On the 18th October, Microsoft announced its next generation of cloud services – bringing Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Lync and Office together accessible via the web.
Universities have already got Partnerships with Microsoft Hotmail to bring their Live@Edu V1 services to enable partner universities such as UWE (University of the West of England) to allow students to access emails, web applications, document management and more all from a web browser.
The current Live@Edu interface is very familiar to the Hotmail interface but from personal experience users had a complete headache connecting their Live@Edu account to a smart phones. Since Microsoft officially announced 365, they have announced that older versions of Live@Edu will be replaced with Office 365 and its to supposedly make student life that little bit easier allowing them to work on documents wherever they are.
Live@edu is soon to be known as Office 365 for Education. Now universities and schools heading to outsource their email service to the cloud will be able to choose from select Microsoft products such as Office 365 or their competitor Google.
Though Office 365 for Education has been announced, it will be rolled out to existing and new universities and school customers later next year. The service will still be free to all eligible educational institutions.
Benefits of 365 for edu
- Large 25GB mailboxes and the ability to send attachments up to 25 MB
- Anywhere access to e-mail, important documents, contacts and calendar on nearly any device, including PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry
- Works with the programs students know and use most — Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote
- Student access to Office Web Apps for viewing, sharing and light editing of documents
- Team sites to share, manage and search for information and resources
- Industry-leading, always-up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spam solutions
- Optional student access to 25 GB of free online storage on Windows Live SkyDrive
- Latest version of Microsoft Live@edu, which has thousands of schools and millions of student users today
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