Microsoft IT Pro Camp, Newcastle, 27th March

Over the coming months, Microsoft are running events for IT professionals across the length and breadth of the UK, including a return to the North East. I went to the Microsoft Campus last week and had a taste of the new format, which is unlike the TechNet presentations of the past. These events are smaller and very interactive – there’s a real opportunity for attendees to shape the topics covered throughout the day.




As I said, these are smaller events, so you need to get registered fast! Here are all the details from Microsoft:



Event: Consumerisation of IT/ Manage consumer devices on a corporate network
Date: 27th March 2012
Location: Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne
 
This year the UK Tech.Days team have changed the format of our traditional Tech.Days theatre events into a series of ‘Boot Camp’ style seminars. The aim of these is to allow IT Professionals to have more discussion time with evangelists like Andrew Fryer, and each other to share common problems and solutions – and we’re looking for your help to share these with your users.   
 
The Newcastle Event will host approx. 70 people with a mixture of discussions and practical demonstration. Although there will be a loose agenda, it will be PowerPoint-free event, allowing the hosts to focus on the questions that our guests ask.
 
For the event in Newcastle, we will be focusing on the Consumerisation of IT:
·         How key Microsoft technologies such as System Center 2012, SharePoint 2010, Windows Server 2008R2, Exchange 2010 or Office 365 and Windows 7 come together to help you deliver flexibility and support for devices and desktops.
·         How to use the latest tools to manage your estate, deliver applications flexibly, manage devices such as iOS and Android as well as Windows, implement IP Sec, reduce anti-malware costs, implement Direct Access and secure remote access.
·         We’ll also help you think about what you need to build into a “Bring your own device” or BYOD policy.
Registrations are now open and can be found here

 

OneNote is now everywhere*

If you use Microsoft Office and you aren’t a OneNote user, you need to go right now and see how excellent it is, then come back.


Are you back? Good.


Right, now that you’ve seen how good it can be on the desktop, just think how good it would be if you could have your OneNote notebooks with you anywhere, synced via the cloud to your smartphone or tablet, and even accessible and editable in a web browser…


Well if you make sure that you actually store your OneNote notebooks on a free SkyDrive account then you could already sync them between OneNote on multiple desktops, your Windows Phone, iPhone or iPad, and even share them with friends/family/colleages as appropriate.


Now the last big missing piece of the jigsaw has been released by Microsoft with OneNote Mobile for Android.


The feature list looks like it features pretty much everything that you’d need for note-taking on the move. If you’re rocking an Android device, go get it now (yes, even if you’re an Evernote user – Evernote is great, but you should definitely compare and contrast OneNote – to my mind it’s a nicer way to work).


* Blackberry users, I’m sorry but there’s no good news for you. I’m not just referring to OneNote there. There’s just no good news for you generally.