Microsoft Education in the Cloud

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    We missed you! But that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up on our latest deployment webcasts any time you like! We record our webcasts so you can catch up on-demand, so below you’ll find both sessions embedded and available for download from Windows Live SkyDrive! Session 1 Click below to view the recording...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Distribution Groups–Part 1

    Hear, ye! Hear, ye! From secondary schools to universities there are lots of reasons why you’d want to send email to lots of users at once. Maybe it’s the meeting request for the weekly staff briefing, or a project deadline to your tutor group. Dynamic distribution groups are a great way to manage communication...
  • Blog Post: Learn how to deploy Live@edu on our free webcast!

    Only 24 hours to go! There are only a few hours to go before the second episode of our free webcast series – register today! In this second part we’ll be concentrating on deployment and migration, covering some basic scenarios, resources available and tips for best practice. Of course, we’ll also be...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu Upgrade Update

    By September 2013, all Live@edu customers will need to complete the upgrade to Office 365 for education. Microsoft will start to schedule your institution for the upgrade soon. By completing the upgrade process prior to the scheduled date, you control the upgrade timeline. Live@edu administrative changes...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2012!

    Yes, it’s finally time to pack away the Christmas decorations, reset the alarm clock for work and return to normality, but there’s no need to be disheartened because it’s almost time for BETT ! (Cue rapturous applause…) Come and see where it’s really happening, over on the public cloud pod at the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu - End of an Era

    It gives me great pleasure in announcing that we have now completed the Live@edu Upgrade program to Office 365. In the course of just a year, we have upgraded over 9 Million users, equating to 5000 customers; this has been no small feat by our engineering teams, nor our customers and a little celebration...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu Upgrade to Office 365 for education

    If you’re a Live@edu customer you might be wondering to yourself where you can find out more information about the upgrade to Office 365 for education. What do I need to plan for? When can I do it? How long does it take? What about SSO, ILM, PCNS, etc.? These are just some of the questions I bet you...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu sets a new all time high active user record, Office 365 starts blazing a trail

    According to Bing, 22 million could refer to a number of things today: the approximate population of Australia. the number of barrels of oil Ghana has produced since 2010 the number of workers that used a social network to land a job the number of active users of Microsoft's Live@edu service...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Migrating to Live@edu and Office 365 for education

    This Thursday, 1st March (St. David’s day, if you’re Welsh!), and again on the 6th of March, we’ll be running a webcast where you can learn about some of the different methods and tools there are to aid your migration to the cloud! The webcast will cover both services at a high level and there’ll be...
  • Blog Post: Automatic Replies & MailTips

    “Did you get my last email?” Have you ever sent an email to someone and wondered why you haven’t had a response? Is that distribution group you asked a question to ignoring you? Chances are you’ve encountered people who aren’t making best use of automatic replies and MailTips… Helpfully, both Live@edu...
  • Blog Post: Service Update: Sender Photo Enabled by Default

    Here’s a preview of the new Sender Photo feature that is enabled by default for all Outlook Live and Exchange Online users after the December 2011 Service Update . We’ve included some guidance on how to configure Sender Photo and how to disable it (in case a school requires that it be disabled). In the...
  • Blog Post: Update the Live@edu SSO Toolkit to maintain single sign-on access on Office 365 Education

    ** Update October 8, 2014 ** Please check the Office 365 Message Center for the most recent information on support for the Live@edu SSO Toolkit 4.5 Update in Office 365. The Message Center, inside the Office 365 admin center, is the best way to stay informed about updates to your Office 365 service...
  • Blog Post: Using more than 1 Windows Live ID at a time…

    Hotmail users, rejoice! A comment that I get quite often is that it’s “not possible to user more than one Live ID at a time”; that is to say that you can’t be logged into Live@edu at the same time as being logged into Windows Live Hotmail. That’s half true. Let me explain… Live@edu can provide the great...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I? Part of my day job is answering customer questions about all aspects of Live@edu – it’s not surprising that there are a number of frequently asked questions that seem to come up week after week. When I started working at here one of the first things my boss told me was: “Never answer the same...
  • Blog Post: Partner Event: Live@edu to Office 365

    If you are a UK customer and in the midst of planning and preparing for your upgrade to Office 365 from Live@edu , then why not check out this free webinar from Microsoft partner Salford Software . They are running a series of webinars that discuss the options of upgrading from Live@edu to Office 365...
  • Blog Post: The new Office 365 Education is here!

    Yesterday Microsoft launched the next generation of Office 365 , but did you know this included Office 365 Education as well? We first launched Office 365 for education last June and since then we’ve heard inspiring stories from our customers including Kilmarnock College and the University of West London...
  • Blog Post: Still using outlook.com?

    If you’re a Live@edu customer and you’re still using outlook.com to access your email then this blog post is for you! Microsoft has started inviting institutions using Live@edu to upgrade to Office 365 for education. Academic institutions using http://outlook.com for email access should update their...
  • Blog Post: Introduction Webcast Recordings

    Where were you? Did you miss out on our first two free webcasts all about Live@edu? Fear not! You can download and listen again to the recordings any time you like, as well as viewing the slides again – check out the slideshow below (embedded directly from SkyDrive!). Recording Links For the first webcast...
  • Blog Post: Pittsford School District goes Live@edu!

    Pittsford Central School District, in NY State has just rolled out Live@edu to their 6000 students.  Prior to this deployment, Pittsford had been struggling with inefficient communications between their teachers and students.  After a pilot ...read more
  • Blog Post: Configuring regional settings automatically

    Hello! Hej! હેલ્લો Ciao! Tere! नमस्ते Hallo! No matter where you are in the world it seems there’s a word for “hello”. Of course, it’s not always spelled the same way!   The same can be said for many other words, so making sure that you’ve got the correct regional settings configured is important...
  • Blog Post: FREE Activation Webcast

    Back to school Some of you will already be back to school – others will be dreading looking forward to the start of term next week. Whatever your situation you can’t escape the immutable fact that the start of term is a very busy time of year! The school hall won’t be this empty for long! For those who...
  • Blog Post: Vanderbilt CIO demos Windows Live Mesh 2011

    Vanderbilt CIO, Matthew Jett Hall, has recently posted a video covering how he uses our popular Windows Live Mesh cloud offering to ensure he ALWAYS has access to his files, wherever he happens to be. Vanderbilt recently started offering Live@edu to their ...read more
  • Blog Post: Florida Virtual School rolls out Exchange Online, and saves $2m

    Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is a leader in providing virtual Kindergarten–12 solutions to students throughout Florida, the United States, and the world. FLVS depends on email messaging more than most schools to connect students and teachers because ...read more
  • Blog Post: 5 Top Tips for upgrading from Live@edu to Office 365 for education

    I like to get out of the office whenever I can, and last week I visited a local junior school to help them with their upgrade from Live@edu to Office 365 for education. This was the first time I had hands on experience of a live upgrade, so here are my 5 top tips for upgrading from Live@edu to Office...
  • Blog Post: History Reimagined

    Man on the moon That was, like, 42 years ago, right?   Just imagine how many calculations – complex calculations – had to be performed to ensure every last detail was correct? The scary thing is there is probably more power in your mobile phone these days than they had at all back then. An exaggeration...