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  • Blog Post: End of service for Windows XP and Office 2003

    If you are using Windows XP and Office 2003 in your school, college or university, we wanted to make you aware that the support for this will end in April 2014. Microsoft plans to end support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in 2014, and that will affect your education institution if you are using...
  • Blog Post: Exciting times ahead with the announcement of Microsoft Surface

    Midnight last night, the announcement made by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in LA that Microsoft are releasing our very own devises for Windows 8, the amazing looking Surface – a new family of computing devices. Surface with Windows 8 will offer some exciting opportunities for education, and already...
  • Blog Post: Building School Networks for the Future - Deployment of Microsoft Windows 7

    Following on from Stuart Wilkie’  installment of Building School Networks for the Future with System Centre and Hyper-V , this is the third piece in the jigsaw from Marine Academy, Plymouth   looking at how Stuart and his team went about deploying Windows 7 across the site and the decisions...
  • Blog Post: Harper Green School back up to date with Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES)

    Keeping technology and software up to date can sometimes feel like a daunting task – especially when quite often it feels as though the next best, fastest, coolest software is just around the corner. When Richard Pycroft began his role in ICT at Harper Green School in July 2011, the school was using...
  • Blog Post: Cost saving with MultiPoint Server and solar energy at Cadoxton Primary School

    It’s not often that we write blog posts around MultiPoint Server and how it is implemented in the classroom, especially ones that then link into solar energy, using very low energy to then enhance the use of ICT and save money. Cadoxton Primary School   in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan has done exactly...
  • Blog Post: School in a Box Reception – House of Commons, 29th February 2012

    On 29th February, Microsoft were at the House of Commons, Westminster for the School in a Box Reception hosted by Reading MP Rob Wilson. The event provided a high profile opportunity for schools and Microsoft Partners to show how they are working together to provide high quality, flexible and scalable...
  • Blog Post: Young apprentice is top of class with Microsoft Outstanding Apprenticeship Award 2011 - Zenos Apprenticeships

    With the current employment climate still proving to be difficult for many young adults to find jobs, having a skill set other than qualifications gained from school and college is becoming more important in order to have a C.V that stands out above the rest. I have recently written a blog on student...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Education Desktop (Webcast)

    What does the modern education desktop from Microsoft look like today? This webcast talks about how Windows 7, Office 2010 and Learning Suite , to name a few, come together to provide more engaging learning experiences for learners, while also saving costs. Furthermore, if you are responsible for managing...
  • Blog Post: So what exactly are the Microsoft team showing off at BETT 2012?

    I can honestly say that the last couple of months has kept me extremely busy with organising the Microsoft stand at BETT 2012! With everything from staff, to entertainment, to presenters and presentations, demo kit right the way through to the colour of the polo shirts (dark blue as apparently Steve...
  • 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: Back to School – Learn more comfortably by personalising the PC!

    Today a new blog post went live on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential blog entitled Back to School: Personalizing the PC so Students Can See, Hear, and Learn More Comfortably . This blog features a series of how-to articles, easy to follow hints and tips and videos that show educators and parents how...
  • 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: Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide People’s Choice Award – Go Vote!

      The Microsoft Imagine Cup brings together students from all over the world and asks them to use their creativity and passion for technology to help solve the world’s toughest problems. This year, more than 350,000 students from 183 countries and regions registered to compete and, from July 8-13...
  • Blog Post: Increase student computer access at a lower cost – Introducing Windows MultiPoint Server 2011

    A little note from Richard Lane, Education Account Technical Strategist   Today, more than ever our schools and colleges in the UK are faced with dwindling budgets – and are looking for new and innovative ways to modernise and improve their teaching and learning experience. Student access to computing...
  • Blog Post: New academic year brings fresh new technology to Havant Academy

    I recently spoke to Richard Markey IT Director at Havant Academy , formerly Sport Staunton Community Sports College, to understand a bit more about how and why they refreshed their IT Infrastructure to meet the changing needs of their transition to become an Academy. “Good communication is a base component...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Johnny Wilkinson 10, both clear winners for Lord Wandsworth College

    As England prepare for their match tomorrow against Ireland in the 6 Nations and, with any luck take on another win, I have spoken to Ron Lafferty, the IT Manager at Johnny Wilkinson’s old school; Lord Wandsworth College . Ron has just led the college through the deployment  of Microsoft Windows...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft ebooks - feed the geek inside you

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about the free Virtualisation ebook . I'm still working my way through it on my Kindle - I've got to page 156 of 480, and am currently in the detail of desktop virtualisation. It's been really useful to help me understand some of the technical things I'd never understood about...
  • Blog Post: Need some support for deploying Windows 7?

    Although I'm afraid I can't offer to send you a top-techie from Microsoft to help you with rolling out Windows 7 in your school, I can offer a good second best, thanks to the TechNet team. They got together with some of the product and support gurus on Windows 7, and created a big batch of videos on...
  • Blog Post: Saving money by saving power - an action plan

    Last week I spoke to a group of schools about money saving strategies ( based on this info ), and I do plan to shortly record the whole presentation, so that I can share it. But when I got to the bit about making sure that you do something about desktop power savings, there were a few in the audience...
  • 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 TechNet Springboard Tour - free event in Reading on 1st November

    The Microsoft Springboard team, based at our headquarters in Seattle, create really good content on TechNet to help you to understand and deploy our latest technologies. In a way, they are a network manager's best friend, because they provide useful web guides that provide step-by-step processes for...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 deployment advice for school network managers

    Sometimes we publish so much information on a subject, in so many different places, that it’s tricky to find the wood from the trees – and that problem is as big for me as it is for people outside of Microsoft. So I’m always happy to find a resource where somebody applies an editorial approach – making...
  • 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: Deploying Windows 7 - Best practice deployment methods

    Last week we ran a pair of Windows 7 Live Meetings " Deploying Windows 7 – Best Practice Deployment Methods to Save You Time and Money ". Over 200 people attended, but I’m guessing that there will be others who would have liked to attend and couldn’t make the time. So the Live Meeting is now...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 is fast while Windows XP heads towards the retirement home - Things I Learned This Week #9

    1. Seven copies of Windows 7 are sold every second Brandon LeBlanc, on the Windows Team blog , said earlier in the week that Windows 7 has sold 150 million licences so far – which makes it is the fastest selling operating system in history with 7 copies of Windows 7 sold every second. 2....
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