The project entitles access to Internet based apps & services for 11,000 AICTE affiliated institutions across India. It will also provide a platform for students & teachers to interact on an education-specific platform. Microsoft is also working on a Placement Portal which will help over 7.5 million students post their CVs directly to prospective employers without going to paid Job Sites. It will also serve as a Bulletin Board for companies to post their requirements. Is this a threat to main stream sites?
The project titled Live@edu platform, will have two other offerings namely a project factory, and an academic networking site. In a show of philanthropy, Microsoft will not charge the organization as they claim it is part of their CSR initiatives.
The Academic Networking site will be similar to a social networking setup allowing students and teachers to exchange ideas and information.
Why initiate such a project?
Cloud Services offers very inexpensive solutions to managing huge data effectively across the globe with minimal investment on the part of the buyer. Such services pass on the complex computing requirements to the provider & hence deployment becomes fast & easy. Of late even giants like Amazon have begun to realize the potential such technologies have in India.
The project from Microsoft is expected to launch on 1st June, that is, before the Academic year starts!
If Microsoft can successfully pull this off in such a short amount of time we are confident many more large organizations & even Govt. may approach MS to get rid of their dusty old servers & get their data in the clouds. Additionally with Microsoft at the helm one can remain confident about data security.
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