School Mail

Remember when Google first introduced its productivity suite? people said they were out to kill Microsoft Office with a free online version. Then Gmail took on Hotmail and now both companies are gunning hard for the campus mail slot.

I wasn't aware that Hotmail is used by nearly 1 in 3 U.S. students. Schools are using Windows Live Hotmail for their official student e-mail. There's the added appeal of having an email address that they can keep after graduation so that you have some attachment to alumni (maintaining the university's domain name).

Windows Live@edu is Microsoft's suite and Ball State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Indiana State University Alumni Association have signed on to the other 300 or so clients now using the service.

"It's all-new Web mail, built from the ground up. Our reliable e-mail service gives your institution great features, including 2GB storage capacity, junk e-mail filtering, calendar sharing and anti-virus protection tools. Students, faculty and alumni can also take advantage of other MSN services, like instant messaging, blogging, sharing and mobile access to IM and e-mail1. Over time, their MSN services will automatically update to Windows Live services, offering new features and more complete user control."

Google still has colleges using its e-mail and productivity program suite. Google Apps for Education recently added The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Clemson University, Kennesaw State University, and Arkansas State University to their list. It's more than just email (word processing, spreadsheets, Google talk, calendar and page creator) and I don't see Microsoft giving some of those things away right now.


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