Meet UK Government open standards mandates with Microsoft Office

Last week the Open Standards Board  adopted .ICS files (RFC 5545) and vCard files (RFC 6350) as open standards for UK government. What does that mean for your office? How will you adapt to these changes? The good news is, if you’re using Microsoft Office, these new standards are already supported. Microsoft Office is the…

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Learn how to keep your public sector office compliant with the ODF mandate

Earlier this year, Cabinet Office mandated that all government documents be created in “open document format” file types, commonly known as ODF. Moving to comply with the ODF mandate is going be an issue that offices big and small have to face. But the good news is that you probably already have access to the software…

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Microsoft announces free Office 365 access for U.K. non-profits

Qualifying U.K. non-profits of all sizes can now get free or reduced-cost access to a full suite of Microsoft Office 365 productivity tools, as part of Microsoft’s software donation program. Non-profit organisations can even sign up for a free trial to help them get started during the application process. The program is currently available in the U.K. and 40 other…

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Microsoft Surface for Education Offer

Surface RT is an incredibly useful tool for teaching and learning. The feedback we have had from students and educators regarding the device has been incredibly positive so far.  With great battery life, Microsoft Office Home and Student RT and over 20K education focused apps in the Microsoft store, the Surface RT perfectly supports the Microsoft education mission of helping schools,…

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All those ways you didn’t think Office was going to change your life

We thought you’d like to know about today’s launch of Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium – to help improve productivity in your home office and in your personal life!… To celebrate the launch of Microsoft Office 365 in the UK we are holding a unique event taking place based on and around the specially created Route 365…

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Blackberry tastes even better with Office 365

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could use your BlackBerry to access Office 365? Well, now you can! Yesterday RIM officially announced that BlackBerry Business Cloud Services was available for Office 365 customers. Key features: Wireless synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organizer data from a BlackBerry smartphone BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, which presents a…

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Get Online @ Home – benefits for local government

In the UK there are still 8.4 million people who have yet to use the Internet and 5% of schoolchildren do not have access to a PC at home to assist with their education and learning. As initiatives go, ones which provide computers for as little as £99, are winners. That is exactly what the…

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Operational Efficiency – Microsoft Tech Days Online – October 27th

As both time and travel budgets are tight for everyone, I thought you would be interested in this programme of Microsoft Tech Days Online that we are running on Thursday October 27th.  There are three tracks available on the following topics in the morning of October 27th (09:00-12:00): Collaborate Better: (Office 365, Office 2010) System…

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Cloud Computing – Free eBooks on Cloud Computing Basics

Our colleagues in the Microsoft Corporate Government team have been busy producing a series of eBooks on Cloud Computing in Government that I thought were well worth bringing to your attention. They do carry the minor ‘health warning’ that they are written with USA State and Federal Government requirements in mind so some of the…

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Cloud Computing – Office 365 Public Beta Available Now

I am delighted to inform you that a more extensive public Beta programme for Microsoft Office 365 is now available. This gives you the opportunity to experience how it brings together cloud versions of Microsoft’s most trusted communications and collaboration products with the latest version of our desktop software and companion Web Apps. Microsoft Office…

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