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  • Blog Post: End of service for Windows XP and Office 2003

    If you are using Windows XP and Office 2003 in your school, college or university, we wanted to make you aware that the support for this will end in April 2014. Microsoft plans to end support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in 2014, and that will affect your education institution if you are using...
  • Blog Post: Exciting times ahead with the announcement of Microsoft Surface

    Midnight last night, the announcement made by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in LA that Microsoft are releasing our very own devises for Windows 8, the amazing looking Surface – a new family of computing devises. Surface with Windows 8 will offer some exciting opportunities for education, and already there...
  • Blog Post: School in a Box Reception – House of Commons, 29th February 2012

    On 29th February, Microsoft were at the House of Commons, Westminster for the School in a Box Reception hosted by Reading MP Rob Wilson. The event provided a high profile opportunity for schools and Microsoft Partners to show how they are working together to provide high quality, flexible and scalable...
  • Blog Post: So what exactly are the Microsoft team showing off at BETT 2012?

    I can honestly say that the last couple of months has kept me extremely busy with organising the Microsoft stand at BETT 2012! With everything from staff, to entertainment, to presenters and presentations, demo kit right the way through to the colour of the polo shirts (dark blue as apparently Steve...
  • Blog Post: Spread the word about Windows 7 Computers from just £95!

    There are 9 million citizens in the UK who do not have regular access to a PC and are not enjoying the benefits of the internet. For many of your customers, and in many of the communities you support, the last significant barrier to getting people connected is the cost of a PC at home.  BBC research...
  • 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: 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: Real Life stories using Microsoft Office

    We’re looking for some great Office stories. And we'll even give a helping hand. At home, in the office, at school or on the go, your life never stops moving. Microsoft Office 2010 gives you smart, simple, timesaving tools to help you keep up with it. Now you can express ideas, solve problems, connect...
  • 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: Saving money by saving power - how Microsoft IT rolled out desktop power management

    You may be interested to read how we've rolled out power saving settings within Microsoft (and if you think your lecturers are hard to please with technology, imagine what it's like providing IT services for 100,000+ IT geeks). Our IT team at Microsoft have recently implemented a worldwide power management...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to download Windows 7 in Welsh?

    Did you know that we run a worldwide 'local language programme' which provides language packs for a range of our software? And that if you're in Wales, you can use them to run Windows and Office in Welsh natively? Welsh is one of Europe's oldest languages, and is growing, with over half a million speakers...
  • Blog Post: The TechNet Springboard Tour - free event in Reading on 1st November

    The Microsoft Springboard team, based at our headquarters in Seattle, create really good content on TechNet to help you to understand and deploy our latest technologies. In a way, they are a IT manager's best friend, because they provide useful web guides that provide step-by-step processes for things...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 deployment advice for university IT managers

    Sometimes we publish so much information on a subject, in so many different places, that it’s tricky to find the wood from the trees – and that problem is as big for me as it is for people outside of Microsoft. So I’m always happy to find a resource where somebody applies an editorial approach – making...
  • 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: Deploying Windows 7 - Best practice deployment methods

    Last week we ran a pair of Windows 7 Live Meetings " Deploying Windows 7 – Best Practice Deployment Methods to Save You Time and Money ". Over 200 people attended, but I’m guessing that there will be others who would have liked to attend and couldn’t make the time. So the Live Meeting is now...
  • Blog Post: Understanding how Windows 7 improves secure remote access for staff

    With all of the changes in the way that ICT is being used in learning, there’s an increasing demand for staff to have remote access to university systems, from home or other times when they are away from your campus. Sometimes it can be enough to provide access to limited parts of your system, but it...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 7 in colleges and universities – June Live Meetings

    Whether you will be deploying Windows 7 over the summer or just want to know more about what is involved, this one hour live meeting will give you an overview of the tools and methods available to deploy Windows 7 effectively, as well as giving you the chance to ask questions. This Live Meeting session...
  • Blog Post: Webinar - Simplifying Windows 7 Migration

    My colleagues in the Government team are running a series of Live Meetings (webinars) together with our partners that demonstrate how new technology can deliver genuine cost-savings and improve the efficiency of public service delivery. This week, it’s all about Windows 7 migration, then next week they...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Vista Explained - A guide for blind and partially sighted users from the RNIB

    The RNIB have announced that their Windows 7 and Vista Explained books for blind and partially sighted users are now available to pre-order, and will be shipped by the end of May. It's a step-by-step guide to Windows 7 and Vista from a non-visual perspective,and is specifically written to empower blind...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready to deploy Windows 7? Need a bit more help?

    Thanks to Rich from Bechtle , I know where you can get some help. Rich has just blogged about the Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal on his Software Ruminations blog . Windows 7 Deployment – the Learning Portal We spend almost $10 billion a year on research and development, and so each time we release...
  • Blog Post: Saving power on the go – getting your laptop battery to last all day

    The beauty of saving power, is that you’re also saving money. And in the case of laptops, that applies to home use as well as use on campus. So there’s an incentive for staff to want to manage their power use more effectively. So maybe this article will be of use for your internal IT newsletters too...
  • Blog Post: tech days in London – Virtualisation, Office, Windows and Server

    Our technical team have put together a fantastic week of technical events from 12-16 April in London. Despite hosting them in a cinema, most of them were full within hours of announcing them, but if you’ve got the chance to get to one, I’d recommend adding your name to the Wait List for the events –...
  • Blog Post: Accelerating Windows 7 Deployment – workshops in London, Leeds and Edinburgh

    Research says that 40% of organisations are planning to deploy Windows 7 in 2010. I’m not sure if migrating to Windows 7 is currently on your agenda, but if it is, I thought you might be interested in attending one of a series of workshops esteem are holding at the end of March under the title of Accelerating...
  • Blog Post: Optimising remote access – and saving money

    If you are providing secure remote access to your IT systems for staff, then you may want to review whether there are more efficient ways of enabling it. Especially now that there are sophisticated built-in capabilities in the Windows systems that you’ve got running on your servers and laptops. (eg DirectAccess...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 in Welsh

    We’ve just released the Language Interface Pack for Windows 7 in Welsh. It’s free as a result of the collaboration between Microsoft and Welsh Language Board. As the press release makes clear, we pay for the work, and the Welsh Language Board provide the translators through the Cymen translation company...
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