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    The Ultimate Steal Q & A

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    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 Frequently Asked Questions:

    What’s in the Office 2007 Ultimate version?

    Amazingly, I couldn’t find a table which compared the different versions of Office available for education – because both the home user versions and the business versions are relevant, and they’re normally on two different comparisons. So here’s my handy table of all of the educationally relevant versions of Office, and what’s in each one:

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    Your university probably licences Professional (Plus) or Enterprise for your work use.

    And for your home computer, it’s most likely you’ll have Home & Student.

    Which is where the Ultimate Steal promotion comes in handy! It gives you everything - including Groove, which is a good way to securely synchronise files between multiple computers/users, and OneNote, for collecting text, web and multimedia information together as a series of note pages. Normally Office Ultimate would cost £500+ via a retailer, which is why we’re so strict about users needing a “.ac.uk” email address to qualify for The Ultimate Steal.

    Will there be an Ultimate Steal for Mac users?

    Yes, there will be, but it’s not ready yet - it’s due for release in January. The delay is waiting for the digital download version to become available. In the meantime, If you want a Mac version (sadly the download isn't available until late summer), and you’re a student, then pop over to one of our partners that sell educational licences for students. They are RM, Software4Students and the Pugh student shop, and from under £35...

    Can I use my Hotmail email address?

    The way we validate that you are a student is by sending your access code to your .ac.uk email address. So if you try to sign up with a hotmail/gmail/yahoo/bradfordstudents.co.uk email address, then the system will tell you that it’s not valid. (Despite this, hundreds of students every week try, and then send us requests to let them use their hotmail address. But it’s not going to work :-)

    Where do I get support for Ultimate Steal?

    Before you ask, No, it’s not me!

    The Customer Support link on the Ultimate Steal home page not only answers 90% of the questions that people ask the support team, but also has a “Still need help?” section where you can contact the Ultimate Steal support team directly. Now, if you have given them a chance to help you, and not getting the support you need, drop me a line (using the Email link at the top of this page), then I can see if I can help. But please…give them a chance to respond first.

    One student (no naming & shaming) sent 7 emails to the support desk, put 3 comments on this blog, and then sent me 3 emails – all within a two hour block between 9pm & 11pm on one day. And still hasn’t responded to the email sent from the support desk the next day…

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    It's arrived - Office Ultimate 2007 for Students - for £38.95!

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    We have been working on this for a while, and it has finally arrived. Yesterday we announced the availability of Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for UK Higher Education students, as a download, for £38.95.

    The headline summary is:

    It's a time-limited offer available to students with a .ac.uk email address as a digital download, containing the full Ultimate package.


    This is a pilot in a limited number of countries - UK, US, Canada, Spain, Italy and France - and it's good news that the UK is in the pilot. Most UK students think that Office costs £000's of pounds, and aren't very aware of the lower cost licences that have been available (for example, under the Select licence), so this makes it easier for them to buy a legitimate copy easily and cost-effectively.

    We're not going to spend lots of money advertising this - for one thing, it is only available to students with a .ac.uk email address, and so putting adverts all over the media isn't going to work. But we will be doing some on-campus promotions at some universities, using email to students, and many universities have already asked for posters and emails to send to their own students.

    If you'd like to get some posters, flyers, or want to check what you can email to your students, drop a line to Ceri Morriss in our HE team We're just about to post an email which you could use to let your students know about the offer. It's only a suggestion - you can use it or write your own to meet the needs of your specific student body!

    We're getting a few basic queries by email. Can I ask you to add them as comments on this blog instead, and we'll (a) guarantee to answer them more speedily and (b) we'll both be helping everybody by answering your questions publicly.

    All of the details are on the offer's website: www.theultimatesteal.co.uk

    ps Have you got questions? Add them as a comment, and then I'll answer them here - hopefully everyone else will benefit from the answer too!

    pps You need to login to add a comment (to avoid comment-spam).

    ppps If you really don't want to login and share your comments and our answers then you can contact us at ukhe@microsoft.com

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    Microsoft offers students at eligible educational institutions access to full Office productivity suite for no additional cost

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    As part of our ongoing commitment to education, we are thrilled to announce Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions which will make it easy for students to use the latest and best version of full Office at their education institution and at home.

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    So what does this mean? From 1st December, 2013, any institutions worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. As a result, more than 35,000 institutions worldwide are automatically eligible to deliver the Student Advantage benefit to their students. 

