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The Microsoft Outlook Web App, a part of the Live@edu service, displayed as a pinned site in Windows Internet Explorer 9

Microsoft Live@edu is a free suite of hosted Microsoft services and applications that is intended for educational needs.[1]

The Live@edu program provides education institutions with a set of hosted collaboration services, communication tools, and mobile, desktop, and web-based applications, as well as data storage capabilities. The Live@edu suite includes Microsoft applications for collaboration including: Office Live Workspace,[2] Windows Live SkyDrive, Windows Live Spaces, Microsoft SharedView Beta, Microsoft Outlook Live, Windows Live Messenger, and Windows Live Alerts.[3]

The Live@edu suite is part of Microsoft Education Solutions. With the Microsoft Live ID, the student can sign-in and access multiple Microsoft applications such as Outlook Live, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Spaces, Windows Live SkyDrive, Windows Live Mobile, and others. Universities, colleges, and schools can enroll in the program through a free registration process.[4]

Microsoft Live@edu is currently in the process of transitioning to the Microsoft Office 365 service. Due to this, the Outlook Live Answers portal, a forum for asking questions on the Live@edu service, is now in read-only mode and will completely shut down effective December 17, 2012.[5] Furthermore, all current Live@edu customers must transition to plan A2, A3 or A4 of the Microsoft Office 365 services by the end of September 2013, meaning that the Live@edu service will shut down effective that date.[6] The transition to Microsoft Office 365 is now available to Live@edu customers and the transition may be performed automatically by Microsoft or manually by the customer. Plan A2 is free of charge to all verified institutions, while plan A3 and A4 are annual subscription plans with more services included.

The "light" version of the Outlook Web App, displayed to users using an unsupported web browser, such as Opera


  1. ^ "Live@edu rebranded: Introducing Office 365 for Education". Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Office LIve Workspace vs Google Docs Feature-by-Feature". Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Preparing Students for the Future". Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ Outlook Live Answers portal, retrieved December 2, 2012
  6. ^ Microsoft Live@edu Upgrade Center, retrieved December 2, 2012

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