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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync 2010 at De Montfort University, Leicester.

      It’s becoming increasingly clear that Lync   can be a real game-changer for universities. Among the higher education institutions we’ve talked to about this recently is De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester. There, the Information Technology and Media Services (ITMS) team, led by their...
  • Blog Post: Tech·Ed 2010 - Download the presentation videos free

    If you've ever been lucky enough to get to Tech·Ed, you'll know that some of the best technical presenters are there, presenting some of the most useful technical content for IT managers. Each year over 100 people from UK educational institutions travel out to it (this year, it was in Berlin), but I...
  • Blog Post: Need some support for deploying Windows 7?

    Although I'm afraid I can't offer to send you a top-techie from Microsoft to help you with rolling out Windows 7 in your school, I can offer a good second best, thanks to the TechNet team. They got together with some of the product and support gurus on Windows 7, and created a big batch of videos on...
  • Blog Post: What is our CIO thinking about?

    If you are responsible for IT in a large organisation, then one of the biggest challenges you face is the huge pressure from internal and external forces for constant change – and also to reduce your budgets. The Microsoft Chief Information Officer Tony Scott is no different. I recommend taking ten minutes...
  • Blog Post: Problem solving with ICT – the language barrier solved?

    At the Cambridge and Oxford Colleges IT Conference I talked about the future of technology, and what the world will look like when today’s new secondary school students arrive in the workplace. I’ve used our Productivity Future Vision video , and then discussed the technology and ideas behind the scenarios...
  • Blog Post: The Cambridge and Oxford College IT conference

    Early this morning, Dominic and I jumped into our respective cars to head to Cambridgeshire, to present a keynote for the third Cambridge and Oxford College IT Conference , held at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford . It’s quite an unusual conference venue, set inside the AirSpace hangar – overlooking...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – in Tony Hart mode

    This collection of videos is very clever – as you work your way through it, you’ll see that you eventually end up with some screencasts showing particular features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. But what is riveting on the journey is the way that you navigate your way around the videos – using...
  • Blog Post: Using SharePoint for Social Networking in universities

    The SharePoint team have created the Social Computing with SharePoint website. Although it is primarily designed to examine the use of social computing within a business context, it is relevant to universities in the UK, and there is an excellent video and written case study of the Washington State University...
  • Blog Post: What do you do when students arrive with their laptops

    Talking with the University of Aberdeen, they thought that hey had one of the biggest student wireless networks in Europe. There to allow their students to connect to the VLE and the Internet, wherever they are on campus – from their own laptops. The drive to provide ever-improving services to students...
  • Blog Post: Darwinian Databases

    The Windows Server launch team have made available the video of the Cambridge University team, who are using modern database technologies to solve a centuries-old data analysis problem. If you're into databases, and their uses, then this is a good video to watch now. But if you're like me, and the mysteries...
  • Blog Post: How robust does a laptop for education have to be?

    Imagine. You're designing a laptop specifically for use in education . How robust do you have to make it? Is this robust enough? The engineers at RM took theirs into the car park, and then drove cars over one, to see how much abuse it could survive. Three cars later (and car number 2 definitely...
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