Get support from Microsoft for accessibility questions via the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk

The Microsoft Support team run the “Microsoft Disability Answer Desk” service, and have just announced that it’s now available for Australian customers, to allow you to get telephone support from Microsoft for accessibility questions. This service allows you to call a toll-free number and speak with an expert who can provide support for accessibility questions…


Staff training for 2015: Work Wonders with Office 365

Every Tuesday afternoon our Office team run free 15 minute webinars for users of Office 365 with handy hints and tips on getting the most of the Office suite, including handy user tips for PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Lync and Yammer. They run at 2pm AEST (ie perfect for an early-afternoon tea break Sydney-time , and…


New Moodle integrations with Microsoft technology are on the way

Over the last couple of years I’ve written a number of times about integration points between Moodle and Microsoft, to help education customers understand what the opportunities are to be able to integrate two of their key tools for students and staff. This turns out to be important even for universities or TAFEs which have…


Dynamics CRM and Office 365 in Australian datacentres

This morning we made an announcement that will be especially interesting to Australian education customers. The news is that we’re going to be running Dynamics CRM and Office 365 in Australia datacentres by March. This follows our launch two months ago of the two Microsoft Azure datacentre services, which provide datacentre servers from NSW and…


New Moodle Mobile app released for Windows 8 and Windows Phone

Moodle for Windows 8 and Windows Phone has been available as an app since August this year – through the “Moodle Mobile” app. Just last week, the latest version was released – Moodle Mobile 1.9 – which has a updated look and feel and is designed to be more user friendly. It allows your students…


edX and Microsoft partnership for teachers

edX is an online learning environment which is extensively used for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), founded as a non-profit partnership between Harvard and MIT. They’ve just announced a partnership with Microsoft to help online course creators to develop content with Office Mix. Many faculty currently use PowerPoint slides as the basis of their lectures…


Upload an image to an Azure Blob container using the Gadgeteer (Part 1)

I wrote an article here that explained how I got an HTTPS request to work from my Gadgeteer.  This was one of the steps I took during the process of achieving my ultimate goal of storing an image, taken from a camera and placing it into an Azure Blob container.  Sure, taking a picture and sending…


Upload an image to an Azure Blob container using the Gadgeteer (Part 2, source download)

If you have not already read the first part of this blog, please check it out Part 1 here. Uploaded the image to the Azure Blob container This…..was…..hard….  The code wasn’t hard, but getting the header formatted into the correct format was a hurdle, using the Micro Framework.  It’s actually not possible to use the…


IIS Admin Service fails to start

I was working on an unrelated issue and all of a sudden I started getting some strange errors in IIS.  Something like the errors shown in Figure 1 and Figure 2.  Figure 1 was rendered when I opened the IIS management console and attempted to expand the server name to see the websites on the…


Office DevCamp in Melbourne: Learn how to develop apps for Office and Office 365

On December 11th, in Melbourne, we’re running a free, full-day Office DevCamp for developers who want to write apps and services for Office or Office 365. It’ll help you to build solutions that can use Office to do things like allow students to read and write from their OneDrive (and save you having to run…