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University of New Brunswick Adopts Microsoft Live edu for Students

Author: Communications

Posted on Jul 19, 2011

Category: myUNB

UNB students will have access to a rich suite of online tools that further support their academic and technology needs. Microsoft Canada and the University of New Brunswick (UNB) are pleased to announce that they are working together to bring Microsoft Live@edu, an innovative suite of online communication and collaboration tools, to UNB’s 11,000 students. With Live@edu, UNB students will have the advantage of a leading technology environment to support their successes inside and outside the classroom. “Microsoft Live@edu was selected because it directly supports our vision to delight users, reduce costs for the university and advance UNB’s mission of creating the premier university environment,” says Terry Nikkel, associate vice-president, Integrated Technology Services at UNB. “Technology plays a key role in our students’ lives and will be integral to their future careers. We’re looking forward to offering Live@edu to our students. It will help them excel in their university studies and will prepare them to be active participants in the Canadian and global workforce.” Microsoft Live@edu provides the flexibility of Office Web Apps that include web-optimized versions of Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint. UNB students will now be able to access these essential tools anywhere, anytime, on their PCs or mobile devices. Live@edu also includes Outlook for email plus a 10 GB inbox, and enables powerful document sharing and collaboration with 25GB of password-protected online storage.  UNB joins a rapidly growing community of 10,000 schools worldwide whose students are benefiting from the power of Live@edu. “With the implementation of Live@edu, UNB joins a growing number of universities providing the latest technology to help students prepare for their future careers,” says Shann McGrail, director of education, Microsoft Canada. “Collaboration software and services are increasingly being used in the workplace and employers expect a certain level of experience from new grads. UNB students now have access to the tools that will allow them to enter the workforce and hit the ground running.” About Live@edu Live@edu innovations include great tools such as:
  • Communication Services: Free, hosted email and calendaring with a 10 GB inbox and instant messaging through Outlook Live
  • Collaboration Services: Ability to access, share and collaborate through SkyDrive, with 25 GB of free online storage space
  • Productivity Services: Create, view, edit, and share Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files online with SkyDrive
More information about Microsoft Live@edu can be found at

About University of New Brunswick

Established in 1785, UNB is one of the oldest public universities in North America. More than 11,000 full- and part-time students from more than 100 countries are studying on campuses in Fredericton and Saint John and several thousand more take UNB courses online and at partner institutions around the world. As the largest research institution in New Brunswick, UNB conducts more than 75 per cent of the province’s university research. The university has an annual operating budget of more than $165 million and employs more than 3,500 faculty, staff and students.

About Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit -30- For more information contact: Natasha Ashfield, Communications Officer, University of New Brunswick (506) 458-7969 John Clute, High Road Communications on behalf of Microsoft Canada (416) 644-2267