Microsoft Education in the Cloud

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    Are you getting ready to make the Student Advantage benefit available to your school or university? Visit Office.com/GetOffice365Resources to download a wide selection of easily customizable emails, print materials, templates, and more designed to help deliver a clear, school-wide message. ...
  • Blog Post: Accessibility in Office 365 for education

    The Microsoft Accessibility team   run a wide range of initiatives, including a global network of a ccessibility centres , an online accessibility tutorial programme for Windows, Office and Office 365, which includes Office 365 for education. They also publish a comprehensive range of general guides...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Shared Mailbox Tool

    In Office 365 for education, as it stands today, creating shared mailboxes involves using Windows PowerShell which, to the uninitiated, can be complex task. As an aside, it’s worth getting to grips with PowerShell as it’s a great way to aid managing the service! Shared mailboxes are useful for generic...
  • Blog Post: Turn Off Password Expiry In Office 365 for education

    If you’re using non-federated identities with Office 365 for education you will find that by default password expiry is enabled, meaning every 90 days you’ll be required to pick a new password. While the duration of this is not configurable, it is possible to disable the feature for some or all of your...
  • Blog Post: Customising Your AD FS 2.0 Sign-in Pages

    If you’re deploying Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 in your institution to enable single sign-on you might want to customize the default look and feel with some custom text, logos and colours to make it fit in with your brand and to make it more familiar to your users. Or just something different...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for education Deployment Resources

    Over the last few months I’ve come across some fantastic resources to help customers deploy Office 365 more easily and more efficiently. I decided it was finally time to put a post together to bring all of those resources onto one page – I’ll keep adding to this as I find more useful or up to date material...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Address Book Policies

    Good news! In the next round of updates to Office 365 (Exchange Online) we’ll be adding support for address book policies! The Exchange Team have detailed exactly what this means , but the headlines are: It’s an Exchange Online only feature. It is available for enterprise (E) and education (A) plans...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu Upgrade Update

    By September 2013, all Live@edu customers will need to complete the upgrade to Office 365 for education. Microsoft will start to schedule your institution for the upgrade soon. By completing the upgrade process prior to the scheduled date, you control the upgrade timeline. Live@edu administrative changes...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2012!

    Yes, it’s finally time to pack away the Christmas decorations, reset the alarm clock for work and return to normality, but there’s no need to be disheartened because it’s almost time for BETT ! (Cue rapturous applause…) Come and see where it’s really happening, over on the public cloud pod at the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu Upgrade to Office 365 for education

    If you’re a Live@edu customer you might be wondering to yourself where you can find out more information about the upgrade to Office 365 for education. What do I need to plan for? When can I do it? How long does it take? What about SSO, ILM, PCNS, etc.? These are just some of the questions I bet you...
  • Blog Post: Customer Story: Achieving consistent SSO with AD FS 2.0 and Office 365 for education

    AD FS 2.0 offers institutions who are deploying Office 365 for education a really rich and effective way to provide a single sign-on experience to users. With just one set of credentials teachers and pupils can access the full range of resources that Office 365 for education has to offer. For some...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu sets a new all time high active user record, Office 365 starts blazing a trail

    According to Bing, 22 million could refer to a number of things today: the approximate population of Australia. the number of barrels of oil Ghana has produced since 2010 the number of workers that used a social network to land a job the number of active users of Microsoft's Live@edu service...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Migrating to Live@edu and Office 365 for education

    This Thursday, 1st March (St. David’s day, if you’re Welsh!), and again on the 6th of March, we’ll be running a webcast where you can learn about some of the different methods and tools there are to aid your migration to the cloud! The webcast will cover both services at a high level and there’ll be...
  • Blog Post: Automatic Replies & MailTips

    “Did you get my last email?” Have you ever sent an email to someone and wondered why you haven’t had a response? Is that distribution group you asked a question to ignoring you? Chances are you’ve encountered people who aren’t making best use of automatic replies and MailTips… Helpfully, both Live@edu...
  • Blog Post: Service Update: Sender Photo Enabled by Default

    Here’s a preview of the new Sender Photo feature that is enabled by default for all Outlook Live and Exchange Online users after the December 2011 Service Update . We’ve included some guidance on how to configure Sender Photo and how to disable it (in case a school requires that it be disabled). In the...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Identity (Azure AD) now working with IT Academy

    Hi folks, We have a lot of customers out there in edu-land that are subscribers to not only Office 365 for education , but also IT Academy – our extensive and comprehensive education program.  ITA offers the latest Microsoft software for labs, classrooms, and PCs used by students, access to a wide...
  • Blog Post: What are the system requirements for Office 365 for education?

    An important part of preparing to deploy Office 365 for education services is making sure that all the system requirements are met for the machines used by administrators and users to connect. There are minimum levels supported and recommended for client operating systems (PC or Mac), browser versions...
  • Blog Post: BES integration with Exchange Online in Education

    We have had a lot of interest from our education customers on integration with BES in Exchange Online in Office 365. This is something that has not been available in Live@EDU in the past. RIM is making their BlackBerry Could Services for Microsoft Office 365 available at no cost. While the general availability...
  • Blog Post: Partner Webcast: Cloud Services Prep for EDU Providers

    Oxford Computer Group has scheduled a webinar that will touch on the Identity Management issues that need to be addressed for cloud services, including Live@edu and Office365. Friday, November 11th, 2012, 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Duration 30 minutes. Registration Link : http://www.oxfordcomputergroup...
  • Blog Post: Partner Event: Live@edu to Office 365

    If you are a UK customer and in the midst of planning and preparing for your upgrade to Office 365 from Live@edu , then why not check out this free webinar from Microsoft partner Salford Software . They are running a series of webinars that discuss the options of upgrading from Live@edu to Office 365...
  • Blog Post: 64-bit Directory Synchronization tool available for download from Office 365 Portal

    If you are planning to deploy the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization tool (DirSync) for synchronization from Active Directory to Office 365, then we have some important news for you. There’s a 32-bit DirSync client AND a 64-bit DirSync client available for download at the Office 365...
  • Blog Post: First Steps with SharePoint Online

    If you’ve never used SharePoint before, and you’re now exploring your options with SharePoint Online you might want to know about some simple tips to get you started! Where are the Web Apps? Out of the box, SharePoint Online behaves a little bit like the picture above. The question I get asked most often...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: What happens at the end of the Office 365 for education trial?

    It’s less than 48 hours since Office 365 for education launched around the world but already I’m building up a nice list of frequently asked questions, first of which is “what happens when my trial expires?”. 30-day Trial Every Office 365 for education customer has to sign up for the 30-day trial before...
  • Blog Post: Is your IT environment ready for Office 365 for education?

    If you’re looking at deploying Office 365 for education this summer a question you need to ask yourself is: is your IT environment ready for Office 365 for education? Are you running compatible operating systems, or versions of Microsoft Office? The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) toolkit can...