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Microsoft Live@edu

Microsoft Live@edu

E-mail, calendars, document sharing, instant messaging, video chat, and mobile e-mail accessible through many popular web browsers.

In line with our longstanding commitment to education, Microsoft announced that it will make Office 365 for education plan “A2” free to not only students, but also to faculty and staff. A2 includes the core capabilities of Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync and the Office Web Applications. Learn more about Office 365 for education.

We are also excited to share that Office 365 for education will be broadly available in the summer* of 2012. Sign up to receive updates, feature descriptions, usage tips, onboarding and deployment guidance along with planning resources to help you get ready for Office 365 for education.


Live@edu offers educational institutions free hosted, co-branded communication and collaboration services for students, faculty, and alumni. With 10 gigabytes (GB) of e-mail storage, it’s the no-cost Outlook Live e-mail service built on Exchange 2010. Live@edu provides the familiar and reliable Outlook Web Access (OWA) co-branded with a school’s name and logo, helping students build lifelong ties to their educational institution. And with 7 GB of additional file storage, Live@edu is more than just e-mail—it includes access to other services that enhance the school’s ability to collaborate and communicate, including calendars, document sharing, instant messaging, video chat, mobile e-mail, and more.

Live@edu is accessible through popular Web browsers for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. It is available at no cost, and it helps IT departments:

  • Reduce IT infrastructure costs, such as maintenance.
  • Spend less time maintaining e-mail systems and more time on strategic initiatives.
  • Offer common, familiar tools for students to communicate and collaborate with peers and faculty.
  • Keep data safer.
  • Meet high student expectations, including anywhere access to people and information.


  • Save time and money. Live@edu is a no-cost, hosted service that can reduce ongoing maintenance costs and system updates.

  • Prepare students for the next step. Whether that next step is graduate school or the working world, Microsoft technologies can help students develop better time management skills, as well as a personal portfolio to showcase their great work.

  • Recruit and retain students. Provide students anytime, anywhere, any device access to the latest technology tools and services. With Outlook Live e-mail, students receive a school domain e-mail address that they can use today, and continue to use when they are alumni. The Windows Live ID gives them seamless access to other Windows Live services as well.

  • Build on what you already have. Live@edu easily integrates with existing Microsoft investments and programs, providing you with the choice and flexibility to combine on-premises and hosted solutions. And with built-in protection from viruses, spam, and phishing attacks, your school can move into the cloud while maintaining students’ and faculty’s online privacy.