After AICTE (read: Microsoft Grabs The Largest Cloud Customer Ever, AICTE [10,000 Colleges, 7.5 Million Users), Microsoft has grabbed Delhi Public School and American School of Bombay, KR Mangalam for its Live@edu programme.
Microsoft Live@edu is a no-charge suite of communication and collaboration tools for students, faculty, staff and alumni that enable access to Microsoft Office Outlook Live for e-mail, Microsoft Office Live Workspace to share documents and collaborate, Windows Live Messenger for instant messaging, and Windows Live SkyDrive for 25 GB of online data storage space.
After evaluating several solutions to bring collaboration amongst the academician and administrator and finally embracing Microsoft’s cloud based email over Google. “ The cost of deploying a school wide messaging solution, which would cover over 5,017 students, 220 teachers, and 52 administrators would not have been feasible just from the sheer cost of acquisition and maintenance,” explains Mr. M.I.Hussain, Principal, DPS Mathura Road. “However, Live@edu brings the school at par with global institutions at no extra cost.”
Catching them young? Well, Google Apps team needs to revisit their India strategy (if there is one).