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  • 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: 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: Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 12 – Save money on upgrades

    Part twelve 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 contain 14 Top ICT Money Saving Tips. So there’s more to come after this one If you don’t spend all of your time obsessing about...
  • 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: 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: Why is buying a licence so complicated

    I don’t think I’m letting out any secrets when I say that it can be complicated to buy software – there are so many different licensing schemes from so many different suppliers. And so it can sometimes be easy to get tripped up by the process. I know that people are looking for easier answers – last...
  • Blog Post: Making sure you buy the right version of Windows

    With the news this week on Information Security guidelines for schools – and the obvious need for encryption on teachers’ laptops from now on, I think it would be timely to remind you how to ensure that you buy the right licences for Windows Vista – so that you get the licences for BitLocker, which is...
  • Blog Post: Becta – pouring oil on troubled water

    It’s been nice to see some thawing in the relationship between Becta and Microsoft. To be honest, this has taken too long, because Becta’s snappy catchline “Leading Next Generation Learning” is what we’re all about too. Yesterday they published their press release “ Becta welcomes substantial progress...
  • Blog Post: How to get the best deal on Microsoft software in Education

    As you probably know, Microsoft sells our software through partners - just like consumer goods manufacturers, or people who make cars, we appoint a range of partners to supply our various products to our customers, including education. However, there are different types of partner - and knowing about...
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