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  • Blog Post: Live@edu Upgrade Update

    By September 2013, all Live@edu customers will need to complete the upgrade to Office 365 for education. Microsoft will start to schedule your institution for the upgrade soon. By completing the upgrade process prior to the scheduled date, you control the upgrade timeline. Live@edu administrative changes...
  • Blog Post: All India Council for Technical Education to Reach 7 Million With Live@edu

    AICTE adopts cloud to improve technical education and prepare students for the workforce of tomorrow. Microsoft and All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ) recently announced that AICTE is deploying Microsoft Live@edu over the next three months to more than 10,000 technical colleges and institutes...
  • Blog Post: SkyDrive and Office Web Apps

    For schools, colleges and universities looking for a powerful tool for their students to help them better collaborate on group projects, SkyDrive and Office Web Apps is the ideal solution. Those looking for a web based solution often think about Google Docs. While tools such as this may work well for...
  • Blog Post: Continuing the Serco ‘’Progresso’’ Management Information System development with Microsoft

    Gerald Haigh, independent writer to Microsoft , has written a couple of blog posts in the past  for us on Serco’s “Progresso” Management Information system including a Pioneering Days and Learning Progress blog. Here, Gerald came back to us on how this is continuing to develop and is now currently...
  • Blog Post: Primary and Secondary schools bought together with SPTA

    The IT team serving a large Academy Trust use Microsoft Technologies to realise economies of scale. They are promoting collaboration and making a significant contribution to school improvement across the Trust schools. Part of our mission in these blogs is to share the message that a well led IT team...
  • Blog Post: UK Live@edu Momentum News and Office 365 for Education Update

    What a year! It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a year since the last BETT show in London – even scarier still to think that it’s just a few weeks until I, and the rest of the team, will be there again for BETT 2012! Way back in January we published our latest worldwide statistics for Live@edu...
  • Blog Post: Free Live@edu webcasts–join up today!

      We’re running a free webcast series between now and Christmas that we’d like you to be a part of! Over three sessions we’ll be talking about what Microsoft Live@edu is, how you can deploy and migrate to it, and how you can promote it at your institution. There will be lots of opportunities to...
  • 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: Fun, Free Forum – get your free downloads here!

    I woke up this morning and immediately the first thing I thought was, I did order the lunch didn’t I? I hope so otherwise I have a lot of hungry teachers, head teachers and IT network managers at Microsoft Campus today! So today was our ‘’Fun, Free Forum’’ at our offices in Thames Valley Park. A day...
  • Blog Post: Learn more about Live@edu intro webcast

    Starting week of 9th May, Microsoft are beginning some intro webcasts to Live@edu . If you would like to learn more, have the opportunity to ask questions, and receive a follow up call/email from our telesales lead, Anthony Nneke, please register for one of the webcast via the below links. 10/05/2011...
  • Blog Post: Essex Schools choose Live@Edu

    Essex County Council has just completed the rollout of Live@Edu to 487 schools. This was a large and complex project involving the migration of accounts and mailboxes from a third-party hosted Exchange 2007 environment to the new Microsoft cloud email service. Mark Reynolds, School Business Manager for...
  • Blog Post: Partner Event: Microsoft Office 365 prep for Education Providers

    At Microsoft in general, but especially in the UK we have a fantastically rich partner ecosystem, and within the education space alone there is a huge number of partner companies out there who can help with all sorts of projects. Oxford Computer Group, experts in identity and access management, are one...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for Education

    Our resident Live@Edu and Office 365 expert, James Marshall , gives his take on the announcements made at BETT 2011. As the dust settles after the annual BETT exhibition , and Olympia returns to normal I always make some time to look through the various forums and blogs that comment on the big announcements...
  • 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: Efficiency using Microsoft SharePoint Free Event - Walsall College, 9.30am-15.30pm, 28th January 2011

      Walsall College would like to invite you to a free event on 28th January 2011  showing efficiency of using Microsoft SharePoint with sessions from Walsall College, Microsoft, Capita and RSC WM . Personalisation using SharePoint Live@EDU and integration with SharePoint/Moodle Managing technology...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education White Paper - Baby steps into the Cloud

    Gerald Haigh, an education writer and journalist, is also an ex-head teacher and as a result he still has close contacts within many education establishments. It was because of this that we asked him to interview a wide group of people about the use of Cloud services in education, which meant understanding...
  • 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: Do cloud-based datacentres run as fast as your onsite ones

    The Bits blog from the New York Times ran an interesting article a couple of weeks ago called ‘ How Fast Can a Cloud Run? ’ (y ou’re right, I’m still catching up with my reading! ). It talks about a service called CloudSleuth , which measures the speed of response of various cloud...
  • Blog Post: Building Clouds - how to make a data centre more energy efficient

    We have a team, called Microsoft Global Foundation Services , who have the job of building clouds. Or at least, building ‘the Cloud’ – they design, build, run and support our global data centres which are at the hub of all of our cloud services. In Europe, we have one in Ireland and...
  • Blog Post: Things are changing fast

    Two numeric examples of how fast things are moving forward in education ICT these days: Windows 7 is being rapidly adopted in schools The chart below shows the visitors to this blog this month. Which shows just how fast Windows 7 is being adopted, and displacing Windows XP ( the Windows Vista number...
  • Blog Post: Slides from the Learning Gateway Conference 2010

    Yesterday, Chris Rothwell, who leads our work on Live@edu in the UK, was talking to schools at the Learning Gateway Conference in London. I asked Chris for the slides from his talk so that I can share them. But first here’s the background from Chris: I was lucky enough...
  • Blog Post: Moving Tameside to web-based email - saving money and making users happier

    A little earlier this month, I had the chance to have a long chat with Darren Madden, from Tameside local authority (or, as it should be properly known, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council). Darren’s the leader of the Schools Technical Team ( you can find their website here ), which is a merry...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu Implementation Guide

    Ben Nunney, who writes the UK Live@edu blog , has just finished updating the Live@edu Implementation Guide . It covers a wide range of advice and guidance that is helpful as you plan to move your email services to the free Live@edu service, based in our cloud datacentres in Dublin. ( This link will tell...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft software for schools, from the Fun and Free Friday event

    Today, we had a fantastic day at the office, when we hosted the “ Fun, Free Friday for Schools ”. Just over 100 schools attended, and we had an absolutely packed agenda, as we demonstrated lots of the free Microsoft software available for schools to use. All of the links to the various...
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