Surface Pro 3 – improving flexibility at East Berkshire College

East Berkshire College is the latest further education institution to champion the deployment of the Surface Pro 3 amongst their population of students and teachers alike. With 8,000 students, the college aims to improve high quality technology resources in order to give students the flexibility and versatility to work effectively outside of the classroom. This…

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Partnering in Education with Microsoft Azure [VIDEO]

As you will be aware, July 14th not only marks Bastille Day in France, but also signifies an end to support for Windows Server 2003.  Many of our customers in the UK and Worldwide have used this point in time as an opportunity to review how they deliver core infrastructure services like file & print,…


Automating the creation of SharePoint Resources

The following is a guest post from Richard Young, Director of Digital Learning at Wood Green School Witney, a comprehensive school 10 miles west of Oxford. Wood Green use Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint for automatic maintenance of Active Directory accounts and SharePoint sites.   Wood Green in Witney Oxfordshire is one the hundreds…


Microsoft Technologies at Barnsley College

Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blogs. In 2004, Barnsley’s Council Leader Steve Houghton CBE said to me, in the course of an interview for an article I was preparing on Barnsley schools, ‘We can’t be a former mining town for ever.’ It stuck with me as…

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Creating a leading edge ICT platform to support teaching and learning

Charteris Microsoft technologies case study The Edinburgh Academy may be nearly 200 years old, but its use of technology is completely up-to-date. With support from Charteris, this prestigious independent school for boys and girls has implemented the latest Microsoft desktop and server operating systems. This leading edge ICT infrastructure is enriching the learning experience for…

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Office 365 for Education case study video

Great for academic institutions that are ready to take advantage of the cloud. Office 365 offers free email, instant messaging, group video and voice chat, and online document viewing and editing. We’ve got a great video that shows how Office 365 for education has enabled the University of Massachusetts and the National University of Ireland…


Open University Makes Major Saving over Five Years with Unified Communications

The Open University (OU)—which specialises in distance learning—is the biggest university in the United Kingdom (U.K.). It needed to reduce costs and improve communication among its 5,000 office-based academic and administrative staff, giving them access to features such as instant messaging and presence awareness. The OU is deploying Microsoft Lync 2010, which will save the…

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The Open University makes significant cost and efficiency savings through the use of Microsoft Lync 2010

Contribution from freelance writer, Gerald Haigh.  Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft UK Education blogs.  I graduated from the Open University, I’m proud to say, as a member of the very first intake – the “Class of ‘71”. Earlier this Summer we were royally treated to a celebration at the Milton Keynes Campus that few…

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Halving the cost of servers at Leicester College with virtualisation

As we talk about cost saving we keep coming back to server virtualisation. I don’t feel the need to make any excuse for that, because as so many colleges have discovered not only does it provide substantial cost savings – and we all know how important that is – but it can also provide a…

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How Microsoft uses the Windows Server 2008 R2 features to enhance our own security

The Microsoft IT team publish case studies of how we’ve used our own products within our own infrastructure – sharing their real-life experiences. This month there’s a case study about the way that we’ve implemented the security features in Windows Server 2008 R2, along with Windows 7 on the desktop – and the benefits that…

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