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Microsoft Education in the Cloud
Everything you need to know about Office 365 Education
I’ve been working with the education team at Microsoft for over 3 years now. In that time the education landscape, from a technology perspective, has changed massively. It’s almost unrecognisable. The challenges and aspirations have evolved, the technology has matured, and it’s easy to forget just how...
5 Dec 2013
How do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education? (Part Three)
In part one of this little trio I talked about how institutions who already have Office 365 Education can get access to Student Advantage, and in part two I looked at how students access the benefit. In this final part I’ll look at what you need to do to if you don’t already have Office 365 Education...
19 Nov 2013
Office 365 Education: Teaching and Learning Scenario - Lync
Guest blog post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blogs. Ramandeep has been absent from school for five weeks following a road accident. Recovery is slow, and there’s still no firm date for her return. The school sends work home with her brother, but, as...
5 Nov 2013
How do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education? (Part 2)
In our last post , we looked at how an institution can associate Student Advantage licences with an existing Office 365 Education tenant. Today, we'll answer the question “how do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education?” from a student perspective. Once an institution has allocated the Office...
4 Nov 2013
How do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education?
With a little under a month until Student Advantage becomes available (that's December 1st, put it in the diary !) one of the questions I am getting asked most frequently is: how do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education? I’m going to cover this off in two posts, this first one to discuss how...
30 Oct 2013
Join us for a live Q&A on Student Advantage
Since the recent announcement introducing Student Advantage almost a fortnight ago we’ve been inundated with questions. I’m super excited at the response to the news. As a result, we’d like you to join us for a live Q&A on Student Advantage at midday (GMT) on 31/10 on Twitter. Live Q&A We’ll...
29 Oct 2013
Microsoft offers students at eligible educational institutions access to full Office productivity suite for no additional cost
As part of our ongoing commitment to education, we are thrilled to announce Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions which will make it easy for students to use the latest and best version of full Office at their education institution and at home. Student Advantage - Office 365...
15 Oct 2013
Live@edu - End of an Era
It gives me great pleasure in announcing that we have now completed the Live@edu Upgrade program to Office 365. In the course of just a year, we have upgraded over 9 Million users, equating to 5000 customers; this has been no small feat by our engineering teams, nor our customers and a little celebration...
14 Oct 2013
Office 365 Education: Shared Calendars
Guest post by Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the education series of blogs. Summer Term 2012, and your year eleven groups were on study leave. They were mainly a diligent, hard-working lot, and you smile when you think of them. So keen were they, in fact, that some of them couldn’t keep away...
30 Sep 2013
Top 10 Tips for Office 365 Education
Earlier this year I wrote 10 blog posts, each covering one of my top tips for Office 365 Education. As schools, colleges and universities across the country reconvene for the start of a new term, I thought it would be helpful to summarise my top 10 tips for Office Education in one handy place. Office...
10 Sep 2013
The Start of my Office 365 Education Journey
Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blogs. One of the first things I did when I decided to learn more about the capabilities of Office 365 Education was to have a meeting with Alex Pearce of BFC Networks . Alex is always good value – generous with...
10 Sep 2013
Office 365 Education Exchange Online mailbox quotas are doubling to 50GB FREE
It’s turning out to be a bumper week for Office 365 Education updates. Earlier this week it was announced that SkyDrive Pro was increasing the default storage quota from 7 GB to 25 GB and starting from now Office 365 Education Exchange Online mailbox quotas are doubling to 50 GB FREE! When will I see...
30 Aug 2013
SkyDrive Pro storage increases making it even better for storing and sharing class work
For me, Office 365 Education just keeps getting better and better. SkyDrive Pro, part of Office 365 Education Plan A2 1 , is cloud storage for education, and is the place where students and teachers can store, sync, and share their files across multiple devices with ease and security. To date SkyDrive...
28 Aug 2013
Windows Azure Active Directory Connector (Release Candidate)
The DirSync team and the FIM Sync team are pleased to announce that we have released the Release Candidate of the Windows Azure Active Directory (AAD) Connector on Connect for pre-release evaluation. This replaces the Office 365 Connector which has earlier been available only through MCS and partner...
14 Aug 2013
The Service Upgrade
Over the course of the year until the end of September 2013, we are going to be rolling out the new Office 365 Education service to existing customers who are on the “ pre-upgrade Office 365 ”. The service upgrade for Office 365 will deliver exciting new features, including: The new Office If you...
9 Jul 2013
SkyDrive Pro apps for Windows 8 and iOS
Sneaking in at the tail end of last week Senior Product Manager for SharePoint, Mark Kashman ( @mkashman ) announced over on the Office 365 technology blog that SkyDrive Pro apps are now available for Windows 8 and Apple iOS for SharePoint Online users in Office 365. Both apps are available in their...
1 Jul 2013
Event: Harnessing the power of Microsoft’s Office 365 Education to provide a better social learning environment
On July 10th at our UK HQ in Thames Valley Park, Reading, Berks, we’ll be holding an event in conjunction with the University of West London to bring all interested parties together to showcase and discuss Office 365 Education, and how by harnessing its power institutions can provide a better social...
27 Jun 2013
Office 365 Adapter: Deploying Office 365 Single Sign-On using Windows Azure
When Office 365 Education was launched, and the ability to provide seamless single sign-on to the service was realised, a lot of my customers were emailing asking me how they could have all the benefits of ADFS without the infrastructure burden. After all, many education customers, particularly schools...
26 Jun 2013
SkyDrive Pro client for Windows now available
This week the SharePoint team had something pretty cool to announce! The SkyDrive Pro client is something that a lot of education customers as me about, so I’m really excited that it’s available now. Here’s what the team had to say: We are pleased to announce that the SkyDrive Pro sync client is now...
24 May 2013
Your Privacy is Our Priority
Microsoft has been investing in a comprehensive privacy program, consumer education and policy initiatives for more than a decade. Our customers tell us they expect strong privacy protections to be built into our products, devices and services, and for companies to be responsible stewards of their data...
22 May 2013
Top User Tips #9–Multiple Co-Authoring in Office Web Apps
In the eighth instalment of our top user tips we looked at Excel Surveys using the Excel Web App , and today we’re going to look at the co-authoring features that can help you analyse that data, brainstorm ideas, and work collaboratively with your classmates and colleagues in real time, via the browser...
12 Mar 2013
Top User Tips #8–Excel Surveys
We’re into the final three top user tips in our series , and today it’s all about a topic we covered back in August last year : Excel Surveys! Available in both Office 365 Education, and the consumer SkyDrive service, Excel Surveys have a huge potential application in the classroom and are accessible...
11 Mar 2013
Top User Tips #7–Following Content in SharePoint Online
Having looked at the new social networking features of SharePoint Online back in the 2nd edition of our top user tips it’s time to look at following sites that interest you, too. If you find a SharePoint Online site in your institution that you want to access again, you can follow it to keep it handy...
8 Mar 2013
The new Office 365 Education is here!
Yesterday Microsoft launched the next generation of Office 365 , but did you know this included Office 365 Education as well? We first launched Office 365 for education last June and since then we’ve heard inspiring stories from our customers including Kilmarnock College and the University of West London...
28 Feb 2013
Janet helps institutions move to Microsoft Office 365 for education
Janet is helping the sector harness the benefits of cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 for education through initial legal support and by agreeing a customised set of licensing documents with Microsoft, saving the sector time and money. A number of universities have worked with Janet in the production...
6 Jul 2012
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