A timely snapshot
Three major UK universities – UCL, Manchester Metropolitan and Royal Holloway – have migrated their email service to Microsoft's hosted email solution, Live@edu, saying they chose this over Google's free solution, Google Mail, because it satisified data protection requirements.
Chris Randle, IT director at UCL, said: "Data protection was a major factor for us. Microsoft could tell the university exactly where its data would be held and said that it would keep the content of all emails private.
“The company assured us all data would be stored within its Dublin datacentre, which satisfied our data protection requirements.
“Additionally, Microsoft does not intercept mail or use any of the information to develop marketing initiatives or advertising so all data would remain private,” he added.