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  • Blog Post: Connecting SkyDrive with Office 365 for education

    As schools and other education customers move to Office 365 for education in Australia ( more info here ), it provides another piece in the jigsaw puzzle of your technology infrastructure. Office 365 for education provides email, Lync communications, Office Web Apps and SharePoint in the Cloud, giving...
  • Blog Post: How to add Skydrive to Send to menu

    With the release of SkyDrive , backing up files to the cloud has become easier than ever. SkyDrive offers 7GB free storage (25 GB free upgrade for loyal users. As we all know, SkyDrive is available for Windows. If you have already installed and are using SkyDrive, you probably have noticed that one can...
  • Blog Post: Linking SkyDrive and Moodle together

    Moodle, a popular Learning Management System, is widely used across education. And Microsoft's SkyDrive is also widely used by both teachers and students (although in some government systems, the access is blocked to SkyDrive when in school) as a cloud-based storage drive. So you may be interested to...
  • Blog Post: Six Tips to Make SkyDrive your Cloud Backpack

    Originally posted on Windows Blog If you’re a student, it’s the same routine every day. You gather everything you need—your notebook for class, binder full of handouts, readings or homework assignments, textbooks, laptop, smartphone and maybe even your tablet. And of course your power adapters. Then...
  • Blog Post: SkyDrive: new features enable learning anywhere, not just in the classroom

    Yesterday’s announcement about new features to SkyDrive is great news for students and education staff. SkyDrive’s file cloud is now more accessible with the option to view and edit files from all popular desktop and mobile devices. Student files and assignments can be stored and accessed online in one...
  • Blog Post: Banish Attachments Forever!

    Please see attached… Ok, put your hands up. Who still sends files as attachments in their email? Come on, be honest! I’m guilty of it myself – just ask my boss, after I dropped a 7MB “email bomb” on him recently. Despite having both SharePoint Online and SkyDrive at my fingertips there are times I find...
  • 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: 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: SkyDrive updates sharing and file management

    With more app centric sharing, particularly for Office docs, updates to file management, and the inclusion of HTML5 uploads, the SkyDrive upgrade that is currently being rolled adds to the impressive range of user centric updates that the service has already seen over recent months. The video below demonstrate...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Office in the cloud and on the desktop

    I was having a chat with Jack Kenny, a journalist, in the middle of last week, and we were talking about the many different ways that your teachers and students can access Office in ‘the cloud’. As I summarised it for him in our conversation, Jack prompted me to write a more detailed summary...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 9 – Stop your email servers

    Part nine of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools , based on my BETT 2010 presentation When the DCSF issued their " Securing our Future " Discussion Guide ( download the PDF version ), it was accompanied by dire headlines in the papers warning of the need to save £750 million...
  • Blog Post: Sir, I’ve lost my memory stick

    You probably have a policy for them – the ubiquitous memory stick. Not that many years ago I was excited when I got my first 16MB one, and now everybody’s got them. They are wonderful. UNLESS they happen to contain the only copy of a file, and they go missing. Or you forget to bring them in on the day...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Home Learning Package for Home Access

    Keeping up on the Home Access Programme ? Am I making sense so far? Wondering what’s next? Asking what exactly we’re going to do about it? Wonder no longer! Along with a number of other companies, we’ve been involved in the Ministerial Task Force for the Home Access Programme over the last year and a...
  • Blog Post: But apart from that, what have Microsoft done for us?

    This might only make sense, if you read yesterday's post , because I'm going to continue the theme. All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have th e Romans ever done for us? Here's another...
  • 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: Windows Live SkyDrive - Second day of Christmas

    Continuing my run of 12 Days of Christmas, here's my gift for today. 1GB of free online storage This year, USB memory sticks have been a recurring theme - I've given them away at events, I've distributed files on them, and in talking with students, it seems that it's become the standard way to transfer...
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