University of Pennsylvania Launches Communications Suite
The University of Pennsylvania is launching a service for its students called "Penn Live." The aim of the program is to provide communications tools for students, such as e-mail, blogging, and photo sharing.
Penn Live is designed for students in Penn's School of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School--about 13,000 out of Penn's total of 20,000 students. The university is partnering with Microsoft to develop Penn Live, which is based on a custom version of Windows Live.
Said Ramin Sedehi, vice dean for finance and administration at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences: "This is really all about our students. We listened to what they had to say, and we were guided in our decisions by a student advisory board that evaluated different options. We’re excited that now we have identified a partner who can help us deliver on our vision for a state of the art communications platform."
Some of the features of Penn Live include:
- 2 GB of e-mail storage;
- Support for offline and mobile e-mail access (offline access provided through the use of a beta version of Windows Live Mail Desktop);
- Access to RSS feeds;
- Web calendaring;
- Contact management;
- Photo sharing;
- Instant messaging; and
- Access to Microsoft's version of MySpace, called Microsoft Live Spaces.
Students will be able to access their e-mail accounts even after they graduate, as long as they log in at least once a year.
Penn Live is slated to launch this fall.Read More: