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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 for Education appears on the horizon

    Last night we officially announced Office 365 , which is the next generation of cloud services – bringing together Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Lync (previously known as Office Communications Server) and Office (on both the web and your PC). And the good news is that there will be an education...
  • Blog Post: The new RM Slate PC

    I was away at the end of last week, so I didn't see that details on RM's upcoming slate PC had made their way onto their website . Called the RM Slate, it does exactly what you'd expect - a fully functioning PC running Windows, in the style of a pad/tablet/slate device. You can read more details on Merlin...
  • Blog Post: Want to hear us talking about security and our roadmap?

    Every year, we get lots of feedback from our customers, through a variety of different routes: we conduct an annual customer satisfaction survey, which gives an overall picture we deal with individual customers through our support, customer care and partner management teams we see literally millions...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in the Office 2010 applications

    I’ve indexed all of the different product guides for the new Office 2010 applications. There are two separate documents for most of the products – the Overview version is a short two-page summary, and then there’s a detailed Product Guide which goes into much more detail. The Overview document is...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 availability dates for UK universities

    We have been developing Office 2010 for quite a while now – and many of you have been taking part in that by running the beta versions (at the last count, 7.5 million people have downloaded the beta version ). Late on Friday, Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 reached their last stage in the development...
  • Blog Post: Free anti-virus protection for home computers – good news for staff and students

    I was suprised to discover I hadn’t blogged this before. So if you’ve renewed an anti-virus subscription for your home computer since last October, when this was launched, then I’m sorry! We have launched a free anti-virus programme, Microsoft Security Essentials , which is for Windows XP, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Beta Available

    Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Project 2010 and Visio 2010 have all reached the Beta milestone and are now available for download . Remember how sometimes you felt smug when you were running Windows 7 Beta at least 6 months before your colleagues and friends? Well, you can feel it once again! What’s new...
  • Blog Post: At last, the UK Education website gets a makeover

    I’ve got two daughters who think that the best things on TV are reality makeover programmes (our TV at home seems to alternate between Grand Designs and Gok’s Fashion Fix), but they didn’t get as excited as I did about our makeover project – taking the Microsoft UK Education site and adding a pile of...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Moodle with Microsoft Live services

    Who’d have thought it, not only would I be looking for the Moodle logo for the blog, but other strange things have been happening this week: We’ve released two projects under the open source GPL v2 licence for the first time ever Following on from the experimental OfficeLabs project, we’ve launched Education...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 release date announced – 7th August for most UK universities

    The Windows Team have announced, via The Windows Blog , more information on the various availability dates for Windows 7. Whilst the consumer product launches on 22nd October, it will actually be available earlier for customers using our ‘volume licensing’ schemes – like the Campus Agreement and Select...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 release dates for education

    Our Worldwide Partner Conference was on this week, and there has been a flurry of announcements. I’ll summarise those that may be important to you over the next few days, but if you can’t wait then go over to our PressPass site . One of the most important things mentioned at the conference was the imminent...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Student Partner Programme – Student applications open to 31st July 09

    Our colleagues in the UK Academic team (who work with academic departments in STEM-D at universities across the UK) have just announced that students can apply for next year’s Microsoft Student Partner scheme. Here’s the details: What are Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs)? Microsoft Student Partners...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to Jonathan Noble – Powershell MVP

    Please join me in congratulating Jonathan at the University of Newcastle on his award as a  Microsoft most Value Professional.  This is great news for both him and the UK Higher Education sector as it demonstrates how much talent exists and how prepared people are to share knowledge.  ...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint in Welsh – SharePoint ar gael in Gymraeg

    During half-term week, we joined the Welsh Assembly Government at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay, to launch Welsh language support for SharePoint. Steve Beswick, of Microsoft, and Meri Huws, of the Welsh Language Board, officially launched the pack with Jane Hutt, the Welsh Assembly Minister for...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 is getting closer

    The Windows 7 team announced it will be available on October 22nd – that’s the date in the stores, so I don’t know if we’ll get the version for education (ie the Volume Licence version) any earlier. Even if it was earlier, I guess it’s unlikely it’ll be in time to roll it out before the end of the summer...
  • Blog Post: Lowest cost Office 2007 – Bulk order under Home Use Programme for staff

    This could be part of a “things you wish you’d heard about earlier…” series. If you’re working within a UK university, then it’s almost guaranteed that your university has signed a Microsoft Campus Agreement , and that this applies to YOU! The deal, in a nutshell, is that you can place a bulk order,...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase is now on Facebook

      Become an IT Showcase Fan on Facebook! IT SHOWCASE has joined the social media movement with the launch of our new… Facebook fan page ! This means that more people can benefit even more from the ever growing IT Showcase knowledge base! Through Facebook, join Microsoft in discussions that give...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live – the latest incarnation

    I’m considerably later than most of the pundits out there in writing about the latest release of Windows Live, but I’ve been busy exploring the new features in my new Live platform and wanted a better impression of what has been delivered before clicking the keys of my laptop. I guess many of you...
  • Blog Post: Cray’s deskside supercomputer running Windows

    According to Jack Schofield, on the Guardian’s Technology Blog ,  Cray have just announced a deskside supercomputer, running Windows HPC (the high performance computing version of Windows Server 2008). This took me by surprise for a number of reasons: “Deskside Supercomputer” – Wow. I still remember...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal – Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man

    Whoops – when I wrote about the Ultimate Steal ( Office 2007 Ultimate Edition for £38.95, only for students ) I said it was open to all UK students who have a .ac.uk email address ( and staff too). Of course, I’d forgotten something – we have also added Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students and...
  • Blog Post: Exploring photos in 3D

    How do you keep one step ahead of your students? When they are used to living in a multimedia rich world, are you finding it increasingly difficult to grab them and engage them? I know that I find my own children don’t want to sit through a 300 photograph slide show any more...but I’ve found a way to...
  • Blog Post: EduCoMS launches

    One of the programmes I've worked on this year is the creation of EduCoMS .  This is a new community site focused on the needs of IT professionals in both higher and further education using Microsoft technologies.  It's going to be the site for this community to share knowledge and best practice...
  • Blog Post: What does next decade’s PC look like?

    You may recall me blogging the ‘Next-Gen PC’ competition last year , aimed at getting people to think outside of the (beige/black/silver) box for computer design. Well, the winners have been announced, and the amazing Napkin PC is the winner. It uses the metaphor of a paper napkin (“great ideas often...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Simulation Software

    I've just noticed this software and can't believe I've not come across it until now: www.microsoft.com/esp At a high level, it's a visual simulation platform that brings immersive games based technology to learning and training. It's multi user, Internet and VoIP ready too with fast accurate real...
  • Blog Post: Extended ODF support in Office 2007

    We’ve just announced that Office 2007 will get native support for ODF with the release of Office 2007 Service Pack 2, early next year. You can already save files from Office 2007 in 20 different formats – of which, my favourite three are: Office Open XML – which is the new standard format for Office...
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