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  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: Reimagining the future of business with Kent County Council

    “The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.” -- William Gibson, author We know the next few years will bring great changes to the workplace. Technology is poised to change what work looks like – and how we’ll relate to our jobs. We also know that local...
  • Blog Post: Getting responsive with no-e-mail Fridays

    In the central government team at Microsoft we have been using Yammer in earnest for the last 6 months. The uptake of Yammer within the team has been mixed; some people got it immediately and others took a little longer to understand the benefits however six months on the entire team use it regularly...
  • Blog Post: Social Tools in the Workplace

    Microsoft research released on 27th May reports that almost half of employees believe that social tools used in the workplace aid their productivity but interestingly, more than 30 percent of companies underestimate the value of these tools and therefore place restrictions upon their use by employees...
  • 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: UK GovCamp 2013 - a selection of highlights

    Today we attended UK GovCamp 2013 - the yearly unconference where attendees get to pitch the agenda for the day. The lively conference kicks off in the morning with around 300 people introducing themselves and offering their ideas for the day's sessions. It may sound messy, but it really works and creates...
  • 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: Craig Thomler of Delib Australia on Gov 2.0, Open Gov & Social Media

    Today, we have bring you a really interesting interview from the other side of the world but we feel it's just as relevant to our UK audience. Our Worldwide Government Marketing Manager, Michele Bedford-Thistle, interviews a leading light in innovation from the Australian public sector... Having worked...
  • Blog Post: Heads in the cloud - Are we relying on online storage too much?

    Like many of us this summer, I will be heading off on holiday soon. When I get back I will probably be posting many of my snaps on to a social platform to store and to share with friends - again, I'm sure many of you will be doing the same. While I always try to keep a copy of all my photos and videos...
  • Blog Post: Dear Government: Do you have an app for that?

    If you’re like me, the thought of being away from your smartphone, even for a day, creates a sense of anxiety. These days, I’m checking email, paying bills, managing schedules, and navigating on road trips — all from my smart phone. It’s become indispensable. As smartphones become...
  • 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: Day two of the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum in review

    Day two of the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum got off to a fantastic start, despite attendees battling the horrific weather to arrive at the venue. The morning consensus was very excitable with a full day ahead of us and a fabulous gala dinner to look forward to in the evening. Opening the talks...
  • Blog Post: Review of Worldwide Government Solutions Forum 2012

    The sixth year of the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum saw the turn of London, featuring speakers from 26 different countries. After sampling a few international cuisines we sat down to gain a range of views from around the world on how the Government and Public Sector can incorporate cloud computing...
  • 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: 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: Smarter Government - a look at consumerisation of IT at Microsoft UK

    Microsoft is perhaps unique, in that it is both consumer and enterprise technology provider, as well as being a major enterprise technology consumer. This unique perspective brings great value to the organisation - not least in its ability to comprehensively test out and use new product developments...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Smarter Government – Corporate Social Networking with SharePoint

    The rapidly evolving trend towards the ‘ consumerisation of IT ’ means that there is an increasing blurring of the boundaries between personal and corporate computing both at the device and the application level. The explosion of social media is a clear example of applications such as Facebook...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing in Government – Happening Now in Norway, Spain and UK

    Cloud computing offers a number of ways for public sector organisations to reduce costs, improve efficiency and communicate better. Citizens want more involvement in how public information is used and the cloud can give them that. The innovative use of cloud computing to connect providers of public services...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue creates digital hub with SharePoint

    West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service is responsible for providing services to 2 million people in local communities and businesses, over an area of 800 square miles in the north of England. The fire brigade is at the forefront of cutting-edge IT solutions for public safety organisations, but needed...
  • 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...
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