VU Live Offers Free Microsoft Live@edu Services to All Undergraduates

VU Live Offers Free Microsoft Live@edu Services to All Undergraduates

On October 25th Vanderbilt in partnership with Microsoft announced VU Live to all undergraduate students. VU Live is the Vanderbilt branded offering of Microsoft’s Live@edu service, Microsoft’s equivalent of VU Gmail and Google Apps.

VU Live includes:
  • VU Live SkyDrive - 25GB of shared online storage
  • VU Office Live - online versions of popular Microsoft Office programs and
  • VU Outlook Live with Live Messenger - an online version of Outlook with integrated instant messaging.

VU Live is available to all undergraduates as a complement to, not a replacement of, the VU Gmail service. Students who wish can have their @vanderbilt.edu email delivered to VU Outlook Live and be entered in a drawing for an Xbox 360 or Zune. No matter where you get your email, the applications from VU Gmail and VU Live are available to undergraduates offering the best of both services.

Accessing VU Live

Links to each of the VU Live services, the latest news, and other helpful links are available at vulive.vanderbilt.edu. The services can be accessed directly with your VUnetID and password at skydrive.vanderbilt.edu, officelive.vanderbilt.edu, and outlooklive.vanderbilt.edu. If you wish to set up access to the services through your mobile device, or log-in from the Microsoft Live site, you must use your VU Live ID (not VUnetID) and set up an external password. To set up your external password and learn more, go to vulive.vanderbilt.edu and click on the Set External Password link, under Quick Links in the right side navigation bar.

VU Live SkyDrive

SkyDrive is a shared network space where up to 25GB of data can be stored. Files stored on your SkyDrive can be shared with classmates or anyone on the Internet. Your VU Office Live files will be automatically stored on your SkyDrive automatically (see below). You can store any type of file on SkyDrive, but there is a maximum file size of 50MB.
A quick reference guide for SkyDrive is available by visiting vulive.vanderbilt.edu and clicking on the SkyDrive info link, under Quick Links in the right side navigation bar.

VU Office Live
Office Live gives you access to online versions of the following Microsoft Programs:
  • Word – for word processing
  • Excel – a spreadsheet
  • PowerPoint – presentation program
  • OneNote – note taking/organizing program

The Office Live versions of these programs are not as full-featured as the versions that come with the full version of Microsoft Office; however, you can create new files and make basic edits to existing files. Office Live also integrates with Office 2010 or later (available free of charge at softwarestore.vanderbilt.edu), allowing you to open files from and save files to your SkyDrive and in some cases co-author (simultaneous editing) with collaborators.
More information about Office Live can be found at the official Microsoft site, officelive.microsoft.com.

VU Outlook Live with Live Messenger

Outlook Live is the online version of Microsoft Outlook. It behaves very much like the full-featured version of Outlook that comes with Microsoft Office. Students may choose to have their @vanderbilt.edu email delivered to VU Outlook Live instead of VU Gmail. To change your email delivery to VU Outlook Live, see the instructions at its.vanderbilt.edu/giveaway-modify-options. Students who set email delivery to VU Outlook Live before November 15th are eligible to win an Xbox 360 or 16GB Zune. See vulive.vanderbilt.edu for details.
Outlook Live also includes an integrated version of Live Messenger so you can see the availability of and instant message other Live Messenger users.
A quick reference guide for Outlook Live is available by visiting vulive.vanderbilt.edu and clicking on the Outlook info link, under Quick Links in the right side navigation bar.

Assistance

If you have other questions about VU Live, please see the information pages and the FAQ at vulive.vanderbilt.edu.