EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

03.20.09

Microsoft’s Live@Edu Scam Finally Leaked

Posted in Microsoft, Vista 7, Windows at 7:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Addiction, lock-in with strings

“They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”

Bill Gates

Summary: Microsoft’s programme for attaching lock-in to schools and schoolchildren (or colleges) is exposed

LIVE@edu remains predatory lock-in which is targeted at children and adolescents. We previously covered this problem in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] and we finally have proof and details, not just examples of the consequences.

“This is a glaring example of schwag-giving.”As this leaked Microsoft Live@Edu offer [ODF] shows, they use the programme to push lock-in like Windows Vista and Exchange along with the rest of the bundle. The person who sent this to us labeled it “evidence of Microsoft bribes.” We append the document at the bottom, as text.

Check out this part:

6. Become the most sought-after person on campus
7. And yes, win cool prizes –

  • All MSPs who successfully deploy and launch Live@Edu or MSDN AA using ELMS in their college will receive a Live@Edu goody bag
  • Top 3 colleges with maximum number of active LiveIDs and software downloads at the end of 31st of December win 4 Windows Mobile Phones (one each for the Principal, your department HOD, Faculty Champion and one for you!)

This is a glaring example of schwag-giving. We have seen that before, e.g. in Vista 7 promotion and European campuses. Even professors get bribed.

Also noteworthy:

4. What if my faculty does not agree or doubts me?
In such a scenario, please organize a call for us with your faculty. We will try to convince them to participate in the program.

This happens to also refer to ELMS, which was leaked quite recently. There might be more leaks coming pretty soon because not every academic institution is pleased to have Microsoft, a vicious monopoly abuser, behave in such a fashion. Some people suppose that even the Democrat’s CIO, who was hostile towards Microsoft’s offerings, is being targeted by Microsoft. He got pulled out and into ‘leave’ — maybe permanent.

Yesterday afternoon someone sent us this article about Microsoft in Malta. These moves from Microsoft in Malta’s education we recently wrote about in [1, 2] and it may be related to EDGI.


Appendix: Microsoft Live@Edu, as Text


Microsoft Live@Edu

With Microsoft Live@Edu, each student in your institute can have their official college email ID, hosted with Microsoft using either Windows Live Hotmail® or Exchange Labs for free.
 
Microsoft Live@edu is a platform that supports the collaborative campus of the 21st century. With 10 gigabytes (GB) of storage (using Exchange Labs), Office Live Workspaces, Windows Live SkyDrive, Microsoft SharedView and other Live offerings, you can participate in online tutorials, collaborate on  assignments, debate with faculty, and build lifelong relationships with your institution.
 
Read more about Microsoft Live@Edu at – http://get.liveatedu.com
 

MSDN Academic Alliance

MSDN Academic Alliance provides the easiest and most inexpensive way for universities to make the latest Microsoft software available in labs, classrooms and student PCs. With one simple agreement and a distribution system created for academic needs, MSDN Academic Alliance offers immense value, flexibility and convenience for your institute (and not to mention genuine Microsoft software for all of you).
 
This software may be installed on any number of departmental lab machines. The software must be used only for instructional and research purposes. It may not be used to run the infrastructure of the department. In addition, the department’s faculty and students may check-out or download the software to install on their personal computers for non-commercial use at no additional charge (Did we mention that Windows Vista is part of MSDN AA? :-)).
 
Read more about MSDN Academic Alliance at http://www.msdnaa.net
 
 
So, here’s the plan…
1.     Read all about Microsoft Live@Edu and MSDN AA
2.     Contact your faculty and get a faculty champion who will support you to deploy Live@Edu and/or MSDN AA and sign up your institute for this initiative before 15th October 2008
3.     Help us deploy Live@Edu and MSDN AA
4.     Provide your peers with their official email IDs and genuine Microsoft software
5.     Collect 140 activity points on www.student-partners.com
6.     Become the most sought-after person on campus
7.     And yes, win cool prizes –

            
  • All MSPs who successfully deploy and launch Live@Edu or MSDN AA using ELMS in their college will receive a Live@Edu goody bag
  •         

  • Top 3 colleges with maximum number of active LiveIDs and software downloads at the end of 31st of December win 4 Windows Mobile Phones (one each for the Principal, your department HOD, Faculty Champion and one for you!)

