State University System of New York to Move to Microsoft’s Cloud

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Microsoft has announced an agreement with the State University of New York to move its 64 campuses to the company’s cloud computing system.

The Live@edu suite of communications and other tools will be available to the some 465,000 SUNY students as each campus opts in.

Monroe Community College was the first in the system to adopt Microsoft’s cloud three years ago to its 19,000 students, and is now projecting savings of $600,000 over the next five years. In total, 70,000 students in the SUNY system are already part of the Live@edu cloud.

Cloud computing, not just a savings vehicle, is also a way to promote sustainability, reduce paper waste, and more.

“SUNY is joining a growing class of higher education institutions that is committed to career readiness and making sure its students are able to enter the work force and hit the ground running,” said Sig Behrens, general manager for U.S. Education at Microsoft. “By using Live@edu to communicate with their friends and professors, submit homework, write reports, prepare presentations, and share online documents for class projects, students are gaining experience and software skills employers are looking for.”

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