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  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces free Office 365 access for U.K. non-profits

    Qualifying U.K. non-profits of all sizes can now get free or reduced-cost access to a full suite of Microsoft Office 365 productivity tools, as part of Microsoft's software donation program . Non-profit organisations can even sign up for a free trial to help them get started during the application process...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface for Education Offer

    Surface RT is an incredibly useful tool for teaching and learning. The feedback we have had from students and educators regarding the device has been incredibly positive so far. With great battery life, Microsoft Office Home and Student RT and over 20K education focused apps in the Microsoft store...
  • 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: 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: 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: Operational Efficiency – Microsoft Tech Days Online – October 27th

    As both time and travel budgets are tight for everyone, I thought you would be interested in this programme of Microsoft Tech Days Online that we are running on Thursday October 27th. There are three tracks available on the following topics in the morning of October 27th (09:00-12:00): Collaborate...
  • 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 Public Beta Available Now

    I am delighted to inform you that a more extensive public Beta programme for Microsoft Office 365 is now available. This gives you the opportunity to experience how it brings together cloud versions of Microsoft’s most trusted communications and collaboration products with the latest version of...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Microsoft Tech.Days Online

    ICT is undergoing significant and rapid transformation. The advent of cloud computing, the boom in mobile devices, and monumental shifts in the desktop make these interesting times to be an ICT professional. To keep you at the forefront of what’s new and what you need to know during these changes...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – CSC Deploys Microsoft Cloud for State of California

    First New York , now California. Microsoft partner CSC has recently announced that the State of California has awarded the company a contract to migrate its current multiple e-mail applications to a cloud-based solution with Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), recently re-branded as...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Microsoft Office 365

    Microsoft Office 365 brings together cloud versions of our most trusted communications and collaboration products with the latest version of our desktop software and companion Web Apps. Office 365 is designed to meet the needs of organisations of all sizes — from independent professionals to small...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Combining on-premise software with hosted services

    You can invariably rely on the customer to cut through the hyperbole that surrounds new technology paradigms to work out what is the right solution to their business needs. Cloud computing is the latest example where customers are increasingly realising that a hybrid approach combining on-premise software...
  • Blog Post: Backstage at ‘T in the Park’ Music Festival – Part 1

    When you think of the good work done by the Fire Services of the UK, I tend to think of two particular areas: dealing with emergency responses or working in the community preventing incidents. Last weekend I was invited to see this from a different perspective: Inside the JOCC The team at Tayside...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – How Medway Council uses technology to deliver self-directed social care

    In the area of social care, Medway Council is helping to lead the implementation of a national programme called Putting People First , a new model of self-directed support delivery using a technology solution, CareDirector , from Microsoft partner CareWorks . Medway Council provides social care for...
  • Blog Post: Citizen Services – London Fire Brigade Boosts Productivity with Office 2010

    Formed in 1710, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) has evolved into the largest fire and rescue service in the United Kingdom. It has 7,000 staff, including 5,800 firefighters and officers. Leaders at the London Fire Brigade are currently implementing a pilot programme to upgrade to Microsoft Office 2010...
  • Blog Post: Work is what you do, not where you go

    The announcement this week of the availability of Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows Live Hotmail reminds me of the notion that ‘work is what you do, not where you go’. This expression was originally used at the start of the mobility wave when 3G and wireless communications introduced the...
  • Blog Post: Independent Study on Total Economic Impact of Office 2010

    Following on from my earlier blog posting announcing Microsoft Office 2010 , I thought you would be interested in this commissioned research conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Microsoft on the Total Economic Impact of Office 2010 . It contains very impressive figures on the potential savings...
  • Blog Post: Weather, work and webinars

    The nation continues to be in the grip of a big freeze and the imminent threat of more heavy snowfalls. As this makes journeys hazardous and much longer than normal, it seems now is the perfect opportunity to talk about webinars (or Live Meetings as we call the technology in Microsoft). We do run...
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday PowerPoint – 25 years young

    Actually, I missed the official PowerPoint birthday by a few days. PowerPoint came into our business lives on August 14 th 1984 and I think it is fair to say it has had a significant role to play in office meetings, conferences, proposals etc. since it became an application at the core of Microsoft Office...
  • Blog Post: St George’s Day

    I will admit it - I am Scottish so tend to put my celebratory energies into St. Andrew’s Day (November 30 th ) rather than St. George’s Day. Did your town hall or government building proudly fly the flag of St. George? Being a citizen of the UK involves being part of a multicultural community with...
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