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  • Blog Post: Connecting SkyDrive with Office 365 for education

    As schools and other education customers move to Office 365 for education in Australia ( more info here ), it provides another piece in the jigsaw puzzle of your technology infrastructure. Office 365 for education provides email, Lync communications, Office Web Apps and SharePoint in the Cloud, giving...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and the Cloud – what it means for education

    There’s recently been a lot of discussion within education about different models of ICT services. Individual universities have tended to use a mix of services provided on-premise and cloud-based services . And newer models of teaching and learning have accelerated the trend towards cloud-based services...
  • Blog Post: What you need to tell your teachers and students next week about new SkyDrive

    Once again, we’ve just released a bunch of new features for Windows Live SkyDrive – the cloud storage system that’s part of Windows Live, and the Live@edu email service used by millions of teachers and students. You can read all of the detail on the Building Windows 8 blog , and...
  • Blog Post: The largest education cloud customer starts using Live@edu

    Last week we announced that the All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ) has chosen the Microsoft Live@edu cloud-based email for their 7,000,000 students. The staggering scale of the AICTE – with 10,000 technical colleges, and half a million staff, on top of their 7 million students makes...
  • Blog Post: Cutting out paper - updating your room booking system

    I promised a month’s worth of ideas to help with cutting out paper use in your school/TAFE/university, so that you could have an institutional New Year’s Resolution. So here’s the first idea from my colleague James Marshall on his UK LIve@edu blog : Wouldn’t it be great if you could get rid of that pile...
  • Blog Post: How many Live@edu users are there?

    One question I do get asked frequently is “How many Live@edu users are there?”, or more generally “How many education customers use the Microsoft Cloud?”. Often the answer I have to give is outdated - at BETT in 2011, we announced that it had now reached a total of 15M students using Live@edu , up from...
  • Blog Post: Case Study - Redlands School integrates Moodle and Live@edu

    The official worldwide Microsoft education case studies of education customers are really useful ways of keeping in touch with what people are doing around the world. In recent months they have become much clearer in identifying specific details about improvements in learning or costs savings that education...
  • Blog Post: Have you seen the Live@edu blog

    My colleague, James Marshall , writes the UK Live@edu blog . There isn’t an Australian equivalent, but almost everything that he writes is relevant to Australia too. If you’re a Live@edu user in Australia, or you’re interested in learning more about the service (which is the Microsoft free hosted email...
  • Blog Post: How do you approach Cloud security?

    Jean-Phillippe Courtois, the President of Microsoft International, has written a guest post about Cloud security on the Viewpoints blog. You should read it if you’re at all interested in the framework for security and compliance of Cloud services - it delves into the Microsoft Cloud offerings, and the...
  • Blog Post: Can you move to the Cloud without training users? Pittsford Central School District think you can

    Today’s case study is Pittsford Central School District in New York State, who upgraded their email system from an onsite Exchange system to the Cloud-based Live@edu email system, saving $40,000 a year. The savings come from reducing the need for hardware and software licences, and the associated maintenance...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 - Curtin University moves first

    In the last week of June, we launched Office 365. As the next wave of Cloud-based applications, it’s a service that will grow over time. The first university using Office 365? According to iTnews Curtin University were the first Australian customer to start to move to Office 365, and plan...
  • Blog Post: It’s not just education - Coca-Cola moves to the cloud with Microsoft

    Recently, I’ve highlighted quite a few case studies of education customers moving to the Microsoft Cloud. And generally, I hit ‘delete’ when I get sent case studies of commercial customers ( after all, they aren’t like typical education customers, are they? ). But I liked the first three paragraphs of...
  • Blog Post: More Live@edu adopters in schools and universities

    For those of you who missed it, here's the dozen word summary of Live@edu : Free student email, hosted by Microsoft's Exchange 2010 cloud, with a 10GB mailbox The case studies for the Live@edu email service keep coming - this time, it's the Delaware Department of Education and United Arab Emirates University...
  • Blog Post: Google Apps to support modern browsers - only

    Not sure what to make of this news this morning, and definitely not sure what comment to add on this . So I'll go for the completely factual presentation of something I've just read on the Google Enterprise Blog . I know this is relevant to education customers and partners, because when we talk about...
  • Blog Post: Integrating a Learning Management System with student email

    itslearning is a Norwegian learning management system (LMS) provider, and their solution is used by millions of students and teachers across schools, colleges and universities around the world. The LMS market has seen rapid development and innovation over the last few years, as technology has changed...
  • Blog Post: Moving to the Cloud saves four schools $20,000 in the first year

    There's no shortage of interesting case studies of schools, colleges and universities moving to the Cloud, to save money and improve the service to students and staff. The one I've just read, of Mendon-Upton Regional School District in Massachusetts (yep, I had to get the spelling checker going!) , is...
  • Blog Post: Algonquin College moves 34,000 students to the Cloud in one weekend

    When you've got 34,000 students on your mail servers, then it's inevitable that you're going to have to make tough decisions on the services you provide to them. Alqonquin College , in Canada, had to limit their student mailboxes to 60Mb of storage, and also limited where and when students could get...
  • Blog Post: University of Bologna moves to Live@edu

    The University of Bologna, is the world's oldest university, operating continuously since 1088. One of Europe's largest universities with 85,000 students, it's also become synonymous with leading change in the Higher Education sector since the creation of the Bologna Process , which is overseeing the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Plans for hybrid deployment of Office 365 messaging

    Another good case study from our internal IT team has just been published, as they discuss their journey to the Cloud. One of the things they are managing is the hybrid model of some applications/users moving into the Cloud, whilst others stay on premise. In this case study, they talk about the planning...
  • Blog Post: generation-e Live@edu webinar - Monday 16th May

    One of our education partners, generation-e , are hosting a Live@edu webcast next week, at 4pm on Monday 16th May. It's just 30 minutes long, and will provide an overview of the Live@edu service - the Microsoft hosted email service that's being used by schools, TAFEs and universities in Australia. (You...
  • Blog Post: Using Open Source Moodle with Microsoft cloud services - case study

    Whilst businesses have customer-relationship management systems, and online shops, the education equivalent is a Learning Management System (LMS) - something that will help a school, TAFE or university to deliver learning resources to their students, wherever they are. There's a diverse bunch of learning...
  • Blog Post: Copenhagen Business School moves to the Cloud

    Copenhagen Business School recently switched their student email to the Cloud, using Live@edu . The case study video below goes into detail about their selection and approval process (they involved students alongside the IT team in the selection process) and one of the quotes in the video reminded me...
  • Blog Post: Connected Learning Workshop and Training for Education Solution Partners

    Microsoft would like to invite our education solution partners in Australia to our free technical workshop on the Connected Learning solution area being held in Malaysia on 4th - 6th May 2011. This workshop is designed for pre-sales technical, consultants, system engineers and technical decision makers...
  • Blog Post: Curtin University and the Microsoft Cloud

    After I mentioned the Curtin University Live@edu case study yesterday, somebody from Curtin sent me a link to the Microsoft video we'd produced on their wider use of our Cloud services. They're using Live@edu for student email, and they're also using Windows Azure to develop inhouse applications. In...
  • Blog Post: DFEEST uses Live@edu

    I was browsing through the list of case studies on the Microsoft website today, and saw that we'd published a case study at the end of January on the adoption of Live@edu for colleges in South Australia . I'm new to Australia, so the story reads a little bit like Alphabetti Spaghetti because of the acronyms...
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