The University of Queensland (UQ) has announced that its
38,000 university students will be moving to a hosted Microsoft
The university has signed an agreement with Microsoft to move to
the free Live@edu Exchange Labs hosted email, which allows mailboxes to
store up to 10GB, and attachments to reach up to 20MB. Currently,
the student mail boxes have a limit of 100MB.
"UQ will be the first university in Australia to move to the
system, which gives students a new, more user-friendly, name-based
email address to replace the current 'email@example.com'
format," UQ's director of Information Technology
Services Nick Tate said in a statement.
Moving to the hosted email, which is scheduled to be up and
running by the first semester of 2009, also means that the students
don't have to give up their email address at the end of their time
at the university.
Tate said students would benefit from extra features, although
he did not specify which features these were. Other features in
Live@edu include Hotmail, Microsoft Office Live Workspace and
Windows Live SkyDrive online storage, according to Microsoft.
"Another plus is that Microsoft systems are updated at a rate
in-house systems cannot compete with," Tate said.
The new email system will be integrated into UQ's student
portal, according to Tate, which along with user guides and
training should make for an easier transition for students.
After the students have been migrated to the Live@edu mail
system, UQ intended to extend the system to the university's
alumni. The number of University alumni was not specified.
The news has come at a time as other universities have opted for
the Google hosted mail system, including
Macquarie University in Sydney and New Zealand's largest
University of Auckland.
Tate was unavailable for comment on the system and why the University of
Queensland chose the Microsoft email system over Google's alternative, or what email system was previously used.