 


Are you game?
Sign up your institute for either Live@Edu or MSDN AA today by replying back to this email with the following information –
        - College Name:
        - Faculty Name:
        - Faculty Designation:
        - Faculty Contact Number:
        - Faculty Email Address:
        - Interested in (Live@Edu or MSDN AA or Both):
Once we receive this information, we will contact you with next steps to sign up.
 
Frequently asked questions –
1.     Does my college need to sign up for both MSDN AA and Live@Edu?
While it is recommended that your college sign up for both, they could go for either one program as well.

2.     What kind of support will we be provided?
Microsoft, will provide you with step-by-step guides and marketing collateral (check out http://go.liveatedu.com/ for all the content that we are putting together for you). We will also, set up a license management server to help your institute distribute the software from MSDN AA to all the students. Additionally, if you get stuck, we are there to help you on the way. Just drop us an email at msdnaain@microsoft.com.

3.     Till when is the program valid?
While there is no time limitation on when the institutes can sign up for the program we would strongly recommend that you confirm your institute participation before 15th October 2008. We may not be able to provide strong support to institutes which confirm after this date.

4.     What if my faculty does not agree or doubts me?
In such a scenario, please organize a call for us with your faculty. We will try to convince them to participate in the program.

5.     Is a faculty champion must?
Since the sign up procedure for Live@Edu and MSDN AA requires someone from the institute to register for the program, we must have a faculty champion. We also believe that having a faculty supporting is essential for the long term success of the program.

6.     Are there any costs associated with these programs?
Live@Edu using Hotmail is completely free while if you choose Exchange Labs for deployment, it is for students but there is a small fee in case the institute wants to use the same for their faculty or alumni.
There is small, annual, subscription fee for MSDN AA.

7.     How will I know how many active IDs and software downloads my peers are doing?
Don’t worry, we will share this information (along with the leader board) on a monthly basis so that you can keep track of you score.

8.     Can I know if my college already has MSDN AA or Live@Edu?
Please drop us an email and we will let you know if you college has already subscribed to MSDN AA or Live@Edu.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Links 28/8/2014: Many New Games, CTO of Red Hat Steps Down

    Links for the day



  2. We Are Gradually Winning the Battle Against Software Patents

    The once-elusive war on software patents is finally leading to some breakthrough and even the Federal Circuit reinforces the trend of software patents' demise



  3. Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Companies Versus FOSS Moles (VMware, Sonatype, Xamarin)

    A look at three entities which pretend to be pro-FOSS but are actually FOSS-hostile and very much determined to replace FOSS with proprietary software



  4. Links 27/8/2014: GNU/Linux in Space, China, LinuxCon

    Links for the day



  5. FUD Against Google and FOSS Security Amid Microsoft Windows Security Blunders

    In the age of widespread fraud due to Microsoft Windows with its back doors there is an attempt to shift focus to already-fixed flaws/deficiencies in competitors of Microsoft



  6. Microsoft Spin Watch: IDG Turns to More Microsoft Propaganda, Hires Microsoft Boosters

    Media in Microsoft's pocket is telling Microsoft's lies and deceives the public for Microsoft's bottom line



  7. Microsoft's Massive Tax Evasion Becomes Better Known

    A new report about Microsoft's admission that it plays dirty tricks with tax (sometimes using moles in government) is increasing awareness of Microsoft's criminal aspects



  8. Links 25/8/2014: China's Linux Revolution Imminent

    Links for the day



  9. Links 24/8/2014: GNU/Linux Specialisation and Benchmarks

    Links for the day



  10. Links 23/8/2014: GNU/Linux Growth

    Links for the day



  11. Microsoft-Funded Attacks on Android Security and Patent/Copyright

    A look back at examples of people who smear Android and are receiving (or received) money from Microsoft



