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  • Blog Post: End of service for Windows XP and Office 2003

    If you are using Windows XP and Office 2003 in your school, college or university, we wanted to make you aware that the support for this will end in April 2014. Microsoft plans to end support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in 2014, and that will affect your education institution if you are using...
  • Blog Post: Building School Networks for the Future – Deployment of the Remote Desktop

    This is the fourth instalment from the Building Networks for the Future series, written by Stuart Wilkie at Plymouth Academy. Stuart takes you through the stages of the deployment of the new laptops and the route he took to bring consistency for all users to have the same specification experience throughout...
  • Blog Post: Exciting times ahead with the announcement of Microsoft Surface

    Midnight last night, the announcement made by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in LA that Microsoft are releasing our very own devises for Windows 8, the amazing looking Surface – a new family of computing devises. Surface with Windows 8 will offer some exciting opportunities for education, and already there...
  • Blog Post: School in a Box Reception – House of Commons, 29th February 2012

    On 29th February, Microsoft were at the House of Commons, Westminster for the School in a Box Reception hosted by Reading MP Rob Wilson. The event provided a high profile opportunity for schools and Microsoft Partners to show how they are working together to provide high quality, flexible and scalable...
  • Blog Post: Young apprentice is top of class with Microsoft Outstanding Apprenticeship Award 2011 - Zenos Apprenticeships

    With the current employment climate still proving to be difficult for many young adults to find jobs, having a skill set other than qualifications gained from school and college is becoming more important in order to have a C.V that stands out above the rest. I have recently written a blog on student...
  • 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: Spread the word about Windows 7 Computers from just £95!

    There are 9 million citizens in the UK who do not have regular access to a PC and are not enjoying the benefits of the internet. For many of your customers, and in many of the communities you support, the last significant barrier to getting people connected is the cost of a PC at home.  BBC research...
  • Blog Post: Software Licensing Training Course at Stockton Sixth Form College, 5th August 2011

    Do you want to know more about EES (Enrolment for Education Solutions)? Do you need to know more about Microsoft licensing, including: Client/Server Licensing What’s a CAL Core CAL Suite Enterprise CAL Suite Device CAL & User CAL Processor Licensing (inc Multi-Core) External Connectors/Internet Licences...
  • Blog Post: Smartphone access to the Intranet–another step forward for Birmingham City University

    Last week, I posted a blog on how Biz Talk at Birmingham City University had been integrated to support both staff and students as well as cost save. Along with Biz Talk, the university is now using Windows Phone 7 to enable staff and students to have everything they need to have together, not just through...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Academy developing student skill sets at Birmingham City University

    It isn’t only schools nowadays that are feeling the stretch of limited budgets, but also universities around the UK and are looking at ways to save money without comprising  high quality in learning for students and still provide opportunity to achieve industry recognised certification and prepare...
  • Blog Post: Increase student computer access at a lower cost – Introducing Windows MultiPoint Server 2011

    A little note from Richard Lane, Education Account Technical Strategist   Today, more than ever our schools and colleges in the UK are faced with dwindling budgets – and are looking for new and innovative ways to modernise and improve their teaching and learning experience. Student access to computing...
  • 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: Need some support for deploying Windows 7?

    Although I'm afraid I can't offer to send you a top-techie from Microsoft to help you with rolling out Windows 7 in your college, I can offer a good second best, thanks to the TechNet team. They got together with some of the product and support gurus on Windows 7, and created a big batch of videos on...
  • Blog Post: Network Management Webinars for education - coming up this month

    We've had about 300 attendees so far for the first three webinars for educational network and IT managers, and we've got five more coming up on System Center for network management. Here's the next ones in the System Center series of webinars: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 System Center Operations...
  • Blog Post: Saving money by saving power - how Microsoft IT rolled out desktop power management

    Last week I spoke to a group of schools about money saving strategies ( based on this info ), and I do plan to shortly record the whole presentation, so that I can share it. But when I got to the bit about making sure that you do something about desktop power savings, there were a few in the audience...
  • 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: The TechNet Springboard Tour - free event in Reading on 1st November

    The Microsoft Springboard team, based at our headquarters in Seattle, create really good content on TechNet to help you to understand and deploy our latest technologies. In a way, they are a IT manager's best friend, because they provide useful web guides that provide step-by-step processes for things...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 deployment advice for college IT managers

    Sometimes we publish so much information on a subject, in so many different places, that it’s tricky to find the wood from the trees – and that problem is as big for me as it is for people outside of Microsoft. So I’m always happy to find a resource where somebody applies an editorial approach – making...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 7 - Best practice deployment methods

    Last week we ran a pair of Windows 7 Live Meetings " Deploying Windows 7 – Best Practice Deployment Methods to Save You Time and Money ". Over 200 people attended, but I’m guessing that there will be others who would have liked to attend and couldn’t make the time. So the Live Meeting is now...
  • Blog Post: Understanding how Windows 7 improves secure remote access for staff

    With all of the changes in the way that ICT is being used in learning, there’s an increasing demand for staff to have remote access to college systems, from home or other times when they are away from your campus. Sometimes it can be enough to provide access to your MLE, but it is becoming increasingly...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 7 in colleges – June Live Meetings

    Whether you will be deploying Windows 7 over the summer or just want to know more about what is involved, this one hour live meeting will give you an overview of the tools and methods available to deploy Windows 7 effectively, as well as giving you the chance to ask questions. This Live Meeting session...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Vista Explained - A guide for blind and partially sighted users from the RNIB

    The RNIB have announced that their Windows 7 and Vista Explained books for blind and partially sighted users are now available to pre-order, and will be shipped by the end of May. It's a step-by-step guide to Windows 7 and Vista from a non-visual perspective,and is specifically written to empower blind...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and the Cloud – what it means for education

    There’s recently been a lot of discussion within education about different models of ICT services. Individual colleges have tended to use a mix of services provided on-premise and cloud-based services . And newer models of teaching and learning have accelerated the trend towards cloud-based services...
  • 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: Saving power on the go – getting your laptop battery to last all day

    The beauty of saving power, is that you’re also saving money. And in the case of laptops, that applies to home use as well as use on campus. So there’s an incentive for staff to want to manage their power use more effectively. So maybe this article will be of use for your internal IT newsletters too...
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