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  • Blog Post: FAQ: What Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 OFFICIAL accreditation means for your organisation

    Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 now hold the UK Government’s recently launched “OFFICIAL” accreditation . What does that mean? It means that Microsoft Azure, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service cloud computing platform, and Office 365, Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Learn the ‘How of the Cloud’ with Government Computing and Microsoft

    You know that the future of public sector IT is in the cloud. But how do you get your organisation started? Cloud advocates within public sector organisations face numerous challenges, including: Defining the business case for cloud tools. Selecting the cloud services that best fit the organisation’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft services reappointed to G-Cloud Framework v4

    The Government Procurement Services reappointed Microsoft to the G-Cloud Framework v4, following the completion of the Official Journal European Union bid process. Microsoft’s appointment to the framework covers all four lots: Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, Software as a Service...
  • Blog Post: Week in Gov. Tech: G-Cloud sales figures hold steady -- but is procurement getting any easier?

    Top Story: Cost-cutting, not performance, is still the primary driver in local government technology decisions , a survey of public sector technology executives finds . The market for local government solutions is complex and fragmented, and IT decision-makers say deploying shared-services solutions...
  • Blog Post: Exciting Opportunity for Microsoft Partners to respond to the UK Government’s Digital Service Framework and become a supplier of Agile Development Services

    Microsoft would like to draw your attention to the announcement of the UK Government’s new Digital Services Framework which has been put together jointly by Government Procurement Service (GPS) and the Government Digital Service (GDS) specifically to support the Government’s Digital Strategy...
  • Blog Post: Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services launches PSN360

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services (FCOS) has just announced a set of secure services delivered over the Government Secure Internet (GSI) or Public Services Network (PSN), based on Microsoft’s technology – Microsoft Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Dynamics CRM and Lync – available...
  • Blog Post: See Government Data Brought to Life at Civil Service Live

    Are you coming to Civil Service Live (CSL) this year? We’re really looking forward to being there alongside some Government departments and SME partners – and here are a few snippets to entice you along! Registration is free for civil servants (obviously!) and the wider public sector, and...
  • Blog Post: A new Microsoft UK in Government website is born!

    Spring has finally sprung (hopefully) - a time for renewal and rejuvenation ...and that is exactly what we have done with our Government website ! We have completely re-vamped our Government web presence to make it even more relevant and appealing. Along with an extensive range of solutions that Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: City of London improves customer satisfaction while sharing best practise with the SLG

    The City of London is an ancient organisation using modern technology to deliver services to a large and complex range of constituents that includes local residents, visitors, small businesses, international corporations, embassies, and over 300,000 daily commuters. Previously, the city had no unified...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Receives G-Cloud Impact Level 2 Accreditation from Cabinet Office for Use across the UK Public Sector

    Microsoft’s cloud computing platform is now accredited to store and communicate data securely up to the UK Government’s Impact Level 2 classification. Reading, UK. — 04/04/13 — Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, has been awarded Impact Level 2 (IL2)...
  • 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: G-Cloud Webcast: What Microsoft Offers and How to Buy

    We recently ran a webcast with representatives from the Cabinet Office G-Cloud Team, Microsoft and a business partner to provide our public sector customers with practical information and advice on how to use the CloudStore to select and purchase Microsoft solutions such as Office 365 . On the webcast...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft on G-Cloud Webcast - Friday 8th March

    Microsoft and our public sector partners offer a selection of services and solutions on the G-Cloud framework that can be purchased via the CloudStore. Our webcast - Microsoft on G-Cloud : what we offer, how to buy – on Friday March 8 th , 2-3pm , will provide you with practical information...
  • Blog Post: Texas moves to the cloud with Microsoft

    We have come across some great news from our colleagues in the US which we simply had to mention on our UK Government blog! OK, it's a story from Texas but the solution and result will appeal hugely with those working in UK Government. A massive 100,000 employees have been switched to the cloud-based...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 Receives G-Cloud IL2 Accreditation from Cabinet Office for Use Across the UK Public Sector

    Microsoft’s public cloud productivity suite for email, collaboration and unified communications, including web conferencing, is now accredited to store and communicate data securely up to the UK Government’s Impact Level 2 classification Reading, UK. — Feb. 04, 2013 — Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: What G-Cloud and the CloudStore means for the public sector

    Why does the public sector need cloud? What is the CloudStore and is the cloud one way to overcome the age of austerity? Two of our Microsoft cloud experts help answer those questions and more in our double cloud whammy with Daniel Batts, head of business development for the public sector and Mark Ferrar...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ltd re-appointed to Government’s ‘G-Cloud’ Framework v2

    2 nd November 2012, Reading, UK: Microsoft has been re-appointed to the Government Procurement Services’ ‘G-Cloud’ Framework v2 following the completion of the Official Journal European Union (OJEU) bid process. Microsoft has been appointed on all four lots: Infrastructure as a Service...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud is a journey, not an ultimatum

    Servers & Services Through previous posts we have discussed ‘what is cloud’ and examined Infrastructure, Platform and Software as a Service, with the relative benefits and comparisons of these approaches to cloud computing. We also discussed the benefits of customers building their...
  • Blog Post: Cloud to the rescue for West Midlands Ambulance Service

    West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is the first public sector organisation to use the Government’s CloudStore and G-Cloud Framework to buy Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint 2012 cloud services for all its staff. In a move aimed at reducing costs whilst improving communications and streamlining...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Free Seminars on Private Cloud for Local Government

    Together with the Microsoft partner, Risual , we are holding two events for our local government customers on the practicalities and benefits of private cloud solutions on July 4th at Staffordshire County Council and July 5th at the Microsoft Customer Centre in London. At the July 4th event in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Day for Developers – June 22nd 2012, London

    Windows Azure, Windows 8, Devices and Open Source - The Microsoft Cloud Day on June 22 nd at the Vue Cinema in Fulham, London is a free conference for public sector developers where you can find out more about the latest innovations in Microsoft technology for the cloud and open source. If you are...
  • Blog Post: Solidsoft builds revolutionary CloudStore for Government

    The Government’s new CloudStore went live on 20th February 2012 - a huge achievement both for the Government’s G-Cloud team and the Microsoft partner that built the store from scratch in just six weeks Solidsoft. Solidsoft CEO, Garth Pickup, says that his company relished the challenge whilst...
  • 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: 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...
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