First of all, welcome to the ‘new look’ Microsoft UK Government blog. To accompany the new look we are planning to publish a more frequent and broader range of postings that are of interest to Microsoft users throughout UK government organisations.

This week has already been a very active one for the new coalition Government with the announcement of the £6.2Bn of savings in the Public Sector and the formal announcement of the legislative programme for the coming year in the Queen’s speech on Tuesday.

ICT plays a pivotal role in these announcements.  There are potential cutbacks in some of the larger-scale projects such as ID cards and biometric passports. There are also opportunities to deploy ICT smarter to improve the effectiveness and lower the cost of public service delivery.

Which brings me to the cloud.  The purpose of this posting is not to pronounce that ‘the cloud is the future’ (although it certainly looks to be rapidly changing the IT strategy of most organisations)  but simply to point you to more information about Microsoft Online Services and how you can view a demo of the potential for online services in your organisation and participate in a free trial of the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)

We can also arrange customised demonstrations of the practical use of BPOS in public sector organisations. To find out more and arrange a demo for your organisation simply email ukps@microsoft.com and we shall contact you to discuss your requirements and arrange a demonstration.

Posted by Ian