Buying event tickets online? Here’s how to make sure you’re not getting ripped off

Sometimes it feels like tickets to the hottest sports, music and theatrical events sell out in a heartbeat. When that happens, it’s natural to be frustrated and even tempted to look for spare tickets from an unauthorised reseller.  Some individuals and websites are selling genuine tickets – but many aren’t. Even well-known sales sites such…

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Metropolitan Police turn to Office 365 for Olympic support

The Metropolitan Police Service in London required easily accessible email for extra police officers during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To avoid costly capital expenditure on its existing infrastructure, the Met wanted to quickly provision these users and then remove the service when no longer required. Microsoft recommended the Office 365 platform with Microsoft…

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Heads in the cloud - Are we relying on online storage too much?

Like many of us this summer, I will be heading off on holiday soon. When I get back I will probably be posting many of my snaps on to a social platform to store and to share with friends – again, I’m sure many of you will be doing the same. While I always try…

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Protecting citizens from cybercrime amid growing technology access

As UK citizens increasingly carry out their lives online — from maintaining social networks to making purchases to running businesses — unfortunately, many are also falling victim to cybercrime. And, it comes at a great cost. In fact, one recent report estimated that the total cost of cybercrime globally reaches more than $114 billion (USD) annually. It…

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Smarter Government - Flexible Workstyles (Consumerisation of IT)

We’ve recently blogged on two topics currently close to UK Government’s heart: firstly, Annemarie Duffy wrote about how internal IT within Microsoft is embracing opportunities presented by cloud, and by the Consumerisation of IT (CoIT). Then Nick Umney posted the first in his “Why Cloud” series, beginning with the genesis of cloud computing and some…

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Smarter Government - a look at consumerisation of IT at Microsoft UK

Microsoft is perhaps unique, in that it is both consumer and enterprise technology provider, as well as being a major enterprise technology consumer. This unique perspective brings great value to the organisation – not least in its ability to comprehensively test out and use new product developments through its First and Best Programme (also known…

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Operational Efficiency - fall in love with your browser this Valentine's Day!

Love it or hate it, it’s that time of year again when the world goes all lovey-dubby. Valentine’s Day is upon us and it’s a time for reminding that special someone in your life how much you love them. Some would say a love for tech (or in this case software), can almost rival love for…

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Microsoft and Safer Internet Day 2012 - Tues 7th Feb!

Happy Safe Internet Day! It’s a subject we take very seriously and it forms a central element to our business best practises. As well as it being a core responsibility for our company, many of us are parents and care deeply about online safety for our children. The tools Microsoft produce provide excellent security but they also must be used responsibly therefore…

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Day two at ukgovcamp 2012

We’ve been attending UK GovCamp, an ‘unconference’ that aims to bring together public sector professionals to discuss best practice use of technology. The event lasts 2 days, read our day one wrap-up post to see what happened yesterday.   As with yesterday and in the true ‘unconferencing’ style, the tracks were decided by the attendees. First…

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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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