Thursday, January 12, 2012

College partners with Microsoft to enhance student email

Daytona State College has partnered with Microsoft to bring students a new, more robust email interface, along with a suite of online services that can help them better organize their academic lives.
This month, the college switched its FalconMail system to a Microsoft-hosted system called Live@edu. It will be the primary means of electronic communication to students from non-academic college departments such as admissions, registration and financial aid.
“We expect that this transition to the new Live@edu system will provide a better college experience for our students,” said Roberto Lombardo, vice president of information technology.
In addition to sending and receiving FalconMail, with the new system, students can:
·         Create documents using free online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote
·         Get 25 GB of password-protected online document storage free through Microsoft SkyDrive
·         Share documents for group assignments
·         Create and participate in online groups
·         Instant Message through Windows Messenger
·         Get customized news through the Microsoft Network.

Student email addresses will remain the same as those under the old FalconMail system; however, students will be required to login to the college’s student portal and retrieve a temporary password in order to activate the new accounts.
Detailed instructions on how to use the new email system’s many features also are being provided on a  FalconMail FAQ page, including instructions regarding how students can transfer/upload email and documents from their old FalconMail account to the new one.