Announcing two new accessibility add-in’s for Microsoft Office 2010

The Office Platform Team released two new Microsoft Office 2010 Accessibility Add-ins on March 17th. While comparatively small add-ins, they enable big things! Try them yourself by downloading via the below links. The Subtitling Add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint (STAMP)helps Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 users add closed captions to the video and audio files included in their…

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Free Microsoft ebooks - feed the geek inside you

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the free Virtualisation ebook. I’m still working my way through it on my Kindle – I’ve got to page 156 of 480, and am currently in the detail of desktop virtualisation. It’s been really useful to help me understand some of the technical things I’d never understood about…

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Tech·Ed 2010 - Download the presentation videos free

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to get to Tech·Ed, you’ll know that some of the best technical presenters are there, presenting some of the most useful technical content for IT managers. Each year over 100 people from UK educational institutions travel out to it (this year, it was in Berlin), but I know that…

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Controlled Assessment and avoiding hundreds of USB sticks

Although this idea originates in schools, there is a direct impact for colleges too The external exam protocol called ‘Controlled Assessment’ is currently causing headaches for teachers and network managers, Essentially, it’s a way of letting students do coursework, in class, under controlled and supervised conditions. Work’s put away between sessions and the exam boards…

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Your complete guide to virtualisation

Let me make it absolutely clear – I am not a virtualisation expert. But I have heard enough network managers in schools, colleges and universities talking about their virtualisation projects to know that it’s very important to their ICT infrastructure – whether that’s reducing cost, cutting carbon emissions, managing their workload, or improving their network…

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Do you want to download Windows 7 in Welsh?

Did you know that we run a worldwide ‘local language programme’ which provides language packs for a range of our software? And that if you’re in Wales, you can use them to run Windows and Office in Welsh natively? Welsh is one of Europe’s oldest languages, and is growing, with over half a million speakers,…

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Start the term with new Office academic templates

Am I the only one who gets bored with a document format after a few months, and then wants a completely different design? That PowerPoint that looked so smart last year looks a bit clichéd this term. A document which looked professional when you first published it, doesn’t look quite so good when it comes…

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A free tool for creating SCORM learning materials yourself

Have you heard of the free Microsoft Learning Content Development System? We’ve just updated it to version 2.5, which now supports more complex content, and is Firefox and Silverlight 4 compatible. It is a free tool that lets you create high-quality, interactive, online courses, and publish them in SCORM 1.2 packages (exactly what your Learning…

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Windows 7 deployment advice for college IT managers

Sometimes we publish so much information on a subject, in so many different places, that it’s tricky to find the wood from the trees – and that problem is as big for me as it is for people outside of Microsoft. So I’m always happy to find a resource where somebody applies an editorial approach…

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How to manage the risk of Internet Explorer 6

If you’re still running Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) within your campus, instead of being on a later version, then you’re probably doing it for a very good reason – especially as many websites are reducing or removing support for IE6 (for example Google and YouTube both dropped IE6 support this year). And the good reason…

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