Google seems to have bested Microsoft in the land down under, according to various accounts of an Australian public school system e-mail contract deal. The deal, announced Tuesday, ousts an e-mail system based on Microsoft's products in favor of using Google's Gmail.
Five school districts announced this week that they're deploying student information systems and special education management systems from SunGard Public Sector.
CPSI Ltd. has announced that it will offer its fully certified, production-level Zone Integration Server (ZIS), SIF-Connect Server, free of charge to districts worldwide. Under the program, districts will have the opportunity to obtain licensing for SIF-Connect Server and pay only for support options.
Adobe has now released Acrobat 9, announced earlier this month, along with an updated Creative Suite (version 3.3), which incorporates Acrobat 9 Pro software. The new version expands functionality for students in the areas of collaboration and the creation of electronic portfolios.
Microsoft has released Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.0, a file translator that allows users to open, edit, and convert Open XML files created in Office 2008 for Mac or Office 2007 for Windows for use in earlier versions of the suite, including Office 2004 11.4 and Office v. X 10.1.9 or later.
Education publisher Pearson said that it will offer a free PowerSchool Premier license to existing customers of its SASI student information system. The license includes PowerSchool Premier and state reporting, PowerTeacher, the PowerSchool SIF Agent, and SIFWorks Enterprise Zone Integration Server 2.0 license.
A speech given Tuesday by Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner for competition, skewered Microsoft without mentioning the company by name. In the speech, Kroes makes reference to Microsoft's outlaw status in failing to meet the European Commission's competition guidelines.
Infinite Campus has released an update to its epynomous student information system. The new 2009.1 update, available now, adds the ability to transfer data between districts around the country, along with other enhancements.
At its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) Monday, Apple released preliminary details of "Snow Leopard," the forthcoming successor to Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") and the next major revision to the Mac operating system. The new OS will focus on performance, according to Apple, "rather than focusing primarily on new features."
Center Moriches School District in New York has revamped its infrastructure and adopted a new technology delivery model, opting to virtualize its servers and deploy a Citrix Application Delivery solution. The overhaul was handled by technology services provider DynTek.