Latest School News From Microsoft

Hello all and welcome back from half term!  There are a lot of events and webcasts that I’d like to make you aware of, as well as some product developments and perhaps most importantly…free software!


  • Launch of System Center 2012 in Manchester (Hilton Deansgate) on the 8th May.  This is a huge launch and one that I’d really recommend attending.  The registration page is here as well as details on the agenda etc…Please sign up quickly if you are interested as we have limited spaces.
  • If you are unable to attend this in person or if registration is full then you can attend the virtual launch on either the 6th March,  22nd March or 21st June
  • SharePoint 2010 Webcast – An Overview for Education, March 27th, 11am-12pm. 

This session, presented by Dave Coleman, SharePoint MVP – will cover the key features of SharePoint 2010 –highlighting key education scenarios.   Whether you are completely new to SharePoint or have experience with previous versions, this session will give a great recap, and provide a “what’s new” in this current release.  You will also have the chance to get answers to any of your burning SharePoint questions.  To register, click here.

  • Deploying Windows 7 – from planning to deployed. April 17th, 11am-12pm.

This session will give you an overview of the key steps needed to plan for and deploy Windows 7 effectively.

There are a whole range of free tools and utilities from Microsoft that enable you to remove huge cost out of the deployment process. Including:


  • How to simplify assessing your current PC estate for suitability
  • Checking your application compatibility – and reducing the impact of any that aren’t compatible
  • Application deployment methods to reduce your workload
  • Capturing and migrating existing user data
  • Automating deployments – from light touch to zero touch installations

To register, please click here.



Free Software:



I’ve been asked more and more questions about the Learning Suite and Dreamspark recently, so I thought it would be worthwhile making sure everyone knows where to find the downloads.

  • Dreamspark puts some of the world’s most powerful software in the hands of student’s and educators… and it’s FREE!  Everything from the incredibly popular Kodu to the Kinect for Windows SD and Application Development are included.  With more emphasis being placed on ICT skills, this is a great resource for schools and ICT teachers. 
  1. To find out more – simply visit
  2. If you are a School, Local Authority or Academy Sponsor Group wishing to sign up all of your students for free then please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  1. Photosynth
  2. Kodu
  3. Songsmith
  4. Mouse Mischief
  5. AutoCollage

All that you need to do to register is sign up to the Partners in learning site (which is free).