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  • Blog Post: Featuring the new and updated Microsoft DreamSpark at UCISA 2012

    Recently, Microsoft have launched the new site DreamSpark Premium giving schools, colleges and universities opportunity to utilize the benefits it has to offer. What this means for existing EES licensed schools, colleges and universities will receive a complementary copy of DreamSpark $99 campus wide...
  • Blog Post: Students keep work safe with Microsoft Live SkyDrive

      James Evans, one of our friends from EduTech at EduGeek, has written a blog around Windows Live SkyDrive and the benefits he feels it has for students. Windows Live SkyDrive, is a free-of-charge file hosting service that allows you to upload files to a cloud storage and then access them from a...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Services Premier Support – Our technology experts working for you

    We understand the challenge of reducing costs, delivering more with less and the importance of delivering a quality service to demanding ‘customers’. Microsoft Services Premier Support can provide a direct relationship with Microsoft for your on premise and online IT. Experts on-hand to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Bootcamp - Powered by Tech.Days, Edinburgh 11th November 2011

    If you are a developer looking to take advantage of cloud computing, but you haven’t yet taken the plunge, this free day of training is the quickest way to get up-to-speed with Microsoft’s offering; Windows Azure. We’ll take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually having written some code...
  • Blog Post: Free Live@edu webcasts–join up today!

      We’re running a free webcast series between now and Christmas that we’d like you to be a part of! Over three sessions we’ll be talking about what Microsoft Live@edu is, how you can deploy and migrate to it, and how you can promote it at your institution. There will be lots of opportunities to...
  • Blog Post: 25 FREE Microsoft Technical exam vouchers–hurry before they all go!

    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....
  • Blog Post: Real Life stories using Microsoft Office

    We’re looking for some great Office stories. And we'll even give a helping hand. 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...
  • Blog Post: Why UK higher education institutions should invest in technology

    I read this article in the Guardian and thought it made for interesting reading. Here you can find some good cost saving examples. Take a read and see what you think. Why HE institutions should invest in technology
  • Blog Post: Announcing two new accessibility add-in’s for Microsoft Office 2010

    The Office Platform Team released two new Microsoft Office 2010 Accessibility Add-ins on March 17 th . While comparatively small add-ins, they enable big things! Try them yourself by downloading via the below links. The Subtitling Add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint (STAMP) helps Microsoft PowerPoint 2010...
  • Blog Post: Jazz up your CV with a month’s paid work experience and the new Windows Phone 7 with Microsoft – here’s how!

    Microsoft are offering one lucky undergraduate or undergraduate team the chance to win four weeks paid work experience and mentoring at Microsoft and a Windows Phone 7. How do you do this? Easy. We want you to tell us through a written submission on how you would market the new Microsoft Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education White Paper - Baby steps into the Cloud

    Gerald Haigh, an education writer and journalist, has close contacts within many education establishments. It was because of this that we asked him to interview a wide group of people about the use of Cloud services in education, which meant understanding what's going on today, as well as what the future...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft ebooks

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about the free Virtualisation ebook. I'm still working my way through it on my Kindle - I've got to page 156 of 480, and am currently in the detail of desktop virtualisation. It's been really useful to help me understand some of the technical things I'd never understood about...
  • Blog Post: Tech·Ed 2010 - Download the presentation videos free

    If you've ever been lucky enough to get to Tech·Ed, you'll know that some of the best technical presenters are there, presenting some of the most useful technical content for IT managers. Each year over 100 people from UK educational institutions travel out to it (this year, it was in Berlin), but I...
  • Blog Post: Your complete guide to virtualisation as a free download

    Let me make it absolutely clear - I am not a virtualisation expert. But I have heard enough network managers in schools, colleges and universities talking about their virtualisation projects to know that it's very important to their ICT infrastructure - whether that's reducing cost, cutting carbon emissions...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to download Windows 7 in Welsh?

    Did you know that we run a worldwide 'local language programme' which provides language packs for a range of our software? And that if you're in Wales, you can use them to run Windows and Office in Welsh natively? Welsh is one of Europe's oldest languages, and is growing, with over half a million speakers...
  • Blog Post: Start the term with new Office academic templates

    Am I the only one who gets bored with a document format after a few months, and then wants a completely different design? That PowerPoint that looked so smart last year looks a bit clichéd this term. A document which looked professional when you first published it, doesn’t look quite so good when it...
  • Blog Post: A free tool for creating SCORM learning materials for remote learning

    Have you heard of the free Microsoft Learning Content Development System? We’ve just updated it to version 2.5, which now supports more complex content, and is Firefox and Silverlight 4 compatible. It is a free tool that lets you create high-quality, interactive, online courses, and publish them in SCORM...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 deployment advice for university IT managers

    Sometimes we publish so much information on a subject, in so many different places, that it’s tricky to find the wood from the trees – and that problem is as big for me as it is for people outside of Microsoft. So I’m always happy to find a resource where somebody applies an editorial approach – making...
  • Blog Post: The easy way to install WordPress

    Do you remember a couple of weeks ago I mentioned WebMatrix , which gives you an easy way to install a bunch of web applications – like WordPress, Moodle and Joomla! – on a standard Microsoft platform (which means you can more easily fit into the rest of your ICT infrastructure). Well, I just read an...
  • Blog Post: Freebie time - Desktop Virtualisation for dummies booklet

    Let’s start by getting the jokes out of the way. Yes, the ‘…for Dummies’ books are my kind of books. And, No, that’s not me on the front cover. Now, that’s over with… I’ve got my hands on 30 copies of the ‘Desktop Virtualisation for Dummies’ booklet to give away. And, let’s face it, desktop virtualisation...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Live@edu takes off

    Two numeric examples of how fast things are moving forward in education ICT these days: Windows 7 is being rapidly adopted in universities 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...
  • Blog Post: WebMatrix - making it easier to deploy Moodle, Joomla! and WordPress

    I noticed last week that Scott Guthrie announced the release of the beta of WebMatrix . Basically, it’s an easy and free way to get started building Web sites on Windows. WebMatrix is a tool for building, customising and deploying your Web sites in one common, straightforward way. The idea is that WebMatrix...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft software for charities

    I know that many universities get involved in activities with charities, and university staff are often involved in charities in their private lives. Did you know that we run a scheme that allows UK charities to obtain Microsoft software free? ( Well, almost free, as there is an administration charge...
  • Blog Post: Translating your websites into 30 languages–with 5 minutes work

    With so many international students in Higher Education today, you need to be able to make your university websites and portals as accessible as possible to students, employers and parents from outside of the UK. When I saw the new version of the Microsoft Translator tool, I realised this will therefore...
  • Blog Post: Planning migration to Office 2010

    This year, we’re on schedule to launch almost one new product every week. Of course, if you like discovering new technology, then that’s a good thing. But if you’re managing a big network of computers for other people – which is most of you reading this blog – then it also comes with challenges! But...
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