WA college adopts Live@Edu e-mail suite

Potential for 120,000 users across the state

Central TAFE in Western Australia is trialing Microsoft’s Live@Edu with a view to moving up to 15,000 students to the hosted application for e-mail and file storage.

In September 2008, ten WA TAFE colleges issued an expression of interest to providers of hosted e-mail services.

In May 2009, Microsoft’s Live@edu solution was chosen from the public tender process by the WA TAFE Working Committee.

Central TAFE’s managing director, Neil Fernandes, said Live@edu was the solution Central TAFE was looking for to meet the growing needs of students.

“We will be introducing a robust student email offering, that enables connectivity and collaboration right across our campuses,” Fernandes said.

Some 500 students at the college are trialing Live@edu. Previously there were no student e-mail service.

Microsoft is anticipating all ten WA TAFE's will subscribe to Live@edu, potentially giving it 120,000 user accounts.

Recently, Microsoft chalked up a 40,000 e-mail account deal with the University of Queensland.

The Live@edu service will host student email accounts and provide 10GB mailbox capacity and 20MB attachments in addition to calendaring and contact management.

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