Azure for Students

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Microsoft Azure for Students is back! This is a great opportunity for students to be able to play with the cloud resources Microsoft offer and for them to build and host their ideas for free.  What I will say now, these do not require a credit card so it’s perfect for students to just play with Azure.  There are 2 main offerings:

First there is an offer for 13+ year olds called the Microsoft Azure for Students Starter which allow you to build and code against dozens of app services.

The second is just called Azure for Students which is aimed for the university aged students (18+) and will give you $100 of credit which can be used for coursework and personal projects.

Previously these have been capped at the number of students who could sign up and I don’t know if this is the same again but get your students signed up now and allow them to start expressing the developer side!

Awarded Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP

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You can never complain when you get the email to say you have been awarded with Microsoft MVP but even after the 1st or 11th as it is now you still feel very lucky to get this high honour and I will never complain with the privileged that it is to be associated in such a way with a company like Microsoft.

As Microsofts culture is changing, the ability to work with their engineering teams and other offices in the UK allows a great opportunity for anyone to learn more and interactive with those who are developing product.

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Speaking at #BETT2018 on #GDPR

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I’m delighted to have the opportunity to be speaking at BETT in one of the side sessions put on by the team at GDPR in Schools.

I was recently catching up with the team there and discussing what we have done at BFC Networks and with Provisio365 around data protection, handling personal information from school MISs and how we are going to manage existing customers where we have full access to their Office 365 Education environment.

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It is important for both suppliers and customers to know what kind of data you have access to, how it is handled and what else might they have access to.

Other speakers includes Head of Data Strategy from the Department of Education, The Common Framework and also the team behind the GDPR in Schools Data.

If you are supplier and interested to see how other businesses have done it and how we have done it for both our customers, Office 365 Education and also our products to help customers to be more complaint, please come and join the session on Friday morning at BETT.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-edtech-suppliers-can-support-their-schools-journey-to-gdpr-compliance-tickets-41814310729 

 

2018 Office 365 Education Survey

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I’ve been chatting with a few friends and customer recently about Office 365 Education and it is interesting to hear what different people have to say about the product, where they are and where to go to next with the cloud.  As a result of this I’ve put together a survey which I’m hoping you will fill out about how you are using Office 365 Education and where you are going next.

We aren’t asking for any personal data, just about the type of establishment you are, where in the world you are and then a bunch of questions about how you use and planning to use Microsoft cloud products.

The survey is open until the end of January with the results available during the first week of Feburary 2018.

All results of the survey will be shared online (I’ll create a fancy PowerBi report) and I’ll give a bit of a state of the nation review of it.

There are 25 multiple choice questions using Microsoft Forms and should only take a minute or two to complete it.

So in the interest of sharing – please do complete the survey and look forward to sharing the results with you at the end of the month and thanks for taking part.

http://bit.ly/edusurvey2018

 

Latest updates from Office 365 Education – September 2017

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All the latest news from Microsoft Education and the Ignite Conference

What a week it has been for the education team and Office 365 with way to many announcements for us to get into in this post.

The Microsoft Education team announced Microsoft 365 Education along with some licensing changes from the 1st October, some of these are in your Office 365 platform already.  The Office 365 Education license now becomes the Office 365 A1 license and you will soon be able to change your license agreement to match Microsoft’s vision of Cloud-First, Mobile-First.

This week also saw Microsoft host the Ignite conference with a large number of announcements, changes and improvements to all their products including Office 365, Azure, SQL and the future release of the Office 2019 productivity stack.

Below I have put some links we feel should help you to understand the changes so you too can be ready to support your end users.

 

Microsoft 365 Education is the new licensing model for your next renewal.  Learn more about it from the Microsoft website….click here
 

Skype for Business will soon become Microsoft Teams.  Microsoft announced their road map to merge the two products into one with external access and telephony…click here

 

In the next few weeks we will start to see a new Office 365 App Launcher, also known as the “waffle”.  You will now you will see applications you use more often with an All Apps button for the rest. Read more about the changes on the Office Blog…click here
 

We’ve counted 18 announcements for OneDrive just in this link!  Take a read to know how you can get more out of the cloud storage feature…click here
 

New SharePoint Hub sites to pull news from all your SharePoint sites that you have in SharePoint Online including your Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups…click here

Awarded MVP – 10 Years #mvpbuzz

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It’s the normal blog post for the 1st July, but this year, what makes it extra special is that it is the 10th award I have recieved.  Thanks to everyone who supports me in giving to the community and I hope we can work together to achieve more in the next 12 months.

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Collection of all Microsoft User Voices

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#UPDATED 8th June 2017

Microsoft have been using User Voice to gage your input and development ideas for their products over the last few years but there are lot of them out there than you realise *trust me there are a lot more than I had realised and I’m sure I’ve missed a lot too.

Having heard and spoken to different product teams they sit down as a team every week or other week and look at the new requests, the votes and comments added and decide if it is something that should be added or prioritied for the product.  Not all product teams do the same but I hope this list helps for you to add the right feedback you want for the developments you want in Microsoft services.  If you know of any that I missed please tweet me and I will update the list.

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Presentation: Why you still need Azure AD even if you are Google

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It was a delight to be able to represent both BFC Networks and Pugh Computers at the recent Cynhadledd Technegol ColegauCymru Annual Technical Conference (Welsh Colleges Annual Technical Conference).

It is the only time during the year I get to speak solely to a college audience and with the conference in the valleys of Wales but it also gives me the opporunity to enjoy the drive through the beaultiful Welsh Valleys.

This year the theme was based on Security with GDPR being a hot topic so having given a few ideas of different sessions it was decided to talk more about the importance of Azure AD whether you are Office 365, Google or neither.  As other organisations move to the cloud, you need to be secure and know how your users are using your domain name to access content from other Office 365 enviornments

Ensure your Office 365 Data Moves to the UK

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In recent years we have seen Microsoft announce data centres across the world and more importantly for my point of view a set of them in the UK.  Azure services can now be purchased to house your services in the UK with new Office 365 tenants being created in the these new data centres.

Did you know you have to opt in to get your current Office 365 tenants moved to the UK?  Did you know you have only until the 15 September 2017 to complete your request?

Well hopefully you do now.  If you navigate to the Admin Centre in Office 365, Settings and then Organisation you will see while navigate down the page it talks about where your data is located.  Below that is the notification around moving you data.

Ensure you understand what the move process is and how it effects your organisation and chat with Microsoft or visit the Trust centre if you have more questions.

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