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  • Blog Post: Top 5 tips for a successful back to school on a budget

    It's school time again! A time of mixed emotion – exciting to be back in the thick of things but maybe a little sad that summer is over. Your first day of school might be full of all or many new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school!? Whether a fresher in school or in college...
  • Blog Post: Everything you need to know about Office 365 Education

    I’ve been working with the education team at Microsoft for over 3 years now. In that time the education landscape, from a technology perspective, has changed massively. It’s almost unrecognisable. The challenges and aspirations have evolved, the technology has matured, and it’s easy to forget just how...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Tips for Office 365 Education

    Earlier this year I wrote 10 blog posts, each covering one of my top tips for Office 365 Education. As schools, colleges and universities across the country reconvene for the start of a new term, I thought it would be helpful to summarise my top 10 tips for Office Education in one handy place. Office...
  • Blog Post: Event: Harnessing the power of Microsoft’s Office 365 Education to provide a better social learning environment

    On July 10th at our UK HQ in Thames Valley Park, Reading, Berks, we’ll be holding an event in conjunction with the University of West London to bring all interested parties together to showcase and discuss Office 365 Education, and how by harnessing its power institutions can provide a better social...
  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #10–Blogging in SharePoint Online

    It’s time for our final post in the top user tips series, and today it’s all about blogging in SharePoint Online. You might also want to check out top tip #2 about social networking , and top tip #7 about following content in SharePoint Online as well. As a teacher or a student, blogging can help document...
  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #9–Multiple Co-Authoring in Office Web Apps

    In the eighth instalment of our top user tips we looked at Excel Surveys using the Excel Web App , and today we’re going to look at the co-authoring features that can help you analyse that data, brainstorm ideas, and work collaboratively with your classmates and colleagues in real time, via the browser...
  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #8–Excel Surveys

    We’re into the final three top user tips in our series , and today it’s all about a topic we covered back in August last year : Excel Surveys! Available in both Office 365 Education, and the consumer SkyDrive service, Excel Surveys have a huge potential application in the classroom and are accessible...
  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #7–Following Content in SharePoint Online

    Having looked at the new social networking features of SharePoint Online back in the 2nd edition of our top user tips it’s time to look at following sites that interest you, too. If you find a SharePoint Online site in your institution that you want to access again, you can follow it to keep it handy...
  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #6–Outlook Web App on Mobile Devices

    We’re over half way through our top user tips series (there are only 10, I promise!) and today we’re looking at the latest Outlook Web App (OWA) and how it works on mobile devices such as tablet PCs and smartphones. When you’re on a traditional device OWA can be a really powerful, browser-based, tool...
  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #5–Multiple Calendar Views in OWA

    Hot on the heels of yesterday’s top user tip about SkyDrive Pro we’re back with our fifth instalment all about multiple calendar views in OWA (Outlook Web App). This isn’t a feature that’s new to Office 365 Education, but it’s a question I get asked about all the time so it makes for a perfect top tip...
  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #4–Drag ‘n’ Drop in SkyDrive Pro

    So far in our top user tips posts we’ve looked at scheduling online meetings with Lync Web Scheduler , social networking in SharePoint Online , and offline access with the Outlook Web App . Today we’ll focus on the awesome new feature of SharePoint Online called SkyDrive Pro. SkyDrive Pro offers users...
  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #3–Lync Online Web Scheduler

    Last week, in part 2 of our top user tips we looked at the social networking features of SharePoint Online. Today, in part 3 we’re going to look at how to schedule meetings using the Lync Online Web Scheduler. Lync Web Scheduler is a web-based program that you can use to create Lync Meetings if you don...
  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #2–SharePoint Online Social Networking

    In part 1 of our bite-size top user tips we looked at Offline Access . Today, in part 2, we look at SharePoint Online’s social networking features; in particular the ability to tag words and mention people. In SharePoint Online as part of Office 365 Education, the Newsfeed page in the My Site continues...
  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #1–Offline Access

