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  • Blog Post: Live@edu Upgrade Update

    By September 2013, all Live@edu customers will need to complete the upgrade to Office 365 for education. Microsoft will start to schedule your institution for the upgrade soon. By completing the upgrade process prior to the scheduled date, you control the upgrade timeline. Live@edu administrative changes...
  • Blog Post: Cloud for education: Live@edu and Office 365 for education

    Originally posted by Ray Fleming There’s recently been a lot of discussion within education about different models of ICT services. Individual universities have tended to use a mix of services provided on-premise and cloud-based services . And newer models of teaching and learning have accelerated the...
  • Blog Post: All India Council for Technical Education to Reach 7 Million With Live@edu

    AICTE adopts cloud to improve technical education and prepare students for the workforce of tomorrow. Microsoft and All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ) recently announced that AICTE is deploying Microsoft Live@edu over the next three months to more than 10,000 technical colleges and institutes...
  • Blog Post: Complete flexibility with Microsoft cloud solutions – UCISA 2012

    With so much change in the world of Higher Education, UCISA 2012 seems to have come around even more quickly than usual this year.  Microsoft are a Platinum sponsor again and we will be sponsoring the formal dinner on 15 th February.  In addition, you can also find us during the first two days...
  • 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: Software Licensing Training Course at Stockton Sixth Form College, 5th August 2011

    Do you want to know more about EES (Enrolment for Education Solutions)? Do you need to know more about Microsoft licensing, including: Client/Server Licensing What’s a CAL Core CAL Suite Enterprise CAL Suite Device CAL & User CAL Processor Licensing (inc Multi-Core) External Connectors/Internet Licences...
  • Blog Post: Brockenhurst College, staying lean and efficient

    One area that we, here,in the Education team like to report on is cost saving and how looking at different area’s in education, this can be achieved.   Brokenhurst College , in the New Forest in Hampshire, serves a wide area, covering seven local authorities. Its main activity is providing exam...
  • Blog Post: Smartphone access to the Intranet–another step forward for Birmingham City University

    Last week, I posted a blog on how Biz Talk at Birmingham City University had been integrated to support both staff and students as well as cost save. Along with Biz Talk, the university is now using Windows Phone 7 to enable staff and students to have everything they need to have together, not just through...
  • Blog Post: Saving money and improve support to students and staff with Microsoft Biz Talk

    For all new students, starting their first term at college or semester at university, can be both an exiting and daunting time. Moving out of home for the first time, getting to grips with new surroundings, making new friends, and to know which room, building or even campus is which can be a little overwhelming...
  • Blog Post: Partner Event: Microsoft Office 365 prep for Education Providers

    At Microsoft in general, but especially in the UK we have a fantastically rich partner ecosystem, and within the education space alone there is a huge number of partner companies out there who can help with all sorts of projects. Oxford Computer Group, experts in identity and access management, are one...
  • Blog Post: Salford Software Cloud Event for HE - 19th January at Microsoft Reading

    Salford Software would like to invite you to an event for colleges and Universities at the Microsoft office, Reading on the 19th January. The purpose of this event is to share the experiences of Hopwood Hall College with like minded academic organisations. Hopwood Hall College, in Manchester, had a clear...
  • 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: 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: Do cloud-based datacentres run as fast as your onsite ones

    The Bits blog from the New York Times ran an interesting article a couple of weeks ago called ‘ How Fast Can a Cloud Run? ’ (y ou’re right, I’m still catching up with my reading! ). It talks about a service called CloudSleuth , which measures the speed of response of various cloud services. Our Microsoft...
  • 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: Live@edu Implementation Guide

    Ben Nunney, who writes the UK Live@edu blog , has just finished updating the Live@edu Implementation Guide . It covers a wide range of advice and guidance that is helpful as you plan to move your email services to the free Live@edu service, based in our cloud datacentres in Dublin. ( This link will tell...
  • Blog Post: Have you booked for the Scotland 2010 Higher Education Briefing on 9th June?

    The line up of speakers for the Microsoft Scotland 2010 Higher Education Briefing on 9th June includes some great speakers. Of course, Steven Grier, our Scottish Education Business Manager will be compere for the day, and he’ll be joined by: The University of Aberdeen, who have confirmed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Scotland 2010 Higher Education Briefing

    Bookings are now open for our Scotland Higher Education Briefing day, on 9th June in Edinburgh. Microsoft will be holding our Scottish 2010 Higher Education Briefing on 9 th June 2010 at our Edinburgh offices . The agenda for the event runs from 10:00 to 4:45 with breaks to catch up with colleagues...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and the Cloud – what it means for universities

    There’s recently been a lot of discussion within education about different models of ICT services. Individual universities have tended to use a mix of services provided on-premise and cloud-based services . And newer models of teaching and learning have accelerated the trend towards cloud-based services...
  • Blog Post: Mergers and Acquisitions – What happens when universities collide

    One of the themes from the UCISA conference this year, from the first keynote on, was the possibility of massive upheaval in the higher education sector in the UK. Tough spending reviews, new ways of doing things and the very imminent possibility of multiple mergers and acquisitions between universities...
  • Blog Post: Running the cloud

    A few years ago, when we first started the Live@edu email service, it was running on the same system as Hotmail. Since then we’ve moved it onto a completely Exchange-based system, which has actually been running Exchange 2010 for quite some time. And so I’d forgotten about Hotmail. But running cloud...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Higher Education Briefing 2009

    Bookings are now open for our Higher Education Briefing day, which this year falls on 10th December in London. Microsoft will be holding our annual Higher Education Briefing on 10 th December 2009 at our London offices in Victoria. The agenda for the event runs from 10:00 to 4:45 with breaks to catch...
  • Blog Post: Middlesex University speaks about live@edu

    Situated in the North East of London as well as Dubai, Middlesex University provides outstanding service to its 33,000 students.  It recently adopted live@edu to help enhance the student experience as well as contain costs by providing seamless services across staff and students.   “Using Live...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Develops Plug-in for Moodle to Aid Teachers, Students

    This is a very exciting announcement and one that I’ve certain will be welcome from many in the education sector and also an important step in Microsoft’s Education Product Group strategy as we release the Microsoft Live Services plug-in for Moodle. (see video http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/NicFill/Education...
  • 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...
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