The Higher Education Briefing 2009 – slides and other materials

Today’s briefing event covered a lot of ground, and a lot of questions from the audience too. If you were there, then you’re probably reading this to download the slides. And if you weren’t, then the slides will be a start to understanding what you missed! Here are the links for all of the downloads:…

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The Cambridge and Oxford College IT conference

Early this morning, Dominic and I jumped into our respective cars to head to Cambridgeshire, to present a keynote for the third Cambridge and Oxford College IT Conference, held at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. It’s quite an unusual conference venue, set inside the AirSpace hangar – overlooking a display of planes from the…

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A plain English Guide to Data Protection

I keep an eye on the Information Commissioner’s Office press releases on their website (in the hope that we’re not going to see schools appearing too often), where I suspect they have a busy Press Officer producing a constant stream of news (last 2 weeks : Recruitment firms fined; mobile phone customers record sold illegally;…

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Scaling up Innovation

The Microsoft UK Education team has a dozen people in it (surprised?) who are focused full-time on education – across schools, colleges and universities. Which means that we’re awfully busy and spread across many, many things all the time. But fortunately we have the help of other similar teams around the world, and a much…

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Office 2010 Beta Available

Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Project 2010 and Visio 2010 have all reached the Beta milestone and are now available for download. Remember how sometimes you felt smug when you were running Windows 7 Beta at least 6 months before your colleagues and friends? Well, you can feel it once again! What’s new in the Office…

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Microsoft Higher Education Briefing 2009

Bookings are now open for our Higher Education Briefing day, which this year falls on 10th December in London. Microsoft will be holding our annual Higher Education Briefing on 10th December 2009 at our London offices in Victoria. The agenda for the event runs from 10:00 to 4:45 with breaks to catch up with colleagues…

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Newcastle University – Windows event

Jonathan Noble (MVP) at Newcastle has told me of an event with Microsoft Premier engineer Richard Diver on 25 November aimed at helping IT Pros aiming to get better performance out of Windows systems and software.  Details of the event are on his blog: http://www.jonoble.com/blog/2009/11/11/25th-november-newcastle-sysinternals-tools-presentation.html

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Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Direct Access

The TechNet site has a growing series of Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for all kinds of areas – virtualisation, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Online Services and the Optimised Desktop. The one that jumped out as me was the IPD Guide for DirectAccess in Windows 7. This is especially useful in colleges, where you…

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Middlesex University speaks about live@edu

Situated in the North East of London as well as Dubai, Middlesex University provides outstanding service to its 33,000 students.  It recently adopted live@edu to help enhance the student experience as well as contain costs by providing seamless services across staff and students.   “Using Live@edu has transformed the relationship between our staff and our…

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Community consultation – your views on SharePoint in Higher Education

I’m posting this on behalf of the Northumbria University and hope you can help: IT Directors and Project Managers of many customers have taken part in a survey for this Eduserv/Northumbria University project. The final phase is a wider online community consultation (www.northumbria.ac.uk/sharepoint_study). The aim is to capture the reactions of other HE stakeholders –…

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