Licensing changes for schools – there’s good news coming at BETT

Over the next few months, we are going to introduce some big changes to school licensing. It will make licensing simpler, and it will make it significantly cheaper for most schools in the UK. The big announcement of all of the detail will happen in January at BETT 2011 in London, but we’re publishing some…

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Money Saving Tips Update – Bristnall Hall Technology College

At the end of 2009, I worked with a group of schools, and with Gerald Haigh (an ex-head teacher and educational writer) to create the Money Saving ICT Tips, which was used for a presentation at the BETT 2010 show, and also for a series of later case studies looking at the numbers in more…

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It makes sense to review the way you buy software – it might save money

hI’ve blogged about software licensing before, and have hopefully managed to explain the various options and the cost saving possibilities – especially in number 12 of my Top ICT Money Saving Tipsh and in “Get the best deal on Microsoft software”. So, having done that ‘top-down’ stuff – explaining licensing from the MS point of…

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Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 14 – Save your software budget

So here we are the very last part of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools, based on my BETT 2010 presentation.  It’s taken me a while to get all of these written down, because although I know the story behind each of these money saving tips, to actually structure it…

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Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 12 – Save money on upgrades

Part twelve of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools, based on my BETT 2010 presentation. Good news, my counting was hopeless, and my Top 10 tips actually contain 14 Top ICT Money Saving Tips. So there’s more to come after this one If you don’t spend all of your time…

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What features are in which version of Windows 7?

I’m sure this list is out on the web somewhere, but just in case you’ve not seen it in this easy-to-read format before, below is my list of the features of each version of Windows 7. I think this will help you to work out which one is right for your school: Windows 7 Home…

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Windows 7 release dates for education

Our Worldwide Partner Conference was on this week, and there has been a flurry of announcements. I’ll summarise those that are important to schools over the next few days, but if you can’t wait then go over to our PressPass site. One of the most important things mentioned at the conference was the imminent release…

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Microsoft licensing for schools – a new option appears from the crowd

A year ago we started conversations with OGC and Becta to refresh our licensing schemes, with a goal of adding in some more flexibility for individual customers, and responding to changes in the way that all public sector organisations use ICT. With OGC (now known as Buying Solutions) we looked at the whole of public…

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UK Pilot of new Microsoft licensing scheme for schools

We’ve introduced a new licensing scheme pilot for UK schools this morning, which introduces more flexibility, and potentially some cost savings for some of you. Here’s the summary of it: Subscription Enrolment for Schools The agreement option sits between our existing Select and School Agreement schemes: The School Agreement (which is an annual subscription) has…

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Why is buying a licence so complicated

I don’t think I’m letting out any secrets when I say that it can be complicated to buy software – there are so many different licensing schemes from so many different suppliers. And so it can sometimes be easy to get tripped up by the process. I know that people are looking for easier answers…

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