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December, 2011

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    Migrate your virtualisation solution from VMware to Hyper-V and save money


    Did you miss our Hyper-V webcast?

    With Microsoft now being considered a virtualisation leader (Gartner  2011), many organisations are starting to consider switching to Hyper-V and saving money.

    Carmel College have done just that, and discuss in this webcast, the rationale behind their migration from Vmware and give an overview of their migration project.  The session starts with an overview of Microsoft Hyper-V Private Cloud Solution.

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    Microsoft Lync - Transforming Communications and Collaboration in Education and Reducing Costs


    Did you miss our recent Lync in Education webcast? The recording is now available below.

    Watch this webcast to hear how Stratford College managed their Lync project starting with the initial business case, through implementation to benefits realisation. Whether you are looking to introduce instant messaging with presence, web conferencing or fully replace your telephone PBX, Lync has something to offer your institution.

    If you are new to Lync the session starts with an overview and demo to give you an idea of the functionality.

    This Lync in education webcast is one in a series of sessions we are running over the coming months that illustrate how our technologies can help institutions save money and enhance the learning experience.

    An overview of these sessions are shown below:

    Manage your IT Infrastructure from the Cloud with Windows Intune

    Tuesday December 13th, 11am-12pm

    Windows Intune is a comprehensive cloud based PC management and security solution that enables you to manage your schools remotely with no on-premise servers. In addition to remote control, policy management, malware protection and software updates the latest release now includes application deployment. Join this webcast to get an overview of the latest release and see a demo of the solution.

    The Microsoft Education Desktop

    Tuesday January 17th, 11am-12pm

    Join this webcast to understand what makes a modern education desktop from Microsoft

    We will look at how technologies such as Windows 7, Office 2010 and the Microsoft Learning Suite can really enhance the teaching and learning experience. We also explain how you can remove cost from the management of your IT infrastructure and improve security through technologies including MDOP 2011 (Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack) and the CAL Suites.

    Free Software for Schools - Introducing the Microsoft Learning Suite

    Tuesday January 24th, 11am-12:30pm

    Did you know that Microsoft have a wide range of software and resources that support teaching and learning? Join this webcast for some fast paced demos which should be both fun and informative. The solution, collectively known as the Microsoft Learning Suite is also able to be installed and deployed with ease. Join this webcast to find out more.

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    Slides from the Microsoft in Education Forum (#msedf)


    Sean O’Shea, James Marshall and I recently ran the first in a series of Microsoft in Education Forum sessions at our offices in Reading.

    With over 700+ tweets about the event and some lively debate throughout the day, the session offered a unique opportunity for us to share some of the latest projects we are working on within the education team while also hearing about how we can best support the sector as a whole. A great day and we all look forward to planning the next session early in the New Year.

    In the meantime, though, we have BETT 2012 to look forward too, but that is another blog post all together!

    While its not possible to share all the slides from the event, we thought it might be useful to post a couple of the decks to the blog. The Skype session, in particular, proved to be very popular! A link to the Tweet archive and an overview of the top tweeters has also been included.




    Skype in the Classroom
    View more presentations from Microsoft Education UK

    We look forward to hosting the second Microsoft in Education Forum event post BETT 2012 and will be sharing more information about this series of events on the blog when available.


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