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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy: Investing in your Future

    With so much buzz around cloud services and architecting your business for the cloud, it’s easy to feel left behind. Don’t fret; there are plenty of ways to keep up with the latest and greatest news, information and training. If you’ve not heard about the Microsoft Virtual Academy before then you’re...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Bootcamp - Powered by Tech.Days, Edinburgh 11th November 2011

    If you are a developer looking to take advantage of cloud computing, but you haven’t yet taken the plunge, this free day of training is the quickest way to get up-to-speed with Microsoft’s offering; Windows Azure. We’ll take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually having written some code...
  • Blog Post: EES Training course with Viglen, 16th September 2011

    Do you want to know more about EES (Enrolment for Education Solutions)? Do you need to know more about Microsoft licensing, including: Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) What is EES The impact on Schools & LA’s The impact on HE/FE Client/Server Licensing What is a Client Access Licence (CAL...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft EES/Licensing workshop with Viglen – University of Sussex 15th April 2011

    Do you want to know more about Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES)? As one of the top licensing resellers in the UK as well as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Viglen are well placed to understand the licensing needs of their customers. A training course is now available at the University...
  • Blog Post: Tech·Ed 2010 - Download the presentation videos free

    If you've ever been lucky enough to get to Tech·Ed, you'll know that some of the best technical presenters are there, presenting some of the most useful technical content for IT managers. Each year over 100 people from UK educational institutions travel out to it (this year, it was in Berlin), but I...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: How to deploy Windows 7 when you’re tied to IE6

    If you are one of the colleges that need to use Internet Explorer 6 to stay compatible with a specific application you use in some departments, then you may find it useful to know that there are options to help you to move your ICT infrastructure forward, whilst keeping IE6 support on your network for...
  • 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: Academic discount code for Tech∙Ed Europe in Berlin

    There are normally over 50 UK Education attendees at Tech∙Ed Europe , which is in Berlin this November 8 – 12. It’s a full week of deep technical education, hands-on-learning and opportunities to connect with Microsoft and Community experts one-on-one.  The main reason that people attend is to get...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready to deploy Windows 7? Need a bit more help?

    Thanks to Rich from Bechtle , I know where you can get some help. Rich has just blogged about the Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal on his Software Ruminations blog . Windows 7 Deployment – the Learning Portal We spend almost $10 billion a year on research and development, and so each time we release...
  • 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: TechNet webcasts

    Each month the TechNet and MSDN teams over in the US host a wide range of webcasts on technical subjects. As they are held on Pacific Coast time, they first one of the day is normally at 4pm. There are others, later on in the evening, which are also good, but I know that you’re going to need a burning...
  • Blog Post: Ready-made IT user documentation

    When I started working at Microsoft, I hadn’t been in such an open, technology rich culture before. And with so many IT systems around, and so many different software resources, my head was buzzing. In fact, I remember that at the end of the first week, the number of links in my Favourites was massive...
  • 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: Another take on qualifications – have you thought about the Microsoft IT Academy?

    If you’re running the ICT systems in your college, and NOT involved with delivering the ICT curriculum, then you may want to forward this onto somebody in charge of curriculum side. Although it’s got ‘IT’ in the title, the IT Academy is actually all about curriculum development and helping your students...
  • Blog Post: Newcastle event next week - Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 networking

    Jonathan Noble has let me know that there are still plenty of spare spaces at the free event at Newcastle University next Wednesday (the 8th), which will be looking at Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 for education. And the agenda includes DirectAccess, BranchCache and XP Mode – all mentioned earlier...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed – a week of developers and IT support teams in Berlin

    This year Tech Ed is moving from Barcelona to Berlin. It’s also been squeezed into a single week – 7,000 developers and IT professionals descending on Berlin to enjoy a packed week full of technology. My first Tech Ed was only a few years ago, and I couldn’t believe the size of the event (and that was...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help FE colleges – Part Five – Learning Resources

    Over the last few days, I’ve published quite a few separate articles on Windows 7. One of my aims was to try and help identify the wood from the trees – finding the things in Windows 7 which will make a real difference to the way that Windows is used in education, and will make your life easier or your...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help FE colleges – Part One – The Overview

    The wind down for the summer has hopefully started for some. But for college IT teams, it marks the beginning of getting ready for next academic year, and the thinking on how your IT services will be developed for your users. So I thought this might be a good time to share some training/planning resources...
  • Blog Post: Live Services to Your Collaborative Campus

    Web-based services and ‘cloud computing’ are very topical at the moment, especially following a number of Microsoft announcements at the Professional Developer’s Conference earlier this week. So why not join Salford Software and Microsoft to discuss the challenges facing colleges in the provision of...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed arrives again – 3-7 November 2008

    Time to start being nice to the people that sign off your professional development budget? (I know, you always are…) Tech Ed (also previously known as IT Forum) is in Barcelona again this year on the 3rd – 7th November, and the agenda and registration information has just been released. Tech Ed is the...
  • Blog Post: IT Forum: Windows Vista and Security

    In a recent survey, 70% of (male) drivers said that their driving skills were "above average". Which tells you that most people think that they are better drivers than the others on the road. Well, PC security is probably like this - most users think that they know more about making the right decisions...
  • Blog Post: Free Training: Live Meeting Series

    There will be a number of sessions running on the 1 st and 3 rd Monday of every month, however look out for a number of specialist topics that will run on an ad-hoc basis. Check back here on a regular basis Monday sessions – 10.00am -10.45am · Windows Vista in Education – Monday 5 th November...
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