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    25 FREE Microsoft Technical exam vouchers–hurry before they all go!

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    The Microsoft IT Academy Programme and  Prometric have teamed up to offer 25 FREE Microsoft Technical exam vouchers (Value Over £1000) to organisations who are not existing Prometric Exam Centres when they sign up.

    Becoming an exam centre is FREE and can be a great additional source of revenue.

    If you are not currently a Microsoft IT Academy, no problem, we can organise that at the same time.

    What you need to do now:

    Contact Marc Barfoot on 023 9241 5534 or marc.barfoot@itskillsman.co.uk to confirm your eligibility and claim your Free vouchers

    (There are only a limited number of vouchers available and when they are gone they are gone)

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    Microsoft at the World Cloud Forum, London Olympia - 21st-22nd June 2011

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    I wanted to let you know that Microsoft is the main sponsor of the World Cloud Forum at the London Olympia on the 21st and 22nd June 2011.

    As part of the package, Microsoft will have a large partner showcase area and a dedicated “Cloud Power” theatre throughout the two days:

    Agenda for the Microsoft Theatre: (Repeated twice daily AM/PM over the 2 days)

     

    Tuesday 21st June

    Wednesday 22nd June

    10:00

    Cloud: Everything’s Changing

    Cloud: Everything’s Changing

    10:35

    Cloud Practicalities and Steps to the Cloud

    Cloud Practicalities and Steps to the Cloud

    11:10

    The Changing Role of IT with the Cloud

    The Changing Role of IT with the Cloud

    11:45

    Security in the Cloud

    Security in the Cloud

    12:20

    Cloud and your End Users

    Cloud and your End Users

    12:55

    Open Forum/Q&A  - Hosted by Tim Phillips

    Open Forum/Q&A  - Hosted by Tim Phillips

    13:30

    Cloud: Everything’s Changing

    Cloud: Everything’s Changing

    14:05

    Cloud Practicalities and Steps to the Cloud

    Cloud Practicalities and Steps to the Cloud

    14:40

    The Changing Role of IT with the Cloud

    The Changing Role of IT with the Cloud

    15:15

    Security in the Cloud

    Security in the Cloud

    15:50

    Cloud and your End Users

    Cloud and your End Users

    16:25

    Open Forum/Q&A  - Hosted by Tim Phillips

    Open Forum/Q&A  - Hosted by Tim Phillips

    Confirmed Microsoft customer speakers include: WiseGroup, Royal Mail, Endsleigh Insurance, EasyJet & Lewisham Council.

    Microsoft will also be speaking in the main keynote theatre on day 1 represented by Scott Dodds, General Manager Business Strategy & Marketing Microsoft UK.

    There are three main ways that your customers can get involved:

    1. Customers can register directly with the organisers for a free pass http://cloudwf.com/registation.html this will allow access to the Expo area, seminars and the Microsoft Theatre (but not the keynote theatres)

    2. Customers can request a free VIP pass directly from the organisers, http://cloudwf.com/registation/end-user-vip-pass.html this pass will allow delegate access throughout the event.

    3. Customers can apply for one of 10 Delegate passes allocated to Microsoft as part of our sponsorship (tickets are split 5 tickets for commercial and 5 tickets for Public Sector). To apply for one of these passes please email Mike Haigh stating: customer name, organization name, job title, phone number, email and days attending (21 June, 22 June or Both).

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    The Sunday Times & Wellington College, Festival of Education - In Partnership with Microsoft, 25th-26th June 2011

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    Come to The Sunday Times  and Wellington College Festival of Education on 25th and 26th June to learn more about the most important issues in education today.

    This will be an unmissable event for anyone who cares about the future of education. Be part of an audience of parents, students, academics, teachers and policy-makers and add your voice to the debate.

    A weekend of discussion, debate and workshops, with more than 150 speakers including Bob Geldof, A C Grayling, Jane Asher, A A Gill, David Starkey, Bethany Hughes and Robert Winston.

    Jan Webb and Stuart Ball, Partners in Learning Managers will be there along with myself showcasing some of the great things Microsoft are doing in schools today, so come along and pay us a visit.

    Visit the website

    Tickets are £30 for a One Day Pass, £50 for a Weekend Pass and £15 for a student day pass.

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    The Sunday Times & Wellington College, Festival of Education - In Partnership with Microsoft, 25th-26th June 2011

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    Wellington festival logo

    Come to The Sunday Times festival of Education on 25th and 26th June to learn more about the most important issues in education today.

    This will be an unmissable event for anyone who cares about the future of education. Be part of an audience of parents, students, academics, teachers and policy-makers and add your voice to the debate.

    A weekend of discussion, debate and workshops, with more than 150 speakers including Bob Geldof, A C Grayling, Jane Asher, A A Gill, David Starkey, Bethany Hughes and Robert Winston.

    Jan Webb and Stuart Ball Stuart, Partners in Learning Managers will be there along with myself showcasing some of the great things Microsoft are doing in schools today, so come along and pay us a visit.

    Visit the website

    Tickets are £30 for a One Day Pass, £50 for a Weekend Pass and £15 for a student day pass.

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    Real Life stories using Microsoft Office

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    We’re looking for some great Office stories. And we'll even give a helping hand.Office

    At home, in the office, at school or on the go, your life never stops moving. Microsoft Office 2010 gives you smart, simple, timesaving tools to help you keep up with it. Now you can express ideas, solve problems, connect with people and create amazing results — wherever life takes you.

    Microsoft is looking for a select group of families, students, and small businesses based in the United Kingdom to participate in our Real Life Stories program. So, we’re looking for your help in finding these people!

    These could be family friends, people you have met on the school PTA, your next door neighbours, kids at university or college,– really anyone you know has a use for Microsoft Office in their day to day life. The only exception is that they cannot be in the same household as a Microsoft employee, contractor or vendor.

    This program has been running in the US for some time, and you can check out some of the great stories from their participants - McKinney Family and Melissa Hanson – to give you an idea of what we are looking for.

    We’ll provide everything a participant needs, including a loaner PC with Office Professional 2010 and Windows 7, to use on a daily basis for school, work, or personal tasks.

    In addition, they will receive free access to web-based training from Microsoft and personal e-mail and phone support during the program. They may also have an opportunity to be featured in case studies, video testimonials, and/or media interviews. 

    The attached email template can be sent out to anyone you think may be interested, or you can simply point them directly to http://connect.microsoft.com/site1214 which has all the details.

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