RM Education and Microsoft Corp. have announced a new partnership that opens a world of new opportunities. Over 4.5 million staff, students and parents have access to the RM Learning Platform - a secure, virtual learning and social networking environment designed for education. Under the new agreement, staff and students using RM's award winning platform will have free, dynamic and seamless access to Microsoft's popular Live@edu services.
Billy McNeil, Director of Development at RM, said: "This is an exciting development for our customers. As well as developing our own cloud services for schools and authorities, the learning platform is built using standards that enable us to integrate a variety of innovative technologies and services that benefit our customers. Live@edu was the obvious choice - it complements our existing services, and in a period where there is immense pressure on school budgets, free email and storage are extremely welcome."
Microsoft's Live@edu service is a free suite of easy-to-use online services for staff and students. More than 10,000 institutions in more than 130 countries have enrolled in Live@edu, serving 11million students around the world.
Steve Beswick, Senior Director of Education at Microsoft UK, said: "We've worked closely with RM Education for many years, and this latest development partnership will enable us to reach and help even more schools. RM's technical expertise and experience in education, combined with Microsoft's scale and the Live@edu communication and productivity features, will enable schools and authorities/districts to offer the world class e-learning tools their students and teachers need."
Once complete, integration will bring a number of benefits. The RM Learning Platform identity management system will enable schools to choose to automatically create Live@edu accounts, reducing administration overheads, while staff and students will benefit from single sign-on between the two systems - no need to remember another username and password. Integration will be achieved using a number of standards including SIF, the Systems Interoperability Framework.
RM provide virtual learning, communication and collaboration services to over 6,500 education organisations worldwide. The RM Learning Platform is powered by Microsoft Office SharePoint Server and in November 2010 won the Award of Excellence from Tech & Learning Magazine. RM are also active members of the SIF Association and committed to the global use and promotion of standards to achieve interoperability.
Microsoft Live@edu offers each user Outlook Live email including a 10GB inbox, a calendar, Forefront antispam and antivirus filtering, and optional services including a personal 25GB online Skydrive, instant messaging, video chat, mobile e-mail, Office Web Applications and document sharing.