Why I’m excited about Windows 8 for government

Government employees: get ready, because the way you work may never be the same. There’s a new operating system on the way that will support your flexible work style and ease the burden of using multiple devices, all while keeping your data secure. Its name is Windows 8, and today I’m thrilled to tell you…

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Windows 8 gets big support among global partners

I recently attended a Microsoft partner conference in Rome, which brought together Microsoft thought leaders, innovators, partners, and customers from around the world to discuss the future of technology in the public sector and new ways of creating a real impact in government. While it may not be a surprise, Windows 8 dominated many of my conversations,…

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Unleashing the potential of cloud computing in Europe

As governments around the world look for ways to operate more efficiently, cloud computing continues to gain momentum as a solution for many public sector organisations. However, amid all of this momentum, we continue to see the necessity of sound policies and strategic cooperation among nations in order to realise the full potential of the…

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Windows 8 for free!

Not long until Windows 8 is officially launched but if you are excited about Windows 8 and want to try it now, or want to test some of your existing application for compatibility, then this post will give you a simple a free way to trial this software. This will be achieved by installing VMware Player onto your…

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Microsoft cited as leader in cloud collaboration by independent research firm

Forrester Research, Inc., has named Microsoft as a leader in the cloud collaboration market in its August 2012 report entitled “The Forrester WaveTM: Cloud Strategies of Online Collaboration Software Vendors, Q3 2012.” Among eight vendors, Microsoft’s Office 365, which includes SharePoint Online, earned the highest score for “Current Offering.” Recent Microsoft acquisition Yammer landed the top score…

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Council expands shared services and makes significant savings through virtualisation

Staffordshire County Council is the eighth-largest council in England and a leader in shared IT services. It wanted to benefit from management and virtualisation to save money and ensure continuity of critical applications, while creating a private cloud environment to extend shared services. Working with Risual, the authority carried out a proof of concept and…

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A bright future for cities? Thoughts from the “Future of Cities” forum

With more than 50% of the world’s population already living in cities, and projections that this number will grow to 70% plus by 2050, the accelerating trend of urbanisation raises many challenges and demands for governments. From September 20-21, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the auspices of the Ljubljana Forum 2012 – Future of Cities, a gathering…

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