Announcement today on future of Glow. Glow extended till 2013 at a cost of £6 to RM. (Nice work if you can get it!). Microsoft offering 365 Education free until 2014, i.e. get us all used to a new system for free for a while then pay through the nose after that to keep it going! Glow Programme Board ditched in favour of a new ICT Education Excellence Group (will there be anyone with an Education background on it, here’s hoping!) The most revealing points Mike Russell made were: “As a Government we will also work to integrate the ICT choices made by local authorities for their own education communities within our co-ordinated national effort” In other words, some LAs have already made their own decisions (Google Apps) but we don’t want to lose them! and finally … “The excellence group will have the immediate task of scoping the long-term user-centred future of Glow. Their challenge will be to imagine a future for the service that provides a seamless user experience and connectivity on the one hand and an open pluralist range of tools and applications on the other. The group will draw on the contributions made to date and further explore community generated contributions like Glew.” An embarrassing acknowledgement that we could have gone with something like Glew and kept everyone happy, as well as saving £6m in the process. On the positive side, it seems like they’ve left the door open and if they genuinely adopt a user-centred approach to the long-term future of Glow then we may eventually end up with what we’re looking for.