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  • Blog Post: So what exactly are the Microsoft team showing off at BETT 2012?

    I can honestly say that the last couple of months has kept me extremely busy with organising the Microsoft stand at BETT 2012! With everything from staff, to entertainment, to presenters and presentations, demo kit right the way through to the colour of the polo shirts (dark blue as apparently Steve...
  • Blog Post: Announcing two new accessibility add-in’s for Microsoft Office 2010

    The Office Platform Team released two new Microsoft Office 2010 Accessibility Add-ins on March 17 th . While comparatively small add-ins, they enable big things! Try them yourself by downloading via the below links. The Subtitling Add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint (STAMP) helps Microsoft PowerPoint 2010...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Johnny Wilkinson 10, both clear winners for Lord Wandsworth College

      As England prepare for their match tomorrow against Ireland in the 6 Nations and, with any luck take on another win, I have spoken to Ron Lafferty, the IT Manager at Johnny Wilkinson’s old school; Lord Wandsworth College . Ron has just led the college through the deployment  of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft ebooks - feed the geek inside you

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about the free Virtualisation ebook . I'm still working my way through it on my Kindle - I've got to page 156 of 480, and am currently in the detail of desktop virtualisation. It's been really useful to help me understand some of the technical things I'd never understood about...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 for Education appears on the horizon

    Last night we officially announced Office 365 , which is the next generation of cloud services – bringing together Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Lync (previously known as Office Communications Server) and Office (on both the web and your PC). And the good news is that there will be an education...
  • 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: Live Meeting–What’s new in Office 2010 for students and teachers

    Following on from the Deploying Windows 7 Live Meeting last month, Richard Lane (who’s our resident techie in the Education team) is hosting a pair of Office 2010 Live Meetings in July. As it is a Live Meeting (webinar), you don’t need to leave your desk, and no travel is needed – you can simply logon...
  • Blog Post: Planning migration to Office 2010

    This year, we’re on schedule to launch almost one new product every week. Of course, if you like discovering new technology, then that’s a good thing. But if you’re managing a big network of computers for other people – which is most of you reading this blog – then it also comes with challenges! But...
  • Blog Post: Free posters for Office 2010

    Are you rolling out Office 2010 this summer? Well, here’s some good news: We’ve just had the new Office 2010 posters delivered, to replenish our stock of Office 2007 posters that had dwindled to zero in the last few weeks. The last set had four different posters, whereas this time we’ve...
  • Blog Post: 18th May - SharePoint 2010 in Further Education

    Parabola, one of our Gold partners, is running a free SharePoint 2010 event for colleges, here at the Microsoft Campus in Reading on Tuesday 18th May 2010. It’s an opportunity for you to further understand what SharePoint 2010 can offer to a college, and to put your questions to experts at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal student offer – marketing materials for students

    On Thursday, I wrote about the Ultimate Steal offer, and the two key reasons to mention it to your students before June (the price goes up with Office 2010, but if they buy now they get a no-cost upgrade to Office 2010 as part of our Tech Guarantee programme). UK students are more likely to choose to...
  • Blog Post: Overview sheets for Microsoft Office 2010 – ready for posting

    On Friday, I blogged about the Office 2010 Overview Fact Sheets and Product Guides. I’ve now managed to get hold of some paper copies, and can drop them in the mail to you. They’re sitting ready on the desk here, so drop us an email and we’ll pop an envelope in the post. I think that a writer who normally...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in the Office 2010 applications

    I’ve indexed all of the different product guides for the new Office 2010 applications. There are two separate documents for most of the products – the Overview version is a short two-page summary, and then there’s a detailed Product Guide which goes into much more detail. The Overview document is...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 for students – via the Ultimate Steal

    Each year we run a special offer (called The Ultimate Steal ) on Microsoft Office, only for Higher & Further education students and staff who have a .ac.uk email address. It allows them to buy the software directly from Microsoft, and make a big saving on the equivalent retail price. As we get closer...
  • 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: First Look at Office 2010 – free e-book

    Every day is a day closer to the Office 2010 release (due on 12th May for volume licence customers , and June for consumers ). And I know of quite a few UK education institutions that are widely using the free Office 2010 beta in teaching already. If you’re preparing for a rapid roll out of Office 2010...
  • Blog Post: All the slides from the Microsoft Further Education Briefing 2010

    Today was the date for our Further Education Briefing 2010, and around 90 colleges came to our London headquarters to get an update on latest news from us, as well as hearing from other UK colleges on their projects and plans. I’ve put a brief note on each of the individual presentations below, so...
  • 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: Microsoft Further Education Briefing 2010 – London 19th March

    The booking deadline is approaching for our Further Education Briefing day, which this year falls on 19th March in London. If you haven’t registered yet, then it’s worth taking a look at the agenda, as we’ve built it to make sure that you can get lots of value from the day – whether it is learning about...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Further Education Briefing 2010

    Bookings are now open for our Further Education Briefing day, which this year falls on 19th March in London. Microsoft will be holding our annual Further Education Briefing on 19th March 2010 at our London offices in Victoria. The agenda for the event runs from 9:45 to 3:00 with breaks to catch up with...
  • Blog Post: Download the Office 2010 Beta and get a head start

    The Office 2010 Beta is available for free download from the Microsoft website , and it’s something that you could install on some of your campus computers to see what’s in it, and how it helps your staff and students. Remember how sometimes you felt smug when you were running Windows 7 Beta at least...
  • 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: Office 2010 Beta Available

    Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Project 2010 and Visio 2010 have all reached the Beta milestone and are now available for download . Remember how sometimes you felt smug when you were running Windows 7 Beta at least 6 months before your colleagues and friends? Well, you can feel it once again! What’s new...
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