Exchange 2010 vs Live@edu
I've been asked to look at live@edu and just wanted to know if there are any benefits over Exchange 2010. We currently have an Exchange 2003 setup for all staff and students. This works well and all students have OWA as well.
As a school we can purchase educational licenses very cheaply. An upgrade to Exchange 2010 will cost us £89.00 for standard or £464.00 for the enterprise version. I've also got to factor in a new server and an upgrade to older 2003 client licenses.
All the papers I've read on the Microsoft site just mention Universities moving from their "old email system" and saving loads of money. No one ever says they dumped Exchange 2010 for live@edu or in fact any Exchange version.
So just what are the benefits? I can already see issues with bandwidth. We have 1 support staff who sends out the cover list via email to every teacher each money (300 of them). That could potentially be 300 separate attachment downloads each day.
And what about if I send an email to someone sitting next door. Email goes out into the cloud only to be downloaded again. Not very efficient.
I've also been reading about live@edu moving across to Office365 so that Microsoft can offer more advanced features (chargeable of course).
Any advice or thoughts would be helpful.