edu, it misses out the private+business users of the other versions of Microsoft Live, which I'm sure will be over 10 million .
Last edited by teejay; 9th November 2011 at 11:44 AM.
Back to the OP:
Exchange internally give you local speed, and full control over it so you can customise it more, add extentions etc. Live@edu means les control, full dependence on the internet even for internal mail, internet link limited speed but also means that someone else looks after the hardware and software.
Exchange is not really that bad in my experience, pretty set and forget other than the odd service pack that breaks little things. Just give it a decent chunk of hardware and back it up regularly (to allow the logs and DBs to compress propperly) and its usually pretty happy.
Last edited by SYNACK; 9th November 2011 at 12:26 PM.
I'm talking about the specific education versions of these services though. I read an article from this year which stated that Google had been cagey about their figures for education take up, but that they were in the sub 10 million figure. Microsoft had equally been cagey, but said they were in excess of 10 million, or at least 10s of millions. I did not save the link, but I'm guessing a quick Google (irony noted!) would find it.
Irrespective of whether it's Google or Microsoft in terms of the online service, there are still advantages to having a local service instead. It's more the case for me of comparing the online vs. local in terms of what's best. I'm still thinking it's the latter for control reasons, despite the additional cost, and swayed by some of the views above about Live.edu.
The MS vs. Linux (etc.) debate is probably going to be no different here to anywhere else. We could switch the whole school to Linux, but it would require significant investment in terms of the time to do it and upgrading the skill of the team here. One of a number of reasons why it wouldn't be very practical just to be different.
Regarding the offline access point - realistically how often is your Internet connection down during work hours? Out of hours outages (i.e. on a snow day, for example, when people need access from home) are more likely to have a bigger impact, in which case a cloud service is an ideal way to ensure continuity of communications, whether that's email, IM or document storage.
Last edited by jamesbmarshall; 9th November 2011 at 02:47 PM. Reason: Spelling
We moved from a local exchange server to Live@edu 6 months ago.
Couldn't be happier really, its amazing having email just work instead of maintaining a server.
As already mentioned its ridiculously hard to do single sign on but as most of our teachers use outlook client which saves the login details its not really a problem for them.
The students have to sign in each time but they have got used to that now and not had a single complaint. Infact it makes it much easier because its the same process to sign on inside school as outside.
The 10gb storage, 99.9% uptime, virus scanning, and general ease of use make it well worth doing.
I seriously doubt in a couple of years time anyone will be running their own exchange server. Its like running a nuclear power station in your basement to heat your house
It really depends on how you're going to use it as to the choice between exchange and live@edu, for us it really is a mission critical form of communication during the school day for staff, so we run staff email on our own virtualised exchange servers. Student email isn't so critical, so that's on live@edu, partly because we lock it down on domains they can send/receive to/from which I find easier to manage on live@edu.
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