    Office 365 ProPlus includes all the familiar and full Office applications, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and offers the ability for these to be locally installed on up to five devices and available offline.

    Furthermore, when a school combines Student Advantage with our other cloud services - Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online - of which all are available free through Office 365 Education, students have access to the same set of productivity tools and services used by Fortune 500 companies all over the world.

    “Students use Office every day for school work and activities that are most important to them. Office not only helps students stay organised and get their work done today, but at the same time develops skills that will be required when they enter the workforce,” said Antony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Public Sector Education at Microsoft. “We are thrilled to offer Student Advantage to schools across the globe so students have access to the latest, most up-to-date version of the world’s leading set of productivity tools in order to give them a competitive advantage when entering the workforce.”

    To help you learn more about this benefit to your students, we are going to be running a number of Q&A sessions via Yammer and Twitter over the next week. More details to follow via the blog and our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    In the meantime, if you have any immediate questions or queries, drop us a note in the comments below.

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    University of Northampton and live@edu

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    It’s been a pleasure to work with the folk at the University of Northampton over the last year whilst they evaluate, implement, test, pilot and deploy live@edu to their Live@edu graphicstudents.  So, I’m really pleased to see that this has been a success in the university and Pauline Jewell (Head of MIS) sent me a link to an on-line copy of BiblioTech, which is the university’s Information Services Newsletter.  In the article, Through the Digital Window on page 3, Pauline talks about the university’s previous “creaky” email service, Mailman, which has now been overtaken by other systems and it only had basic functionality with an ‘old-fashioned’ interface.  The article goes on to talk about the decision process the university undertook when looking to Mailman’s successor and mentions considerations such as:

    • Cost
    • Availability and resilience
    • ‘State of the art’ functionality
    • Storage
    • Support
    • Scale

    Northampton was impressed by the fact it could set up accounts at the first point of contact a prospective student has with the university.  They can then enable this identity and its connected services as they manage the life-cycle of the student’s relationship with the university all with one ID.  The University has also taken advantage of this new service to look at the naming convention for email, instead of the previous numeric system a more favourable “PreferedFirstName.surname@my.northampton.ac.uk” will now be used for each student on Live.

    Northampton expects Live to improve the student experience from day one and will see its students use the mail service, messenger, spaces and calendars all with online support from Microsoft and all with one recognised, respected and Northampton branded ID.  Pauline comments “Live is here and it feels like another milestone in how digital technology helps us to support our students”.  For the full article please visit here.

    For more information on Microsoft’s hosted student services please visit http://get.liveatedu.com/Education/Connect/

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    IT Forum: Threat Research and Response

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    Vinny Guloto, General Manager for the Malware Protection Centre, presented today on the work that the centre is putting into the world of threat research, and both reactive and proactive response.


    One of the interesting slides that Vinny used was about the history of development of industry standards in anti-virus development, and how the anti-virus marketplace has grown. It was broken down into:

    • 1986 - 1990
      Very few viruses existed, and researchers in virus protection worked alone within their individual companies.
    • 1990-1995
      Anti-virus organisations started to share information, and formed groups to build a common language, and started effective sharing across the industry. The AVPD created the "wildlist" and "wildcore" - starting to share standard signatures across the 20,000 viruses that were loose around the world at that time. This was pretty important to everybody - if you don't have all the viruses available, how can you develop detection and defence against it? (And, you don't want your AV software to rely on you being infected before they can work out how to prevent it!)
    • 1995-2005
      All certified Anti-Virus software has to be able to detect all wildcore samples - a list which is expanding by 20-30 categories every month.
      By this time, the virus distributions (ie the virus signatures shared between anti-virus companies) exceeds the gigabyte mark for the first time.
    • 2005-2007
      The Anti-Virus Coalition was formed. One of the shifts much more visible now, is that developing countries tend to be harder-hit by viruses as they come online. In India, China etc, the level of infections tend to be higher, because they are going through the learning experience we all went through before (When did you realise that you couldn't run a machine without virus protection?).
      Today there are 225,000 - 300,000 viruses in circulation.

    More than 3,400 new software vulnerabilities were reported in the first 6 months of this year (please note, this isn't 3,400 vulnerabilities in MS software, but across the whole software marketplace that could threaten your PC or data). Seemed like a lot to me, until Vinny explained this is actually a decrease in a six month period for the first time since 2000.

    Windows Defender is a piece of free software from MS which looks for things like adware and spyware, rather than specifically "malicious" software - it isn't anti-virus software. Using Windows Defender as an example, he shared some statistics:

    • In the first six months of 2007, it detected 50 million pieces of potentially unwanted software
      • 16 million items of Adware
      • 7 million items of "potentially unwanted software"
      • 6.5 million Trojans
      • 3 millions items of "remote control" software

    After the presentation, it is often the Q&A which contains a startling revelation. And this session was no different. Following a question about how things are changing, he threw in a statistic that was almost a throwaway - that the Malware Protection Centre have found that with Defender, Windows Vista machines have 3 times less "potentially unwanted" software than other Windows machines. Which provides a real life example of the way that the security built into Windows Vista is delivering (silently!) benefits to both the end user and the IT team running their networks.

    To read more about the work that Vinny's team do, check out their Microsoft Malware Protection Center Portal

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    IT Forum: Neil Williams, University of Derby

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    At IT Forum this week, I ran into an old friend, Neil Williams, Head of IT and eLearning Development at the University of Derby. It was a great opportunity to discuss some of the issues raised throughout the week with somebody facing issues at the business end of IT. We've spent a week looking at IT products and features, and meeting Neil gave me the chance to discuss how this relates to the real world challenges faced in a typical university.

    I started our conversation by asking about the title of one of our sessions this week:

    Be secure OR get work done?

    In Neil's experience, this question gets right to the heart of the issue - it highlights a source of conflict between IT people and users - in Neil's case, the academic community of the university.

    • The IT people are driven by the need to enforce security and compliance - ensuring that they meet statutory needs such as data protection and Freedom of Information.
      So they will want to lock down everything. In Derby, if you're not a student or member of staff, you can't access IT resources - things like e-learning content, electronic library materials. One of the problems this creates is "grey users" - associate lecturer, visiting lecturers - who don't exist in the HR system, and therefore don't exist in the connected directory.
    • The academics want to engage with students with new social networking tools, they want to share information, they want to develop blogs and wikis. And so, if they don't have the flexibility they need delivered by the IT systems, they will go and create what they want on personal websites and social networking websites.
      The end result could be that intellectual property that belongs to the university - for example, course content - or personal data is published outside of the control of the university. Or essential information to the running of a course is not managed and recorded within the university's IT system. For example, if a discussion group is run on a personal website, and that discussion forms part of course assessment decision, then the danger for the university is that it may not be able to access the information at a later point when it might need it - and so that needs to be available to the university on an on-going basis.

    Neil's view on this dilemma?

    "Well, it puts me in a difficult position - because they are both right. It's unlike the corporate world - where you say 'this is the way it will be, live with it'. Whereas in HE the role of the academic is to explore new ideas, and to push the boundaries. But sometimes we just can't move the IT infrastructure fast enough to keep up."

    Derby's Research and Innovation Group

    Neil's response was to create a Research and Innovation Group within his team. Their role is to engage with the academic community in the university, to trial new technologies in partnership. In the last year, they have been looking at blogs, wikis, video streaming and podcasting - all technologies which the lecturers wanted to adopt, or were adopting within their courses. Creating the group has helped, not least because the academics feel more listened to, and that they have somewhere to go with their needs. The other positive outcome is that by working more closely together helps both sides understand the needs of the other. For example, Neil sees a greater understanding from the academics about way that the IT Team work. For example, the IT team have to make decisions within a framework that allows for scalability and resilience in their solutions, which may not concern an individual user.

    One of the contrasts that Neil has found since moving to HE, from the commercial sector, is that many people in the academic world have strong opinions about specific technologies. This is partly led by the computing departments, who are looking at technology all of the time. And partly because there is so much inter-institution collaboration, they see more examples of what is happening elsewhere, and want to adopt those ideas within their work. This kind of collaboration doesn't happen so often in the business world, because of the element of competition between companies. The result is that people will see a specific technology product, and ask for it, rather than have the functional requirement as the starting point ("I want Moodle version 1.6" rather than "I want a way of delivering structured content to my students which allows them to pace their own learning, and helps me with assessment"). People are coming with the solution, not the requirement. The situation that leads to is difficult for the IT team to manage. There may be 10 academics who want to use blogging, but they all have their own strong views of which blogging tool they want to use - and the IT support can't suddenly adopt 10 - they have to pick a single platform which meets most users' needs.

