MSE rises like a phoenix from the beta ashes

MSE rises like a phoenix from the beta ashes

Summary: Knock knock. Who's there? A shameless self-marketing campaign, trying to throw anything Microsoft related your way.

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Knock knock. Who's there? A shameless self-marketing campaign, trying to throw anything Microsoft related your way. Well, not any more anyway, as the Microsoft Student Experience has been thrown out of beta with golden depth charges.

The website now looks what it actually is, Microsoft's central portal for students. Not only does it have tutorials in how to get things done (naturally with Microsoft's products), it has a wide variety of content for all kinds of students, needing all kinds of things.

It has input from students all over the world, studying at all kinds of universities, offering advice, thoughts, knowledge and stories on many-a-topic. The interesting thing, before when it was just a self-promotion, arrogant-almost website, this really is a valuable resource for students.

Covering studies, student life and your future, in three different categories, it'll make easy reading and browsing through. It's not necessarily something you should spend your time looking for something on there; more something you can read once in a while with no obligation.

Of course, they have all kinds of things to download and use with their own products. Templates for Office documents to help with writing bibliographies, different kind of letter writing templates, writing your resume/CV; but also interesting things to keep you organised with your finances, tracking your accomplishments, even a way to keep track of your grades.

They have a blog which will be updated semi-regularly by Microsoft staff, products and discounts to show and share, even those for Mac OS X systems can see what's on offer.

For those interested in extra-curricular activities with your university and Microsoft, the "more sites" has much more to show you, from the different areas within Microsoft.

I guess it's just one of those things you have to see for yourselves, really. After some experimentation (and a lot of drinking), there doesn't seem to be any regional countries yet, but I'm sure they'll throw something out in the near future. Keep up to date with their newsletter, which is free and available for anyone with a Windows Live ID.

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  • Most students can't afford Microsoft's...

    products. So they turn to open source. This has MS worried. So they are doing whatever they can to keep the next generation of IT personnel using their products.

    My son graduated with a degree in computer science three years ago. After using MS products through high school, they were too expensive for him to use during college. So he turned to open source. Now as a programmer his company is using LAMP and various other OSS offerings. So turning away from MS was the best thing he ever did.

    Proprietary offerings have become less than cost effective. Especially with graduates going into the work force that are proficient in OSS. There is no need to pay the high cost for propriety software. There is NO benefit in using it. It offers no more productivity and costs an arm and a leg.

    It's no wonder MS is wooing students. Their continued use in the back end depends on it. I just wonder if it's too little too late.
    bjbrock
    • Offering proof of your point....

      [i]This has MS worried. So they are doing whatever they can to keep the next generation of IT personnel using their products.[/i]

      Too true. The link below shows that Office Ultimate 2007 retails for $679 directly from Microsoft.
      http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/suites/FX102434891033.aspx

      Last year, Microsoft offered that very same product to anyone (not just students) with an email address from a verifiable college/university/technical school, etc for the mere price of......

      get ready....

      only....

      $69.95

      A 90% discount is hard to pass up. But it makes you wonder...if they can offer that price to millions of students/professors across the nation, why do they charge the other price to the rest of the population? Things that make ya go "Hmmmmmm...."
      MGP2
    • Counterpoint.

      Not only have Microsoft offered free version of if the tools for a long time now, they also have the Dreamspark program that provides Visual Studio Professional Edition (and other things) to students for free.

      I would say that its important for students to try out a variety of tools and platforms. No point limiting your choices before your careers begun.
      TheTruthisOutThere@...
  • Any respectable university or Technology institute....RIT for example...

    uses Microsoft software for everything and the students don't pay a dime for it. <br><br>
    In the real world, for most businesses not interested in trying to assemble a system that will solve their business problems, hire or pay out the nose for linux consultants that charge 2 arms and 2 legs, pay sevice packages that are over twice the cost of a windows license over 5 years, will get a nice integrated windows package that has a one time cost upfront, which is also a capital expense and is most often the most cost effective and by far solves the bulk of their business problems (the very reason for computerization) out of the box with great integration and economy of scale.
    xuniL_z
    • I would hope they are not that(singularly) myopic.

      As they were one of the better institutes of science & technology. (I got one of my masters from there)

      Yes MS is unfortunately a dominate Quality in computers & Marketing, but it is not the only thing or even the better/best thing in many situations.

      I would hope/imagine that a tech institute, would instruct with core fundamentals & advanced concepts. Real technology not just a companies product.

      What is your particular problem with ideas & tech that is not sold with an MS Logo attached?

      Seems to me some have a more religious devotion to companies & products rather than ideas...?
      LazLong
      • I actually meant to post to bjbrock's post

        which says: <br><br>
        <i>Most students can't afford Microsoft's products. So they turn to open source. This has MS worried. So they are doing whatever they can to keep the next generation of IT personnel using their products.

        My son graduated with a degree in computer science three years ago. After using MS products through high school, they were too expensive for him to use during college. So he turned to open source. Now as a programmer his company is using LAMP and various other OSS offerings. So turning away from MS was the best thing he ever did.

        Proprietary offerings have become less than cost effective. Especially with graduates going into the work force that are proficient in OSS. There is no need to pay the high cost for propriety software. There is NO benefit in using it. It offers no more productivity and costs an arm and a leg.

        It's no wonder MS is wooing students. Their continued use in the back end depends on it. I just wonder if it's too little too late. </i><br><br>
        I found this to be the typical ABM post that frames any Microsoft venture as wrong in comparison to any other company's venture's and of course the misguided and plain ignorant statement that says there is NO benefit in using it. <br><br>
        That person obviously has never talked to one of the hundreds of thousands of business technology leaders that choose Microsoft products over free software (that is saying something) and are extremely happy with the fact it's a one time cost, not a series of building service fees and consultant or additonal payroll expense.<br><br>
        I'm saying the same as you, that anyone so blind as to think open source and Linux distros are the only game in time, which is the vast majority of people who use these talkbacks, are obviously the myopic ones, not to mention very religious about something that warrants nothing more than preference, and only when appropriate for the job. That is when it becomes ugly and the usual M$ sucks and is a waste of money slogans invariably show up we hear how open source (not even realizing it is more of a business model than a technology)is the only real choice. <br><br>
        RIT doesn't teach only Microsoft technologies, but Microsoft software is freely available to the students. We had an RIT (now grad) work at a facility last summer and the year before that. Although I think they had to pay 5 bucks for XP for the media. Not sure why but i think they could only get it on CD
        xuniL_z
        • Why CD only...

          [b]Not sure why but i think they could only get it on CD. [/b]

          Not too difficult to figure out. The CD, no doubt wasn't a home brewed burned CD. I'll wager it was the stock, standard MS genuine hologram covered XP CD. I'll wager they also got the genuine MS product key stickers with 'em as well.

          It's the proof of purchase thing. It's kinda hard to have a "Genuine" copy of Windows without the original media. Should he have a problem later on, he'd always have the media and the sticker as proof that it's his copy.
          Wolfie2K3