TechNet webcasts

Each month the TechNet and MSDN teams over in the US host a wide range of webcasts on technical subjects. As they are held on Pacific Coast time, they first one of the day is normally at 4pm. There are others, later on in the evening, which are also good, but I know that you’re…

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Download the Office 2010 Beta and get a head start

The Office 2010 Beta is available for free download from the Microsoft website, and it’s something that you could install on some of your campus computers to see what’s in it, and how it helps your staff and students. Remember how sometimes you felt smug when you were running Windows 7 Beta at least 6…

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Office 2010 Beta Available

Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Project 2010 and Visio 2010 have all reached the Beta milestone and are now available for download. Remember how sometimes you felt smug when you were running Windows 7 Beta at least 6 months before your colleagues and friends? Well, you can feel it once again! What’s new in the Office…

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Windows 7 is getting closer

The Windows 7 team announced it will be available on October 22nd – that’s the date in the stores, so I don’t know if we’ll get the version for education (ie the Volume Licence version) any earlier. Even if it was earlier, I guess it’s unlikely it’ll be in time to roll it out before…

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How will Windows 7 help FE colleges – Part Five – Learning Resources

Over the last few days, I’ve published quite a few separate articles on Windows 7. One of my aims was to try and help identify the wood from the trees – finding the things in Windows 7 which will make a real difference to the way that Windows is used in education, and will make…

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How will Windows 7 help FE colleges – Part Three – Staff laptops

Continuing my thread of half-term learning snacks, this one’s is shorter (only 7 minutes long), but talks about a feature which you may want to think about to help your teaching staff. Here’s a scenario that may well have happened in your college: You allocate a member of teaching staff a laptop They use it…

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Office for the Web

I go away on holiday, and suddenly tons of things get announced. Hurrah. I should holiday more! Alongside all of the Windows announcements (the first public view of Windows 7 and the new cloud-computing platform, Windows Azure), we also previewed the Office Web Applications which will be included within the release of the next version…

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Online file storage - Windows Live SkyDrive

500MB of free online storage that can be private, shared or public. This has been coming for a little while, and then when it arrived, it was initially only for users in the US. But now, it has been activated for customers in the UK. And this has some really useful applications in education. SkyDrive…

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Mapping, Satellite Imagery - and your curriculum

This is quite embarrassing – twice in one month I’m going to use the word “mashup” – which hasn’t even made it into the Cambridge dictionary yet. But perhaps you’ll forgive me once we reach the end of this item. The idea of a “mashup” is that you combine two different data sources together in…

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