    What have been the tangible benefits?

    Neil sees that the group have delivered faster deployment of new technology. And the academic community who are involved have a growing recognition of the value of integration with the corporate IT systems. For example, integration between the student record system and the VLE means that academics don't need to create student lists, staff lists or course lists. But if they put it on an external system or website, then they have to manage the issue of granting access for appropriate users.

    There has also been a change in the way that the IT team think about service delivery. Rather than a traditional approach of controlling the whole end-to-end process of an IT system, there's more allowance for individual flexibility and contribution. For example, the IT team recognise that they shouldn't define the whole start-to-finish design and structure of the corporate SharePoint, without allowing users to add their own content and data sources. It allows users to add their own value to the work.

    Be secure AND get work done?

    So I asked Neil, to deliver these, where have compromises been made - have costs risen or security reduced?

    Neil's honest answer was that costs have risen.

    "We've delivered more flexibility and innovation. But that's sometimes difficult to explain, because it's tricky to describe some of the nuances of the flexibility that is being delivered. At a higher level, they look at the big blocks - the Student Record System, the VLE etc. But what is happening is within those blocks. How do you explain at a strategic level the investment benefit of enabling the VLE to allow branded course delivery, which a particular faculty may be passionate about."

    Neil recognises that from a security perspective, they system is still more locked down than the users may want. But there's an imperative to contain the environment in order to contain the cost of running the whole IT system. Part of the move to the latest Microsoft solutions is to allow better policy-driven management, and increased virtualisation. The aim is to allow more flexibility without having to compromise on security or quality of service delivery.

    As Neil puts it

    "Vista migration planning is happening now. It is a large investment, but some of the technologies that it will enable, like virtualisation, will help in carrying the argument to the budget holders of the value of the investment."

    What next?

    One of the issues for all HE institutions is that more and more students are turning up with laptops. What does that mean for your IT?

    "We don't see a big demand for connections for laptops within the IT system on campus, but there is massive demand for connectivity in halls of residence. Currently we don't allow non-university equipment to connect to the network, except in the halls. We'd like to change that because it will provide a better service to students, and perhaps provide better support for other devices, like PDAs. We plan to have the network infrastructure upgrades in place to allow this to happen, which will then allow the IT team to connect non-university equipment in a controlled manner. So we can detect a newly-connected device and check that is has up-to-date anti-virus etc. It's not something students are currently loudly demanding, but by doing it now, we're enabling more flexibility and we'll be ready when the demand appears."

    A bigger issue for students is the lack 24x7 support - for example, if they cannot access the VLE at the weekend, they can't get immediate support. This is a growing issue, because more of the academic courses are moving to online delivery, assessment and workflow. Neil's team are looking at ways to resolve this, but it could have significant cost implications for the university. However, it's an issue that affects other institutions, so there may be a way to work across institutions to resolve this.

    "Another student-centric issue is how much do we engage with the students lifestyle in their places - their Facebook, their other social networking sites. The implications for the university affect many things. For example, how the email systems is run and managed for students. Can we assume that students are using your email? Or do you need to go to where they are, and use their personal email?"

    And the end result?

    My final question for Neil was about the future - where does he think the current plans will get them?

    "In one or two year's time, I expect that we'll have a number of interesting emergeing technologies - virtual classrooms, blogs, wikis, audio, video - in place. And they will be understood and used by a significant proportion of the academics, who value it because of the pedagogical benefit. Moving the passion for these tools out from the small core of academics who are at the leading edge and allowing a culture change."

    Questions? Comments? Add them below, and either Neil or I will have a go at helping...

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    Windows RT or Windows 8 devices for your school?

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    Guest post by Sean O’Shea

    With the upcoming Windows 8 launch happening tomorrow (Friday 26th October), I recently did a keynote speech at an event with one of our partners. We had a great turn out including head teachers, deputy head teachers and ICT leads from primary and secondary schools. It was overwhelming how much positive response we got from the audience about Windows 8, and we had some excellent feedback and questions from the education staff who attended.

