Microsoft Education in the Cloud

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    Great news, beginning today Yammer Enterprise will ship with all Office 365 A plans at no additional cost. The availability was announced yesterday in this blog post. Schools are facing increasing pressure to provide faculty, staff and students with the highly connected tools and information that both...
  • Blog Post: Office for iPad: Some Common Questions Answered

    Further to our recent announcement that Office for iPad is now available , I just wanted to take this opportunity to share some additional information that hopefully addresses some of the queries I have been receiving via email and Twitter over the last week around both the apps and how best to license...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces Office for iPad

    Microsoft is devoted to providing the tools which enable people from all walks of life to work anywhere and on any device. The ever increasing portfolio of Windows based devices available lay testament to that and with over a billion users of Microsoft Office globally we are now delighted to share that...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education in the Classroom eBook (now available)

    This new eBook, Office 365 Education in the Classroom, concentrates almost exclusively on how Office 365 Education can help the teacher and the student in their day to day work. We look at a whole list of teaching and learning scenarios, describing some of the ways in which hard- working teachers might...
  • Blog Post: Student Advantage Deployment Guide

    Student Advantage is a volume licensing benefit where students get Office 365 ProPlus at no additional cost, provided institutions meet the following criteria: 1. Institution has an EES agreement or an OVS-ES agreement 2. Licenses 100% of Faculty/Staff organization wide for Office (i.e. Office 365 ProPlus...
  • Blog Post: Synchronising passwords with Office 365

    I have some exciting news! One of the most popular features of Live@edu, from a “techy” perspective, was the ability to synchronise the passwords from your local AD user accounts into the cloud using the Password Change Notification Service (PCNS). This was a great way to provide a consistent...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Office Mobile available for iPhone and Android Phones

    Over on the Office blog there have been a couple of announcements. If you’ve got an Office 365 subscription (A3 or A4, or the Office ProPlus subscription and others ) then you can now get Office Mobile for Android Phones and the iPhone ! Office Mobile is the official companion to Microsoft Office. Word...
  • Blog Post: Webcast series: Office 365 Education

    Do you wish to move your institution to the cloud with Office 365 Education or try out the services, but you’re not sure what to do? Join the webcast series presented by experts from the Microsoft Office 365 US Education team that have helped academic institutions across the US deploy Office 365...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Two Accounts after Live@edu to Office 365 Upgrade

    Check out this video explaining the two accounts users will have after their institution upgrades from Live@edu to Office 365 Education.
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Over 18 million students and staff to benefit from faster, more secure cloud-computing

    As part of our on-going commitment to add value to the education community we serve, we are thrilled to be working with Janet to provide additional support and services to their user base. Janet provides and develops a network infrastructure to support world-class research and education to over 18 million...
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    Hot on the heels of yesterday’s top user tip about SkyDrive Pro we’re back with our fifth instalment all about multiple calendar views in OWA (Outlook Web App). This isn’t a feature that’s new to Office 365 Education, but it’s a question I get asked about all the time so it makes for a perfect top tip...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Deploying and Managing Office 365 ProPlus

    It’s a very exciting time to be an Office 365 Education customer. Student Advantage availability is just around the corner , and we’ve put a few posts up discussing how to get it, but it’s also important to consider how you’ll be deploying and managing Office 365 ProPlus. Deploying and Managing Office...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #10–Blogging in SharePoint Online

    It’s time for our final post in the top user tips series, and today it’s all about blogging in SharePoint Online. You might also want to check out top tip #2 about social networking , and top tip #7 about following content in SharePoint Online as well. As a teacher or a student, blogging can help document...
  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #3–Lync Online Web Scheduler

    Last week, in part 2 of our top user tips we looked at the social networking features of SharePoint Online. Today, in part 3 we’re going to look at how to schedule meetings using the Lync Online Web Scheduler. Lync Web Scheduler is a web-based program that you can use to create Lync Meetings if you don...
  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #4–Drag ‘n’ Drop in SkyDrive Pro

    So far in our top user tips posts we’ve looked at scheduling online meetings with Lync Web Scheduler , social networking in SharePoint Online , and offline access with the Outlook Web App . Today we’ll focus on the awesome new feature of SharePoint Online called SkyDrive Pro. SkyDrive Pro offers users...