BETT09 – Loads of SharePoint and Windows 7 demos

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So I’m here at BETT (British Education Teachers and Technology Show – Largest Education Technology show in the World)  at Olympia, London and it’s another great event.  This year its a lot busier than last year with lots being shown around the event and on the Microsoft Stand.

This year I’m in a blue Microsoft Rugby shirt sitting on the TechDesk answer technical questions that people have mostly on Windows 7 and SharePoint.

With Windows7 Beta out at the beginning of the week there are lots on ICT and Network Managers asking how it can help them, what does it look like, where to get a copy from etc  Some are asking for it to be released now as they can already see the benefits to their school and don’t want to upgrade to Vista.

Sometimes schools can be the most innovative areas to work but other schools can have the oldest machines around and are now looking whether to go to Vista or WIndows7.  So they are asking the question whether to wait – hard one to answer really as they want to know the release date for it as they will buy new computers in the August summer holidays.

On the SharePoint side of things many people already have SharePoint 2007 installed in their school but its more about getting people to use it. They have created all their departmental sites but nobody is using it.  I guess this could be a good post to do in the near future – How to let your Educational SharePoint Mature.

So come along to the stand – not long until the doors closes

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