Blimey, it’s been a cold week here in the TechNet corner of Microsoft UK, and I won’t pretend we haven’t spent a good deal of it complaining. Still, it was my birthday so we’ve had plenty of cake and frivolity to keep our chins up – and it’s just a few weeks until holiday time.
Anyway, on the off chance that you clicked through to this for some technical talk – here’s what’s been going on here on the blog over the last five days.
Have a fabulous weekend and we’ll see you next week. I’m off to Ikea.
Know whether to delete or close web parts in SharePoint 2010 with the latest in our infrequent series of TechNet magazine top tips. You can get a much more regular tip from the TechNet magazine team on their blog.
SharePoint Online is a cloud-based service for businesses of all sizes that helps them create sites to share documents and insights with colleagues, partners, and customers.
Rather than install and deploy SharePoint Server 2010 on premises, businesses can subscribe to SharePoint Online to provide employees with the collaboration, business intelligence, and information management capabilities available.
In the new SharePoint Online Planning and Administration area on TechNet, you’ll find info to help you plan, operate and customise SharePoint Online for your needs.
These eLearning offers are only available until 31 December, so get in fast.
To help you deploy Windows 7 and gain your MCTS certifications, C.B.Learning are offering a buy one, get one free deal on Windows 7 70-680 and 70-686 online training courses – that’s a saving of £199.99.
You can also save £250 on a Microsoft Training 365 IT Professional Subscription, which provides access to over 500 official Microsoft IT Pro online training courses for a year (usually £749 excluding VAT, now £499 excluding VAT).
More details here.
If you haven’t yet heard about the launch of Microsoft Lync Server 2010, then shame on you, you haven’t been reading the blog regularly. Someone who’s always in the know is our very own evangelist Simon May, and he’s had a chat about all things Lync with Vicente Fraser, CIO at The London School of Business and Finance. Watch it here.
We’ve also got a series of three 15 minute Live Meeting overviews for you at 12pm on the following dates – how’s that for a lunchtime treat?
Sandwiches at the ready on the following dates:
13th Dec: Lync: better together with Exchange and SharePoint
!5th Dec: PBX: Integrate or replace
17th Dec: On-premise vs. the cloud
We've set up this intro to Lync Server 2010 to bring together everything you need to know about Lync, and we'll also post the on demand sessions from the Live Meetings here as soon as they're available.
"The Hyper-V project will pay back the original investment in 19 months, and, over four years, will realise savings of £1.8 million compared to the previous operation.”
Adrian Steel, Head of Infrastructure Management, Royal Mail Group
Royal Mail Group (RMG) wanted to replace 700 existing servers and non-production environments in order to reduce total cost of ownership of the infrastructure and cut time and budgetary overheads. This hot off the press case study explains how Hyper-V helped RMG, working with CSC and Microsoft Services, to achieve its goal.