    Over the next few days we’ll be posting up some bite-size tips about some of the cool features of Office 365 Education. If you’ve got any tips you’d like to share with us get in touch in the comments! One of the great enhancements of the new Office 365 Education is the offline access feature of the Outlook...
  • Blog Post: Managing Office 365 for education using PowerShell

    PowerShell is cool – at least I think it is! We’ve been talking about using PowerShell to manage Live@edu since the early days of Exchange Labs , and several times since. As more and more customers complete the upgrade from Live@edu to Office 365 for education I thought it would be a good time to talk...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Lync Custom Statuses To Support Assessment for Learning

    In our last post our guest contributor Mandeep Atwal talked about using Lync client to support assessment for learning strategy in the classroom. I thought this was a great post as Lync Online is part of Office 365 for education and users can use Lync client on the desktop to communicate with others...
  • Blog Post: Assessment for Learning with Lync Online!

    As a technical guy, I spend most of my days talking to customers about how they can deploy Office 365 for education, or answering questions about what the service can do. In this guest post, our resident star Mandeep Atwal talks about how schools are actually using Lync Online in the classroom. Today...
  • Blog Post: How to Create Compelling, Memorable Lectures with Microsoft PowerPoint Web App

    Meet Kevin, an undergrad at a large university in Oregon. Kevin lives on campus and uses his laptop everywhere from the library to his dorm, to the hallway outside the classroom. And he never goes anywhere without his smart phone, which he checks before, during, and after class. Kevin’s university provides...
  • Blog Post: How to transform your notes, media, and ideas with Microsoft OneNote Web App

    Meet Kevin, an undergrad at a large university in Oregon. Kevin lives on campus and uses his laptop everywhere from the library to his dorm, to the hallway outside the classroom. And he never goes anywhere without his smart phone, which he checks before, during, and after class. Kevin’s university provides...
  • Blog Post: How to streamline your communications with Microsoft Outlook Web App

    Meet Kevin, an undergrad at a large university in Oregon. Kevin lives on campus and uses his laptop everywhere from the library to his dorm, to the hallway outside the classroom. And he never goes anywhere without his branded phone, which he checks before, during, and after class. Kevin’s university...
  • Blog Post: Five Tricks to Quickly Analyse Data with Microsoft Excel Web App

    Class/subject – Personal Finance / Maths or Business Project/assignment: Spreadsheet analysis of typical consumer loan types and terms Meet Kevin, an undergrad at a large university in Oregon. Kevin lives on campus and uses his laptop everywhere from the library to his dorm, to the hallway outside the...
  • Blog Post: How to make the writing process easier with Microsoft Word Web App

    Meet Kevin, an undergrad at a large university in Oregon. Kevin lives on campus and uses his laptop everywhere from the library to his dorm, to the hallway outside the classroom. And he never goes anywhere without his smart phone, which he checks before, during, and after class. Kevin’s university provides...
  • Blog Post: Top Tips: #3 – It’s good to talk

    It’s time for the third instalment of our handy ‘top tips’, looking at the wider Live@Edu community. While this blog focuses on the UK, Live@Edu spans many countries around the globe – people the world over, from Aberdeen to Arkansas are integrating with portals, implementing single sign on, and using...
  • Blog Post: Top Tips: #2 – Know Where to Go

    In this second instalment of our handy ‘top tips’ (updated for the new support processes) we’re going to look at the ways and means of getting support for Live@Edu. Rather than just giving you one link or telephone number, there are a number of ways to get specialist help for the various areas of Live...
  • Blog Post: Top Tips: #1 – Windows PowerShell

    To celebrate the new year, we’ve put together 5 handy Live@Edu deployment tips to make even the most over-worked network administrator smile.. and I can think of no better place to start than Windows PowerShell. If you’re using Exchange Labs in your Live@Edu deployment (or even just testing it out),...
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