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  • Blog Post: The facts about Windows licensing in schools

    If you are planning on buying some new PCs for your education institution, you should check that your school is properly licensed for genuine Windows software. It’s a good idea to check that your existing PCs are also compliant. Each PC running Windows desktop software needs to have its own full Windows...
  • Blog Post: New to subscription licensing? Get 50% off your first year…

    For schools running Windows XP and old versions of Microsoft Office we are now offering schools a HALF PRICE trade-in agreement, letting you both get up-to-date this summer and get 50% discount off your first year. The “UTD” (Up To Date) offer is available to any school who has never had a subscription...
  • Blog Post: Help your organization using Microsoft Hyper-V

    Dave Coleman from SharePointEduTech Ltd ,user and ‘guru’ of Microsoft Hyper-V Microsoft Hyper-V and virtulization, has written a guest blog post on the benefits and commonly asked questions in regards to moving your old servers to virtual servers.   I always think that it is a good idea to look...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2012: Microsoft Licensing & EES

    Have some questions about our licensing and, in particular, EES? We can help! Visit our stand at BETT 2012 and let one of our licencing specialists walk you through the best options for you and your institution. Get answers to the following questions, and more: Who can buy education licences? The different...
  • Blog Post: Start of a new week: OneNote App's and More!

    Happy Monday Folks! Hope you all had a great weekend! Just a quick post to kick-start the week. For those of you using an iPhone, OneNote is now available for IOS. Much like OneNote within the full Office Hub on Windows Phone, the IOS version allows you to create text, voice and picture based notes...
  • Blog Post: Software Licensing Training Course at Stockton Sixth Form College, 5th August 2011

    Do you want to know more about EES (Enrolment for Education Solutions)? Do you need to know more about Microsoft licensing, including: Client/Server Licensing What’s a CAL Core CAL Suite Enterprise CAL Suite Device CAL & User CAL Processor Licensing (inc Multi-Core) External Connectors/Internet Licences...
  • Blog Post: MICROSOFT EES/LICENSING WORKSHOP FROM VIGLEN - ROYAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL HIGH WYCOMBE, 22nd July 2011

    Do you want to know more about EES (Enrolment for Education Solutions)? Do you need to know more about Microsoft licensing, including: Client/Server Licensing Work @ Home / Home Use Programme Student Licensing Software Assurance & Other Benefits OEM & Operating System Licensing Virtualisation...
  • Blog Post: Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) now available for schools within the UK

    Under this new agreement you can now license a single school, multiple schools or an entire school system, such as a local authority. You count your Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) staff once per year, so you don't have to track every single computer in your establishment. Full time equivalent are staff who...
  • Blog Post: How many network managers, technicians and EduGeek members does it take…

    … to have have an informative and interesting day at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park – with cake included? Yesterday Microsoft and EduGeek organised a day at the Microsoft Campus in Thames Valley Park for approximately 50 ICT staff, network managers and EduGeek to look at areas covering: Office...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2011– a roundup of my first experiences

          Wow! After months of planning the Microsoft stand, finding presenters  and schools to share their  success stories, hunting down staff to work on the demo pods and theatre stand and even down to the colour of the Microsoft Education polo shirts, my first BETT (and my first...
  • 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: The future of Microsoft licensing for schools

    We're in the final throws of organising BETT (the lorry is loaded, and the final can of orange paint is in!), but I thought I'd take a couple of minutes out of my day to correct a little bit of confusion that's appeared in the press today - just in case you're worried by it. ZDNet ran a story today about...
  • 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: Money Saving Tips Update - Bristnall Hall Technology College

    At the end of 2009, I worked with a group of schools, and with Gerald Haigh (an ex-head teacher and educational writer) to create the Money Saving ICT Tips , which was used for a presentation at the BETT 2010 show, and also for a series of later case studies looking at the numbers in more detail. The...
  • 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: It makes sense to review the way you buy software – it might save money

    hI’ve blogged about software licensing before, and have hopefully managed to explain the various options and the cost saving possibilities – especially in number 12 of my Top ICT Money Saving Tips h and in “ Get the best deal on Microsoft software ”. So, having done that ‘top-down’ stuff – explaining...
  • Blog Post: Saving money with ICT – Answering the real question "How much money will I save?"

    So, if you’ve been following the Top ICT Money Saving Tips, how much money could you actually be saving, using my Switch-Stop-Save strategies? I thought I’d go back and find out. Save £400,000 over 3 years If you’re not already doing some of the things in this list, then a secondary school...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 14 – Save your software budget

    So here we are the very last part of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools , based on my BETT 2010 presentation. It’s taken me a while to get all of these written down, because although I know the story behind each of these money saving tips, to actually structure it in a way that makes...
  • Blog Post: Looking for school customers to share opinions on licensing

    Each year we have about 80-90 interns that join Microsoft for a year, normally after their second year at university. They work all over the business, and each year we have two that work in the education team. One of last year’s interns, Mitch, worked on support for education licensing ( Oh, I can hear...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 10 – Save Students Money

    Part ten of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools , based on my BETT 2010 presentation. Good news, my counting was hopeless, and my Top 10 tips actually contains 14 Top ICT Money Saving Tips. So there’s more to come after this one So far I’ve talked about saving your school budget directly...
  • Blog Post: What to do if you get supplied with fake software

    After reading a post on Dave Morrison’s blog ( I have no idea whether he’s right or wrong about having bought fake software, but the pricing certainly seems too,too low! ) I found out a bit more about the Product Identification Service that our licensing team run here in the UK. It’s ideal if you’ve...
  • Blog Post: What features are in which version of Windows 7?

    I’m sure this list is out on the web somewhere, but just in case you’ve not seen it in this easy-to-read format before, below is my list of the features of each version of Windows 7. I think this will help you to work out which one is right for your school: Windows 7 Home Premium is the retail...
  • Blog Post: Licensing parents for SharePoint – what’s free and what isn’t

    I got a question from Mike Herrity yesterday, asking me about the ways that parents can be given access to SharePoint/Learning Gateway, and explicitly whether they needed their own SharePoint licences. As an aside: Mike Herrity is a deputy head at Twynham School down in Dorset, and is a great SharePoint...
  • 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...
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