Edith Cowan University in Western Australia is moving its 36,000 student email accounts to Microsoft's Live@Edu hosted email offering following an open tender issued by the university in June 2009.
The move is part of a recent trend in the education space, which has seen higher educational institutions move their student email to the cloud. Edith Cowan University is one of many that began an early investigation into the benefits and options of hosted email and collaboration solutions. This investigation, combined with limited student email capability inhouse, led Edith Cowan University to move their entire student email to Microsoft's hosted email offering: Live@Edu.
The University's IT project management team, in conjunction with a panel of students, tested several options, finally deciding that Live@Edu best met the University's strategic plan for IT and assisted them in their requirements of building effective technology solutions that would offer their students a unique communication and email service.
"The ease of use of Microsoft's solution, our students' familiarity with Microsoft products and the additional benefits to our students provided by the solution have played a key role in our decision to deploy Live@Edu," said Mark Ridge, IT Support Services Manager, Edith Cowan University.
"With Live@Edu already a tried and tested product, we expect the transition will be smooth for both our solution implementers as well as our student adopters."
From the start of the 2010 academic year, Edith Cowan University students will have access to an innovative set of online applications and services includes Microsoft Outlook Live, Microsoft Office Live Workspace and SkyDrive storage as well as an increased mailbox capacity (from 50Mb to 10GB).
Other features available through Live@Edu include: Windows Live Messenger instant messaging 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.
Craig Foster, Education Director, Microsoft Australia, said: "Edith Cowan University is the latest educational institution in Australia that has tested and adopted Live@Edu in order to provide its students with world-class educational tools."
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.
Edith Cowan University is the 13th educational institution in Australia and the third university in Western Australia to have selected the Microsoft Live@Edu solution for its students.
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