Office Live Workspace, the Web-based feature of Microsoft Office announced today that it has over 400 schools from more than 30 countries participating in its program.
An advertisement funded version of Microsoft Office always been rumoured but it now appear that its pre-runner product is growing rapidly, primarily among Schools and Universities.
Microsoft have been testing this product under another name called the Live@edu program which offers students e-mail storage space to 5 GB, up to 1 GB of password-protected online storage space, automatic e-mail reply, and IP address whitelisting, which keeps e-mail messages sent from university mail servers from getting caught in spam filters.
"Our continued aim is to offer education institutions the best choices of tools to meet the evolving needs of their organization, educators and increasingly tech-savvy students," said Alan Yates, general manager for the Worldwide Public Sector Education at Microsoft.
"Office Live Workspace provides storage in the cloud, cross-browser access and tight integration with desktop clients," said Scott Barker, director IT, University of Washington Information School. "This combination of architecture and features offers a great solution for faculty and
students where collaboration on group projects is critical and necessary."