I wrote a little earlier about the LGFL decision to switch LondonMail to the Live@edu service. But I didn’t really explain the context behind the move that is going on for us, towards a range of cloud-based services (don’t ask me why everybody says “Cloud-based services” instead of “on the Internet”, but I guess it sounds trendier, so I’ll copy it too).
Within Microsoft we talk about “Software + Services”, and although you’ll find that phrase used externally too, I think it would be better to describe what it is we’re doing – which is basically moving from a model of software on computers, to a mix of software on computers and web-based services, and integrating them together to deliver a completely different experience. It leaves you free to build an IT system where your services are delivered partially from in-school IT and services from the web.
Fortunately, my colleague Steve Clayton, has worked with CommonCraft (the animations-on-paper-to-describe-complex-ideas people) to produce a video about what this all means. It’s not been written explicitly for education, but it all makes sense in the context of schools.