Curtin University is taking its student email system to the cloud with the adoption of Microsoft's Live@edu email solution. From September this year, roll out will commence to over 192,252 Curtin University students and alumni across 11 national and international campuses following the University's decision to deploy Live@edu.
In late 2007, the university began looking at alternative email offerings as part of its strategic IT plan. Curtin University sees this extensive roll-out of Live@edu as helping it move one step closer to its vision of being amongst the top 20 universities in Asia by 2020.
"We evaluated a variety of hosted email applications and found that Microsoft's Live@edu solution is a superior offering that has evolved rapidly in the past 12 months. It has the ability to grow with us as we increase the students' technical capabilities," said Peter Nikoletatos, Chief Information Officer, Curtin University.
The university ran a series of tests on hosted email solutions and found that Live@edu was able to offer the most complete overall solution. "The suite of products included with Live@edu and the integration capabilities such as the calendar and other virtual tools offer our students a great collaborative learning platform that will skill them up with the tools for life beyond university," continued Mr. Nikoletatos.
Students will be given access to the Live@edu suite of innovative online applications and services, which include Microsoft Outlook Live, Microsoft Office Live Workspace and SkyDrive storage. Live@edu provides students with a significant number of benefits and opportunities including increased mailbox capacity (10Gb) and 20Mb attachments as well as calendaring and contact management.
Neil Jackson, Education Director, Microsoft Australia, said, "it's great to see such an extensive roll out of Live@edu in Australia as another university decides to deploy Live@edu. This decision further cements the importance of Live@edu and the need that exists in higher education for improved email and online collaboration tools."
Once the roll out of Live@edu is complete the university has plans to begin investigating additional capabilities within the Live@edu offering beyond email and calendar solutions.
In addition to providing students with a hosted email account, other features available through Live@edu include: Windows Live Messenger and file sharing, Windows Live Spaces for personal web publishing, blogging and photo sharing and FolderShare, a private peer-to-peer network that allows users to synchronise files between multiple devices and share files with other student users.
Live@edu makes it possible to create communities that last a lifetime, with email addresses students can keep after they graduate, and a rich set of communication services universities can use to help maintain an ongoing relationship with graduates.
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