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  • Blog Post: Buy Office 2007 Ultimate for £39

    It’s not piracy - It’s The Ultimate Steal! Microsoft® Office® Ultimate 2007 for a tiny £38.95 . You shouldn’t have to resort to piracy to get your hands on the software you need. So, while it lasts, you can obtain genuine Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 – featuring a pirate’s booty full of features –...
  • Blog Post: Fora.TV Features Steve Ballmer’s Stanford Presentation on Difficult Economy

    I love Fora.TV and I’ve been figuring out a way to take some of Microsoft’s product content and abstract it out to neutral technology discussions that are more closely related to policy and vision.  So while browsing, I was greatly surprised to see Steve B’s head on the front page of Fora. ...
  • Blog Post: OneNote Changes Student Computing Paradigm at Pharmacy School

    Palm Beach Atlantic University students in the Pharmacy program have adopted tablet PCs and Microsoft OneNote as the standard for academic collaboration and courseware. One interesting item in the statement says, "Course content documents are available 48 hours before a lecture for students to...
  • Blog Post: Just Watched Obama Get Grilled by House Republicans QA for 90 minutes. WOW!

    Sorry if politics isn’t your thing (it should be cause tech revolves around policy), and I am not trying to be hyperbolic when I say this but I think I’ve witnessed the most honest and open American political debate in my 27 years of life!  Although not quite British Parliament style, its reminded...
  • Blog Post: Live at BETT 2008 - Day 2

    On the first day, people were very excited about hearing from the various schools that were presenting their experiences using Microsoft technology. Day number two has been even more memorable with literally thousands of people visiting and communicating with Microsoft staff! Here are a few shots of...
  • Blog Post: Finally A Reasonable Software Agreement for Home Users of MS Office

    I shouldn’t say “finally” because it has always been the case, but it amazes me that so many people do not know that Office Home & Student 2007 can legally be installed and used on up to 3 PCs.  You get Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote all for roughly a £100.   Plus, for a limited time...
  • Blog Post: Classrooms with “Mini” Mainframe Using Multipoint Server

    The idea of using a single machine with multiple simultaneous users is not a new concept.  After all, that is exactly what server admins do all the time with remote desktop and terminal services.  But what hasn’t been as easy to do is give users access to their own desktop environment with...
  • Blog Post: Tafiti Brightens Up SharePoint Enterprise Search

    Microsoft announced yesterday that Tafiti , the experimental Silverlight front-end for Live Search, has been released under the Microsoft Shared Source Permissive License *it's like BSD*.  Here is the announcement.   Internally this caused a lot of buzz on our enterprise search distribution...
  • Blog Post: Steal Office...Legally

    Okay so its not really stealing, but $59 is nothing compared to the $679 cost of buying the full version of Office Ultimate. For students in UK, Spain, Italy, or France, you also have the option of doing a one-year subscription instead of paying for the software which will keep more money in your...
  • Blog Post: The Universe Like Never Before, Microsoft WorldWide Telescope Blasts Off

    The 27th of February 2008 will be a day ingrained into the head of every man, woman, and child *2/27???* .  No, it is not because of the momentous launch of Windows Server 2008, although a great achievement in its own right.  Today Microsoft unveils to the public, the WorldWide Telescope ! ...
  • Blog Post: Explaining the Cloud

    I did an academic presentation at Bucks University hosted by the Istitution of Engineering and Technology.  The presentation was titled “Explaining the Cloud,” and it discussed at a high-level why the cloud represents a shift in how IT systems and applications will evolve.  It also gives a...
  • Blog Post: Discover the Future of Visual Data Mining with Microsoft Pivot

    The world has too much information.  If you query any search engine for any topic, you will likely be greeted by millions of links of results.  Everyone knows that text cannot possibly be the end all, be all of data discovery.  Surely as the volume of unmanaged data grows, which grows...
  • Blog Post: Live At BETT 2008 - Day 1

    Hello Everyone, For the next three days I will be talking with customers at the Microsoft booth. For those that do not know what BETT is, it is the largest Education-focused tradeshow in the UK. There are a lot of exciting technologies on showcase here so I want to share parts of the event as well...
  • Blog Post: Are You a School that’s Considering GMAIL? Outlook Live is Better and FREE!

    Many of you have heard of Live@EDU from Microsoft which offers the below for FREE!: 10 GB Outlook Live, or 5 GB Hotmail, inbox Collaborative workspace University domain name Customised UI No third-party banner ads in webmail UI for current students Students keep their e-mail after they graduate Free...
  • Blog Post: An Inside Look At Microsoft Research's New Building

    Scoble has a pretty interesting writing up about Microsoft Research and some of the projects they are working on!  Also there are a lot of pretty pictures of the new building! Interesting Comments About: Stuff covered in the tour: Microsoft Surface Collaboration Spaces Garage Car Counters Anechoic...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft WorldWide Telescope Sneak Preview (Video)

    TED has a great 6 minute video showing off the WorldWide Telescope's interface!  Dr. Roy Gould presents the technology and relates it to the humanistic elements of science, exploration, and societal optimism. http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/224