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  • Blog Post: Windows XP Migration

    Guest post from Daley Robinson, Stone Group. As most will already be aware of, the de-support date for Windows XP is 8th April 2014. After this time, PCs running XP will be exposed as there will be no security updates, no new bug fixes or patches to the legacy operating system - leaving networks critically...
  • Blog Post: Using tablets in education: learn about the key features of Windows 8

    Originally posted by Carlos I. James Gutierrez With the upcoming launch of Microsoft’s Surface Pro across 21 markets, customers can more easily edit, collaborate, and get things done from one device that they use from home, the office, and while on the road. As these new computing scenarios bring potential...
  • 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...
  • 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: Your invite to the UK Launch for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010

    UPDATE - FRIDAY 11:30 - THE EVENT IS NOW CURRENTLY FULL - BUT YOU CAN ADD YOURSELF TO THE WAIT LIST. Apparently we've had well over 1,000 registrations since we announced it. I'd recommend putting yourself on the wait list. Sorry. I'll work on a list of alternative events/webcasts to attend From now...
  • Blog Post: Free Event - Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 – 21 Aug 2009

    Although it’s a little bit last minute, I’ve grabbed at the chance to get some of our Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 brains together on Friday 21st August, in our Thames Valley Campus in Reading. It’s August, and I know that it is one of the busiest times for IT teams, however you probably have...
  • Blog Post: A comprehensive list of what's new in Windows 7

    I’ve just finished scanning an excellent series of articles on TechNet , about what’s new in Windows 7. Whilst not every feature is critical for education, there are some areas which are answers to current challenges in education ICT. If you’re managing Information Security , then read What’s New in...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 release date announced – 7th August for most UK universities

    The Windows Team have announced, via The Windows Blog , more information on the various availability dates for Windows 7. Whilst the consumer product launches on 22nd October, it will actually be available earlier for customers using our ‘volume licensing’ schemes – like the Campus Agreement and Select...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows 7 Release Candidate download will end shortly

    This isn’t specific to FE, but as it hasn’t got much coverage worldwide, I thought it worth a mention. If you’re thinking of experimenting with Windows 7 in the summer holidays – eg testing some of your old educational software using the XP compatibility mode – then you may want to know that the free...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 networking enhancements for education

    I’ve just finished reading the whitepaper about networking enhancements that are included within Windows 7, which are especially powerful when combined with Windows Server 2008 R2. Although I’m not the most technical person in the team, it made sense to me, and a couple of key features jumped out at...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Application Compatibility in education

    A last week I wrote “ Windows 7 is getting closer ”, and one of the readers posed the question about Application Compatibility – their point was that they used over 450 applications, so couldn’t we test them all to check they work on Windows 7. Hopefully it’s no surprise to learn that we can’t do all...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 is getting closer

    The Windows 7 team announced it will be available on October 22nd – that’s the date in the stores, so I don’t know if we’ll get the version for education (ie the Volume Licence version) any earlier. Even if it was earlier, I guess it’s unlikely it’ll be in time to roll it out before the end of the summer...
  • 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 Four – Getting new computers onto campus quickly

    Oh, joy. A new batch of computers has arrived in the college. There’s anti-theft marking to do, security screws to add, mice to clamp and that’s all before all of the actual deployment has to be done – getting them out to the right classroom, with the right software. Well, Windows 7 has invented some...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help FE colleges – Part Three – Staff laptops

    Continuing my thread of half-term learning snacks, this one’s is shorter (only 7 minutes long), but talks about a feature which you may want to think about to help your teaching staff. Here’s a scenario that may well have happened in your college: You allocate a member of teaching staff a laptop...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help FE colleges – Part Two – Stop people doing silly stuff

    We both know that although our users are very sensible people, sometimes they do incredibly dumb things with their computers. It can be caused by ignorance, or it can be because they are so keen to get on with their jobs, that they throw caution to the wind. Here’s a quick Vox Pop Quiz – see how many...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer patch – time to roll it out

    I’m sure you’ve already got this covered, but just in case you have missed it, we released the update for Internet Explorer overnight to resolve the security glitch that the BBC et al have been getting all frothed up about. If you’ve got automatic updates set up on your own computer, or your network...
  • Blog Post: Which Windows Vista is the right one for colleges?

    My colleague Michael Green wrote this article in his US university blog , and I thought it was worth repetition: " Determining which Vista to install is not as complicated as you might think. Vista Business contains most of what you are looking for out of an "everyday" work machine, including the capability...
  • Blog Post: Data security - safeguarding individual's data

    Listening to the news this morning, my attention was grabbed by the Information Commissioner, on the subject of data security, as he said " Data is being stolen too easily. Laptops, containing personal information and databases, being stolen when they are taken outside of the workplace without proper...
  • Blog Post: How do I do that? .... Buying software as a student (for less)

    If you're a student, and you want a copy of Office 2007 for your home PC or laptop, what are the chances of paying a lot less than anybody else for it? Well, they are pretty good, if you know how... One way is to buy the "Home and Student" version in a shop, which contains Word, Excel, PowerPoint and...
  • Blog Post: Is this the end for Windows XP? Or the wrong end of the stick?

    When I read this BBC News story a week ago, I didn't really think about it much. Entitled "Windows XP to be retired in 2008" the first five lines said: "Windows XP will stop being available on new PCs from the end of January 2008. Microsoft is keeping to a plan to stop selling the operating system.....
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