Minecraft:Education Edition Arrives In The Cloud – AzureVM Available Now

I’ve been blogging here about Minecraft:Education Edition for a while now, and one of the most requested features I hear from educators and students alike is for a cloud hosted version. At MS Build 2019 the Minecraft:EE team announced this is now possible through an Azure VM: Today at #MSBuild, we announced that an official Minecraft:…

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Adventures With Microsoft AutoPilot On Education Shared Devices (Part 1)

In my job I chat a lot with both school leaders and IT admins about how they can simplify the management of their devices, making it faster and easier for their end users (usually students, teachers and admin staff) to get started and complete the work they need to do on a device. Unlike many…

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Protect Critical Data With OneDrive & Known Folder Move (KFM)

Despite best intentions, people don’t always follow instructions. When it comes to saving files, we can all be somewhat guilty of saving to the Desktop or Documents folder when we’re in a hurry with the best intentions to move it into a cloud sync’ed folder structure “when we have time”. The reality is, for many…

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Hybrid Cloud Printing Via AzureAD Is Here

I’ve talked to a lot of schools and system integrators about using AzureAD and Microsoft Intune to manage their devices more efficiently, particularly with the announcement in 2017 of the release of Intune for Education. One of the final pieces of the cloud puzzle has been released this month with the announcement of hybrid cloud…

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New Zealand Government’s View On Moving To The Cloud

The New Zealand Government has some of the more progressive, proactive and permissions policies in the world when it comes to the adoption of the public cloud and they have received published some new guidelines that you can read here. These were issued by the Government’s Chief Digital Officer (GCDO) Colin MacDonald and are in addition to earlier…

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SharePoint Migration Tool Preview Available – Move Those Network Shares To The Cloud!

It seems that every week I am having conversations with more schools that are wanting to explore how they can reduce their on-premise servers and leverage the power and flexibility of the cloud more effectively. These conversations usually follow a similar narrative, identifying the “low hanging fruit” – in other words, which servers/services are easiest…

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Helping The Blind To See – A.I. The All Seeing Eye

I’ve written previously about Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility in the Windows 10 and Office365 products and recently I was presenting with my colleague Vishesh when he introduced me to the “Seeing AI” app from Microsoft Research. What is Seeing AI? Essentially, it is a free app from Microsoft (currently only available on iOS – download here) that allows you to scan objects…

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Solving Rooming & Timetabling Problems With Azure IoT

If you have worked in schools for long enough, you will know there is always a premium placed on being as efficient and smart as possible with available room space. Often, it’s the Head of Mathematics who is tasked with the annual challenge of assigning the enormous number of permutations around organizing all of classes…

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OneDrive Files On Demand – Perfect For BYOD

Over the last couple of years it has been evident that increasing numbers of BYOD laptops have transitioned to Solid State Disks (SSD) which is terrific since they are significantly faster than traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD), have lower failure rates and also improve battery life. However, due to their higher price point, the actual…

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