Microsoft Virtual Academy: Investing in your Future

With so much buzz around cloud services and architecting your business for the cloud, it’s easy to feel left behind. Don’t fret; there are plenty of ways to keep up with the latest and greatest news, information and training. If you’ve not heard about the Microsoft Virtual Academy before then you’re in for a treat!…

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Windows Azure Bootcamp - Powered by Tech.Days, Edinburgh 11th November 2011

If you are a developer looking to take advantage of cloud computing, but you haven’t yet taken the plunge, this free day of training is the quickest way to get up-to-speed with Microsoft’s offering; Windows Azure. We’ll take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually having written some code, deployed it to the…

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Apply to join the Microsoft UK Innovative Schools Programme

One consistent message that I’ve been hearing from schools is that training budgets are being cut dramatically, and there are fewer CPD opportunities for teaching staff. And over time this could have an impact on the adoption of ICT in your school – how do you get support and help for teachers in your school…

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Reminding teachers about some of the things that Office can help them with

If you’re like me, you’ve been bought up using Office. As each new version comes along, you discover new features, and you latch onto them. I remember when Pivot Tables were first introduced into Excel, and how it made life so much easier. I still find myself wanting to use the new animations in each…

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Free Microsoft software for schools, from the Fun and Free Friday event

Today, we had a fantastic day at the office, when we hosted the “Fun, Free Friday for Schools”. Just over 100 schools attended, and we had an absolutely packed agenda, as we demonstrated lots of the free Microsoft software available for schools to use. All of the links to the various downloads we mentioned during…

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Are you ready to deploy Windows 7? Need a bit more help?

Thanks to Rich from Bechtle, I know where you can get some help. Rich has just blogged about the Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal on his Software Ruminations blog. Windows 7 Deployment – the Learning Portal We spend almost $10 billion a year on research and development, and so each time we release a new…

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Ready-made IT user documentation

When I started working at Microsoft, I hadn’t been in such an open, technology rich culture before. And with so many IT systems around, and so many different software resources, my head was buzzing. In fact, I remember that at the end of the first week, the number of links in my Favourites was massive…

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Ribbon Hero – combining games and learning

It seems that one of the trendy topics discussed at education conferences these days is the combination of gaming and learning. Most of the time, it’s discussed in the context of the classroom or of students, but I’ve just learnt that we’ve now applied it to product training, in one of our experimental Office Labs…

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Microsoft IT Academy Licence To Learn Tour

If you aren’t yet an IT Academy, then it’s definitely something to look into for 2010.  I’ve written about it before – in this blog post – and I think it is a programme which works very well for secondary schools. (In a nutshell it allows you to offer Microsoft certifications to your students, staff,…

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Where are all the freebies now the budget's cut

I received this query by email from an international colleague: “I heard that MS UK Education team created a DVD with all free products/links to Microsoft web sites that are potentially beneficial to teachers and students, and that you shared this with your education audiences. Can you point me to the folder where the DVD…

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