More information on Office 365 for Education


More information has come out from Microsoft this week around Office 365 for Education.  As mentioned in a previous post we only had limited information but during the past week Microsoft had a presentation day for Higher Education establishments which included a presentation on live@edu and Office 365 for Education.

The slides from the presentation can be downloaded here.

What made me laugh..

If this is live@edu


this is what Office 365 for Education will be…


Differences between live@edu and Office 365 for Education

In previous posts we discussed what’s coming in new and the differences to the current live@edu.  Here is a better view from the presentation.


Meeting Student and Educator Needs

  • Works seamlessly with Microsoft Office programs  that users already count on and teaches students new software skills that will help them prepare for the future
  • Provide sites for students and educators to work together in real time on assignments, group projects, and research – both inside and outside your institution
  • Communicate seamlessly from email to instant messaging to online classrooms, including audio, video and screen sharing
  • Helps students and educators become more productive with a 25GB mailbox that unifies email and voicemail (Unified Messaging)
  • Makes scheduling easier by showing who and what resources are available, such as projectors or meeting rooms
  • Allow users to see whether other students or educators are online


Learning from Anywhere

  • Provide users anywhere-access to their email, assignments and calendar on nearly any device*
  • Works with devices that students and educators use most — including PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry
  • Rich experience with Outlook Web App on a broad set of browsers or offline access via Office desktop applications on PCs and Macs
  • View and edit assignments with Office Web Apps across a broad range of browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome)
  • Connect securely over Internet with HTTPS without the need for VPN.


Lower Costs

  • Reduce the time and effort spent managing email and collaboration servers, such as patch upgrades and security updates, while still keeping you in control
  • 24/7, IT professional phone support or via electronic ticketing
  • Hybrid deployment scenarios allow on-premises and online users to work together seamlessly
  • Simplified management with a single administration centre with role based access
  • Ease of interoperability with existing systems, such as SunGuard and Blackboard, through extensible platform.


Enterprise Security, Reliability and Privacy

  • Same 99.9% uptime commitment, backed by a SLA, as Office 365 for enterprises
  • Safeguard your data with enterprise-grade reliability, disaster recovery capabilities, geo-redundant, replicated, data centres and a strict privacy policy
  • Helps protect your email environment with premium anti-spam and antivirus protection provided by multiple virus scanning engines
  • Helps customers comply with ISO 27001, SAS 70 Type I, FERPA, HIPAA, FISMA, EU Safe Harbour Seal
  • Configure services to meet your institution’s unique needs and give your users access to only the services they need


3 thoughts on “More information on Office 365 for Education

  1. Daniel

    G’day Alex

    Any idea when Office 365 will be rolled out to Education. I am currently trialing Live@Edu and plan to migrate all students and staff for the start of the 2011 school year….



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