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It doesn't surprise me any more that what people perceive is happening is often different from what is actually happening.

My example is the adoption of Cloud services in education, which is happening faster than people perceive - and it's also happening more frequently with Microsoft's Cloud services.

Last week at the US Public Sector CIO Summit, we announced that another 16 government and education customers in the US had adopted Microsoft's Cloud services, including Portland Public Schools, the University of Albany, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Vanderbilt University. They join established customers including the states of California and Minnesota, California State University, the State University of New York, New York City Public Schools, the Kentucky Department of Education and the University of Georgia.

These customers are moving onto the Live@edu email service (You can read the full press release here), and I guess that as Office 365 for education gets closer, there will be even more people planning to move to Cloud services - with two key drivers: reducing cost and improving the service levels for users.

You can hear about the reasons that Portland Public Schools adopted Live@edu in this video.

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