Catholic uni students pick Live@edu

Catholic uni students pick Live@edu

Summary: The Australian Catholic University this semester moved to Microsoft's Live@edu web-hosted email system for its around 17,000 students.

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The Australian Catholic University this semester moved to Microsoft's Live@edu web-hosted email system for its around 17,000 students.

(Microsoft sign outside building 99 image by Robert Scoble, CC2.0)

The university reviewed both Google and Microsoft, according to its website. At the end of the review, it decided there was a good case to implement either system, so asked the students what they wanted.

The university conducted a pilot survey with both mail programs, asking questions about the programs and published the results. There wasn't any information on how many students had participated in the pilot.

Live@edu got better results on most of the questions such as "please rate the email user interface" or "did you receive any spam during testing".

The only questions where Gmail matched the Microsoft option, but did not better it, were "Did you have the option of customising the look and feel of the email interface? If so please rate ease of use" and "Did you have any issues accessing your email during the trial".

The university decided that Microsoft was the "clear winner" of the trial. It pointed out that other universities such as the University of Queensland have also opted for the Live@edu system, "so there appears to be a trend in favour of the Microsoft service".

The new hosted mail was being offered instead of, not alongside, the university's old service which would be switched off. The old mailboxes would be available until next year, but students wouldn't be able to send or receive mail using the old system. The university had not arranged for data to be automatically migrated between accounts.

The new mail accounts would include 10GB of storage, and students wouldn't be bombarded with banner advertising, the university said on its website.

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  • Live vs Gmail

    I have been using GMail for 3 years and have recently tried out Live. To be honest, I find the responses a little puzzling.

    1. Live has nowhere near the capabilities of the suite of Google Mail, docs, calendaring etc.

    2. Composing and sending emails?: 20% to Google and 90% to Live. I find that amazing.

    3. The Google addressbook is a bit more confusing I agree.

    4. Spell check. Can't see how the results can be so different. It's very obvious in GMail.

    5. Why 'no responses' to document collaboration for Google. Surely one of it's strengths.

    6. The question of 'trust' re emails is interesting. Both companies have had some problems, but I would prefer the robustness of linux security anyday over whatever it is that MS is using.
    anonymous
    • Linux security!?? Thank for giving me a good laugh. :-)
      avisitor
  • University of Canberra also choose Live@edu for students

    The University of Canberra also choose Live@edu for it's students based on a survey and comparision similar to the ACU experience. It was easily the clear winner with students over the Google offering.
    anonymous
  • Linux security?

    Bloody hell - wake up to yourself.. I don't know how many time this cute myth has to be killed off..
    anonymous