When To Use Intune For Education vs Full Intune Standalone

I get asked regularly by schools about which version of Intune they should be using when managing devices in their school: Intune for Education or the full version of Intune standalone. It’s a worthwhile question given the products sound so similar and towards the end of 2017 Ari Schorr wrote a good blog post answering…

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Use PowerShell To Manage Microsoft Teams

        The above image may not mean much to many users, but to those responsible for ICT administration it will be very welcome – a way to use PowerShell to easily automate the deployment and management of Microsoft Teams. The addition of 23 cmdlets in PowerShell to manage Teams was announced at the…

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Measuring And Driving Usage Of Teams For Education

If you value it, you measure it. If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. The above two quotes are pretty common in modern business practices and yet ironically for institutions that are used to assessing students on a regular basis,  I don’t always see schools regularly measuring the impact of their eLearning initiatives…

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Connecting Communities Across Languages

Technology can break down barriers in many different ways and I’ve blogged previously about accessibility in Office365 as well as the amazing Seeing AI Appthat helps the blind to “see.” When it was first announced, Microsoft Translator was a Garage project, meaning it was something of a passion project for Microsoft developers and was not as yet, not a…

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3 Minute Guide To Minecraft: Education Edition

I have had numerous educators asking me about Minecraft: Education Edition and how they can use this in their classrooms. I’m really pleased to have discovered the 3 minute intro video above to be able to share with school leaders. As per the blog post this came from: Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that…

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Co-Authoring In Excel Desktop App Now Available

I think we have all been waiting a LONG time for this one, so when I saw it announced earlier this morning I simply had to post something about it! Given real-time co-authoring was available in virtually every other desktop app in the Office365 ProPlus suite, Excel has lagged behind a little. Nevertheless, it’s here…

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Microsoft Education Cloud Solution: End To End Guide For Deployment

2017 has been the year that has seen the various pieces of Microsoft’s Education offerings come together in a more cohesive, end-to-end offering that can now be deployed very easily by schools or their ICT partners. Naturally, this is centered around Office365 and the power of the Azure cloud identity with Azure Active Directory, combined…

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Autopilot – Even Easier Device Enrollment & Deployment In Windows 10 Out Of The Box

With Windows 10 Creators Update you can now configure and deploy devices even easier, thanks to the newly announced Autopilot and Intune (part of the EMS suite). Autopilot is similar to Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP), in that you can pre-register a unique hardware identifier before the device is even turned on. When the device is shipped to the…

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Microsoft Teams For Education Is Here – And It Is Awesome

Big news from over the weekend is that Microsoft Teams, already available in commercial Office365 Tenants, has arrived in Education with all of the new features dedicated to making this app the “one stop shop” for students and educators. Read the official launch blog post here. There are a number of major differences in Teams…

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