Students – buy Office Ultimate for 60 bucks!

This is an outstanding opportunity for students to get their hands on Office Ultimate, which includes OneNote! -http://www.theultimatesteal.com/ Beginning Sept. 12, Microsoft will launch a special Web-based promotion exclusively for students called The Ultimate Steal. Students who are actively enrolled at eligible educational institutions will be able to acquire Office Ultimate 2007 via the Web…

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Microsoft Research Assessment Toolkit

Interesting information from one of my colleague’s blog posts – The Microsoft Research Assessment Toolkit was conceived to provide higher education faculty members with user-friendly, focused resources to assist in developing and conducting rigorous educational assessment. The Toolkit includes a variety of items to facilitate the planning and implementation process, including: An overview of assessment…

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HP brings sexy back

HP has launched a series of press announcements over the last few weeks that include their new Blackbird gaming PC, their new HDX “Dragon” laptop, a new line of MediaSmart TVs, information about their MediaSmart servers (Windows Home Server), and they have stolen my heart by positioning a very aesthetically pleasing laptop over at my…

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Deploying Live to school computers

There are many bloggers/journalists actively discussing Windows Live publishing out several new free tools this month.  So what?  Well these tools will be available through WSUS which many schools already have in place, so deployment is very low-cost.  There is also a big “so what” across what the applications have to offer. These tools are…

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Office team posts new EDU content

The Office team has released a lot of new content to help students/teachers to kick off the school year.  This includes a slew of templates and content for office applications as well as training and tools that “Educationalize” the Office platform. Inside Office Online blog : School bells are ringing Manage classwork Add clip art…

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Online resource to help school districts learn to use data in Excel

Scott McLeod has posted a great resource over on http://www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org/ The tutorials on the web site highlight many of the Excel skills that are helpful when working with building- and district-level data. The tutorials are targeted at data managers, principals, guidance counselors, teachers, and other school personnel who have the responsibility for collecting, analyzing, and…

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Student Multi-Media Projects on Vista

Many teachers are interested in how they can use modern desktop applications to inspire students through multimedia.  This means different things to different people, but a common activity is creating videos that combine pictures, music, and other digital assets in to a “mash-up” movie.  Vista includes all the tools you need for this activity, Photo…

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The future of reading

Got an Email last night (ok, it was to all of us in Microsoft EDU) from Bill Hill.  He recently recorded a new Channel 9 video!  Discussion includes interesting topics such as the Declaration of Digital Independence, Education, the future of reading, etc.  It’s Friday, nice outside, enjoy this video over your first few cups…

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Step 1 to check if an application will work on Windows Vista

… is to search for it on this site!  There is now an online resource dedicated to listing applications that have been certified for Windows Vista.  Almost a year from RTM, you will find a ton of applications are ready! http://windowsvista.com/appreadiness If you are a developer and would like your application listed, there is an…

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Free Training – Windows Vista Application Compatibility

Windows Vista application compatibility training recording available for download!  There are 4 sessions ranging from 1-2.5 hours each! From the site: This Application Compatibility Training has been delivered worldwide to MCS Consultants, partners and customers preparing to deploy Windows Vista. In this training, you will learn about the most common application compatibility problems found with…

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