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ERIC Number: EJ897628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
Google and Microsoft[R] Go to School
Dessoff, Alan
District Administration, v46 n8 p61-66 Sep 2010
Steve Nelson, chief IT strategist for the Oregon Department of Education needed a new e-mail service that would provide security and privacy to users and found what he was looking for with Google Apps Education Edition. The Kentucky Department of Education wanted an improved capability to provide e-mail services to the more than 700,000 students, teachers and staff in the state's 174 districts. School users in the state were asking for more e-mail storage, as well as Web 2.0 technologies, and the department needed a way to integrate its active directory infrastructure with its hosted e-mail offering. Chuck Austin, who spearheaded the search for vendors in the department's office of education technology, selected Microsoft's Live@edu, and the state agency rolled it out over one May weekend. It was one of the largest and quickest deployments of the product, and the "largest and fastest cloud computing implementation of all time," according to Microsoft. Whether they are using Google or Microsoft, administrators are confident that the benefits of each validate the decisions they have made. This article discusses how these computing giants compete to provide powerful online applications to school districts--for free.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; New York; Oregon