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    I’ll go into these in more detail later on, but in a nutshell the main things people at the event got excited about were:

    · The choice of hardware available with Windows 8 and Windows RT

    · Windows 8 is able to run legacy apps

    · Compatibility in the classroom – USB slots on both Windows RT and Windows 8 (you can find a good compatibility matrix for Windows 8 and Programs/Devices here)

    · Office Home and Student on Windows RT

    · If pupils are embracing BYOD or taking devices home, the availability of Windows 8 and Windows RT family safety settings are really valuable. Parents can even set controls on what rated apps children can download

    So it’s great that teachers and IT staff are already seeing the possibilities of Windows 8 and Windows RT for their schools. Although one thing that struck me after my discussions with the education staff at the event, was the number of people asking about the differences between Windows RT and Windows 8. Deciding which devices and OS to work with in schools is a big decision, so I understand the importance of schools leaders and IT decision makers needing to know what features they will gain from each Windows OS version.

    Before I separate the two, I just want to say that the teachers and ICT leaders at the event seemed to clearly spot the key advantage of both Windows RT and Windows 8 - the choice of devices. There is such a large range of devices available with these two operating systems, which means you are not limited to just one piece of hardware, and you can really tailor a device that’s right for your school. You can find just a few options for hardware here.

    Detailed below are some of the main features of both Windows RT and Windows 8, which seemed to be most important to education staff at the event.

    Windows RT

    Window RT devices use an ARM processor. This includes many features that are important when using a device in the classroom.

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    Quick on / fast boot

    With Windows RT devices booting up in seconds, no class time is wasted. The Samsung Ativ Tab, for example, is ‘always ready to go!’ with a quick boot up time.

    Thin and light
    Windows RT devices are portable and easy for pupils and teachers to transport to, from and around school. Devices fit in a school bag easily without weighing it down. Surface with Windows RT, for example, weighs just 676g and is 9.3 mm thin.

    Battery life

    With most Windows RT devices having a battery life of at least 8 hours or more, this is enough for the duration of a full school day. Therefore there’s no need to worry about lesson interruptions from low battery life.

    Multiple user profiles

    As mentioned above, with and increasing amount of pupils using BYOD for school and taking devices home, it’s vital that internet safety is practiced. With the option of multiple user profiles on Windows RT, parents can monitor and set what apps and content children can download.

    Office Home & Student 2013 is included with Windows RT

    Windows RT includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote – all essential apps for the classroom.

    USB 2.0 slot

    Connect external peripherals such as external hard drives for extra storage and backup.

    Printing compatibility

    You can print documents in the classroom with Windows RT.  Dell and Hewlett-Packard have published a compatibility list of printers for Windows RT.

    Keyboard option on many devices

    Touch screen is great, and it provides a really immersive and engaging experience, but when it comes to typing you can lose half the screen with a touch keyboard. Lots of Windows RT devices have detachable keyboards or a keyboard dock (some include battery charging) for flexibility of type or touch, and the option of a fully viewable screen whilst typing.

    Windows 8

    Legacy apps

    You can bring all the apps that you use in Windows 7 over to a Windows 8 device. So all your learning tools you currently use in the classroom can still be used exactly as they are in Windows 8 (any Windows 7 application win32 .exe will work).

    Join to your domain

    With Windows 8 devices, schools are able to join to their domain. The main advantage of this is that schools will be able to manage devices in a traditional way such as doing updates, managing security and deploying software.

    Like a PC

    Windows 8 devices are built to work like your desktop PC, including inbuilt drivers. They are designed with the power and capability of an ultrabook, in a tablet form. Think space saving in the classroom and working outside of the classroom. Consider the flexibility of working on Windows 8 devices - they are much more portable so pupils and teachers can work anywhere, anytime, with all the functionality of a desktop PC. Take your class outside, on a trip, or around the school - with devices in tow.

    Stylus Support

    Some Windows 8 devices offer stylus support. Stylus accessories are great for pupils to take written notes with a device pen, which can then be digitized into documents. An example is the Asus Vivo Tab.

    Windows To Go

    Windows To Go enables the creation of a Windows To Go workspace that can be booted from a USB-connected external drive on PCs that meet the Windows 7 or Windows 8 certification requirements, regardless of the operating system running on the PC. This provides efficient use of resources for alternative workplace scenarios. This is all about mobility. Schools are looking at ways to provide mobile solutions for pupils. If a school wants a teacher or a pupil to have access to their school desktop and school network (apps, settings etc) from home, it’s easy with Windows To Go. At the moment schools might look at complicated solutions such as VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure). Windows to go will provide an incredibly simple alternative that will allow pupils and teachers to experience their full windows 8 school desktop at home with just a USB drive.

