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  • 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: 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: A chance to get up to speed – with Steve Ballmer in London

    At the end of this month, Steve Ballmer will be in the UK, and providing the opening keynote for our UK conference “Technologies to Change your Business”. As well as the usual slew of new product announcements, I noticed that Microsoft Research will be showing off some of the future technologies. At...
  • 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: SkyDrive - 5GB of free storage

    I like SkyDrive. Before it was invented, I used to have to load any files I wanted to share onto an FTP site somewhere, and then write clunky links to them. Now, I just drag my files onto my SkyDrive , and then provide a nice graphical link to them, like this: But up until now, it's been called Windows...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark - Free software for your students

    I guess this will be pretty big news on the Internet. And if I've timed this right - and you're reading this just after I've blogged it - then you're one of the first to find out. We have launched a programme called " Microsoft DreamSpark ", which allows university and college students to download...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista SP1 update

    A flurry of emails this afternoon confirms that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 has been released (or at least RTM'd - which means Released To Manufacturing). What that means is that the developers and testers have finished their job, and the product now hits the production lines to get it to customers...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning programme relaunched

    Although this information is predominantly about work we are doing with schools, I thought that it is worth publishing on the HE blog, as many universities have links to teacher training and are actively engaged with schools and their development programmes. For the last 5 years we have been running...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - Launch Invitation

    The launch team have just released the link to be able to sign up for the Windows Server 2008 launch event (actually, it's also the Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 launch too). This is going to be held on the 19th March, at the ICC in Birmingham . The event is going to feature both Microsoft and...
  • Blog Post: Heroes Happen Here - Windows Server 2008

    We've been talking about it for quite some time - and the beta and trial versions of the new 2008 products have been floating around on the web. The official launch event for all of the products - Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 - is happening on March 19th, and will be followed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Dynamics CRM 4.0 launch

    I've noticed how the use of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems have been growing rapidly in education. I have traditionally thought about "students" rather than "customers", but student expectations have been rising so rapidly, since the introduction of tuition fees, that there is a growing...
  • Blog Post: Product launch invitation: Office Communications Server 2007

    Here's another launch that might be of interest to you. This one is for our Office Communications Server 2007, which shifts the convergence of phone, email, fax, IM, web conferencing and voice over IP. You will have seen how different mechanisms of communication are multiplying - in both our personal...
  • Blog Post: Product launch invitation: PerformancePoint Server 2007

    There are a number of product launch events coming up in the next few months. They may not be as high profile as the two "big" ones - Halo 3 this week and Windows Server 2008 next year - but in terms of more immediate value to you, then the Performance Point Server 2007 launch, in two weeks' time should...
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