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  • Blog Post: Office 2010 availability dates for colleges

    We have been developing Office 2010 for quite a while now – and many of you have been taking part in that by running the beta versions (at the last count, 7.5 million people have downloaded the beta version ). Late on Friday, Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 reached their last stage in the development...
  • Blog Post: Office for the Web

    I go away on holiday, and suddenly tons of things get announced. Hurrah. I should holiday more! Alongside all of the Windows announcements (the first public view of Windows 7 and the new cloud-computing platform, Windows Azure), we also previewed the Office Web Applications which will be included within...
  • Blog Post: A chance to get up to speed – with Steve Ballmer in London

    At the end of this month, Steve Ballmer will be in the UK, and providing the opening keynote for our UK conference “Technologies to Change your Business”. As well as the usual slew of new product announcements, I noticed that Microsoft Research will be showing off some of the future technologies. At...
  • Blog Post: Darwinian Databases on video

    The Windows Server launch team have made available the video of the Cambridge University team, who are using modern database technologies to solve a centuries-old data analysis problem. If you're into databases, and their uses, then this is a good video to watch now. But if you're like me, and the mysteries...
  • Blog Post: Unlocking the Secrets of Darwinian Research at Cambridge University

    It's always pleasing when the work of education establishments is held up as a shining example of best practice use of technology. And it was pleasing last month, at the Windows Server 2008 launch event, that there was a fascinating insight into the way that one of the research teams at Cambridge University...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 roadshow

    The TechNet roadshows are coming soon - in April and May the team will be on their way around the country, talking about (and showing) lots more of Windows Server 2008 and the other products launched this week. I know that the launch event in Birmingham in March was filled up very quickly, and there...
  • Blog Post: SkyDrive - 5GB of free storage

    I like SkyDrive. Before it was invented, I used to have to load any files I wanted to share onto an FTP site somewhere, and then write clunky links to them. Now, I just drag my files onto my SkyDrive , and then provide a nice graphical link to them, like this: But up until now, it's been called Windows...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark - Free software for your students

    I guess this will be pretty big news on the Internet. And if I've timed this right - and you're reading this just after I've blogged it - then you're one of the first to find out. We have launched a programme called " Microsoft DreamSpark ", which allows university and college students to download...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CRM event for public sector customers

    A few weeks ago I extended the invitation to the launch of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, which is in Reading tomorrow. Now, news reaches me of the follow-on event, with specific content from and for Public Sector organisations, from health, government and education. This is event is designed to introduce...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning programme relaunched

    For the last 5 years we have been running a programme, called Partners in Learning, to extend and expand the development of learning, and especially the ways that ICT can support learning in schools. Globally this programme has invested £125 million into projects run in partnership with governments,...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - Launch Invitation

    The launch team have just released the link to be able to sign up for the Windows Server 2008 launch event (actually, it's also the Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 launch too). This is going to be held on the 19th March, at the ICC in Birmingham . The event is going to feature both Microsoft and...
  • Blog Post: Preview - Mac Office 2008

    Around a year ago, Microsoft issued a press release announcing its intent to deliver Office 2008 for Mac. Well, it seems that we're now even closer and there is a preview article on Computerworld with quotations from the Microsoft Mac Business Unit here . For a more detailed overview of what's under...
  • Blog Post: Heroes Happen Here - Windows Server 2008

    We've been talking about it for quite some time - and the beta and trial versions of the new 2008 products have been floating around on the web. The official launch event for all of the products - Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 - is happening on March 19th, and will be followed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's CRM system launch

    I've noticed how the use of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems have been growing rapidly in education. I have traditionally thought about "students" rather than "customers", but the changes that have happened in the FE sector over the last few years, and an increasing focus on business customers...
  • Blog Post: Product launch invitation: Office Communications Server 2007

    Here's another launch that might be of interest to you. This one is for our Office Communications Server 2007, which shifts the convergence of phone, email, fax, IM, web conferencing and voice over IP. You will have seen how different mechanisms of communication are multiplying - in both our personal...
  • Blog Post: Product launch invitation: PerformancePoint Server 2007

    There are a number of product launch events coming up in the next few months. They may not be as high profile as the two "big" ones - Halo 3 this week and Windows Server 2008 next year - but in terms of more immediate value to you, then the Performance Point Server 2007 launch, in two weeks' time should...
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