Decommissioning Exchange 2010 servers in a Hybrid Deployment

Often customers I speak to like the idea of a hybrid deployment in order to keep their staff users on their local Exchange servers, while taking advantage of Exchange Online in Office 365 for education for their students and maintaining a rich co-existence between the two environments. With the continued push for cost savings and…

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Using SharePoint Online & OneNote Web App for better notes, everywhere!

I have always been meticulous awful when it comes to keeping notes; whether it’s actions from meetings, shopping lists, things to do, I just seem unable to get it right. I’ve tried it all – sticky notes, notepads, email flags, writing on the back of my hands, nothing seems to help; until OneNote came along,…

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5 Top Tips for upgrading from Live@edu to Office 365 for education

I like to get out of the office whenever I can, and last week I visited a local junior school to help them with their upgrade from Live@edu to Office 365 for education. This was the first time I had hands on experience of a live upgrade, so here are my 5 top tips for…

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Accessibility in Office 365 for education

The UK Education team’s best export, Ray Fleming, writes an excellent blog all about education in Australia (you should check it out!), and he recently wrote an excellent piece all about accessibility in Office 365 for education… The Microsoft Accessibility team  run a wide range of initiatives, including a global network of accessibility centres, an…

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Live@edu Upgrade Update

By September 2013, all Live@edu customers will need to complete the upgrade to Office 365 for education. Microsoft will start to schedule your institution for the upgrade soon. By completing the upgrade process prior to the scheduled date, you control the upgrade timeline. Live@edu administrative changes coming December 2012 While we work to improve the…

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Parent Access to SharePoint Online using PALs

There’s all sorts of information that schools need to provide to parents, and traditionally this has resulted in copious amounts of paper being given to students to put in their bag, often never to be seen again! Increasingly schools have turned to their websites, or even social networking sites like Twitter, to distribute this information…

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Skype is Replacing Messenger for Instant Messaging and Presence

Have you seen the good news?  Skype and Messenger are coming together.  Soon millions of Messenger users will be able to reach their Messenger friends on Skype.  By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends plus a whole lot more.  Skype will become the preferred choice for all…

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Office 365 Education Deployment Resources

Updated: October 21st 2013 Over the last few months I’ve come across some fantastic resources to help customers deploy Office 365 more easily and more efficiently. I decided it was finally time to put a post together to bring all of those Office 365 Education deployment resources onto one page – I’ll keep adding to…

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Partner Event: Live@edu to Office 365

If you are a UK customer and in the midst of planning and preparing for your upgrade to Office 365 from Live@edu, then why not check out this free webinar from Microsoft partner Salford Software. They are running a series of webinars that discuss the options of upgrading from Live@edu to Office 365. In their…


Partner Event: Benefits of Identity and Access Management

If you’re in the UK and can get to our London offices on December 4th then you might want to come along to Oxford Computer Group’s free event all about identity and access management – this is particularly relevant for Office 365 for education customers! In their own words: In Education, managing the entire lifecycle…

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