  12. Blowback in Chile and Munich After Microsoft Intervention

    Microsoft's attacks on the digital sovereignty of countries involves lobbying, corruption, an attack on standards (e.g. ODF), an attack on FOSS policies, and even an attack on accurate reporting (truth itself)



  13. The End of Microsoft is Nigh

    A look back at a tough year for Microsoft and a not-so-promising future



  14. Links 22/8/2014: Linux Foundation LFCS, LFCE

    Links for the day



  15. UPS Burned by Microsoft Windows, Gives Away Massive Number of Credit Card Details

    UPS is the latest victim of Microsoft's shoddy back door with software on top of it (Windows); attempts to blame FOSS for data compromise actually divert attention from the real culprit, which is proprietary software



  16. Microsoft's Funding of ALEC and Other Systemic Corruption

    Microsoft role in writing of laws by proxy, via groups such as ALEC



  17. Microsoft is Still Preying on British Taxpayers, Playing Politics

    Some news from the UK showing how Microsoft uses politics to extract money out of taxpayers, irrespective of their preferences



  18. Microsoft's Patent Troll Intellectual Ventures is Collapsing as 20% of Staff Laid Off

    More good news regarding the demise of patents as Microsoft's leading patent proxy is collapsing more rapidly than anyone ever imagined and software patents too are collectively doubted



  19. Links 21/8/2014: Conferences of Linux Foundation, Elephone Emerges

    Links for the day



  20. Links 20/8/2014: Linux Event, GNOME Milestone

    Links for the day



  21. Corruption Watch: Microsoft Lobbying Designed to Kill Chile's Free Software Policy and Promote Microsoft With Subsidies, More Dirty Tricks Emerge in Munich

    icrosoft is systematically attacking migrations to GNU, Linux and Free software, using dirty tricks, as always



  22. Vista 8 Such a Disaster That Even Microsoft Cannot Cope With It, Vapourware Tactics Start Early

    Microsoft's Windows-powered services are failing and Windows gets bricked by Microsoft patches, whereupon we are seeing yet more of Microsoft's vapourware tactics (focusing in imaginary, non-existent versions of Windows)



  23. On BlackBerry and Other Patent Trolls

    A roundup regarding patent trolls, starting with the bigger and latest joiner, BlackBerry's new patents apparatus



  24. Links 19/8/2014: Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 Betrayal, Mercedes-Benz Runs GNU/Linux

    Links for the day



  25. BlackBerry -- Like Microsoft Nokia -- Could be the Next Patent Proxy Troll

    BlackBerry is restructuring for patent assertion (i.e. trolling) in the wake of some alliances with Microsoft



  26. After Microsoft's Soft Bribe Some Non-Technical Deputy Does Not Like Free Software, Microsoft-Linked Media Responds to This Non-News by Making Bogus Claims of Munich Leaving GNU/Linux (Updated)

    The subversive forces that have secretly been attacking Munich over its migration to GNU/Linux (Microsoft press, Gartner, and even HP) are back to doing it while China and Russia follow Munich's lead



  27. Gates Foundation CFO Quits and Debate About Revolving Doors Recalled Amid Systematic and Shrewd Bribery of Public Officials

    More officials step out of the Gates Foundation and their destination is not known yet; Gates continues to corrupt the public sector with his money so as to increase personal gain at taxpayers' expense



  28. Links 19/8/2014: GNU/Linux Raves and Alternative to Proprietary Voice Chat

    Links for the day



  29. Links 18/8/2014: Linux 3.17 RC1, Escalation in Ferguson

    Links for the day



  30. Gartner Group Advocates Using Defective Software With Back Doors

    Despite strong evidence that Microsoft has been complicit in illegal surveillance, Gartner continues to recommend the use of Windows and other espionage-ready Microsoft software


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts