Posted on May 14, 2015 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
Skype for Business for schools and organisations alike
Microsoft announced towards the back end of 2014 that in the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365. Skype for Business will take advantage of the strengths of Skype and Lync, combining the superb end user experience with security you trust.
I wanted to add some further detail around how Skype for Business is built firmly with the end user at its core and furthermore, how it gives organisations and schools the ability to reach hundreds of millions of Skype users around the world.
1. It’s Familiar and easy to use
Because you know Skype, using Skype for Business with your colleagues, staff and pupils (if this is applicable!) is effortless — requiring less training and support.
2. Available Anywhere, on any device!
Conversations travel seamlessly with you from the meeting room to any mobile device, including OS X, Windows and Android.
3. Maximise Office use
Turn an email into a meeting and escalate into a group call, thanks to improved integration with Office.
4. Have face-to-face conversations from anywhere
Video and voice calling are more natural than ever — like you’re in the same room. Skype for Business is designed to deliver a high-quality experience for every conversation.
5. Even more control at your fingertips
You can now confidently manage policies, grant feature rights and govern external communications, even from the cloud.
6. Deliver exciting teaching and learning
Skype in the classroom can help enhance your delivery of teaching and learning across various subjects within schools and colleges around the world
For Office 365 customers, its easy, Microsoft will do the required updates needed.
If you or your school are interested in discussing Skype for business, or how Office 365 could be used within your school, please contact us for a chat on 0345 222 1551, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our shiny new website www.schoolbusinessservices.co.uk or tweet us @SBS_ICT!
Posted on April 15, 2015 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
MICROSOFT HAS WARNED that another of its products is reaching the end of the trail after the countdown to end of life for Windows Server 2003 hit the three-month mark but hopefully most IT administrators should be aware that Windows Server 2003 will reach its end-of-life by July 2015. After this date, this product will […]
Posted on April 14, 2015 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
Here at SBS we want to ensure our customers get the best quality devices at best value but also what fits the need of the school. One area I like to discuss with SLT, ICT Coordinators and Governing body is the growing need to replace older interactive white boards throughout the school, which usually are […]
Posted on March 26, 2015 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
Teachers work really hard to keep up with all of the demands of their classroom and the school. Some are using OneNote notebooks on your Office 365 sites to stay more organised, to collaborate with students and fellow teachers and to make better use of the technology provided. Recently, Microsoft announced the release of a […]
Posted on March 25, 2015 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
With immediate affect Microsoft have withdrawn the Technology Access Programme (TAP) for Education Pricing As a result the cost on all applicable Desktop and Notebook products will rise from 20 to 30% instantly – This will especially effect customers not on a current MS License programme. If you have any desktop or notebook requirements please contact […]
Posted on March 12, 2015 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
Last week, Microsoft launched a preview of Office 2016 for Mac. The entire preview version is free and you can download it right now. Integrating fluidly with Office 365, OneDrive, and SharePoint, this marks the biggest update to the Apple-centric version of the famed productivity suite in years. With an Office 365 account, users can […]
Posted on March 4, 2015 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
SBS is pleased to announce the launch of our new responsive website, designed with a new look and user-friendly navigation. We’ve refreshed the website content and structure so you can get a real feel for the different range of support services we offer to schools and academies. We will soon have dedicated blog for each of […]
Posted on January 30, 2015 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
Vision for Technology in Education Conference – Monday 9th February 2015 Microsoft are running a joint ICT conference with School Business Services specifically designed to help school leadership teams understand how to embed new and upcoming technologies within your schools. The event is free to attend. Book Now: Vision for Technology in Education Conference – Monday […]
Posted on December 18, 2014 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
Have you or your school tried the hour of code? Really useful on-line courses to let students try developing and using basic code for computer science and the new ICT curriculum. Almost 5 million people have tried the hour of code in the UK so far…how well will you do? Launched in 2013, Code.org® is […]
Posted on December 3, 2014 by Mark Wilson in ICT.
Office Mix for your classroom – bring your PowerPoint and class alive! Microsoft are offering an extended preview to Office & PowerPoint users to supercharge your presentations, especially good in classrooms when you need to record audio or annotate to students or staff using handwritten tools/pens. In addition you can add videos (so students resent […]