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Windows Vista Customer Solution Case Study The Russian Federation Supports Quality Education with Standardized Operating System Overview “In 2008, schools and other public educational Country or Region: Russia Industry: Education institutions of the Russian Federation … received and activated 100,000 copies of the Windows Vista Customer Profile The Federal Agency for Education manages operating system.” government property and coordinates the Official, Federal Agency of Education educational activities of more than 59,000 institutions of primary and secondary In 2007, the Russian Federation designated the Federal Agency for education in the Russian Federation. Education (FAE) to implement an order to “provide licensed support Business Situation for standard software to be used in education institutions of the The Russian Federation stipulates that 100 percent of the software used in schools Russian Federation.” The FAE selected the Windows Vista® must be licensed in accordance with a Business operating system as part of the “standard software” to be unified federal standard. installed on all computers in public education institutions. The FAE Solution turned to Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner IBS to manage and In 2008, the FAE selected the Windows Vista® Business operating system as the coordinate the activation of 80,000 licensed copies of Windows standard licensed software for public Vista to schools across Russia. Students and teachers now benefit institutions of education in Russia and activated more than 100,000 copies of the from features such as the support of state-of-the-art audio-visual software. formats, the added functionality available to people with Benefits disabilities, and the enhanced security provided by Windows Vista. Improved educational experience Easy-to-use functionality for people with disabilities Reliable support for audio-visual formats Enhanced security and stability Situation The project includes approving a basic list of The Federal Agency for Education (FAE) licensed software installed on computers in manages government property and provides educational institutions and organizing services in the area of instruction, education, subsystems for distributing and supporting youth policy, and the development of public this software. In addition to purchasing and education resources across the Russian delivering software, it was necessary for the Federation. The agency oversees more than FAE to organize the initial installation of 59,000 public day schools with more than 12 licensed software across the country and to million students. provide support to educational institutions during the installation and initial use of the One of the agency’s primary projects— software. “Providing Licensed Support for Standard Software to Be Used in Education Institutions The FAE also needed to make decisions that of the Russian Federation in 2007 to 2009”— would satisfy one of the primary conditions of was implemented in compliance with the the project: select up-to-date versions of Government of the Russian Federation Order software programs to include in the standard “The main requirements No. 1447-r and in conjunction with the high- software package that would be distributed to priority national project titled “Education.” public institutions of education. for the operating system This order stipulates that 100 percent of the were support of up-to- software used in schools must be licensed in Solution accordance with a unified federal standard. In 2008, the FAE selected the Windows date device operating This standard specifies the minimum Vista® Business operating system as the standards, high security, requirements for equipping public schools standard operating system to be installed on with modern information and school computers. Windows Vista fully meets and functionality for communications technologies. One of the the needs of the educational process in people with disabilities.” objectives of the project is to provide terms of architecture, security, and user secondary school students with high-quality interface. It also includes various utilities Official, Federal Agency for Education and up-to-date educational resources. important to education, such as functions for Computerization of the educational process is users with disabilities, and support for the an increasingly important tool in education. latest audio-visual formats. The action plan entitled “Development of the “The main requirements for the operating Technical Capacity of Contemporary system were support of up-to-date device Educational Information Technologies,” which operating standards, high security, and is also part of the national “Education" functionality for people with disabilities,” says project, is aimed at reducing the existing an official with the Federal Agency for discrepancies and inequities that exist Education. “In 2008, schools and other among the public educational institutions public educational institutions of the Russian when it comes to up-to-date information and Federation—with the aid of a subsystem for communication technologies. The plan also the distribution and management of software aims to achieve a uniform minimal included in the package—received and technology requirement for all educational activated 100,000 copies of the Windows institutions in Russia. To successfully solve Vista operating system.” these problems, the FAE organized the project on licensed support for standard FAE selected Microsoft® Gold Certified software. Partner IBS as the systems integrator to support the introduction of the standard software package into the schools. IBS set up such as optimization of the visual display, a distribution system for activation keys— replacement of audio prompts with visual called "First Aid"—using the project's standard cues, and the ability to access all operating software support portal to ensure the fast system functions through the keyboard or by and reliable installation of the Windows® using voice commands. These features operating system. This solution makes it enable students with disabilities to possible to quickly introduce new software participate fully in the educational process. through a single center. IBS uses the built-in tools in Windows Vista to quickly load Audio-Visual Support software on school computers. Windows Vista offers support for the most up- to-date device standards, so schools can The project provides for expanded support— present educational materials created using IBS continues to play a role in the the latest audio and video formats. Students introduction of Windows Vista in educational benefit from these up-to-date institutions. Teachers can improve their communications and network technologies. information technology expertise through a project called "Partnership in Education," Enhanced Security which is conducted in cooperation with the Windows Vista helps prevent the intrusion of Russian Ministry of Education. viruses and other malicious programs through built-in security features, such as For the duration of the license, any of the core protection, automated restoration of officially supported versions of the selected system files, and monitoring of user account software products—including new ones and records. Included features, such as Windows those installed on all computers used in the Defender, lessen the threat of infection by educational institutions and computers spyware and other malicious programs. belonging to teachers—can be used without any additional payments. User support is also School IT personnel have the best provided for the duration of the license for administrative tools at their disposal for the the selected software, including a system for reliable operation of all computer equipment. distributing updates and a system to assure Thus, the decision to use the Windows Vista access to reference materials related to the operating system provides a highly secure installation and use of the licensed products. and dependable platform for supporting the educational process. Benefits By using up-to-date versions of Microsoft software, including the Windows Vista operating system, students and teachers have access to the most advanced and innovative technologies—easy-to-use functionality for users with disabilities, intuitive audio-visual device support, and enhanced security—to help them experience a quality education. Support for Users with Disabilities An important benefit of Windows Vista is the support functions for users with disabilities, For More Information Windows Vista For more information about Microsoft Windows Vista can help your organization use products and services, call the Microsoft information technology to gain a competitive Sales Information Center at (800) 426- advantage in today’s new world of work. Your 9400. In Canada, call the Microsoft people will be able to find and use Canada Information Centre at (877) 568- information more effectively. You will be able 2495. Customers who are deaf or hard-of- to support your mobile work force with better hearing can reach Microsoft text telephone access to shared data and collaboration (TTY/TDD) services at (800) 892-5234 in tools. And your IT staff will have better tools the United States or (905) 568-9641 in and technologies to enhance corporate IT Canada. Outside the 50 United States and security, data protection, and more efficient Canada, please contact your local deployment and management. Microsoft subsidiary. To access information using the World Wide Web, go to: For more information about Windows Vista, www.microsoft.com go to: www.microsoft.com/windowsvista For more information about Federal Agency for Education products and services, call +7 495 237-97-63 or visit the Web site at: www.ed.gov.ru Software and Services Windows Vista Business This case study is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY. Document published May 2009