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Did You Know? Eight Tips for Making the Most of Microsoft Live@edu
Millions of students use Microsoft Live@edu to manage their e-mail, but there is much more that
you can do with the service. Did you know that Live@edu can help you reduce your phone bill,
connect to Xbox LIVE, publish a blog and share photos? What about sharing photos, getting e-
mail on your phone or storing files online? Here are eight Live@edu tips to help students make
the most of their Live@edu accounts:
Tip 1: Manage your contacts and schedule appointments with friends
• You can manage your contacts, calendar and task lists with Live@edu. Schedule
appointments with friends by sending them meeting requests — they’ll get an e-mail and can
accept your meeting request or propose a new time. You can even share your calendar with
other Live@edu users, allowing you to coordinate schedules.
- Step 1: To schedule a poli-sci project meeting for tomorrow at the local cafe, click on the
calendar pane and select New, then Event.
- Step 2: Fill in the meeting details. Type in your project partners’ e-mail addresses, put in
tomorrow’s date, the meeting time and “Cafe,” and hit Send. Invitees will get a meeting
request in their e-mail and can choose to accept or decline.
- Step 3: You can share your calendar with anyone at your school who has a Live@edu ID
(or publish it online where anyone can see it) by clicking Sharing, then Share Your
Calendar, and answering the questions about how much you want to share.
Tip 2: Use Windows Live SkyDrive to access files virtually anywhere
• When you store files in SkyDrive storage, you can access them from any computer where
you have Internet access. So whether you are working from your parents’ house, a friend’s
place or just studying at the library, your files are at your fingertips.
- Step 1: Log in to http://skydrive.live.com with your Live@edu ID.
- Step 2: If you want to be able to share files with friends, click on Create Folder, give the
folder a name, and add who is allowed to view the folder by including the e-mail address
of people you want to have access. When you’re done, hit Next. You can always add
more people later.
- Step 3: Now you can literally drag and drop files into your Windows Live SkyDrive or
click Browse to upload files the old-fashioned way.
- Step 4: You can also create private folders, for files you want to be able to access from
any PC, or public folders, for files you want people to be able to access when you send
them the link.
Tip 3: Connect to Xbox LIVE or Zune Marketplace using your Live@edu ID
• Your Live@edu ID connects you with Xbox LIVE and Zune Marketplace by allowing you to
use a single ID and password for all your accounts.
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• After you have connected, play the music on your PC right from your Xbox 360 —
wirelessly. There are several ways to hook this up. You can use Media Center, which is built
into Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows
Vista Ultimate. If you don’t have Media Center, you can do it though Windows Media Player
11 or with your PC’s Zune software.
With Media Center:
- On your Xbox 360 console, go to Media, then select Windows Media Center. Follow the
onscreen instructions to finish setup.
With Windows Media Player:
- Step 1: Make sure you download the latest version of Windows Media Player. Then get
on Xbox and make sure it’s connected to the network. You’ll need to either be plugged in
via an Ethernet cable or have a wireless adapter (if you use Xbox LIVE, you’ve got this
- Step 2: In Windows Media Player, click Library and Media Sharing. Select Share My
Media, then OK. Windows Media Player will search for devices on your network.
- Step 3: Click on your console, then click Allow, then OK.
- Step 4: On your Xbox 360 console, in the Media area of the Xbox Dashboard, select
Music, Pictures, or Video.
- Step 5: If your PC’s content is not displayed, press X and select your PC.
You can even use your Zune software to stream media to your Xbox 360 just by enabling sharing
Tip 4: Save on your phone bill by using Windows Live Messenger Web Calling
• Long-distance relationships can be expensive. Stay in touch and save your cell phone
minutes by using Windows Live Messenger Web Calling.
- Step 1: In Windows Live Messenger, go to Menu, then Tools, then Audio and Video
Setup, and follow the instructions to confirm that you have working speakers, a
microphone and a Web cam. If you don’t have a Web cam, you can set up voice-only
- Step 2: To call a contact, go to Menu, then Action, then Call, then select where you
would like to call.
- Step 3: For video calls, go to Menu, then Action, then Video, then select Start Video Call.
