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  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces Office for ipad

    Microsoft is devoted to providing the tools which enable people from all walks of life to work anywhere and on any device. The ever increasing portfolio of Windows based devices available lay testament to that and with over a billion users of Microsoft Office globally we are now delighted to share that...
  • Blog Post: T&L e-zine: Become an Office 365 expert with the Offperts

    We thought it would be a nice idea to produce weekly ‘Microsoft Teaching & Learning’ e-zines (online newsletters). The series will feature some great examples of how our Microsoft Innovative Educators and Microsoft Showcase Schools are using technology in the classroom. Hopefully, these...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft unveils the new Office

    Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer has unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at office.com/preview . The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is...
  • Blog Post: Office Casual: OneNote for School

    Class assignments, schedules, homework, projects, and research can all be kept and searched in OneNote. In this short video, Doug Thomas shows students a few tricks about using images and how to share OneNote between multiple PCs, slates, Macs, and phones. View the full video below.
  • Blog Post: Upcoming changes to the way we make Microsoft Office available to students

    There are a number of upcoming changes to the way we make Microsoft Office available to students as part of a worldwide program to simplify and broaden the availability of our academic offerings. These changes will enable more students to buy Office at a significant discount from the product available...
  • Blog Post: Exclusive Interview with Rebecca Rickwood, Microsoft Excel 2007 World Champion!

    Being able to see how Microsoft solutions and products can actually make an impact in either the classroom, a group of people or in this instance an individual is the part of my role that I love the most as I can see how young people use it and use it to develop their own skills. Many of you may have...
  • 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: Using SharePoint and Office 2010 to analyse student data - at Marsh Academy

    Every now and again, I ask Gerald Haigh to write up the stories of some of the schools that we work closely with. And a few weeks ago, he mentioned what's happening with data at Marsh Academy, and how they are using SharePoint and Office 2010 to aid better understanding of their school data. I'll let...
  • 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 you want to download Windows 7 in Welsh?

    Did you know that we run a worldwide 'local language programme' which provides language packs for a range of our software? And that if you're in Wales, you can use them to run Windows and Office in Welsh natively? Welsh is one of Europe's oldest languages, and is growing, with over half a million speakers...
  • Blog Post: The Office 2010 Live Meeting

    Just before the summer holidays, Richard Lane ran a pair of Office 2010 Live Meetings for UK schools, called “ Office 2010 What’s new for Students and Teachers.” The session, which consisted predominately of demos of the Office suite, was recorded and Richard's made the recording of it available for...
  • Blog Post: Start the term with new Office templates for teachers

    Am I the only one who gets bored with a document format after a few months, and then wants a completely different design? That PowerPoint that looked so smart last year looks a bit clichéd this term. A document which looked professional when you first published it, doesn’t look quite so good when it...
  • 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: New Microsoft Office Education Add-Ins

    The education products team in Seattle have been busy writing add-ins for Office 2007 and Office 2010. They’ve just released 2 free education add-ins, 20 new education templates, and how-to materials designed to help teachers both inside and outside the classroom. The new Interactive Classroom...
  • Blog Post: Reminding teachers about some of the things that Office can help them with

    If you’re like me, you’ve been bought up using Office. As each new version comes along, you discover new features, and you latch onto them. I remember when Pivot Tables were first introduced into Excel, and how it made life so much easier. I still find myself wanting to use the new animations...
  • Blog Post: Free classroom posters for Office 2010

    *** UPDATE - apologises, but the Office 2010 posters are now out of stock *** Are you rolling out Office 2010 this summer? Or perhaps you’re one of the schools who already has. Well, here’s some good news: We’ve just had the new Office 2010 posters delivered, to replenish our...
  • Blog Post: School carbon emissions targets - Things I Learned This Week #6

    1. Schools create 2% of UK greenhouse gases, and have a target of a 53% cut in energy emissions by 2020 According to the government’s carbon management strategy for schools, "Climate change and schools" on Teachernet, the government target for schools is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by...
  • Blog Post: On your blogs…get set…Go

    Yesterday in discussions about what content goes onto this blog, and the others I write, I promised somebody I’d write a list of Microsoft team blogs that I’d recommend reading. The discussion was started by the question “Does your blog contain everything that’s relevant to education and Microsoft?”...
  • 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: What’s new in Excel 2010

    Part four of our mini series. Each day one of the Education team has made a short video on one of the Office 2010 programmes, explaining new features that might appeal to teachers. On Tuesday, I covered PowerPoint 2010 for teachers (I’m the Education Marketing Manager – which explains why I took so long...
  • Blog Post: Overview sheets for Microsoft Office 2010

    After over 7,500,000 downloads of the beta version of Office 2010, there’s a good chance that somebody in your school will have been running the new version of Office for a while. And they may be able to summarise the key things that are new in each of the Office applications. But just in case they can...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Word 2010 for teachers

    It’s starting to seem like a soap opera series. I kicked off with the “ What’s new in PowerPoint 2010 for teachers ” video on Tuesday, and then Ben Nunney contributed “ OneNote 2010 for teachers and students ”. Now, for Word 2010, it’s Mark A’Bear’s turn ( those of you who know some of the team will...
  • Blog Post: OneNote 2010 for teachers and students

    As I said yesterday, I’ve roped in a few colleagues to record short demos of the Office 2010 programmes. Ben Nunney pulled out OneNote 2010 from the random draw, and he immediately set off into a curriculum-led world of research and physics. Given that Ben’s an ex-secondary school teacher, I had no doubt...
  • Blog Post: Update - Free Office 2007 classroom posters

    Whoops – I’ve just realised that I’ve been asking people to email last year’s intern to get free sets of Office posters for their classroom. That explains why the stock hasn’t been going down (especially as plenty of people had ended up on the site after Googling “Free...
  • 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...
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