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  • Blog Post: Week in government tech: NAO shines a light on DPW's Universal Credit programme; UK's best local government website named

    Top story: The Department for Work and Pensions will have to write off £34 million in IT assets , totalling 17% of the assets developed for its Universal Credit programme, according to a National Audit Office report, which found that the department failed to meet some of its rollout targets...
  • Blog Post: Evidence that students do better with a PC at home

    ALL teachers, ALL schools and any parents can use the Get Online @ Home offer so EVERY student can have a PC at home and do better in school and in life! So here’s the evidence that students do better if they have a PC at home: The final evaluation of the Government’s “Home...
  • Blog Post: A flood of praise for the new FloodAlerts Facebook application

    The fight to warn areas of the UK about flooding has stepped up a gear by the introduction of a new Facebook application from the Environment Agency . Powered by the Bing Maps platform and developed by Microsoft partner Shoothill, FloodAlerts is built on official flood warning data. This allows the...
  • Blog Post: Free online meeting and demo of Office 365 for UK charities

    If you work in one of the many marvellous charities spread throughout the UK, you might be looking into ways of communicating effectively. Great communication to the public is something so essential for charities but how is your communication within your organisation? Is there room for improvement...
  • Blog Post: Latest agenda for the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum, London (24th-25th April)

    It's less than a month to go now until the huge Worldwide Government Solutions Forum in London (24th-25th April). We thought we'd share the latest agenda with you - it's packed full fantastic speakers and chances to do some great networking. Just see for yourself below... More soon - don't forget, you...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing - Software as a service

    In the previous post we looked at Infrastructure (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), in this post we will look at Software As A Service or SaaS. The service provider manages everything up to and including the application itself. As a customer you get to configure the application for your use. A...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government - Flexible Workstyles (Consumerisation of IT)

    We’ve recently blogged on two topics currently close to UK Government’s heart: firstly, Annemarie Duffy wrote about how internal IT within Microsoft is embracing opportunities presented by cloud, and by the Consumerisation of IT (CoIT). Then Nick Umney posted the first in his “ Why...
  • Blog Post: Why attend the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum in April?

    Worldwide Government Solutions Forum, 24 th -25 th April 2012, Cardinal Place (Microsoft), London. It’s just under two months until the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum (GSF) rolls in to London. It’s theme this year is ‘efficiency and opportunity: how cloud and technology innovations...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft appointed to Government’s ‘G-Cloud’ Framework

    Microsoft has today been appointed to the Government Procurement Services’ ‘G-Cloud’ Framework following the completion of the formal bid process. The business has been successfully appointed on all four Lots: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS as well as cloud consulting services. In addition, a number...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency - fall in love with your browser this Valentine's Day!

    Love it or hate it, it's that time of year again when the world goes all lovey-dubby. Valentine's Day is upon us and it's a time for reminding that special someone in your life how much you love them. Some would say a love for tech (or in this case software), can almost rival love for another human being...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure’s contribution to UK government Open Data

    The forecast for Open Data content is looking extremely bright following a decision by the government to release Met Office UK weather information to the public. We at Microsoft are supporting the initiative with our Windows Azure platform via Marketplace. This effectively unlocks daily and hourly...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Safer Internet Day 2012 - Tues 7th Feb!

    Happy Safe Internet Day! It's a subject we take very seriously and it forms a central element to our business best practises. As well as it being a core responsibility for our company, many of us are parents and care deeply about online safety for our children. The tools Microsoft produce provide excellent...
  • Blog Post: Blackberry tastes even better with Office 365

    Wouldn’t it be cool if you could use your BlackBerry to access Office 365? Well, now you can ! Yesterday RIM officially announced that BlackBerry Business Cloud Services was available for Office 365 customers. Key features: Wireless synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Online email...
  • Blog Post: Day two at ukgovcamp 2012

    We’ve been attending UK GovCamp , an ‘unconference’ that aims to bring together public sector professionals to discuss best practice use of technology. The event lasts 2 days, read our day one wrap-up post to see what happened yesterday. As with yesterday and in the true ‘unconferencing’...
  • Blog Post: Government Gateway: A model for e-government service (plus events for your diary)

    Whilst the concept of online transactions is now a mainstream activity for most consumer organisations, designing and building this type of online service in government presents unique challenges. Unlike online banks, or eBay or Amazon, an online government transaction platform has to be designed with...
  • Blog Post: Govcamp 2012 preview

    With just over a week to go until Govcamp2012, we’re taking a quick look at what we can look forward to on 20 th and 21 st January! UKGovcamp is all about people making the time to talk, listen and think about how digital changes the way the UK government works. Conversations around this...
  • Blog Post: Get Online @ Home – benefits for local government

    In the UK there are still 8.4 million people who have yet to use the Internet and 5% of schoolchildren do not have access to a PC at home to assist with their education and learning. As initiatives go, ones which provide computers for as little as £99, are winners. That is exactly what the Get...
  • Blog Post: What’s next for wireless broadband?

    Recently, at the ITU Telecom World 2011 in Geneva, Microsoft, along with several partners including Neul , the University of Strathclyde , Steepest Ascent , and Inveneo , demonstrated innovative new wireless technology. Described as “Super Wi-Fi” by some, it shows how unused TV and other...
  • Blog Post: Weathering the storm with social media

    Despite not feeling much like it recently, Winter is upon us and, if the weather reports are to be believed, we are in for a bit of a battering over the next 48 hours. Every council around the UK will be battening down the hatches and preparing themselves for whatever the weather can throw at them and...
  • Blog Post: Digital Inclusion – Microsoft supports Race Online 2012 drive to get 9 million UK citizens online

    The Race Online 2012 campaign has been established to provide all UK citizens with the opportunity to experience and use the internet, safely, to improve their digital skills, communicate online and take advantage of the many financial savings that are only available online. In partnership with Race...
  • Blog Post: Open Government – 9 million adults in the UK yet to use the Internet

    Microsoft was a major supporter of this week’s Race Online 2012 announcement to accelerate the campaign to provide all UK citizens with the opportunity to experience and use the internet, safely, to improve their digital skills, communicate online and take advantage of the many financial savings...
  • Blog Post: UKGovcamp 2011 – Highlights Briefing on March 17th

    On Saturday January 22 nd , Microsoft had the pleasure of hosting the fourth UKGovcamp community conference with 300 participants from across government attending on the day or participating online. Following on from this event, Microsoft, with the support of Dave Briggs and Steph Gray from UKGovcamp...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Microsoft to host UK GovCamp Conference in London in January 2011

    The fourth UK GovCamp (un)Conference will be held at the Microsoft Customer Centre facility in London on Saturday January 22nd, 2011. If you are not sure what GovCamp is or why it should interest you, read on. Set up by volunteers, the first ukgovcamp took place in January 2008. The 2011 conference...
  • Blog Post: Britain Works Challenge - Win 100,000 Training Vouchers

    In the current economic climate and difficult employment market, continuously developing skills and expertise are vital to any person’s ability to find a job and develop their career. ICT skills, in particular, can be difficult and expensive to maintain for those who find themselves out of regular employment...
  • Blog Post: Digital Inclusion – Video Story

    Following on from my blog post ‘Digital Inclusion – It’s a winner’, we wanted to share with you our new video. Milton Keynes has been renting PCs with our low cost software package for about 10 months now and around 1000 previously underserved citizens are now benefiting from the programme. ...
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