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  • 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: 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: 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: Microsoft cloud delivers education services

    If you went to an education technology conference that didn’t mention the word ‘cloud’ then you’d be in the wrong place today.  Everyone is talking about the possibilities but there are only a relatively small number of institutions that have done much more than provide email or file sharing. So...
  • Blog Post: Recovering lost USB memory sticks

    You must have seen them – plaintive, desperate or just plain panic. It hasn’t taken long for the USB memory stick to turn into something that everybody has (and yet, I can still remember that sense of satisfaction when I was given my first freebie memory stick with 16MB of memory!). Now it’s not uncommon...
  • 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: Windows Live Translator - what can it do for me?

    For some time now I've been using Windows Live Translator on several sites published in different languages for both work and play.  Just recently, I discovered that it can also be used on this blog to help anyone read it in their native language.  If you scroll down the page a bit, you'll...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft live@edu - new technology focused blog

    One of my colleagues, Jonny Chambers (pictured), started a new blog recently which takes more of a technical look at Microsoft’s hosted student services live@edu . He’s unashamedly using Microsoft’s live services to do this and there are already some great articles. He’s given it the imaginatively ;...
  • Blog Post: University of Leeds and Photosynth

    This is the first example I’ve seen of a university taking advantage of Photosynth to show of its wonderful buildings.  I’ve been a big fan of Leeds University for more than 20 years and have been a frequent visitor and admirer of the Baines wing and doesn’t it look good in Photosynth?    ...
  • Blog Post: Check out the beach

    Yes, it’s summer and I’m looking for content to blog about and thankfully, I can make a tenuous link between beaches and Higher Education with this web site and, I hope, help you to enjoy one last trip to the sea before the students comes back and the next academic year begins in earnest. The European...
  • Blog Post: Mesh-up

    Well, it’s getting closer and for anyone not able to get access to Live Mesh yet then this should be good news.  My view is that Mesh would be just great for students by providing multi-point/device access to data.  Perhaps universities will introduce it as part of their live@edu deployment...
  • Blog Post: University of Northampton and live@edu

    It’s been a pleasure to work with the folk at the University of Northampton over the last year whilst they evaluate, implement, test, pilot and deploy live@edu to their students.  So, I’m really pleased to see that this has been a success in the university and Pauline Jewell (Head of MIS) sent me...
  • Blog Post: Boiling frogs – when change creeps up around you

    In recent times it has been fashionable to talk about “cloud services”, and “Software plus Services”, and to consider how Internet-based services supplement, support or replace more conventional IT services provided on campus. And, lo and behold, the occasional story has popped up of universities outsourcing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Live @ Edu blog

    My colleague, Matt Fox, has been bitten by the blogging bug. He's our UK specialist for the Microsoft Live @ Edu service - a range of online collaboration services for colleges and universities, including email, file storage and Office collaboration - all based in the Internet. (Oh, and all free , which...
  • Blog Post: Live meeting next week - Collaborative Campus

    My colleague Matt sends details of a Live Meeting event he's hosting online next month: Microsoft Collaborative Campus Presentation On Tuesday 26 th February at 9.30am we will be running a Live Meeting presentation to discuss the Microsoft Collaborative Campus as a way to connect students in a way that...
  • Blog Post: Salford Software and Live @ Edu

    Salford Software is hosting an event on 2 nd April at the Microsoft offices in Reading to explore Microsoft Live @ edu (one of the services that's part of Collaborative Campus) The agenda presents an information packed half-day, offering you the opportunity to hear more about Microsoft Live @ edu, and...
  • Blog Post: Live meeting - Collaborative Campus

    My colleague Matt sends details of a Live Meeting event he's hosting online next month: Microsoft Collaborative Campus Presentation On Tuesday 26 th February at 9.30am we will be running a Live Meeting presentation to discuss the Microsoft Collaborative Campus as a way to connect students in a way that...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting: Live @ Edu

    My colleague Matt sends details of a Live Meeting event he's hosting online next Tuesday: Microsoft Live @ Edu is a secure, reliable infrastructure that provides educational institutions with a range of beneficial services that are consistent throughout the lifetime of a student or alumni. With one ...
  • Blog Post: IT Forum: Live @ Edu

    This afternoon at IT Forum, we ran two specific sessions for UK education customers. Brad Tipp, from our worldwide Education team kicked off talking about the Live @ Edu service - something that is currently going through a metamorphosis. What started as an email service for students (similar to Hotmail...
  • Blog Post: What do you do when you have to tell all your students your campus is closed?

    Okay, this doesn't happen every day (thank goodness), but let's suppose that you've got an important message, for all of your students, and which is time critical. It may represent part of your contingency planning, or it may be that there are certain key notices which you really want to reach all students...
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