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  • 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: Typing in Arabic on a Qwerty keyboard – a simple free download

    In my local library I often pass by the computer section, where people are sitting typing away into Hotmail in languages I don’t understand (I live in rural Oxfordshire, so much of the time I think it’s eastern European languages). And I guess they’ve become fluent in finding the key combinations to...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer patch – time to roll it out

    I’m sure you’ve already got this covered, but just in case you have missed it, we released the update for Internet Explorer overnight to resolve the security glitch that the BBC et al have been getting all frothed up about. If you’ve got automatic updates set up on your own computer, or your network...
  • Blog Post: Excellent BitLocker deployment advice

    As you may know, I enabled Windows Vista’s BitLocker encryption on my laptop a couple of weeks ago, and since that time I have been reassured to know that should something happen to my laptop, all of the data on it is fully encrypted and secure. The whole process was very smooth – I simply enabled it...
  • Blog Post: BitLocker’d up

    To the famous Diana Ross tune I’m Coming Out * I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show, I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show… I don’t know why it took me so long to get started. My new laptop has a TPM chip in it, and even though it doesn’t contain...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 roadshow

    The TechNet roadshows are coming soon - in April and May the team will be on their way around the country, talking about (and showing) lots more of Windows Server 2008 and the other products launched this week. I know that the launch event in Birmingham in March was filled up very quickly, and there...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista SP1 update

    A flurry of emails this afternoon confirms that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 has been released (or at least RTM'd - which means Released To Manufacturing). What that means is that the developers and testers have finished their job, and the product now hits the production lines to get it to customers...
  • Blog Post: Is your data at risk?

    2008 hasn't really started any better than 2007 finished - a laptop is stolen from the boot of a car, containing 600,000 personal data records - heaping data disaster upon data disaster . Reality says that laptops will be stolen, even when we think they are secure. I've had a laptop stolen from a hotel...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista SP1 is coming...

    One for IT Managers: We've announced that Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista will be released in the Spring Term 2008 2008, which is good news for those who are waiting for this before doing widescale deployments of the new operating system across your departments. In advance of that the beta is available...
  • Blog Post: IT Forum: Windows Vista and Security

    In a recent survey, 70% of (male) drivers said that their driving skills were "above average". Which tells you that most people think that they are better drivers than the others on the road. Well, PC security is probably like this - most users think that they know more about making the right decisions...
  • Blog Post: Future Education Team online briefings

    Over the next few months, we are going to running a series of briefings on specific aspects of ICT in education, relating to some of our newer technologies and their use in education. They are all running as Live Meetings, where you are able to watch the PowerPoint presentation on your screen, and hear...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Volume Activation Technology 2.0 - Training from partners

    I received information from Viglen on a new training course that they are running, which is designed to demystify your options for activating Windows Vista volume licence keys. It will help you make the right decisions now, so that as more products (for example Windows Server 2008) come along using the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista - after hours technology events

    Our Windows Vista team have just let me know about these events coming up this month and next. If you're a technology enthusiast, these events are designed to help you get an understanding of Windows Vista. It is not designed specifically for education, but I think it will make a great opportunity to...
  • Blog Post: Which Windows Vista is the right one for universities?

    My colleague Michael Green wrote this article in his US university blog , and I thought it was worth repetition: " Determining which Vista to install is not as complicated as you might think. Vista Business contains most of what you are looking for out of an "everyday" work machine, including the capability...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Vista and Office 2007? Tell us why you like it and win...

    Lots of universities are already using Windows Vista and/or Office 2007, and even more installing it this summer. And if you are one of those, then here's your chance to tell others why you like it...and win a prize. There are two Tablet PCs up for grabs in the competition (one prize for the best Student...
  • Blog Post: Tools to help plan migrations to Windows Vista

    There are a number of universities and colleges managing wide-scale migrations to Windows Vista this summer - and they've probably already started to upgrade workstations. But if you are planning to do your upgrades later, then you might be interested in some of the software tools we've just started...
  • Blog Post: Do you need VPN access into a Windows Vista PC?

    This may not seem all that interesting at face value but there are a LOT of people in higher education who have workstations that use public IP's. There is a secure way to connect to your machine remotely, for example if you need to access a set of files that you only want to store on your machine, or...
  • Blog Post: Is this the end for Windows XP? Or the wrong end of the stick?

    When I read this BBC News story a week ago, I didn't really think about it much. Entitled "Windows XP to be retired in 2008" the first five lines said: "Windows XP will stop being available on new PCs from the end of January 2008. Microsoft is keeping to a plan to stop selling the operating system...
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