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  • Blog Post: Public Sector Windows 8 Apps eBook

    Over the past few weeks we have been compiling eight great public sector apps which can be found in the Windows 8/Windows Phone app store . The result is this handy guide which features details about each app, screenshots and information about our involved Partners. Featured in the Windows 8 app eBook...
  • Blog Post: All those ways you didn't think Office was going to change your life

    We thought you'd like to know about today's launch of Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium - to help improve productivity in your home office and in your personal life!... To celebrate the launch of Microsoft Office 365 in the UK we are holding a unique event taking place based on and around the specially...
  • Blog Post: Inspire your IT pros at our new, free creative space!

    During this current period of huge change and added financial pressures, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Government organisations are in a growth lock down. But, as many of us know, this adversity has seemed to fuel a fresh wave of IT innovation - fuelled by elements such as the cloud and social...
  • Blog Post: New FloodAlerts website goes live!

    We bring you quite a short blog posting today but one that is none the less important - a new FloodAlerts website . With all the very heavy rain expected over the coming hours and days (while the summer goes AWOL), a brand new FloodAlerts website has been launched by Microsoft partner Shoothill. Based...
  • 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: Be on cloud nine with Office 365 trial

    With the G-Cloud framework now in place and many public sector bodies looking seriously at moving email, collaboration and other workloads to the cloud, now is the perfect time to trial Office 365. To make it easier for you to get started, Microsoft has teamed up with a select group of specialist...
  • Blog Post: Unlock the value of business information – FREE research report and webcast

    Whether you call it business intelligence or performance management, the challenge remains the same – how can public sector organisations more effectively unlock the business value of the information they have on their systems? Microsoft recently conducted research across a number of Public...
  • 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: Operational Efficiency – SQLBits X: Technical Launch Event for SQL Server 2012

    SQLBits is the UK SQL Server technical community and their 10th conference (SQLBits X) will take place in London from March 29-31, 2012. SQLBits X will also be the main technical launch conference for SQL Server 2012 in the UK. Over nine previous conferences since 2007, SQLBits has gained a reputation...
  • 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: Operational Efficiency – Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Summit – November 30th

    The Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Summit is your opportunity to find out about all the latest developments in Microsoft’s systems management suite of technologies. It is taking place on November 30th and, as it is an online event, you can attend from the comfort of your own office. ...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Free learning resources from Microsoft Virtual Academy

    Last week, I brought to your attention a free white paper on Cloud learning – What IT Professionals Need to Know . Now, I would like to point you towards a selection of free education resources on cloud computing available from the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The Microsoft Virtual Academy...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – FREE White Paper on ‘What IT Professionals Need to Know’

    Amidst all the noise and fervour associated with the ‘journey to the cloud’ one question I have not, till now, seen properly addressed is what does the cloud mean for the skills and responsibilities of IT professionals? The new white paper from Microsoft Learning on Cloud Computing: What...
  • Blog Post: Open Government – London Data Store on Windows Azure Improves Information Transparency

    “ Open Government and Open Data have the power to transform absolutely the way government and society work for the better .” These are the words of Francis Maude, Minister for Cabinet Office, in his foreword to the recently-published public consultation on Making Open Data Real . As well...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – System Center 2012 Launch Roadshows

    The Microsoft System Center 2012 Launch Roadshow will provide the best possible opportunity to learn about the latest System Center 2012 management solutions for helping IT organisations benefit from self-managing, user-centric, dynamic systems. There are four regional Microsoft System Center 2012...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Free White Paper: Microsoft and VMware – Functionality, Benefits and Economics Comparison

    As more and more customers evaluate cloud computing investments to improve the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of ICT in the public sector, I thought you would be interested in obtaining a copy of a free private cloud white paper and analysis which shows that a VMware private cloud solution can cost...
  • Blog Post: Information Security – Free Webinar on Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (September 28th)

    The Information Commissioner (ICO) is increasingly proactive in publicising organisations that are in serious breach of data protection and privacy and can now levy fines of up to £500,000 for each serious breach of data protection. The news section of the ICO website identifies a variety of public...
  • Blog Post: Information Security – Microsoft ‘BlueHat’ Prizes for Security Defence Technology

    Earlier this month, Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group announced the BlueHat Prize , an incentive for researchers to develop original ideas to help protect customers, computers, and devices. The top three winners* in the BlueHat Prize competition will earn a total approximate retail...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Free eBooks on Cloud Computing Basics

    Our colleagues in the Microsoft Corporate Government team have been busy producing a series of eBooks on Cloud Computing in Government that I thought were well worth bringing to your attention. They do carry the minor ‘health warning’ that they are written with USA State and Federal Government...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing - Office 365 Available Now

    I hope I am right in presuming that the official launch of Office 365 has not escaped your notice this week. Office 365 brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service, at a predictable monthly subscription...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Strategies to transform government in the 2.0 world (FREE white paper)

    Technology advances have opened up new possibilities and raised expectation about governments’ role and how governments should serve communities. These factors include: Cloud computing as a viable ICT provisioning model and a way to reduce costs and deliver new services. Social media to...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Visit Microsoft at Cloud Computing World Forum (London) on June 21-22

    The 3rd Cloud Computing World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London on June 21-22 this year and Microsoft has extensive public sector content in the programme in support of our sponsorship of this year’s event. Among the speakers you will hear from in the Forum conference...
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