Middle East Oman Microsoft’s Live@Edu Launched to Enrich Education for HCT Students
Microsoft’s Live@Edu Launched to Enrich Education for HCT Students
The launch is in line with the government’s vision of incorporating technology in education
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Muscat, Oman

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman – February 8, 2012 – The Higher College of Technology (HCT) in Oman, in collaboration with Microsoft, recently announced the launch of Microsoft Live@Edu system during a ceremony at the HCT premises. With the launch of Microsoft Live@Edu, free email services and collaboration tools will be provided to more than 10,000 students.

Microsoft Live@Edu is a rich communication and collaboration platform which, in addition to the messaging capabilities, offers a host of online services which include SkyDrive, providing 25 GB of online file storage and Microsoft Office Web Apps 2010. In addition, Microsoft Live@Edu will also enable email synchronization allowing students to use their favorite email programs, an integrated calendar, which includes group calendaring functions, and blogging tools as well as share and work with Microsoft documents through the web.

“ICT is now playing a very important role in supporting education and transforming students from consumers to active participants,” said Dr. Said Omar Al-Mashiki, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, HCT. “We would also like to express our gratitude to Microsoft for the constant support it offers to the students of Oman and the overall education sector. At HCT, we are committed to integrating the most advanced technology in order to create the best learning environment for our students. Through the adoption of solutions such as Microsoft Live@Edu, we are positive that we will have a strong platform to help our students and prepare them for the future by giving them the necessary ICT skills.”

“Microsoft has made a long-term commitment to working with government, educators and students in the Sultanate of Oman to expand the world of learning through technology,” said Sheikh Saif Hilal Al Hosni, Business Development Manager, Microsoft, Oman. “By bringing proven technologies such as Live@Edu, we aim to create exceptional educational experiences for students and teachers in the country. We also commend HCT’s vision for using technology to enrich the educational experience. Together, we aim to make a positive impact on the education sector in the country."

Also commenting on the launch of Microsoft Live@Edu, Rehana Mohammed Salim Al Amir, Head of HCT’s Education Technology Center (ETC): “We would like to thank Microsoft for continuously supporting our students with the latest technology and solutions. Through the launch of Live@Edu, we are aiming to enhance the use of technology in the education sector and provide our students with an interactive environment. Following the government’s vision of using technology as a tool to enrich education, HCT’s Educational Technology Center is committed to providing the latest technologies to its students to promote an environment of innovation and creativity.”

During the launch ceremony, Wahab Salim Al Hussini, ETC system administrator, demonstrated the features of Microsoft Live@Edu in the educational process. He also urged the students to use Live@Edu as it facilitates the communication between them and their teachers and provides easy access to email, document management and online storage.

Microsoft Live@edu provides collaboration and productivity services that improve communication amongst the students and with teachers. Given that students are coming to schools more technologically savvy than before, they expect their school environments to have rich, high-quality communications capabilities like those available to them in non-academic settings. Live@edu thus provides them with a free yet familiar email, document management, online storage, and sharing services at the tip of their fingertips.

To learn more about Live@edu please check www.liveatedu.com

For more information
Racha Diwan
Marketing Manager – Microsoft Bahrain and Oman
Tel: +97333424335
Email: rdiwan@microsoft.com

Lina Al Desouky
Weber Shandwick
Tel: +971 4 3210077
Email: lina.aldesouky@ws-mena.com

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