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  • Blog Post: Do you want to download Windows 7 in Welsh?

    Did you know that we run a worldwide 'local language programme' which provides language packs for a range of our software? And that if you're in Wales, you can use them to run Windows and Office in Welsh natively? Welsh is one of Europe's oldest languages, and is growing, with over half a million speakers...
  • Blog Post: Start the term with new Office academic templates

    Am I the only one who gets bored with a document format after a few months, and then wants a completely different design? That PowerPoint that looked so smart last year looks a bit clichéd this term. A document which looked professional when you first published it, doesn’t look quite so good when it...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal – Office 2007 which magically turns into Office 2010

    Hopefully, you already know about The Ultimate Steal , which is our special student offer on Office 2007. It allows your students to buy Office 2007 Ultimate for just £38.95 – as long as you’ve issued them with a .ac.uk email address. And because it is the Ultimate edition, they will get absolutely the...
  • Blog Post: Ribbon Hero – combining games and learning

    It seems that one of the trendy topics discussed at education conferences these days is the combination of gaming and learning. Most of the time, it’s discussed in the context of the classroom or of students, but I’ve just learnt that we’ve now applied it to product training, in one of our experimental...
  • Blog Post: Special Student Deals on Office and Windows

    You know what it’s like – you have a brilliant plan, and then something gets in the way. And this term, we’d hatched a brilliant plan to launch our Ultimate Steal offer on the International Talk Like a Pirate Day . Which is why we went with a nice Piratey theme for the launch. Oh, how we were going to...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate student offer ends soon

    You probably have heard about the Ultimate Steal before. It’s the offer where students with a .ac.uk email address can buy a copy of Office 2007 Ultimate edition, for £38.95 UK students have some of the highest rates of usage of Microsoft Office in the world, and also one of the highest rates of ‘mis...
  • Blog Post: Lowest cost Office 2007 – Bulk order under Home Use Programme for staff

    This could be part of a “things you wish you’d heard about earlier…” series. If you’re working within a UK college, then there’s a fair chance that your university has signed a Microsoft Campus Agreement , and that this applies to YOU! The deal, in a nutshell, is that you can place a bulk order...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal – Student Office offer is finishing soon

    After I forgot to do this last week, John reminded me to tell you: Don’t miss the boat – Office for £38.95 is ending soon If this is your last year at Uni or College, don’t miss out on this special students-only deal on Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for only £38.95. You can only get it at www.theultimatesteal...
  • Blog Post: Saving money on software at Christmas

    Santa Claus is coming – and this year he’s going to have to cope with the credit crunch! There will still be loads of PCs bought this Christmas, and given the offers by retailers at the moment, there will be some great deals around. It might be a good time to remind your students & staff that...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal – Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man

    Whoops – when I wrote about the Ultimate Steal ( Office 2007 Ultimate Edition for £38.95, only for students ) I said it was open to all UK students who have a .ac.uk email address ( and staff too). Of course, I’d forgotten something – we have also added Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students and...
  • Blog Post: Letting your students know about the Ultimate Steal

    Last year, a few colleges, and quite a few universities, asked us for materials that they could use to let their students know about the Ultimate Steal offer ( Office Ultimate 2007 for £38.95 ). And universities and colleges including Bristol , Kent , Stirling , Queens University Belfast , Salford ,...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal is back

    The moment you’ve been waiting for? Last year we ran a promotion called “The Ultimate Steal”, which offered a full copy of Office 2007 Ultimate Edition to students for £38.95. And, finally, it’s back! In a nutshell, The Ultimate Steal is: A time-limited offer available to your college students...
  • Blog Post: One-derful

    Not sure if I can get away with such a corny title but, hey, I’m trying to unleash my creativity for the summer holidays I’m a fan of OneNote , but I know that it’s relatively undiscovered by teachers and students. It is included in the version of Office Home & Student that’s sold through retailers...
  • Blog Post: Event: Waterstons - The future of technology in education

    Waterstons , one of our education partners is hosting a free event with us and Durham Business School in Durham on the afternoon of the 6 August . The event starts at 12:00, and the agenda covers: Introduction Dominic Watts from Microsoft opens the afternoon’s events IT Strategy: Durham Business School...
  • Blog Post: Extended ODF support in Office 2007

    We’ve just announced that Office 2007 will get native support for ODF with the release of Office 2007 Service Pack 2, early next year. You can already save files from Office 2007 in 20 different formats – of which, my favourite three are: Office Open XML – which is the new standard format for Office...
  • Blog Post: Make reading easier for learners with visual impairments

    A while ago I wrote about the announcement of the work that Microsoft were doing to develop a DAISY XML translator. The DAISY Consortium was set up to help those with visual impairment (or ‘print disabilities’) to access digital content easily, and enhance their use of the materials. We’ve been working...
  • Blog Post: Learning about Learning Styles

    A few years ago, you couldn’t go to an education conference without hearing all about learning styles (Auditory, Visual, Tactual, Kinesthetic & Verbal). Now it’s as though it never happened – conferences are all talking about personalisation, policy and practitioners. Even though it’s no longer trendy...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal – just five days left for students and staff

    You can’t have failed to miss the offer we’ve been running for students and staff who have an email address that ends in .ac.uk – Office Ultimate 2007 for £38.95 – on www.theultimatesteal.co.uk But you may have missed the looming deadline – it closes on Wednesday night next week – so there are just five...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal - just 22 days to go

    The Ultimate Steal offer for students, closes in just 22 days on 30th April. Which means that by the time students get back from their break, they'll have just a few days to buy themselves a legal copy of the latest and most comprehensive version of Office 2007 for £38.95. (More details at www.theultimatesteal...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal - good news for staff

    With only three weeks to go, I can imagine this blog post could create some howls...but better late than never. We have just managed to convince all the powers-that-be that staff should also qualify for the Ultimate Steal . Until today, if members of staff in your college wanted a copy of Office, they...
  • Blog Post: Free Project 2007 Seminars

    Driving Successful Projects with Microsoft Office Project 2007 I hope that you're not like me - I'm a pretty awful project manager, because I record all of my deadlines, actions and projects in a 101 different places. On my various "To Do" lists, I'm sure I've written "Create Single To Do List". And...
  • Blog Post: Open XML is now an ISO (Open) Standard

    It's been confirmed this week by ISO that the Open XML file formats have become an ISO standard, joining ODF, HTML & PDF as open document standards. My colleague Jerry Fishenden is far more eloquent about what this means than me as his post shows. For a while I've been wondering when I should stop...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal - 36 days until the end

    The countdown to the end of the Ultimate Steal student offer has started. The deal (Office 2007 Ultimate edition for £38.95) ends at the end of April. Lots of students have used the deal to get their own (legal) copy of Office ( our earlier research says most students use MS Office, but few paid for...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal Update - PayPal

    There are some new changes to the the Ultimate Steal website (Office 2007 Ultimate for students with an .ac.uk email address, for £38.95, only available online). One of the most significant is that we now accept PayPal (and since we switched that on, it appears to be a popular method). When students...
  • 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...
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