End of service for Windows XP and Office 2003

If you are using Windows XP and Office 2003 in your school, college or university, we wanted to make you aware that the support for this will end in April 2014. Microsoft plans to end support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in 2014, and that will affect your education institution if you are…

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Exciting times ahead with the announcement of Microsoft Surface

Midnight last night, the announcement made by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in LA that Microsoft are releasing our very own devises for Windows 8, the amazing looking Surface – a new family of computing devices. Surface with Windows 8 will offer some exciting opportunities for education, and already there is a real buzz around the…

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Building School Networks for the Future – Deployment of Microsoft Windows 7

Following on from Stuart Wilkie’  installment of Building School Networks for the Future with System Centre and Hyper-V, this is the third piece in the jigsaw from Marine Academy, Plymouth  looking at how Stuart and his team went about deploying Windows 7 across the site and the decisions that had to be made along the…

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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…

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Cost saving with MultiPoint Server and solar energy at Cadoxton Primary School

It’s not often that we write blog posts around MultiPoint Server and how it is implemented in the classroom, especially ones that then link into solar energy, using very low energy to then enhance the use of ICT and save money. Cadoxton Primary School  in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan has done exactly this and Gerald…

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School in a Box Reception – House of Commons, 29th February 2012

On 29th February, Microsoft were at the House of Commons, Westminster for the School in a Box Reception hosted by Reading MP Rob Wilson. The event provided a high profile opportunity for schools and Microsoft Partners to show how they are working together to provide high quality, flexible and scalable low cost technologies to support…

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Young apprentice is top of class with Microsoft Outstanding Apprenticeship Award 2011 – Zenos Apprenticeships

With the current employment climate still proving to be difficult for many young adults to find jobs, having a skill set other than qualifications gained from school and college is becoming more important in order to have a C.V that stands out above the rest. I have recently written a blog on student Rebecca Rickwood…

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The Microsoft Education Desktop (Webcast)

What does the modern education desktop from Microsoft look like today? This webcast talks about how Windows 7, Office 2010 and Learning Suite, to name a few, come together to provide more engaging learning experiences for learners, while also saving costs. Furthermore, if you are responsible for managing the desktops within your institution, this webcast…

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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…)…

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Primary and Secondary schools bought together with SPTA

The IT team serving a large Academy Trust use Microsoft Technologies to realise economies of scale. They are promoting collaboration and making a significant contribution to school improvement across the Trust schools. Part of our mission in these blogs is to share the message that a well led IT team, by deploying and supporting appropriately…

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