview
16.30 - Q&A
Manchester – 12th Nov
Tel - 0870 166 6680 ref 2297
Here are some great technical events that will cover a whole range of topics. Click on the links to get more information and register.
Microsoft TechNet Events
Microsoft Online – MCS Presents