Is Google slowly alienating the Microsoft cloud market?

Is Google slowly alienating the Microsoft cloud market?

Summary: Both Queensland University for Technology (QUT) and Ohio State University (OSU) have now signed up to Live@edu, Microsoft's online cloud suite designed for students, including Hotmail, SkyDrive and Workspaces.Over 100,000 students from these two universities are now using Live@edu, after extensive testing resulted in Microsoft getting the deal and Google being pushed our of the picture.

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Both Queensland University for Technology (QUT) and Ohio State University (OSU) have now signed up to Live@edu, Microsoft's online cloud suite designed for students, including Hotmail, SkyDrive and Workspaces.

Over 100,000 students from these two universities are now using Live@edu, after extensive testing resulted in Microsoft getting the deal and Google being pushed our of the picture.

Corrections: 15GB space with Windows Live Workspaces, not 5GB Mobile device support is given through Hotmail/Outlook Live

3 million over 6 million students (thanks Microsoft PR) worldwide use Live@edu whereas Google Apps' user figure isn't available, Microsoft nevertheless seems to be catching up. Twenty other universities are in talks with Microsoft to offer their services to students, which as free services go aren't bad, especially in this current economic downturn.

Many universities offer a mediocre storage limit for email, as most students don't appear to get many messages. On the other hand, some do - like me - where I use my University of Kent email address as a main account. The majority of students have to choose which messages to keep and which to delete when it they use email to transfer work from campus to home and vice-versa.

To be fair, either service is as good as one another in my professional opinion, although Google's cloud office feature which works far better than Microsoft's Live Workspaces, which has yet to catch up on.

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Topics: Microsoft, Collaboration, Google

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  • A couple of updates...

    It's the Queensland University [b]of[/b] Technology, not for technology.

    The currency in Australia has been $ since 14 February, 1966. Before that, it was pounds.

    The reason QUT chose MS was "[i]staff and students were familiar with the interface and environment[/i]". So it had nothing to do with cost or being a better product? How did they determine familiarity, did they do a survey or poll?

    If familiarity was the main concern, why did they change at all?
    Fred Fredrickson
  • RE: Is Google slowly alienating the Microsoft cloud market?

    Absolutely Google is trying to be UNO in Technologies. It is gradually moving to its goal

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    kmzdnetone
  • RE: Is Google slowly alienating the Microsoft cloud market?

    Web based products of Google are better than
    Microsoft. The evaluation criteria of the universities
    has to be reexamined.

    Its sad that universities are way behind the tech
    world which is evolving everyday. They have chosen
    Microsoft, the follower against Google, the innovator.
    hornbird
    • Wow, what an insightful and thoughtful post full of objective justification

      OMG....."Web based products of Google are better than Microsoft."

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
      Martin_Australia
    • Actually...

      I have worked at a big state university in Ohio and they were using all different kinds of technology. We were implementing new stuff all the time to test out and see if it fits the needs. Just becuase you are the innovator of a product doesn't mean that product is better. Honestly I am suprised that Microsoft beat out Google for these contracts. Is it that you will never believe a study/test of this besides the one you have done in your own head already? And as I recall Gmail seems to go down alot lately? Whats that all about?
      OhTheHumanity
      • Re: Actually...

        I agree....I was equally surprised by the findings in this article. I attend the University of Phoenix (on-line) and they switched over to Google from their own stuff last year. I don't know how many students use it but I don't.
        NPGMBR
    • As incoherent as Zack...Google is a leader alright...in BETA offerings.LOL

      Google an innovator? Since when?
      transposeIT
  • No Google Apps for Alumni?

    Where do you get the information that Google Apps is not available to Alumni? From what I see on the Google (U.S.) site, alumni get to keep their accounts.

    Also, Microsoft is at least talking up mobile support in Outlook Live.
    dunraven
    • he corrected the MS mobile support

      in a tiny little note under the comparison.
      xuniL_z
  • File corruption in Google?

    I like Google Apps in general, but its document services change document formatting, don't support all formulas, and other problems for desktop Office users. Also their use of email "tags" in lieu of permitting hierarchical filing or local files is odd to me.
    ashbyjm
  • really _any_ browser? and mobile support?

    try Google apps in "any" browser and then try Microsoft's live apps. i think by "any" browser Microsoft means any version of Internet Explorer (but not 5, or 4) oh and dont expect it to work on Tuesdays. include mobile browsers too which ... oops, Microsoft misses on big time.

    Microsoft has always been good at leveraging technology it has modified with their logo even if they still cant make a version of Word which opens all Word docs.

    as far as i can tell Google is interested in standards-based internet technology, not Microsoft's version of same. that's why in a race to the internet, i choose Google.
    satanders@...