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University of Pennsylvania Adopts Windows Live @ edu

Just noticed a press release from The University of Pennsylvania, stating that they have partnered with Microsoft to adopt the Windows Live @ edu programme to enhance the communications platform it offers to many of its students

So from the beginning of the fall semester, students in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School will have the option of using a customized version of Windows Live called Penn Live to access e-mail and a full suite of online communications services.

Penn Live will host student e-mail accounts, including support for both mobile and offline access.  The arrangement with Microsoft will provide students with 2 gigabytes of storage space.  Other features include calendaring and contact management; Windows Live Messenger instant messaging and file sharing; Windows Live Spaces for personal web publishing, blogging and photo sharing; and FolderShare, a private peer-to-peer network that allows users to synchronize files between multiple devices and share files with other student users.

Penn Live will initially be offered to students in SAS and Wharton, representing 13,000 of the University’s approximately 20,000 students.

The agreement is the culmination of a discussion involving students, University administration and representatives of Microsoft.

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