How to save your files in ODF formats using Office 365

Microsoft has a long history of supporting open document formats in Office 365, even as some of our competitors lagged behind. Today, that journey begins a new chapter as the “Download to ODF” functionality in Office 365 becomes available for all our users, as part of a free update to both the Consumer and Enterprise…

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Is Microsoft Office 365 right for your organisation?

More than ever before, every penny of IT spend needs to be justified. Taking an evidenced based approach to making crucial IT decisions will help remove risk and manage cost while understanding where cloud services can support and develop your existing strategy.  Microsoft Office 365 isn’t a one size fits all offering and there are…

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How the cloud is future-proofing IT at the UK Supreme Court

When the UK Supreme Court began operating in 2009, it inherited an IT infrastructure from the Ministry of Justice that simply didn’t meet the new court’s needs. The Ministry of Justice employs 80,000 people and its IT wasn’t able to deliver the flexibility, reporting capability and cost savings the new court needed.  The court needed…

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Whatever happened to Building 6?

Back in 1998, Microsoft opened its first headquarters outside of the US, at Thames Valley Park. Starting with just a single building, the site expanded steadily with a 5th building opening in 2008 and a 6th considered all but inevitable within the next few years. So what exactly became of it? Working the problem The…

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Intelligent Lighting: How Microsoft UK shed 60,000 Kgs of C02 emissions with a single switch

From a plant’s root system to your own blood supply, networking is one of nature’s basic laws that has transferred almost seamlessly into the digital world. These days, just about anything electronic works better when linked to other devices doing a similar job, and Microsoft is now successfully applying that principle to lighting.  Trials of…

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2014 – The year Microsoft achieved carbon neutrality

The concept of carbon neutrality as a realistic business objective was only dreamed up in the late 90’s. Hardly surprising then that so few global businesses have so far reached this ambitious target. Nevertheless, in 2014, less than two years after committing to the principle, Microsoft is now achieving it.    What is carbon neutrality? Carbon…

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Microsoft CityNext: Discover the future of efficient local government with London Borough of Newham

Faced with a tight budget, London Borough of Newham needed to transform the way it delivered local services to become more efficient and responsive. Using a people-first, digital-by-default approach to citizen services, the council was able to improve housing quality and help more people find work, all while saving money.  Now Newham is saving £10 million per…

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Tim Berners-Lee & the trends driving the Web’s future

The history of the World Wide Web is all about finding better ways to transmit information; the future of the Web will be all about what we do with that information. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the Web’s inventor, shared his hopes for the future of Web at the recent IP EXPO event in London. And in…

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How will UK cities transform to meet the challenges of tomorrow?

Cities and other urban areas will be the UK’s engines of prosperity for decades to come. But all that growth will bring new challenges with it. Local authorities need to understand the trends that are shaping urban environments today – and then find ways to transform their services, engage their citizens and accelerate economic growth…

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5 free events for IT Pros looking to master the cloud

Cloud tools are rewriting the rules faster than most IT departments can keep up. Whether you’re a cloud novice or an IT Pro on the cutting edge, continuing education is a must, as new benefits and best practices constantly emerge. Need a hand getting up to speed? Join Microsoft for one of our free cloud…

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