Live@edu: Windows Live for the Academe

Posted on January 12, 2011

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Windows Live is a set of services and software from Microsoft.  Some of them are accessible via browser, while there also client applications that allow you to access these services.  These services are actually free, all you have to do is sign up for a Live account.  If you have a @hotmail.com or even an Xbox Live account, these are considered as Live accounts and you can already start using Windows Live.

Here are some of the services that can be accessed via PC or mobile browser:

  • Hotmail: Webmail service with integrated online Windows Live Messenger
  • SkyDrive: 25 GB of online file storage with privacy settings
  • Office: View and edit Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote documents online
  • Groups: Mailing list for sharing and collaboration

On the other hand, these are the software that can installed from Windows Live Essentials:

  • Mail: Sync your Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo! Mail Plus account so you can read your email the next time you are offline
  • Messenger: Instant Messaging not only to Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger contacts as well as Facebook friends
  • Mesh:  Synchronize files across PCs, Macs, mobile devices and SkyDrive
  • Movie Maker: Video editing software with publishing capability
  • Photo Gallery: Photo management and sharing tool with photo stitching and face recognition capabilities
  • Writer: WYSIWYG editor for blogs like WordPress, Live Journal, Blogger, etc.

Live@edu is basically Windows Live for academic institutions.  What’s nice with Live@edu is that schools can have a customized domain instead of having the usual @live.com account.  Also, Live@edu users can access their e-mail using Outlook Web App.  Another benefit for Live@edu schools is that they also have access to Dreamspark, where they can download developer tools for free.  Some of the schools using Live@edu are Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Mapua Institute of Technology as well as the Junior Philippine Computer Society.  Learn more about Live@edu through their official Facebook account.

In the meantime, here’s a video showing the use Windows Live in the academe:

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