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  • 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: The Ultimate Steal – Office 2007 which magically turns into Office 2010

    Hopefully, you already know about The Ultimate Steal , which is our special student offer on Office 2007. It allows your students to buy Office 2007 Ultimate for just £38.95. And because it is the Ultimate edition, they will get absolutely the whole Office suite in one neat package*. So students can...
  • Blog Post: Ribbon Hero – combining games and learning

    It seems that one of the trendy topics discussed at education conferences these days is the combination of gaming and learning. Most of the time, it’s discussed in the context of the classroom or of students, but I’ve just learnt that we’ve now applied it to product training, in one of our experimental...
  • Blog Post: Special Student Deals on Office and Windows

    You know what it’s like – you have a brilliant plan, and then something gets in the way. And this term, we’d hatched a brilliant plan to launch our Ultimate Steal offer on the International Talk Like a Pirate Day . Which is why we went with a nice Piratey theme for the launch. Oh, how we were going to...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate student offer ends soon

    You probably have heard about the Ultimate Steal before. It’s the offer where students with a .ac.uk email address can buy a copy of Office 2007 Ultimate edition, for £38.95 UK students have some of the highest rates of usage of Microsoft Office in the world, and also one of the highest rates of ‘mis...
  • 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: Getting a new computer at Christmas

    Santa Claus is coming – and this year he’s going to have to cope with the credit crunch! There will still be loads of PCs bought this Christmas, and given the offers by retailers at the moment, there will be some great deals around. It might be a good time to remind your students & staff that they...
  • Blog Post: Update on the Ultimate Steal

    For most universities, students have been back several weeks but when I was at Oxford last week for the launch of their Groupware project they reminded me that it was their first week of the academic year. So, they might have missed some of the on going dialogue the rest of us have been enjoying about...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal Q & A

    I’ve had a few questions recently about the Ultimate Steal promotion – where students & staff with a “.ac.uk” email address can buy Office 2007 Ultimate for £38.95 for home use. Working on the assumption that other people are interested in the same questions, here’s my answers to the Ultimate Steal...
  • Blog Post: Back to school - maybe it's time to take a fresh look at Powerpoint with pptPlex

    I've been playing around with a new Office add-in for several months now.  pptPlex introduces a fresh look at how Powerpoint can be used for presentations and teaching.  Have you ever been frustrated with the typical linear format of a powerpoint presentation?  Would it be useful to think...
  • 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: Ultimate Steal offer for OU students

    When I wrote about the Ultimate Steal, I said it was for university students and staff with a .ac.uk email address. There’s also a requirement that if you’re a Higher Education student, you must be enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate level course. And although that was straightforward for most...
  • Blog Post: Letting your students know about the Ultimate Steal

    Last year, quite a few universities asked us for materials that they could use to let their students know about the Ultimate Steal offer ( Office Ultimate 2007 for £38.95 ). And universities and colleges including Bristol , Kent , Stirling , Queens University Belfast , Salford , QMU Edinburgh , Bradford...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal is back

    The moment you’ve been waiting for? Last year we ran a promotion called “The Ultimate Steal”, which offered a full copy of Office 2007 Ultimate Edition to students for £38.95. And, finally, it’s back! In a nutshell, The Ultimate Steal is: A time-limited offer available to your university...
  • Blog Post: One-derful

    Not sure if I can get away with such a corny title but, hey, I’m trying to unleash my creativity for the summer holidays I’m a fan of OneNote , but I know that it’s relatively undiscovered by teachers and students. It is included in the version of Office Home & Student that’s sold through retailers...
  • Blog Post: National Libraries of Medicine XML format direct from Microsoft Word

    Another release from Microsoft to help make Office even more relevant to  researchers and scientists is this (beta) release of a Word add-in to enhance the authoring of scientific and technical articles, including support for the National Library of Medicine XML format This Beta 1 release enables...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft OneNote and Education - new blog

    One of my colleagues, Mike Tholfsen, has just started a new blog aimed purely at supporting the use of OneNote in education. There's not much content yet but according to many of the comments he's the main man for OneNote so I'm expecting something good to come soon: http://blogs.msdn.com/onenote_and_education...
  • Blog Post: Make reading easier for learners with visual impairments

    A while ago I wrote about the announcement of the work that Microsoft were doing to develop a DAISY XML translator. The DAISY Consortium was set up to help those with visual impairment (or ‘print disabilities’) to access digital content easily, and enhance their use of the materials. We’ve been working...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Mistake

    The mistake has been there for over three weeks. And I’ve only just noticed it. This morning, at half past ten, I noticed that the Ultimate Steal’s countdown clock (on www.theultimatesteal.co.uk ), which is supposed to count down to the moment when the offer closes, is counting down to the wrong day...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal - Guernsey, Jersey and the IoM

    I forgot to blog this last month. If you're a student in a Jersey, Guernsey or Isle of Man college with an email address ending in ‘.ac.uk’, ‘ac.im’, ‘ac.gg’ or ‘ac.je’ then you're now eligible for the Ultimate Steal offer ( Office 2007 Ultimate edition for £38.95 ). You'll have to act quickly - the...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal - Staff now eligible

    With only three weeks to go, I can imagine this blog post could create some howls...but better late than never (even if the offer is only open for 3 weeks). We have just managed to convince all the powers-that-be that staff should also qualify for the Ultimate Steal . Until today, if members of staff...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal - just 22 days to go

    The Ultimate Steal offer for students, closes in just 22 days on 30th April. Which means that by the time students get back from their break, they'll have just a few days to buy themselves a legal copy of the latest and most comprehensive version of Office 2007 for £38.95. If you're one of the universities...
  • Blog Post: Free Project 2007 Seminars

    Driving Successful Projects with Microsoft Office Project 2007 I hope that you're not like me - I'm a pretty awful project manager, because I record all of my deadlines, actions and projects in a 101 different places. On my various "To Do" lists, I'm sure I've written "Create Single To Do List". And...
  • Blog Post: Open XML is now an ISO/IEC Standard

    Just today it's been confirmed by ISO that the Open XML file formats have become an ISO standard. My colleague Jerry Fishenden is far more eloquent about what this means than me as his post shows.
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