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October 05, 2010

Live@edu Selected by Universities as Communications Platform

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Microsoft announced that various universities all over the world have selected Microsoft's (News - Alert) cloud services and Live@edu to provide better services to the students and faculty.

Offering services to the global education market, Live@edu is a no-cost communications and collaboration-hosted platform for students, staff, faculty and alumni. It provides features such as e-mail and calendars with a 10GB inbox, 25 GB of additional file storage, document sharing, instant messaging, video chat, mobile e-mail, and office web apps.

Live@edu gives users access to information and the ability to work together with teams of people via Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Outlook Live for e-mail, calendar sharing and managing tasks and contacts. As a result, more than 54,000 students and recent alumni are experiencing a major improvement in storage quota with a 40x increase in capacity at San Francisco State University, announced Microsoft.

“Universities require security-enhanced, world-class cloud services, but today's budget constraints present an extraordinary challenge," said Sig Behrens, general manager for the U.S. public sector education for Microsoft Corp. "Live@edu combines Microsoft's exceptional products that incorporate the company's deep investments in cloud computing to provide the enhanced privacy and security features that institutions require. Live@edu also offers competitive and current communications and collaboration tools students will need in the workplace.”

Upon selecting Live@edu from Microsoft, universities considered factors such as provisioning, authentication, functionality, security, support and accessibility. So, the University of Montana moved more than 15,000 students to Microsoft's cloud to provide more robust and flexible e-mail and collaboration tools. Students are beginning to use Office Web Apps to collaborate on group projects, stated Microsoft.

Recently, the University of Arizona selected the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite to provide 18,000 faculty and staff members with next-generation communications tools. Offering Office Web Apps and Windows Live SkyDrive among other services to deliver an integrated and standardized platform across faculty, staff and students, the UA also plans to start providing students with the option to sign up for a Windows Live ID on Microsoft's Live@edu service.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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