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
Marketing Manager – Microsoft Bahrain and Oman
Lina Al Desouky
Tel: +971 4 3210077