Cloud Computing: The Best of Both Worlds

Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s general manager for U.S. public-sector education, said during his appearance at the Educause Conference in Orlando, Florida, “We want people to have the best of both worlds,” he continued, “Flexibility is key. We want scientists to be able to start a Word document in a shared workspace with colleagues in a cloud,…

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Northwest Training Opportunities

In the coming weeks there are some great training opportunities. Netdesk, one of the Northwest’s leading Microsoft technical training companies, is reviving their FIRST LOOK events. Your staff get a first look at new technologies from one of their top instructors at these free 3-hour presentations. These Netdesk events are free, but space is limited….

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Vista Praised as Ideal Solution

Panelists praised Vista performance in Redmond Magazine’s coverage of Microsoft’s Springboard virtual roundtable earlier this month. The panel consisting of IT professionals who had actually carried out system upgrades, concluded that Service Pack 1 for Vista had transformed the often-maligned operating system into an ideal solution for enterprise IT managers.    I’d also like to…

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Higher Education Business Intelligence Panel and Summit

Microsoft is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Microsoft BI Conference 2008 from October 6 – 8, 2008 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in downtown Seattle, Washington. The Microsoft Higher Education Team is organizing a Higher Education Business Intelligence Panel and Summit to be held in conjunction with the conference. As I…

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Tech Talk Tuesdays

Microsoft’s U.S. Education team is hosting a series of technical discussions scheduled through the remainder of the calendar year. The structure of each webcast is to have an introduction followed by a 100-200 level overview. The final half hour or so will be used for an in-depth case study, customer examples, and time for Q&A….

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Internet Explorer 8 Site Compatibility

Consistent with our efforts to promote further interoperability across the Web, Microsoft will be releasing Internet Explorer 8 to render content in its most standards-compliant way by default. Giving top priority to Web standards interoperability allows us to help web developers and designers drive toward the ideal of “write once, run anywhere”, freeing up more…

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SharePoint Server 2007 Internal Buzz Kit

The SharePoint Server 2007 Internal Buzz Kit includes everything you need to run an internal communication campaign for your SharePoint Server 2007 launch. A lot of the material is intended for a company announcing a SharePoint deployment; however, much of the material can be easily adapted for an educational institution.  For example, this video walks…

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Producer for PowerPoint 2007 Beta Available

Microsoft is pleased to announce that the beta version of Producer for PowerPoint 2007 is now available to customers on Microsoft’s Connect site!   Microsoft is releasing this add-in because of the vocal requests we’ve been getting from customers deploying Office 2007.  They wanted an updated version of Producer 2003 which is compatible with PowerPoint 2007,…

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Exchange Labs Added to Live@edu Services

Microsoft just added no-cost Microsoft Exchange Labs e-mail for students and alumni to its Live@edu online communication and collaboration applications tailored for educational institutions.   Live@edu with Exchange Labs gives students and alumni access to a reliable and security-enhanced e-mail experience similar to what they may use in the workplace, while university IT administrators can…

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Enterprise Learning Framework Tool

The Enterprise Learning Framework (ELF) is a tool that helps institutions develop a training and communication plan for employees during Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system deployment. The tool identifies the most relevant learning topics on Windows Online Help and Office Online for different stages of deployment and different types of users; then…

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