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Microsoft's cloud for 70 lakh students

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) recently signed a contract with software giant Microsoft to run its Live@edu cloud service for the regulation of technical institutes across India.

Live@edu is a hosted communication and collaboration service that offers email, Microsoft Office Web Apps, instant messaging and storage. The service is expected to serve 70 lakh students along with 5 lakh staff members, making AICTE Microsoft's largest cloud customer.

The cloud-based solution will be deployed over a period of three months. Till September 2012, the service will be made available to over 10 thousand technical colleges and institute across the country.

Live@edu cloud service will help AICTE to carry out its charge of evaluating the curriculum and quality of education for all technical institutes. Also AICTE will be able to timely communicate with these colleges even if they are located in the remote districts of the country.

AICTE also plans to deploy Microsoft Office 365 later in 2012 providing access to Microsoft Exchange Online email and calendar, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Lync Online and Microsoft Office Professional.

News: India Colleges

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