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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: 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: Free DreamSpark software downloads for school students

    This is one of those “Are you sure? Really sure?” blog posts. Where somebody tells you something, and you ask “Are you sure? Really sure?” So I have checked this, and now had it confirmed by the announcement of it in a Bill Gates speech this evening. We have announced that the DreamSpark programme is...
  • Blog Post: The London Grid makes a move

    We made a few announcements in BETT week – and during the course of this week, I’ll make sure I write about them all (if you’re impatient, you can see them all here ). One of the most significant from a product/service perspective was that we announced the launch of the London Grid for Learning’s new...
  • Blog Post: Office for the Web

    I go away on holiday, and suddenly tons of things get announced. Hurrah. I should holiday more! Alongside all of the Windows announcements (the first public view of Windows 7 and the new cloud-computing platform, Windows Azure), we also previewed the Office Web Applications which will be included...
  • Blog Post: Multi-lingual SharePoint anybody?

    SharePoint, which is at the heart of the Learning Gateway, is an effective multi-lingual platform and has a range of multi-lingual features including Language Interface Packs (LIPs), translation workflow and language switching capabilities. Correctly configuring and deploying these capabilities can be...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 is coming (near you)

    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: SkyDrive - 5GB of free storage

    I like SkyDrive. Before it was invented, I used to have to load any files I wanted to share onto an FTP site somewhere, and then write clunky links to them. Now, I just drag my files onto my SkyDrive , and then provide a nice graphical link to them, like this: But up until now, it's been called Windows...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning programme relaunched

    For the last 5 years we have been running a programme, called Partners in Learning, to extend and expand the development of learning, and especially the ways that ICT can support learning in schools. Globally this programme has invested £125 million into projects run in partnership with governments,...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - Launch Invitation

    The launch team have just released the link to be able to sign up for the Windows Server 2008 launch event (actually, it's also the Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 launch too). This is going to be held on the 19th March, at the ICC in Birmingham . The event is going to feature both Microsoft and...
  • Blog Post: Free Search - The 10th Day of Christmas

    A few weeks ago, we introduced the new Search Server 2008 (this is software based, not another box for the server room), which allows you to make it easier for people within your school or local authority to find information published on your network - and places you select in external information sources...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista SP1 is coming...

    One for Network Managers: We've announced that Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista will be released in the Spring Term 2008, which is good news for those who are waiting for this before doing widescale deployments of the new operating system across your school. In advance of that the Beta is available now...
  • Blog Post: Know IT all - E-safety

    Today sees the launch of Know IT All for Teachers, in conjunction with Becta, the TDA and ChildNet. We've been working with these partners to create a set of valuable resources for e-safety in schools. Called "Know IT All for Teachers", it's a resource pack that provides practical help for trainee teachers...
  • Blog Post: e-Safety in schools - some help for you

    Becta have recommended that each school has a nominated E-Safety officer - which could mean that in staff rooms around the country, people suddenly make themselves busy when the head walks in with a letter in his hand! So, if you've got the job, or one of your colleagues has it and is looking for some...
  • Blog Post: Product launch invitation: PerformancePoint Server 2007

    This is probably something for local authority teams, rather than individual schools, but I thought it worth a mention to everybody because there may be some schools who are interested in using this for their own monitoring - especially in federations, where information sharing across institutions allows...
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