Exams have just finished (well, they have at Oxford, because it was on my local TV news station, who can’t resist shots of people in gowns with beaming smiles). The wind down for the summer has hopefully started for some. But for many IT people in universities, it marks the beginning of planning for the next academic year, and the thinking on how your IT services will be developed for your users. So I thought this week might be a good time to share some training/planning resources for Windows 7 with you. I’ve watched a batch recently, and have been very impressed with the way that they explain the principles first, and the need for some of the new features, rather than just jumping straight into the usual “How to do it…” mode
The Microsoft Learning team have created a series of “Learning Snacks” – 15 – 30 minute videos – which talk through parts of Windows 7, and describe how to manage some of the new features. I know that plenty of you have downloaded and installed the Windows 7 beta onto a laptop, and these resources are just as useful whether you are one of those (gives some hints on what features are worth exploring a bit more), or if you haven’t yet tried it, but want to understand what it might be able to do to grapple with common IT challenges that education faces.
Today we’ll start with the introduction, which provides an overview of technologies that improve performance, reliability, security, and compatibility. And it also takes a look at how it may help reduce “operating cost” (does that mean giving you a bit more time to do the fun stuff, rather than rushing to desktops around campus fixing things?)