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!
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.
Thanks to all those who turned up to the first of many webinars I am planning with the next one later in March around Microsoft 365 Education. If you missed this session and would like to listen to it. You can now do so on YouTube.
Any questions please get in touch on twitter @alex_pearce
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.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
- Microsoft Teams
- Office 365 UserVoice
- Office Dev
- Skype for Business
- Office 365 Video
- Patterns & Pactices Cloud Guidance
- Delve – However more posts made in Office 365
- My Analytics
Windows and Management
- Windows Platform Development
- Windows Phone Facebook
- Windows Server
- Remote Desktop
- System Centre and Configuration Manager
- Office Forms
Visual Studio and Development
- Visual Studio
- Microsoft Cognaitive Services
- Bing Listens UserVoice
- Microsoft Health & Band
- Microsoft Intune
- Microsoft ToDo
- Bing Ads
- Microsoft Translator
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
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.