For educational institutions, meeting accelerating technology demands with limited budgets is tough.  However, today the task seems a bit less daunting for millions of education customers worldwide. Moodlerooms released an open source plug-in that integrates Microsoft Live@edu with Moodle, the world's leading open source Learning Management System with 55 million users. This solution will bring Microsoft’s Live@edu email, calendar, instant messaging and Bing services right into the Moodle classroom environment, making it simple and easy for teachers and students to seamlessly access the quality, enterprise-level tools they need to effectively teach and learn online.  The plug-in is freely available to download from the moodle.org plug-in directory.

To learn more about the benefits for education customers, check out the below interview with Kwasi Asare of Moodlerooms and the Microsoft in Education blog.  Also, check back in the coming months as we highlight some of the schools taking advantage of the integrated Microsoft Live@edu and Moodle services.  In the meantime, let us know in the comments what other integrations you’d like to see between Microsoft and open source technologies.