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  • Blog Post: Buying event tickets online? Here’s how to make sure you’re not getting ripped off

    Sometimes it feels like tickets to the hottest sports, music and theatrical events sell out in a heartbeat. When that happens, it’s natural to be frustrated and even tempted to look for spare tickets from an unauthorised reseller. Some individuals and websites are selling genuine tickets –...
  • Blog Post: Don’t believe the hype: Get the facts about secure software for government

    You may have spotted some attention-grabbing headlines recently, talking about how “Operating System Z is the only one approved for secure use in government!” or “Operating System Y is the most secure OS for government ever!” It’s not true. The reality is government’s...
  • Blog Post: Safer Internet Day 2014: Do 1 Thing to make the Web a safer place

    Did you know that Microsoft is a long-standing supporter of Safer Internet Day? Organised by Insafe , and co-founded by the European Union , SID is a global campaign that promotes a healthy Internet for everyone and encourages responsible use of online technologies and services. Microsoft is once...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics is now IL2 accredited on CloudStore

    Today we're proud to announce that Microsoft Dynamics now has Impact Level 2 security accreditation on CloudStore. Dynamics joins Azure and Office 365 in having IL2 accreditation, making it possible for public sector offices to adopt a secure total cloud solution. Here's what that means for your office...
  • Blog Post: CESG provides guidance on Windows 8.1: What does that mean for your organisation?

    Stuart Aston is the Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft in the UK and runs the Government Security Programme and the Security Co-operation Programme. Late last week CESG replaced their guidance on the use of Windows 8 with guidance on Windows 8.1, available here . The update is significant, partly...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP support ends in less than 3 months and you still haven’t upgraded: How do you get started?

    The rumours are true -- support for Windows XP ends in less than 3 months . After that, there won’t be any more patches or security updates. And your Windows XP PC will never be the same. It’s time to get modern with a new operating system like Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. Of course, if you...
  • Blog Post: The 3 most important findings from Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report

    Microsoft released its 15 th Security Intelligence Report last week, packed with facts and stats about the security threats facing Web users in the UK and around the world. The SIR is the world’s most comprehensive security report, since it’s based on data from a wide variety of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Event: Learn how to keep your organisation's IT modern with minimal fuss

    With support for Windows XP set to end on April 8, it’s only natural that public sector organisations across the UK are in a hurry to move to a modern operating system. But moving from an old platform to a new one doesn’t have to a massive, deadline-driven undertaking. What if there was a...
  • Blog Post: Taking on the cyber skills gap with Cyber Security Challenge UK

    The cyber security skills gap facing the UK is so severe that it could take as long as 20 years to correct – and could cost the country as much £27 billion each year in the meantime, according to a recent National Audit Office report. UK business are keen to address that problem by supporting...
  • Blog Post: How much money is outdated software costing your organisation?

    It’s natural to consider costs when mulling a technology upgrade – but it’s important to look at the whole picture. Older software is harder to support, since it’s less secure (being designed for the security threats of 12 years ago) and isn’t optimized for today’s...
  • Blog Post: Week in government tech: SMEs take more than 50% of G-Cloud sales; experts predict cybersecurity crisis

    Top story: The Cabinet Office says it is making progress toward its initial goal of having small-and-medium-sized enterprises command one-fourth of all central government contracts by 2015, leading to it increase that goal to 50% . The report finds 83% of G-Cloud iii suppliers are SMEs, and that the...
  • Blog Post: Tube Lines empowers staff with mobile computing, improves service

    First responder teams at Tube Lines work all day, every day, to ensure safe and timely travel on the London Underground. Tube Lines is re-architecting an iPad app to run as a touch-enabled app on Windows 8 tablets. With emergency data at their fingertips, responders work faster to protect passengers...
  • 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: Metropolitan Police turn to Office 365 for Olympic support

    The Metropolitan Police Service in London required easily accessible email for extra police officers during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To avoid costly capital expenditure on its existing infrastructure, the Met wanted to quickly provision these users and then remove the service when no longer...
  • 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: Private Cloud Nine - CIO roundtable news

    Cliff Evans, Private Cloud Lead at Microsoft UK, attended a recent CIO roundtable to discuss the role that private cloud can play in large organisations and the opportunities and challenges it presents for IT leaders. Everyone talks about the cloud but, really, there are several types of cloud. Most...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 is here and ready for business!

    In the past week or so, it seems we at Microsoft have had more launches than NASA. The latest tasty offering is Windows Phone 8! Windows Phone puts the office in the hands of the business user. It makes mobile working even more seamless, collaborative and secure, and gets employees up and running...
  • Blog Post: Why I’m excited about Windows 8 for government

    Government employees: get ready, because the way you work may never be the same. There’s a new operating system on the way that will support your flexible work style and ease the burden of using multiple devices, all while keeping your data secure. Its name is Windows 8, and today I’m thrilled...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 8 within Microsoft

    This is a guest post by Patrick O’Rourke, director within the strategy, planning and communications team in Microsoft IT. If you’ve read this blog before then you know that one of the roles of Microsoft IT is to be the first customer of Microsoft’s commercial products and services...
  • Blog Post: First, Best and Secure - taking security seriously

    As CIO for Microsoft UK, Annemarie Duffy, not only has to kit out over three and a half thousand workers with the technology to be able to work anywhere, anytime, but also ensure that vital corporate systems are secured - always, and without exception. As one of "the most attempted hack" companies in...
  • Blog Post: Information Security - Next Steps in Identity for UK Police Forces

    With the recent Police National Database (PND) and Identity and Access Management (IAM) initiatives a number of Police forces chose to deploy local IAM technologies, integrated with the Central Services PKI infrastructure and accredited by the ‘Scheme for Police’ standard, instead of the...
  • Blog Post: Protecting citizens from cybercrime amid growing technology access

    As UK citizens increasingly carry out their lives online — from maintaining social networks to making purchases to running businesses — unfortunately, many are also falling victim to cybercrime. And, it comes at a great cost. In fact, one recent report estimated that the total cost of cybercrime...
  • Blog Post: Highlights from #bluelightcamp

    This weekend in Manchester, the Blue Light Camp unconference took place and was reported to have been very a unique and refreshing day. The emergency services event was the brain child of Sasha Taylor , Paul Coxon and David White and provided a fantastic networking opportunity for those interested in...
  • 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: Moving to the cloud on your terms – 17 May 2012

    Local Authorities and Police Forces are increasingly looking at Cloud services to increase efficiency and collaboration, whilst reducing the cost and burden of delivering integrated and collaborative applications to their users. However, there are understandable questions about Cloud services over potential...
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