UKHE – What next? 2009, road to recovery.

What an interesting year for UK Higher Education 2008 has been.  I guess that 12 months ago few of us would have predicted how the turbulent economic climate would effect the HE sector and perhaps we have only yet to see the start of the troubled times ahead.  Thinking back on 2008, here are just…

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Microsoft’s cloud computing infrastructure

Ever wondered how cloud computing datacentres were built?  Here’s a short video animation, pretty impressive. I like the way the trucks for Europe are certainly more European, clearly the animators have done their homework.

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University of Manchester wins inaugural Jim Gray eScience Award

Microsoft’s external research hosts an annual conference which provides a platform for the emerging field of eScience.  The workshop draws hundreds of practitioners including scientists and academics many of which demonstrate their projects in areas including astronomy, medicine, ecology and social sciences. This year, the conference featured a new award for great work in eScience,…

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SharePoint in Education – putting students at the centre of learning

My colleague Mark A’Bear and Microsoft’s DPE* group have put together a brochure which goes someway to explore how SharePoint can be used to expand opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  Now that we’re well into the 21st century, it’s time to put 21st century learning into action and this brochure shows just how some…

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The Fat Lady sings

“Ed the Fed” has written to me again. For those who are new to the blog, Ed’s a legend around here as the Microsoft UK Chief Cyber-Security Advisor. We call him “Ed the Fed”, because of his career history at the FBI and other places – which obviously makes him an ideal person to ask…

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Internet Explorer patch – time to roll it out

I’m sure you’ve already got this covered, but just in case you have missed it, we released the update for Internet Explorer overnight to resolve the security glitch that the BBC et al have been getting all frothed up about. If you’ve got automatic updates set up on your own computer, or your network, then…

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TechNet goes on tour

  Once again, based on customer feedback TechNet is hitting the road/rails and web again to deliver hi quality content and updates to a UK audience.  Space is limited so please book up to make sure UK Higher Education gets the most seats.  As usual, they are delivered by Microsoft technical professionals at level 200…

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The Cambridge super super-computers

I’m not quite sure why I feel the headline above is a bit better than one my colleague wrote -  “Interoperable Supercomputer Attracts Wider User Base at Leading University” – but somehow I do feel that it’s a little easier on the eye. (Mind you, I thought about “What weighs 20 tons and uses the…

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Getting a new computer at Christmas

Santa Claus is coming – and this year he’s going to have to cope with the credit crunch! There will still be loads of PCs bought this Christmas, and given the offers by retailers at the moment, there will be some great deals around. It might be a good time to remind your students &…

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Windows Live – the latest incarnation

I’m considerably later than most of the pundits out there in writing about the latest release of Windows Live, but I’ve been busy exploring the new features in my new Live platform and wanted a better impression of what has been delivered before clicking the keys of my laptop. I guess many of you will already have seen…

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