Microsoft's Wildcat Win
Education is clearly a big deal for Microsoft and its cloud computing offerings. In May, Microsoft was delighted to reveal that it had won the cloud computing contract for the University of Arizona, home of the Wildcats. The deal moved 18,000 faculty and staff members to Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) for communication and collaboration. Microsoft updated the university's aging and outdated e-mail system and calendaring to a centralized system where users get 10-GB mailboxes and features like IM, presence and online meetings.
Following the faculty and staff move, the University of Arizona also plans to give students the option to sign up for a Windows Live ID on Microsoft's Live@edu service for Office Web Apps and Windows Live SkyDrive, along with other cloud computing services.