Professor Cochrane said the University carefully considered various options and the Microsoft solution was the culmination of discussions involving students, university administration and representatives of Microsoft and included an opt-in trial involving students from the Faculty of Information Technology.
“The service offers our students the advantage of a greatly increased mailbox capacity and attachment file size, a useful calendar, plus a number of improvements in related services, while retaining their identity as QUT students in their email addresses.
“As well as enhanced services to students, the university will benefit by having automated service upgrades, and better scalability and availability by deploying this software as a service offering from Microsoft.”
Professor Cochrane said the suite of innovative online applications and services included Microsoft Outlook Live, Microsoft Office Live Workspace and SkyDrive storage, and during the current semester the university’s 40,000 students would have access to the suite of applications and services.
One QUT student, Joyi Lu said the email system was extremely easy to use and had a familiar interface. “
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“More importantly,” she said, “the Microsoft hosted email solution prepares students for the workplace when they graduate from uni, where many companies are using similar products. So I guess QUT is once again fulfilling its motto of being a ‘university for the real world’.’’
According to Professor Cochrane, [email protected] made it possible to create long lasting communities, with e-mail addresses students can keep after they graduate, and a rich set of communication services universities could use to help maintain an ongoing relationship with graduates.
Microsoft Australia’s education director, Neil Jackson claimed that momentum continued to grow as universities across the country discovered the numerous benefits of deploying the Microsoft email service.
“This service represents Microsoft’s vision for providing schools with an economical way to meet the cutting-edge technology demands of students without compromising budgets,” he added.