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Softwire MD Zoe Cunningham hosting the Microsoft Office 365 Launch today


30 January 2013, by

Microsoft Office 365Today our MD Zoe Cunningham is out and about on the Office 365 bus to launch the latest version of Microsoft Office (Office 365)! Tune in to www.catchthe365.com to catch her or follow on Twitter at #catchthe365.

Sharing a name with a previous cloud based offering, Office 365 contains many of these cloud features – for example the default save location is your online Sky Drive. Other new features include:  new visualisations and layout, new graphical options in Word and online picture support.

The UK launch looks to be pretty spectacular. Microsoft have hired a double decker bus, and enlisted live bands, magicians, street performers and bloggers to create a full day event. They are focussing on people who use Office in a home, rather than work, environment, with guests from the worlds of food, cooking, sport and parenting.

Star guests include Tess Daly, Will Greenwood and online celebrities including “mummy bloggers” Sally Whittle and Bridget MacPherson.

The 365 Bus

Softwire develops CMS for BBC’s Festival Coverage


16 May 2012, by

This week sees the launch of the first of many BBC microsites to be created using the Content Management System (CMS) we developed for music festival coverage – Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend.

The BBC develops dedicated microsites for the major music festivals it covers. These sites provide lots of useful information: practical advice on how to get there; live coverage; profiles of the acts performing; and tips on who to watch. They also contain a large amount of audio and video content and, in many cases, offer live multiscreen viewing.

To date, these microsites have been built on a constantly improving template. The BBC wanted to commission a CMS that would radically reduce the amount of effort and time needed to get a new event site up and running. Softwire were very proud – and excited – to be selected to develop this CMS, in collaboration with our design partner Picture.

These live event sites are extremely popular, with usage spikes in the region of 100 requests per second. You can read about how we met this and other challenges involved in this project in our case study. In the meantime, enjoy the festivals and we hope you find the websites useful!

Hackney Weekend Home Page