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  • 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: 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: Office Communication Server (OCS) and Blackboard

    Chris from enablingtechnologies called me earlier today with news of a project his colleagues in the US have been working on with Microsoft.  It seems that they have successfully integrated OCS with Blackboard.  Chris is based in the UK and I’d be happy to make introductions if anyone wants...
  • Blog Post: Gartner Case Study on Unified Communication in Higher Education

    Thanks to some research I’m doing on behalf of a university in North East England, one of my colleagues in the US passed on details of the University of Kentucky and the project to implement a unified communications platform.  This has surfaced both a Microsoft and Gartner case study. In summary...
  • Blog Post: There are so many reasons to deploy a unified communications solution

    To be more precise, because this is a Microsoft blog, there are so many reasons to deploy Microsoft’s Office Communication Server 2007 (OCS).   Every day since I first became a member of Microsoft’s dogfood deployment of OCS I’ve been amazed at just how powerful it is and how much better I’m able...
  • Blog Post: Imperial College London – Live Meeting Case Study

    I was really pleased to meet with Alex Lomas at Microsoft’s recent Tech Ed conference in Barcelona in November not least because he told me about how Imperial College London is using Office Communication Server (OCS) across the university and in particular to provide an innovative solution to space utilisation...
  • Blog Post: TechNet goes on tour

      Once again, based on customer feedback TechNet is hitting the road/rails and web again to deliver hi quality content and updates to a UK audience.  Space is limited so please book up to make sure UK Higher Education gets the most seats.  As usual, they are delivered by Microsoft technical...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Tour - more dates in Cambridge, Manchester and London

    Just after the the OCS launch, the UC team in the UK embarked on the Exchange Unplugged Tour 2007 that saw them travel to 9 venues during 3 weeks on the road seeing nearly 1000 attendees. Well, similar to any good rock and roll tour, they have decided to reform for more dates the bus will again be...
  • Blog Post: Exchange on Tour 2008

    Last year, we hosted a series of events called "Exchange on Tour", which focused on Exchange 2007, and our other communications tools, such as Office Communications Server, Live Meeting - all of which are designed to support a single unified communications infrastructure. We're running some further events...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications for Universities

    Talking to a US colleague recently, he was telling me about various projects worldwide where universities are bringing together all of their communications and messaging systems. He referred me to the case studies published in the last six months of things happening in schools and colleges in Asia and...
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