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  • Blog Post: Another BETT Announcement - Windows MultiPoint Server 2011

    This year's BETT is generating plenty of new announcements from us, and here's yet another one. On Tuesday we announced the availability details for Windows MultiPoint Server 2011, which will be available from March this year. In a nutshell, Windows MultiPoint Server allows you to plug multiple screens...
  • Blog Post: A video description of Office 365 for education

    After the announcement about Office 365 for education this morning , I thought you might appreciate this video from Jon Perera over in the States. It's a summary of the news on Office 365 for education, and describes how the new services will be available. At the moment the pricing information is in...
  • Blog Post: Announcement - Microsoft Office 365 Brings the Cloud to Education

    When we announced Office 365 at the end of 2010 for businesses, we talked about the way that workers will use the cloud to collaborate more easily from virtually anywhere on any device. Now we're doing the same for students. And the worldwide announcement is being made at the BETT Show today. Also in...
  • Blog Post: Will the current generation of UK students shape the future of business?

    I've no doubt it’s an important question to look at - and one that businesses in the UK need to address now if we are to ensure today’s students are skilled effectively. Today's students may not revolutionise the UK and the entire world (although many may think they will!), but the unique skills and...
  • Blog Post: Licensing changes for schools - there's good news coming at BETT

    Over the next few months, we are going to introduce some big changes to school licensing. It will make licensing simpler, and it will make it significantly cheaper for most schools in the UK. The big announcement of all of the detail will happen in January at BETT 2011 in London, but we're publishing...
  • Blog Post: Shameless plug as I am nominated for an Edublog Award

    The Edublog awards have been around since 2004, recognising and rewarding the best blogs in education worldwide. This year my blog has been nominated in the Best Elearning/Corporate Education Blog category, alongside a host of other good education blog sites (all of which can be seen here ). If you've...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu takes off for RM's customers

    The Live@edu service , which is our cloud-hosted email and collaboration service*, has been chosen as the standard schools email system by a growing number of local authorities and Regional Broadband Consortia. Two years ago London Grid for Learning chose it, and the DCSF highlighted the potential for...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 for Education appears on the horizon

    Last night we officially announced Office 365 , which is the next generation of cloud services – bringing together Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Lync (previously known as Office Communications Server) and Office (on both the web and your PC). And the good news is that there will be an education...
  • Blog Post: The new RM Slate PC

    I was away at the end of last week, so I didn't see that details on RM's upcoming slate PC had made their way onto the web. Called the RM Slate, it does exactly what you'd expect - a fully functioning PC running Windows, in the style of a pad/tablet/slate device. You can read about the full details on...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft Office Education Add-Ins - with the correct download link

    Sorry, when I originally posted this blog post, it had the wrong URL for the downloads. I've now corrected the original, and here it is again, with the correct URLs. This happened because I was on holiday during the release, so had to pre-write the blog post, and then the download URL changed before...
  • Blog Post: it’s learning moves towards the cloud with Microsoft

    There’s a new press release on the it’s learning website. it’s learning are a Becta approved Learning Platform provider , and have recently signed an agreement with us to offer their customers our cloud computing services, via our Live@edu service. That means that if you are an it’s learning customer...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in the Office 2010 applications

    I’ve indexed all of the different product guides for the new Office 2010 applications. There are two separate documents for most of the products – the Overview version is a short two-page summary, and then there’s a detailed Product Guide which goes into much more detail. The Overview document is...
  • Blog Post: Friday’s Fortune Cookies

    On Friday, when I offered to send out packs of Office 2010 Overview sheets , I also offered a goodie bag for the first person to send me the correct answers to my ridiculous Fortune Cookie competition. Congratulations to John Duggan , who was first to get the full list of correct answers into my email...
  • Blog Post: Windows InTune beta – something to put on your ICT strategy roadmap?

    After writing the summary this morning on the cloud-based services from Microsoft, it’s now out of date. This afternoon we’ve launched Windows InTune as a beta. At the moment this isn’t available in the UK, so I’m including it on the blog so that you can think about its place in your future ICT strategy...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 availability dates for schools

    We have been developing Office 2010 for quite a while now – and many of you have been taking part in that by running the beta versions (at the last count, 7.5 million people have downloaded the beta version ). Late on Friday, Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 reached their last stage in the development...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2010 Press Release – Teachers Video Competition

    It wouldn’t be the first day of BETT without a press release or two, so let’s get the ball rolling… Kristen Weatherby, who runs our Partners in Learning project in the UK, and is also responsible for our Teachers blog , was pretty pleased this morning to announce our competition for teachers. It’s...
  • Blog Post: Planning for BETT 2010

    BETT is the big event in the education ICT calendar, not just for you but for us as well. Knowing that 30,000 people will flood through the doors of Olympia in about 7 working weeks tends to focus our minds on making sure that we put on a good show for them/you. Our challenge, every year, is to get a...
  • Blog Post: Your invite to the UK Launch for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010

    UPDATE - FRIDAY 11:30 - THE EVENT IS NOW CURRENTLY FULL - BUT YOU CAN ADD YOURSELF TO THE WAIT LIST. Apparently we've had well over 1,000 registrations since we announced it. I'd recommend putting yourself on the wait list. Sorry. I'll work on a list of alternative events/webcasts to attend From now...
  • Blog Post: At last, the UK Education website gets a makeover

    I’ve got two daughters who think that the best things on TV are reality makeover programmes (our TV at home seems to alternate between Grand Designs and Gok’s Fashion Fix), but they didn’t get as excited as I did about our makeover project – taking the Microsoft UK Education site and adding a pile of...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Moodle with Microsoft Live services

    Who’d have thought it, not only would I be looking for the Moodle logo for the blog, but other strange things have been happening this week: We’ve released two projects under the open source GPL v2 licence for the first time ever Following on from the experimental OfficeLabs project, we’ve launched Education...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 availability date announced – 7th August for many

    The Windows Team have announced, via The Windows Blog , more information on the various availability dates for Windows 7. Whilst the consumer product launches on 22nd October, it will actually be available earlier for customers using our ‘volume licensing’ schemes – like the School Agreement and Select...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 release dates for education

    Our Worldwide Partner Conference was on this week, and there has been a flurry of announcements. I’ll summarise those that are important to schools over the next few days, but if you can’t wait then go over to our PressPass site . One of the most important things mentioned at the conference was the imminent...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft licensing for schools – a new option appears from the crowd

    A year ago we started conversations with OGC and Becta to refresh our licensing schemes, with a goal of adding in some more flexibility for individual customers, and responding to changes in the way that all public sector organisations use ICT. With OGC (now known as Buying Solutions ) we looked at the...
  • Blog Post: UK Pilot of new Microsoft licensing scheme for schools

    We’ve introduced a new licensing scheme pilot for UK schools this morning, which introduces more flexibility, and potentially some cost savings for some of you. Here’s the summary of it: Subscription Enrolment for Schools The agreement option sits between our existing Select and School Agreement...
  • Blog Post: What does Windows 7 run on?

    In Thursday’s blog post on Windows 7 release dates , I asked if you’d had a chance to run the Beta or Release Candidate version on one of your older machines yet – and I received a welcome deluge of emails from people who had. It would take me ages to give you all of the scientific details of configurations...
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