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Live@edu suite will provide hosted e-mail, calendaring and storage to more than 465,000 students across 64 campuses.

Doug Henschen

December 21, 2010

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Microsoft announced Tuesday that the State University of New York (SUNY) has settled on Microsoft's Live@edu suite to provide communication and collaboration capabilities across its 64 campuses.

Live@edu is a no-cost hosted platform that provides e-mail and calendars with a 10GB inbox, 25GB of additional file storage, document sharing, instant messaging, video chat and mobile e-mail for students. The service also includes free Office Web Apps versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The lure of these free services often leads to campuswide agreements that also include fee-based services and licensed software for administration and faculty. More than 10,000 schools serving tens of millions of students are said to be using Live@edu worldwide. A number of SUNY schools have already rolled out Live@edu, and at least 70,000 of the system's 465,000 students are reportedly already using the service. Monroe Community College, one of the system's largest schools with 19,000 students, was one of the first SUNY colleges to adopt Live@edu three years ago. The school estimates it will save $600,000 over five years by relying on Microsoft's services rather than provisioning less-extensive capabilities internally. Within the next year, Live@edu is destined to be rolled into the vendor's consolidated Office 365 offering, which is billed as the company's next-generation cloud collaboration and productivity platform. As announced in October, core collaboration and communications capabilities will remain free to educational institutions, but the Live@edu services will be part of a more extensive and cohesive suite of online applications.

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Doug Henschen

Executive Editor, Enterprise Apps

Doug Henschen is Executive Editor of InformationWeek, where he covers the intersection of enterprise applications with information management, business intelligence, big data and analytics. He previously served as editor in chief of Intelligent Enterprise, editor in chief of Transform Magazine, and Executive Editor at DM News. He has covered IT and data-driven marketing for more than 15 years.

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