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Updated: AICTE Revokes Mandatory Installation Of Microsoft Office 365 In Educational Institutions

Updated: AICTE has agreed to remove the word mandatory from the memo served to 11,500 colleges with respect to installing Microsoft Office 365 due to opposition by representatives of the free software movement and several Parliamentarians, reports the Hindu. Earlier: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has made Microsoft Office 365 mandatory in all its associated educational institutions, free of charge. As part of the partnership with Microsoft, Malhaar iMarketing Advantage(IMA) will co-ordinate this adoption process, which has to be completed by June 30, 2013. (Hat Tip: @shwetank) According to the notification (pdf), Educational institutions will get Microsoft Exchange Online along with 10 GB inbox per student with 18MB attachment, Outlook calendar, 25 GB online storage space through Windows SkyDrive, Office web apps and 24/7 online support for students and administrators. Previously, in April 2012, AICTE had entered into a similar partnership with Microsoft to deploy Microsoft's…

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