    Flexible price points

    It looks like there’s going to be some really great deals coming for Windows 8 devices, so again the choice of hardware design relative to your budget is huge. A nice example is the Acer W510 which is reportedly going to be priced at around $500.

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    I hope that gives you some valuable information on Windows RT and Windows 8, as well as some help with choosing devices for your school.

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    University of Leeds and Photosynth

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    This is the first example I’ve seen of a university taking advantage of Photosynth to show of its wonderful buildings.  I’ve been a big fan of Leeds University for more than 20 years and have been a frequent visitor and admirer of the Baines wing and doesn’t it look good in Photosynth?

     

     

    I must get my camera out and go and do the same with the University of Sheffield and Firth Hall and Sheffield Hallam University’s student union.

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    WebMatrix - making it easier to deploy Moodle, Joomla! and WordPress

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    imageI noticed last week that Scott Guthrie announced the release of the beta of WebMatrix. Basically, it’s an easy and free way to get started building Web sites on Windows. WebMatrix is a tool for building, customising and deploying your Web sites in one common, straightforward way. The idea is that WebMatrix can be used by a wide range of developers, and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to use it. It brings together a bunch of our resources into a simple install - a Web server (IIS Developer Express), a database (SQL Server Compact), and a programming framework (ASP.NET). It’s a simple free download – just download and install it onto a spare server.

    But the extra useful bit is that you can then use the Microsoft Web Application Gallery to install and customise popular ASP.NET and PHP open source community applications, whilst also seamlessly integrating with our professional development tools and servers including Visual Studio, SQL Server and Windows Server.

    The Web App Gallery contains a long list of free downloads to install on top of WebMatrix, including Moodle, Joomla!, WordPress and a long list of other free apps to install (the main categories are: Blogs, CMS, eCommerce, Forums, Galleries, Tools and Wikis)

    It also includes a new, easier-to-learn syntax for ASP.NET to provide you with a faster way to build standards-based Web sites. The built-in helpers simplify the use of ASP.NET to perform increasingly complex and common tasks like connecting to a database, displaying a Twitter feed, or embedding a video.

    This means that you can have the flexibility and freedom to use the tools you choose, and have an easier way to deploy web servers that fit into your existing IT infrastructure.

    You can get WebMatrix by downloading the Web Platform Installer, and then install additional apps from the Web App Gallery



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    The Ultimate Steal - 36 days until the end

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    The countdown to the end of the Ultimate Steal student offer has started. The deal (Office 2007 Ultimate edition for £38.95) ends at the end of April. Lots of students have used the deal to get their own (legal) copy of Office (our earlier research says most students use MS Office, but few paid for their licence) - but there are still students who don't know of it. How do we know? Well, answers like these in the post-purchase survey:

    FirstquotesMore coverage. Here (******* University) the Ultimate Steal is the best-kept secret on campus, very few people know of it.Endquotes

    FirstquotesMy only suggestion is to advertise more, as I am shocked that I have only just discovered this incredible offer. If you keep this up, I will keep participating and telling my friends! - although tragically I graduate next year :( Endquotes

    FirstquotesMake it more widely known. The site of my university does not give a clue about this offer. Only the portal writes about the offer and this can lead to wrong purchases. Look at my case: I made a wrong purchase before I realised the Ultimate Steal offer!Endquotes

    FirstquotesI found out about the ultimate steal from a bulletin board that pops up when we login to the university system. The bulletins are rarely read. You might like to put up a few posters at universities and colleges. I do not know how many purchases you have already had from *@londonmet.ac.uk, but you will now have a few more.Endquotes

    If you want your students on campus to hear about the offer before it closes, you can let them know about it by some of the other universities' techniques - put it on your portal, email students and pop up some posters etc. There's a mini-html flyer (for email) here, and some email/portal text here.

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    I always like reading verbatim responses from surveys - there's always one or two that make you laugh. Here's one that made me laugh (and, it seems, casts doubt on my parentage and the spelling & grammar capabilities of today's undergraduates)...

    FirstquotesAt the university of ********* it is not widely known that we can get a cheap version of microsoft office although to be honest when it comes to writing essays i think microsoft should offer a much more standerd package for less money because lets face ti word should be part of any windows operating system as standard jesus christ the b*****ds earn enough as it is and i dont care if acording to the economy if a company doesnt increase its profits every year its seen as a failureEndquotes

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