- Step 4: Voila — no more insane phone bills.
Tip 5: Sync your Live@edu e-mail with your mobile phone
• Windows Live@edu allows push e-mail to Nokia and Windows Mobile phones. Just follow
these steps to start receiving e-mail on your mobile phone. You can also check with your
carrier to see if your phone supports this service.
- Step 1: Go to Start, then Messaging, then E-mail. Select “Set up a new account.”
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- Step 2: Follow the instructions and enter your Live@edu login and password to add an e-
mail account to your smartphone.
- Step 3: When the setup process finishes, your e-mail will load onto your phone. This may
take a few minutes.
- Step 4: Whenever you want to check your e-mail, select Start, then Messaging, then E-
mail and Select This Account to see your messages or send new ones.
- Step 5: You can set up multiple e-mail accounts to sync to your phone or sync your
phone and Microsoft Office Outlook to your Live@edu account.
Tip 6: Share your photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Photos
- Step 1: Download and install Windows Live Essentials, available at http://get.live.com.
- Step 2: Open Windows Live Photo Gallery and, when prompted, decide which folders to
- Step 3: Retouch your photos using the controls under Fix. Remove red eye, crop the
picture and adjust the color.
- Step 4: Click on Publish to send your photos directly to an online album or Flickr, or
even send videos to Soapbox on MSN Video.
- Step 5: If you choose to publish your Windows Live Space, click Make, then Make a
Blog Post. To make a blog post, you’ll need to log in using your Live@edu ID.
- Step 6: Your new online photo gallery will pop up. You can send the link to people, share
it on Facebook, embed it on Web sites and blogs, or order prints.
- Step 7: From Windows Live Photo Gallery, you can easily publish photos to Windows
Live Photos at http://photos.live.com, the Web service that also acts as an online photo
Tip 7: Collaborate on a group project using Microsoft Office Live Workspace
• Office Live Workspace allows your group project partners to keep all your materials in one
central place, manage joint calendars and task lists, and even make changes to the same
document at the same time.
- Step 1: Start by going to http://workspace.office.live.com and signing in using your
- Step 2: Click on the New Workspace button on the left panel and select a type. For a
group project, the Classes, Projects, and Study Group templates may be particularly
- Step 3: Click Add Document to add the project report your team is working on.
- Step 4: You can even open documents directly from your Workspace, make edits with
your Microsoft Office 2003 or Microsoft Office 2007 application, and save the
document back to your Workspace with one click. Click Edit to open a document, and
you’ll be prompted to install the Office Live Add-in for Microsoft Office.
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- Step 5: You can also view Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Office PowerPoint and
Microsoft Office Excel files without having Microsoft Office installed on your PC by
clicking and opening them inside Windows Internet Explorer.
- Step 6: Once you have the Add-in installed, Office Word, Office Excel, and Office
PowerPoint will be able to connect with your Workspace so you can open documents
stored there, edit them, and save them back again.
- Step 7: Share your Workspace with your classmates by clicking Share at the top right of
the Workspace and entering their e-mail addresses along with a message. Office Live will
send them an e-mail invitation so they can log in and view the files.
- Step 8: Now you can all work from the same copy of the document. Even more powerful
is the ability to send e-mails to the whole group with one click and create a joint calendar
and task list.
- Step 9: Using SharedView, you and your teammate can edit the same document at the
same time. Click “Share” to download Microsoft SharedView and start collaborating in
Tip 8: Write a blog using Windows Live Writer
• Whether you want to share the latest news about your band or simply keep your friends
updated on life at college, a blog is a great way to do it. Using Windows Live Writer, you can
easily write and publish a blog post.
- Step 1: Download and install Windows Live Essentials, available at http://get.live.com.
- Step 2: Open Windows Live Writer and, when prompted, either select which blog service
provider you use, or choose “I don’t have a blog. Create one on Windows Live for me.”
- Step 3: If Windows Live Writer creates a blog for you, decide on a theme. You can select
one of the templates or create your own.
- Step 4: If you already have a blog set up with a different service, click “Other Blog
Service,” and then you can enter your blog’s Web address, username and password.
- Step 5: Start writing your thoughts and click on Publish to send your message to the
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