The Battle for Cloud-Based Education Services Heats Up as Kentucky Deploys Microsoft’s [email protected]

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#news Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Kentucky Department of Education announced last week that it has implemented Microsoft [email protected] to provide its cloud-based communications and collaboration tools to students, staff, and faculty statewide. The service will be available to more than 700,000 people, and the state predicts it will save $6.3 million in costs over the next four years by using the [email protected] [email protected] offers educational institutions free hosted, co-branded tools, including 10 GB of email storage, 25 GB of file storage, and access to calendars, document sharing, and instant-messaging.Kentucky and Microsoft boast that the migration from the stage’s old onsite Exchange service to the cloud-based one has been one of the quickest deployments – done over the course of one weekend, with over half a million people already accessing [email protected] in the state.According to Microsoft, [email protected] is now available in more than 10,000 schools in over 130 countries and serves 11 million people worldwide. Microsoft’s [email protected] versus Google’s Apps for EducationThe news from Microsoft and the Kentucky Department of Education follows on the heels of several recent announcements from Google in regards to their cloud-based educational offerings, including the Oregon Department of Education’s announcement last month that Google Apps for Education would be offered to schools statewide.According to their website, Google claims 8 millions students worldwide are using their Apps for Education, far fewer than the number served by Microsoft’s [email protected] Despite the demand for better collaborative tools in multiple enterprise and education markets, Google has experienced a number of setbacks with its push into the education realm recently, most notably with universities like Yale and < ahref=”http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=224700847″>UC Davis scrapping their plans to adopt the service.Nevertheless, some educators are pleased to see the battle for cloud-based communication and collaboration tools between these two tech giants, hoping that it will improve the product offerings made available for schools. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img