July, 2012

  • 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...
  • Teaching Teachers

    Next week is the CSTA Computer Science & Information Technology Conference in Irvine CA. I’m taking part in a session on July 10th covering phone app development. I’m a little nervous about it. Partly that is because I am one of three people presenting different development environments for different types of phones. You know I want mine to be the coolest and easiest and best of all of course. That’s scary enough but it is also a little scary presenting to teachers. And not just any teachers either – some of the best and brightest and most innovative computer science teachers in American come...
  • Using Shibboleth as an Identity Provider for Office 365

        We have released documentation for Shibboleth support, marking the public availability for Shibboleth integration into Office 365!  You can find the reference here .  This provides a customer with the ability to provide their Active...
  • Turning off forwarding in Exchange Online

      I had a customer recently ask me about removing forwarding. There are two steps to do this the first is to remove the UI settings and the other to change the mailbox settings. The original article written for Live@edu was a little different as...
  • Teachers share their excitement for Office 365 for education at ISTE

    Last week, I attended ISTE in San Diego to help celebrate the launch of Office 365 for education . There have been lots of discussions with customers, but many were initiated by school leaders and teachers directly. They are not only incredibly excited...
  • Microsoft Research Faculty Summit Live Stream 2012

    I received this news from the ACM recently. The Microsoft Research Faculty Summit will be available live  for the public this year. I’ve ben fortunate enough to attend this event a couple of times and it is a unique event that mixes industry researchers and academic researchers across the computer science community. It mixes sub areas in a way that most other conferences do not. So this is a great chance to view some outstanding content without leaving home. For the first time, Microsoft Research will present its Faculty Summit in a virtual forum freely accessible by the public. On July 16...
  • Where can I get some Office 365 deployment training?

    The folks at TechNet have just released a new Office 365 Jumpstart video training series which can greatly assist you with your Office 365 for Education deployment in areas including ADFS, Dirsync, UM, Exchange Hybrid, archiving, and SharePoint Online...
  • Where is the computer science at ISTE?

    My prime focus at Microsoft is K-12 computer science education. While I am very interested in various areas of using technology in education I basically get paid to promote Microsoft programs and products in computer science. It’s become harder and harder for me to justify attending the annual ISTE conference because there are fewer and fewer computer science educators attending. I see this as a much larger problem than just “poor Alfred doesn’t get to go to ISTE” though. I see it as a real problem for computer science education. There are some great events for computer science educators. The CS...
  • Office 365 for education–get your free trial today!

    Making changes to the way you work, or more importantly the way your staff and students work, is a big deal in any institution. Being able to test, develop and trial changes is vital to rolling out any new services successfully. For this reason we’ve...
  • Interesting Links 2 July 2012

    I was pretty quiet last week. Some family stuff going on kept me away from work and (largely) off the Internet. Still over the last few days I have been catching up with things and I have captured a few good links. Several of them I would normally have posted as complete blog posts but the places I am linking to do as good if not better job at explaining what is going on. So here are the best of what I found. “Girls can’t program in their heads”: gender and games in the computing classroom from the  Communications of the ACM blog. Seems like a lot going on with regards to gender balance in...