Outlook Live: Microsoft's efforts towards living in the cloud

Outlook Live: Microsoft's efforts towards living in the cloud

Summary: Hot off the newswire today, Microsoft Exchange Labs which previously provides an Exchange service to Live@edu users, used by hundreds of universities around the world, has been named Outlook Live. Now, don't think for a second that it's just a new name, therefore a new fad, because it's not.

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Hot off the newswire today, Microsoft Exchange Labs which previously provides an Exchange service to Live@edu users, used by hundreds of universities around the world, has been named Outlook Live.

Now, don't think for a second that it's just a new name, therefore a new fad, because it's not. It'd part of Live@edu still and has been customised for students for better thinking, easier access and better support.

It now offers multi-browser support, including Firefox and Safari. It also has a conversation view, which enables you to view email sent and received between people in a conversation "to-and-fro" fashion, allowing you to save space and reduce confusion. Finally, and most exciting of the features, an integrated instant messaging system and presence, which works with Windows Live Messenger and Microsoft Office Communicator.

It's like being in your very own professional enterprise, and it's all for free.

I spoke to an awfully nice Microsoft spokesperson earlier on about this and it's something I can honestly say, that Microsoft is doing right for once. From their press release:

"Microsoft Corp. today announced several universities and institutions of higher learning have recently signed on to Microsoft Live@edu, signifying continued worldwide growth of this service. With enhanced collaboration and communications features, Live@edu is a no-charge suite that enhances student productivity in both the classroom and their personal lives.

In addition, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Exchange Labs, which currently delivers rich e-mail functionality as a service to 3.5 million Live@edu users, will be renamed Outlook Live. The Outlook Live service will also be extended to support faculty and staff members at no charge."

Universities and entire governments have taken on the new software as a breath of fresh air, working in conjunction with the infrastructure universities already have in place.

Live@edu also works with Office Live Workspace, an online area to share and store documents (it's crap, stick with Google Docs or Acrobat.com), Windows Live SkyDrive which holds 25GB of online storage, and now Outlook Live just finishes off the entire deal.

Update: Mary Jo has published a post reporting on Outlook Live as well.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Collaboration, Microsoft, Software

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  • Thanks for cleaning up those glaring errors

    Even though you deleted my comment pointing out the errors I appreciate that you have corrected them. Thanks.
    putridpundits
  • I really don't understand...

    ...why posts are being deleted. I had quite a few of mine deleted in other blogs (no profanity, just questioning validity of facts).

    Zack swears he does not have the ability to delete posts, so it might be someone else deleting them, which is even more disturbing because now we can't even ask that person to explain why we got censored.

    So much for open forums and freedom from censorship.
    Qbt
  • RE: Outlook Live: Microsoft's efforts towards living in the cloud

    Why don't you have a program like this for the general public to use you know like home users.



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    kraftdinner12227764
  • any computer that use the cloud

    any computer that use the cloud is dumb because the computer that has the cloud has not told the turth sorry but that is that you do not own your stuff you put in it they do they can delete or give i to a other computer with out you knowing it at all so do not use the cloud they say it is safe but go on the net and look it up tyou will find out
    ttx19