Windows SteadyState for PC Management

Whether you manage computers in a school computer lab or an Internet cafe, a library, or even in your home, Windows SteadyState helps you keep your shared computers running the way you want them to, no matter who uses them. Windows SteadyState 2.5 Beta Features Included with Windows SteadyStateWindows SteadyState includes the following features to…

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IT Forum: Neil Williams, University of Derby

(Although this article is university focused, and therefore would normally only be on our Higher Education blog, I thought it was worth sharing on the FE blog too, as it has relevance to colleges who are facing some of the same issues Neil & I discussed below) At IT Forum last week, I ran into…

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Live Meeting for Virtual Classes?

We’ve had a few questions about the use of Live Meeting and whether we have examples in the UK. The short answer is no, not at the moment. However, we do have a case study from the US which looks intertesting and worth a look. http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000000738 Let us know if you want more information on…

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IT Forum: Green Data Centres

During the recent Microsoft IT Forum in Barcelona my colleague Dan attended a panel discussion on the green data centre. The panel featured many of the key industry influencers (AMD, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and Citigroup), whose research and product development has implications for the implementations of data centres worldwide. The first discussion focused on…

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IT Forum: Live @ Edu

This afternoon at IT Forum, we ran two specific sessions for UK education customers. Brad Tipp, from our worldwide Education team kicked off talking about the Live @ Edu service – something that is currently going through a metamorphosis. What started as an email service for students (similar to Hotmail, but linked to your institution’s…

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What does the "next-generation PC" look like?

Over the years I’ve seen many “radical” designs for new PCs – I vividly remember being shown an Intel design for a PC that sat inside a leopard-print footstool, designed for the home (sadly, the design was a little premature then, because PCs were still consigned to the study/spare room). But few of these have…

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IT Forum: Microsoft Search Server 2008

There’s a phrase – “Enterprise Search” – which summarises the next step in effective use of technologies for collaboration, data sharing and making your institutional memory more accessible. By this I mean, when anybody in your institutions publishes a piece of information that they want to share, you need to make that information available to…

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Accessibility: DAISY Add-in for Office

What is DAISY you might ask? The DAISY Consortium, a coalition of talking-book libraries and nonprofit organizations, was formed in 1996 to harness the rich capabilities opened up by the transition from analog to digital technology to ensure that all published information is available to people with print disabilities at the same time and at…

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IT Forum: Virtualisation – it’s no longer about virtualisation

“The value in virtualisation technology moving forward will be in the management and the operating system rather than in the virtualisation stack.” I attended an interesting session at IT Forum today from Guillaume Field, from Dell.  He started the session off by saying something along the lines of “you are all buying way too many…

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IT Forum: Windows Vista and Security

In a recent survey, 70% of (male) drivers said that their driving skills were “above average”. Which tells you that most people think that they are better drivers than the others on the road. Well, PC security is probably like this – most users think that they know more about making the right decisions than…

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