I just received the same message myself. Of course, it's "confidential".
I have been conducting some preliminary work on outsourcing student email/portfolio services. However, I have not been able to find a solution that is fully integrated with the credential scheme we need for many of our resources here at ASU. I intend to follow this closely, in order to at least understand what options may be out there in the future regarding the outsourcing of these services.
Mark A. Hoeting
Arkansas State University
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Text of the message from Microsoft is as follows:
I’m a product manager at Microsoft in Redmond, WA, writing to invite you to an online meeting this Thursday, April 7, to review an exciting program that Microsoft’s MSN plans to roll out for universities this fall. In this program, MSN will provide free communication services to universities for their students, including hosted student email, instant messaging, video conferencing, VOIP, and blogging.
For participating universities, MSN will provide 250 MB of storage per in-box, industry leading email spam and anti-virus protection, and custom domains such [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask], and/or [log in to unmask]
Universities will continue to be able to create, store, and manage student email address and passwords in the manner they do today, using Active Directory, LDAP, or other directory formats.
This program will be a great way for you to interact with your student constituents and to provide direct feedback to Microsoft, guiding our product roadmap. And you’ll be able to provide your students with valuable and reliable communication services actively used today by over 190 million people worldwide.
MSN is opening the program to 5 universities for the 2005-2006 academic year. After that, we hope to open the program to many more. And our intent is for the program to remain free.
If Arkansas State is interested in participating in our pilot program, even if with just a segment of your student or alumni on an opt-in basis, we’d love to hear from you. Please note, though, that we’re looking for schools to indicate interest by May 1, 2005, in order to be considered for one of the five spots.
We hope you can join us on Thursday (April 7). Please find the meeting details below. Also, we’d ask that you please keep this communication confidential and share it only with other faculty leadership within your institution as needed.
Kindest regards – Walt
From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv on behalf of Bob Gagne
Sent: Tue 4/5/2005 8:18 AM
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Subject: [CIO] MSN student/alumni email
Someone in our Alumni office passed a message on to me that he received regarding MSN's apparent pilot of a "free" service for student and alumni email. The service would offer "hotmail" for both students and alumni under a univeristy sub-domain and bring with it other MSN features like messenger, blogging etc.. curious....
Has anyoone else seen this?
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