Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S, Minecraft Code Builder, and all the news from yesterday’s live #MicrosoftEDU event

Those of you who tuned in to yesterday’s #MicrosoftEDU live stream from New York or caught up later on will have learned all about the latest product, platform and partner news and announcements from Microsoft in Education. There was plenty of ground covered including the first look at Windows 10 S, an exploration of Microsoft Teams for Education, exciting developments with the Minecraft: Education Edition Code Builder, partner news on 3D and mixed reality devices and of course the unveiling of our own brand new hardware in the Surface Laptop.

Ian Fordham announced as new Director of Education for Microsoft UK

Microsoft has hired one of the UK’s top education technology leaders to lead its work in the sector. Ian Fordham, currently CEO of Edtech UK and a Mayor of London Tech Ambassador, will join the company in January as Director of Education. He will oversee Microsoft’s work involving schools, colleges, universities and other learning organisations.

Microsoft Surface Studio and Windows 10 Creators Update announced

It’s been an exciting week at Microsoft, with the announcement of the Surface Studio taking the headlines at Wednesday’s Microsoft Windows 10 Event in New York. But it wasn’t just the Surface Studio that was unveiled, as a number of other announcements were made, many of which will have a great impact within education.

Azure egress fee waiver for the academic community

This announcement first appeared on the Microsoft Azure blog. Based on Microsoft’s extensive experience engaging and working with the academic community, we strongly believe educational institutions of all types and sizes can benefit from cloud services, for research as well as for teaching and learning environments. Microsoft also understands the need for academia to better…

Microsoft Office 365 for Education appears on the horizon

Last night we officially announced Office 365, which is the next generation of cloud services – bringing together Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Lync (previously known as Office Communications Server) and Office (on both the web and your PC). And the good news is that there will be an education specific version of it. As…


The new RM Slate PC

I was away at the end of last week, so I didn’t see that details on RM’s upcoming slate PC had made their way onto their website. Called the RM Slate, it does exactly what you’d expect – a fully functioning PC running Windows, in the style of a pad/tablet/slate device. You can read more…


Want to hear us talking about security and our roadmap?

Every year, we get lots of feedback from our customers, through a variety of different routes: we conduct an annual customer satisfaction survey, which gives an overall picture we deal with individual customers through our support, customer care and partner management teams we see literally millions of product reports (every time you hit the “send…


What’s new in the Office 2010 applications

I’ve indexed all of the different product guides for the new Office 2010 applications. There are two separate documents for most of the products – the Overview version is a short two-page summary, and then there’s a detailed Product Guide which goes into much more detail. The Overview document is ideal for a quick staff…


Office 2010 availability dates for UK universities

We have been developing Office 2010 for quite a while now – and many of you have been taking part in that by running the beta versions (at the last count, 7.5 million people have downloaded the beta version). Late on Friday, Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 reached their last stage in the development process…


Free anti-virus protection for home computers – good news for staff and students

I was suprised to discover I hadn’t blogged this before. So if you’ve renewed an anti-virus subscription for your home computer since last October, when this was launched, then I’m sorry! We have launched a free anti-virus programme, Microsoft Security Essentials, which is for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, and comes with lifetime…