Microsoft Virtual Academy: Investing in your Future

With so much buzz around cloud services and architecting your business for the cloud, it’s easy to feel left behind. Don’t fret; there are plenty of ways to keep up with the latest and greatest news, information and training. If you’ve not heard about the Microsoft Virtual Academy before then you’re in for a treat!…

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SharePoint Search for education

Continuing on from recent posts around Data Management and How many ways you can use SharePoint 2010, Alex Pearce, Most Valuable Professional (MVP), has written a guest post on his thoughts around using SharePoint Search and how this can benefit you in keeping your information and documents stored and then again easily found.   For…

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7 ways frequent online assessments keep student learning on-track

Guest blogger John Kleeman, Chairman of Microsoft Partner, Questionmark, describes the advantages of frequent online assessments. What are the advantages of giving your students frequent quizzes and tests, instead of waiting until the end of a module or course? At first sight, this might sound like more work for you as instructor, not to mention…

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Consumerisation of IT in Education: Security Considerations

As part of our on-going series of posts dedicated to the consumerisation of IT in education, we now turn our attention to the security considerations that institutions need to take on board when planning their strategy. When considering security we need to think about the devices themselves, the data and the network. Device Encryption Is…

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Microsoft Services Premier Support – Our technology experts working for you

We understand the challenge of reducing costs, delivering more with less and the importance of delivering a quality service to demanding ‘customers’.  Microsoft Services Premier Support can provide a direct relationship with Microsoft for your on premise and online IT.  Experts on-hand to help you plan for improved implementation and management of technology as well…

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Learning Suite: Microsoft’s new suite of education apps now available!

After months of hard work across the education team, Learning Suite is now available as a free download via the UK Partners in Learning Network. What is Learning Suite? Learning Suite is a free set of innovative applications that, when combined with the power of Microsoft Windows and Office, creates a robust, flexible and collaborative…

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Lync, Office Communications Server, and Live Meeting at Nottingham Trent University

We’re hearing more and more about the way Microsoft Lync Server 2010 is set to change the nature of working life in universities. At Nottingham Trent University, for example, with 24,000 students on three campuses across the City, Unified Communications Team Leader Thomas Farrand, has made great strides in building links and promoting collaboration with…

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Migrate your virtualisation solution from VMware to Hyper-V and save money

Did you miss our Hyper-V webcast? With Microsoft now being considered a virtualisation leader (Gartner  2011), many organisations are starting to consider switching to Hyper-V and saving money. Carmel College have done just that, and discuss in this webcast, the rationale behind their migration from Vmware and give an overview of their migration project.  The…

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Microsoft Lync – Transforming Communications and Collaboration in Education and Reducing Costs

Did you miss our recent Lync in Education webcast? The recording is now available below. Watch this webcast to hear how Stratford College managed their Lync project starting with the initial business case, through implementation to benefits realisation. Whether you are looking to introduce instant messaging with presence, web conferencing or fully replace your telephone…

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Slides from the Microsoft in Education Forum (#msedf)

Sean O’Shea, James Marshall and I recently ran the first in a series of Microsoft in Education Forum sessions at our offices in Reading. With over 700+ tweets about the event and some lively debate throughout the day, the session offered a unique opportunity for us to share some of the latest projects we are…

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