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  • Blog Post: Why you should go green with the end of Windows XP

    With the end of support for Windows XP, many organisations and individuals, including schools, are looking at replacing their computers. Aside from features like battery life, touch enabled screens etc, one aspect of selecting the right device for your school is the environmental profile of the device...
  • Blog Post: Windows To Go: A Deployment Guide for Education

    Windows To Go is a feature of the Windows 8 Enterprise operating system that enables the operating system to run from a USB drive. Using Windows To Go in an education environment provides numerous benefits to faculty and students alike. It enables faculty and students to use a personalized copy of Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store Apps: A Deployment Guide for Education

    The Windows 8 operating system includes many new features and capabilities, but one prominent feature is the Windows Store apps. Educational institutions can purchase or create apps for Windows 8 that use the new user interface (UI). But Windows Store apps can raise certain questions: What is the best...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 apps for education: iCell

    iCell is an exciting new way to teach biology, giving students an interactive, 3D view inside a cells. The database of information which can be searched in iCell includes examples of three types of cells: animal, plant, and bacteria. The app can show students the finer details of cell structure, creating...
  • Blog Post: Buying Surface through commercial order

    With the recent release of the Surface Pro , and just over 6 months since the launch of the RT device , we hope you’ve had a good chance to get your hands on one and have a play. If, like us, you love the Surface and want to get a device, accessories or after-market service plans for your...
  • Blog Post: App week: Corinth

    Earlier this week we showed you Khan Academy , an app which enables students to learn through a library of almost 4000 videos. Today, we’re showing you Corinth , the original interactive education app which lets you discover plant microbiology in a completely new way. This fun yet insightful app allows...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with GameMaker Studio for Windows 8 and Windows Phone

    Originally posted on the UK Faculty Connection blog .     Updating your game for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 with GameMaker: Studio™ is easy Want to learn more? Check out the getting started resources below. Windows 8 How to get Windows 8 Windows 8 Platform Overview Setup GameMaker: Studio...
  • Blog Post: App week: Khan Academy

    This week we’re going to be showing you some of our favourite Windows 8 apps for education. First up is Khan Academy , a great app which gives you free resources to learn almost anything. Perfect for teachers and students alike, the Khan Academy app has a library of over 3800 videos across a vast range...
  • Blog Post: Exciting Learning: Windows 8 apps for Further Education

    Students use apps every day of their lives on their smartphones, tablets and PCs, yet many would never consider using them to aid their learning. The Windows store has an ever-growing selection of education apps for Windows 8 and Windows phone, all of which could enhance your students’ learning...
  • Blog Post: Deploying a Windows Store App with Configuration Manager 2012 SP1

    By Simon May One of a series of videos I’m working on that show how deployment works for modern apps , Windows Store apps, Windows 8 apps, Windows RT apps or Appx packages – whatever you like to call them. There are a few ways that you can deploy these types of apps to Windows 8 and Windows RT devices...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 tablets in education at Saltash.net Community School

    Guest post by our freelance education writer, Gerald Haigh One of my missions at BETT 2013 was to find out how people were using Windows 8,  Windows 8 devices and tablets in education. So when I bumped into a party of people from Saltash.net Community School and picked up the news that they were...
  • Blog Post: Round-up of Windows 8 in education so far

    Guest post from Gerald Haigh . Gerald is a freelance writer who regularly writes for the Microsoft UK education blogs. This term I’ve been looking at the arrival of Windows 8 in education. The story for most institutions, as you’d expect, is that it’s early days. As 2012 comes to an end, a school, typically...
  • Blog Post: Windows RT or Windows 8 devices for your school?

    Guest post by Sean O’Shea With the upcoming Windows 8 launch happening tomorrow (Friday 26th October), I recently did a keynote speech at an event with one of our partners. We had a great turn out including head teachers, deputy head teachers and ICT leads from primary and secondary schools. It was overwhelming...
  • 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: New Lenovo Windows 8 tablets and laptops

    Originally posted by Ray Fleming A month ago I wrote about a dozen new Windows 8 devices – laptops, tablets and All-In-Ones running Windows 8 and Windows RT – that were being previewed before the big day on 26th October when Windows 8 is officially released. It means that as a education...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Education apps in the Windows Store

    I originally wrote about Windows 8 apps for education a few weeks ago . And since last time, that I've installed some more apps, so here's my additional recommended education apps for Windows 8: Mathrathon Windows Store link for Mathrathon It's a simple maths game – you're shown two...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 at ALT-C 2012

    Guest post by Lee Stott Are you ready for Windows 8 and the Cloud? Millions of people around the world use Windows every day.  With Windows 8 Live tiles on the Windows Start screen, display information from your website and service and turn your app into a real time awareness engine - even when...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows Phone 8

    By Joe Belfiore Three years ago I was lucky to join the Windows Phone team at a time when we were “resetting” our approach to mobile operating system software. We made big changes to our design, our approach to partners, and our platform. The result was Windows Phone 7. Now it’s time to start telling...
  • 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: Creating the Windows 8 user experience

    Ok so we know this is a bit of a lengthy blog post! But it’s well worth a read to find out about the new Windows 8 user experience, along with some great Windows user interface history. Originally posted by Building Windows 8 This blog often focuses on the bits and features and less on the “philosophy...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    Its now been a month since the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was made available (time flies!). Since its launch, it has been great to see all the feedback from members of the education community and beyond about their experience of the new OS to date. David Pogue's comments, from the New York Times , are...
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