Civica Conference March 2015 – a review by Gerald Haigh

The following is a guest post by Gerald Haigh. Microsoft partner Civica work extensively with schools, developing tailored ICT solutions making full use of Microsoft technologies including Office 365, and so I always look forward to their annual conference. This year they met in Sheffield, and because the motorway gremlins had closed the M1 at…


What hidden gems are already lurking in your Office 365 Suite?

The following is a guest post from Gerald Haigh. Say ‘hidden gem’, and I think of a lonely beach in Scotland where I flew kites with my daughters many years ago, or that amazing Yorkshire pub where my late mother loved to go for lunch. So when my Microsoft Education friends talk of their ‘hidden…


T&L e-zine: Maximise the potential of Lync for the Classroom

The finishing touch to Office 365’s rich mixture of collaboration and communication features is supplied by Lync Online, which adds sophisticated features such as video calls and online meetings. Using Lync Online adds quality to existing collaboration, removing misunderstanding and ensuring all views are considered. Not only that, when it’s handled creatively, it opens up…


Collaborate and communicate from anywhere with Lync Server 2010

In response to today’s changing work styles and the need for real-time collaboration, organisations are looking for integrated productivity tools that enable users to communicate from anywhere in a cost-effective and secure manner. Microsoft Lync™ Server 2010 delivers a fresh, intuitive user experience that brings together the different ways people communicate in a single interface….


Lync in education site

Lync is a fantastic tool to use in education, with its many opportunities to improve communication in schools, colleges and universities.  So we’re really pleased to tell you about our microsite, which is all about Lync being used in education. The site includes lots of interesting information with a video about how The Open University…


Improved communication in education with Microsoft Lync 2010

With any luck we will soon be into summer, when we can (normally!) rely on good weather conditions for travel into school and work. But winter 2012 again saw more extreme weather conditions. These continued to increase school closure days and education institutions suffered the effects from unforeseen absences. As well as the snowy conditions…


Harper Green School back up to date with Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES)

Keeping technology and software up to date can sometimes feel like a daunting task – especially when quite often it feels as though the next best, fastest, coolest software is just around the corner. When Richard Pycroft began his role in ICT at Harper Green School in July 2011, the school was using Windows XP…


Microsoft Lync 2010 at Benenden School

Guest blog post from Gerald Haigh. freelance writer. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft blogs. We’ve already described the impact of Lync 2010 in three universities – Nottingham Trent, De Montfort University and the Open University. In each case it’s proving to be a real boost to efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Now, though, we have an…


Microsoft Lync 2010 at De Montfort University, Leicester.

  It’s becoming increasingly clear that Lync  can be a real game-changer for universities. Among the higher education institutions we’ve talked to about this recently is De Montford University (DMU) in Leicester. There, the Information Technology and Media Services (ITMS) team, led by their Director, Michael Robinson, is engaged in a Lync implementation that will…


So what exactly are the Microsoft team showing off at BETT 2012?

I can honestly say that the last couple of months has kept me extremely busy with organising the Microsoft stand at BETT 2012! With everything from staff, to entertainment, to presenters and presentations, demo kit right the way through to the colour of the polo shirts (dark blue as apparently Steve Beswick doesn’t suit pink…)…