Free internet based services and other tools from Microsoft.

I got asked for a list of what we can offer for free recently… of course Live@edu topped the list 🙂 there was a lot more however.  My thanks to Scott Thompson from MS for helping me pull this together.  You can download a word document of this content here.

Live@edu – a complete solution from Microsoft for your school’s email and collaboration needs for students:





A free co-branded service offering student email (Outlook Live) and a range of collaborative online services.

Internet based services that you can access through your browser:




Office Live Workspace

Online storage and sharing for teachers:

· Allow students anywhere, anytime to access class information

· Store course material, assignments, and class notes, and distribute them instantly

· Manage schedules, due dates, and calendars in one place

· Save money (and trees) by printing fewer documents


25GB of online storage – your USB stick in the cloud. Access your files from anywhere.

Live Groups

Create social or class groups for sharing, discussion and collaboration, features include:

· Discussions

· Calendar

· Group SkyDrive for file and photo sharing


Stitch photos together into an interactive and immersive panorama. Capabilities include:

· Walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle

· Zoom in or out of a photo

· See where pictures were taken in relation to one another

· Smoothly change viewing angle between nearby photos

· Smoothly zoom in and out of high-resolution photos

· Find similar photos to the one you’re currently viewing

· Send pictures

Microsoft Translator

Language translation tool that can translate text excerpts or complete web pages into a range of languages.

Live Spaces

Blogging and social networking platform. Teachers can use this to maintain a blog for their class. Students can use this to blog on academic activities, or to build themselves an ePortfolio of their work.

Worldwide Telescope

Explore the galaxies interactively in schools lessons.


A video streaming service offering 10GB of storage.

PC utilities that can integrate with online services:




Windows Live Photo Gallery

A photo management application that has a range of editing and tagging tools. The tool can also be configured to upload photos to a range of online photo galleries.

Windows Live Movie Maker

Video editing software that can be used to produce a wide variety of end products.

Search Together

An experimental add-in for Internet Explorer that allows users to search collaboratively on topics.

Widows Live Writer

A tool that allows a user to create rich blog posts on their blog platform of choice. Works with Windows Live Spaces, and more.

Other useful free tools:





Useful tool that can zoom in and out of portions of your screen when used with a data projector.

Community Clips

Record your desktop screen, with audio, and produce a wmv file of the end result that can be published to the web, emailed, or otherwise.


Works in conjunction with PowerPoint and allows users to give more of a free-form presentation as opposed to the ‘normal’ sequential presentation.

Sticky Sorter

Support virtual collaboration in managing your next class brainstorm session.

Image Composite Editor

An advanced panoramic image stitcher. The application takes a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location and creates a high-resolution panorama incorporating all the source images at full resolution.

Microsoft Math: Word 2007 Add-in

Makes it easy to create graphs, perform calculations, and solve for variables with equations created in Word.

Teacher Resources:




Teacher Toolbox

A load of free resources that a teacher can use in the classroom. Lesson plans, templates, clipart, media, and more

Innovative Teachers Network

An online community for teachers containing:

· Discussion fora on various topics

· Virtual Classroom Tours

· Professional Development

· Career mentoring for kids

· Peer Coaching tools

· Lesson plans and artifacts


2 Responses to Free internet based services and other tools from Microsoft.

  1. Sally says:

    It\’s not Microsoft but it\’s a very useful translation tool MyMemory

  2. AGHOGHO says:

    Good Information. I hope people start using this tools. I will be on a Conference next Week. Hope to pass some information to them. Thanks

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