Microsoft today announced that the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), the largest community college district in the U.S., has chosen Microsoft Live@edu over Google Apps for Education.
Microsoft and Google have been battling intensely for some of the same government and education clients. Just last month, the U.S. Department of Interior chose Google Apps for Government over Microsoft’s offerings to provide email and other cloud services.
The LACCD will use Microsoft Live@edu to provide cloud communication and collaboration services to its students, faculty and alumni, according to the Microsoft news release.
Live.edu is Microsoft’s hosted platform for student communication and collaboration. Its feature set includes email and calendars, file storage, document sharing, instant messaging, video chat and mobile e-mail, accessible through many Web browsers.
More than 10,000 schools in some 130 countries have enrolled in Live@edu, serving 22 million people worldwide, according to Microsoft.
In addition, over the next several months, Live@edu will be deployed to Microsoft’s largest cloud customer: The All India Council for Technical Education, which will use Live@edu for its 10,000 technical colleges and institutes throughout India, reaching 7.5 million users.