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  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: Bringing city and citizen data to life with Shaping Cloud

    Open data has the potential to be a game-changer for local governments throughout the UK. Openly sharing local data can help improve citizen engagement, increase awareness of city services and even help solve complex problems. But local governments don’t always have the expertise on hand to put...
  • Blog Post: Watch how Windows 8 mobile devices are making repairs to the London Underground easier than ever

    Maintaining the 150-year-old infrastructure in London’s Underground network is no easy task. The workers at Tube Lines have to move people, equipment and materials into the tunnels each night to perform the necessary work on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines. They’ve only got about...
  • 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: Why the Scottish Government is turning to tablets to get more done

    Mobile working in a flexible, collaborative environment is the future of public sector productivity – and the Scottish Government is looking to lead the way. Like all public sector organisations, the Scottish Government needed to find ways to reduce costs while improving services – mobile...
  • Blog Post: What does the latest CESG devices security guidance mean for you?

    CESG issued its latest End User Devices Security and Configuration Guidance on the 14th of October. The new document is a radical departure from past iterations in some respects. So what do you need to know about the new guidance? Shorter, simpler guidance: In the past, the CESG would release Government...
  • Blog Post: How much money is outdated software costing your organisation?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: Could BYOD come to the public sector?

    New guidelines from the Government Communications Headquarters' Communications-Electronics Security Group could allow government workers to use their own mobile devices while on the job, as the guidelines consider security requirements for user-owned devices for the first time. The agency stopped short...
  • Blog Post: How Royal Mail cut its hardware costs by 33%

    Royal Mail was able to cut it's hardware costs by one-third and it's desktop support costs by one-fifth? How? By using Windows 7 on 27,000 computers to help manage it's workforce of 160,000. Upgrading Windows is helping a variety of public sector organisations cut costs, improve flexibility and deliver...
  • 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: Virtualising saves 15% for Isle of Man’s ICT operations

    Like all public sector organisations these days, cutting the costs of ICT operations is a priority for the Isle of Man Government. Already a champion of cloud-based computing in government, Isle of Man Chief Technology Officer, Peter Clarke, recognised that moving to the cloud and virtualising the...
  • Blog Post: Bringing to life new technology in the working environment

    As you may have read on our blog last week, Microsoft will have a significant presence at this year’s Civil Service Live event in London – 2-3 rd July. We will be there alongside Esri , Government departments and SME partners on our ‘Understanding our World’ hub. Here is a...
  • Blog Post: Have USB stick, will travel!

    One of the Windows 8 innovations which maybe hasn’t received as much attention as it should is Windows To Go – although that is quickly changing as customers start to explore the possibilities. Windows To Go allows enterprise customers to create a secure portable workspace on a USB device...
  • 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: Tablets that mean business – Windows 8 helping cut the total cost of ownership

    There is no doubt that Windows 8 is the new kid on the block as far as operating systems are concerned. It’s still in its infancy and, as a result, people are just beginning to realise its vast potential. Dell are one of those companies who are currently producing a selection of great devices...
  • Blog Post: A modern desktop for government - update

    Microsoft recently ran a well-attended event in London, showcasing the Windows devices, and showing how they come together with Windows and Office to deliver a great Microsoft end user experience. Representatives from a number of Government departments were joined by Microsoft partners, including: ...
  • Blog Post: The compelling case for Windows 8

    In this section of our three-part series on Microsoft’s recent Executive Briefing event, Tim Cozze-Young reports the highlights of a presentation about the benefits of Windows 8 and describes how BT, an early adopter, is using it to empower its engineers. One of the standout themes of the Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: All change – Steve Ballmer discusses innovation, Microsoft and enterprise IT

    Tim Cozze-Young was at the Microsoft Executive Briefing in London to hear what our CEO, Steve Ballmer, had to say about the future of IT and how Microsoft is evolving to meet the needs of enterprise customers. In 2020, three-quarters of the Fortune 500 will be companies we haven’t heard of yet...
  • Blog Post: Six great Windows 8 apps for the public sector

    Since the launch of Windows 8, users have been able to delve into a huge range of new apps to play with. Developers in public sector organisations around the country are discovering the new opportunity that the Windows Store offers them to design, build, and make available their apps to customers in...
  • 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: Windows 8 gets big support among global partners

    I recently attended a Microsoft partner conference in Rome, which brought together Microsoft thought leaders, innovators, partners, and customers from around the world to discuss the future of technology in the public sector and new ways of creating a real impact in government. While it may not be a...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 for free!

    Not long until Windows 8 is officially launched but if you are excited about Windows 8 and want to try it now, or want to test some of your existing application for compatibility, then this post will give you a simple a free way to trial this software. This will be achieved by installing VMware Player...
  • Blog Post: A bright future for cities? Thoughts from the “Future of Cities” forum

    With more than 50% of the world’s population already living in cities, and projections that this number will grow to 70% plus by 2050, the accelerating trend of urbanisation raises many challenges and demands for governments. From September 20-21, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the auspices of...
  • 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: OEMs Introduce Innovative New PC Designs for Windows 8

    Hi, I’m Nick Parker and I lead the OEM Division at Microsoft. Many of our partners are making announcements this week at IFA so it’s a good time to showcase some of the amazing hardware innovation coming to market with Windows 8. IFA is one of the world’s largest consumer electronics...
  • 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...
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