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| The decision to outsource the University of Texas-Pan American's
| 17,000 student e-mail accounts to Microsoft Corp. for free was a
| simple one for Gary Wiggins, the school's top IT administrator.
| The University of Texas Pan-American is not alone in linking up
| with Microsoft. The world's largest software maker has clinched
| deals to host e-mail systems for 72 institutions around the world
| and is in active discussions to add almost 200 more schools.
| The logic goes like this: E-mail gets Microsoft's foot in the door,
| but the student user can also send instant messages, maintain a contact
| list and even create a blog under the same profile.
| The more services that the students use, the more likely they will
| remain heavy Windows Live users once they graduate, especially if
| they can continue to receive e-mails at the same address for years
| to come.
Our University uses Horde, which is FOSS by the way. But have some of the
world's IT managers gone nuts? Adverts in academic E-mail accounts and
tuition fees that get spent on commercial, third-party services?