Enjoy a Merry ‘Green’ Christmas

The Microsoft UK Government blog is now going on a short break until January 3, 2008. All contributors to this blog wish you a Merry Christms and a Happy New Year. Before we ‘sign off’ for the year, I thought we would return to one of the topics we have featured regularly in the blog…

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Government and Data Security – Groundhog Day

25 million personal records lost by HMRC; 7600 driver records lost by the DVA of Northern Ireland; 3 million UK learner driver records go missing in Iowa. In certain areas of government it probably feels like Groundhog Day, where you keep reliving the same day over and over again. Much has been written on the…

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Windows Vista SP1 is coming…

One for IT Managers: We’ve announced that Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista will be released in the first quarter 2008, which is good news for those who are waiting for this before doing widescale deployments of the new operating system across your departments. In advance of that, the beta is available now on MSDN…

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How Can Data Centres Go Green?

During the recent Microsoft IT Forum in Barcelona I 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 the actual…

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Identity Management – now for some good news

Recent high profile news about identity theft and the problems of keeping identity information secure has mostly been bad. The media coverage on the HMRC lost data discs story has almost certainly shaken public confidence in the security of their personal information online. Now for some good news: Government Gateway is working with vendors such…

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