Two numeric examples of how fast things are moving forward in education ICT these days:
The chart below shows the visitors to this blog this month. Which shows just how fast Windows 7 is being adopted, and displacing Windows XP and Windows Vista.
As most readers of this blog are from UK universities, and most big system upgrades happen over the summer holidays, I’m guessing we’ll see Windows 7 racing ahead further by the start of the new term.
I saw this Tweet yesterday evening:
The press release it links to lists a few of the numbers around the move to cloud services. Outside of education, 13 of the top 20 global telecom firms, 15 of the top 20 global banks, and 16 of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies are now using Microsoft’s cloud services. And over 10,000 customers in more than 40 countries have chosen the Windows Azure platform in just nine months.
And in education, over 10,000 universities, colleges and schools in more than 130 countries are now using Microsoft’s Live@edu cloud-based email and collaboration service, serving 11 million students, staff and teachers worldwide. Today’s announcement was about the University of Georgia, which is moving 85,000 students, faculty and staff to our cloud based email, calendar and documents service. Dr. Barbara White, chief information officer at the University of Georgia, put the reasons pretty clearly:
Find out more about Live@edu