Decommissioning Exchange 2010 servers in a Hybrid Deployment

Often customers I speak to like the idea of a hybrid deployment in order to keep their staff users on their local Exchange servers, while taking advantage of Exchange Online in Office 365 for education for their students and maintaining a rich co-existence between the two environments. With the continued push for cost savings and…


Accessibility in Office 365 for education

The Microsoft Accessibility team  run a wide range of initiatives, including a global network of accessibility 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 for specific types of impairments: Vision Impairments Dexterity and Mobility Impairments Hearing…


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 coming December 2012 While we work to improve the…


Parent Access to SharePoint Online using PALs

There’s all sorts of information that schools need to provide to parents, and traditionally this has resulted in copious amounts of paper being given to students to put in their bag, often never to be seen again! Increasingly schools have turned to their websites, or even social networking sites like Twitter, to distribute this information…


Skype is Replacing Messenger for Instant Messaging and Presence

Have you seen the good news?  Skype and Messenger are coming together.  Soon millions of Messenger users will be able to reach their Messenger friends on Skype.  By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends plus a whole lot more.  Skype will become the preferred choice for all…


Office 365 today or wait for the next version

As you may have seen our Office Team is targeting simultaneous releases of the Office 365 service, Office 2013 clients, SharePoint 2013, Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, Project 2013, and Visio 2013.  More information on these exciting releases can be found here: The New Exchange Reaches RTM! http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/10/11/the-new-exchange-reaches-rtm.aspx Lync 2013 reaches RTM! http://blogs.technet.com/b/lync/archive/2012/10/11/lync-2013-is-finished.aspx SharePoint reaches RTM!…


Getting started with your upgrade from Live@edu to Office 365 for education

Are you planning and preparing for your upgrade to Office 365 from Live@edu?   You may already have been notified that your institution can begin the upgrade. If you haven’t received a notice yet but would like to proceed, contact Live@edu Support to request the upgrade today.    Where can you find out more information about the upgrade?…


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…