Web/Portals


Microsoft Unveils Exchange and SharePoint as Services

Microsoft exec Stephen Elop on Monday announced two hosted solutions from Microsoft--Exchange Online and SharePoint Online--which are now available to organizations of all sizes in the United States. The software, paid for by annual subscriptions, is hosted on Microsoft's servers and supported by Microsoft's channel partners.

State-wide New Mexico E-learning Program Adopts Wimba for Collaboration

New Mexico's Innovative Digital Education and Learning program (IDEAL-NM) has selected the Wimba Collaboration Suite to pilot as its statewide collaborative learning platform. IDEAL-NM will deploy Wimba's in its statewide network of K-12 and higher education institutions, which includes 89 districts and 22 college campuses, to enhance student engagement and collaboration and increase learning outcomes.

Bringing Student Web "Stuff" to Campus Enterprise Systems

How can an institution incorporate Web 2.0 learning opportunities for students, and evidence of learning from those opportunities, into existing campus technologies and processes? PlugJam is providing part of the answer.

CourseCast Integrates Closed-Captioning Service

Software developer Panopto is reporting that it has partnered with Automatic Sync Technologies to integrate closed captioning into its CourseCast lecture capture system. The solution was developed jointly on behalf of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which is using the system to capture, caption, and publish classroom presentations.

Office Web Apps Will Work on iPhones

Microsoft's Office Web applications, announced late last month at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference, will work on "multiple platforms," including Apple's iPhone, according to a Microsoft Channel 10 blog.



Microsoft To Add Smooth Streaming in IIS7

Web sites will be able to get improved bandwidth management for streaming media using a new extension to the Microsoft Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7) Web server. The extension, earlier this month, is called "IIS Smooth Streaming."

Delta iTunes U Enhances Learning in a Familiar Web 2.0 Environment

Students now expect to use interactive, Web2.0 applications in their education environments. As part of a strategy to meet such expectations, Delta College in Michigan launched an online Delta iTunes U environment this fall.

Dimdim Launches Hosted Virtual Classroom

Videoconferencing software developer Dimdim recently announced that it's releasing a Web-based conferencing solution specifically for education. The company's new Dimdim Virtual Classroom Pack, which debuted late last month, allows 10 teachers to host up to 40 students at a time in an online environment.

Open Source Java Libraries Debut for uPortal

Phoenix-based Cernunnos Team has announced the public launch of Cernunnos 1.0.0, a set of Java component libraries for use with uPortal, an open source enterprise portal designed for universities.

Higher Ed Help Desk Platform Adds Web 2.0 Tools

RightAnswers has released new 5.0 versions of its Support Analyst and Self-Service Portal modules for its Unified Knowledge Suite. According to the company, the latest version of the IT help desk software includes more than 100 enhancements, including a number of new Web 2.0 features for customizing the end-user experience.