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Posted: September 28, 2010 in Live@Edu

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Live@edu student induction

Posted: September 16, 2010 in Live@Edu
Live@edu is our new student email service. Beyond email, it does lots of other useful things: calendars, contacts list, groups, document and photo sharing, Microsoft Office Web App, blogs, file storage and more.

If you are a returning student you should no longer use our old Outlook Web Access system. However, this will remain available for a short while so you can read your archived messages.

Your Live@edu account is accessible through My.Anglia. Simply log in with your student username and password then click on the ‘Login to Live@edu’ link.

Support and guidance can be found on our website at There is also a link to this blog, which contains Live@edu tips and tricks as I discover them.

Presentation points:

  • Explain what Live@edu is and how Anglia Ruskin University expects that students use it
  • Show how to log in via My.Anglia
  • Explain the difference between [username] and [firstname.lastname]
  • Briefly demo Inbox, Calendars and Contacts
  • Briefly demo Office Web Apps and sharing
  • Describe SkyDrive, storage limits, how to use it etc.
  • Show the ‘All services’ screen and briefly talk to the list
  • Briefly explain that to log in directly ( you need to reset your password (using and show the password reset website
[Update] If you are having difficulty validating your account settings, see my emboldened note in Step 5

Following on from my previous generic guide, here is a step-by-step guide on how to set up your student Live@Edu account on your iPhone.

This is proven to work on iOS4. It should work on iPhone OS 3 as well, but I do know that in 3 you can only have one Microsoft Exchange account, whereas in iOS4 you can have multiple.

1) Make sure you are connected to the internet before you begin. If you are doing this from on-site at Anglia Ruskin, open Safari and authenticate yourself before you begin.

2) Click Settings from the home screen then click on Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
3) Click on Add Account… then select Microsoft Exchange
4) Enter the following:
Email: [firstname.lastname], e.g.
Domain: Leave this blank
Username: [your username], e.g.
Password: [your password]
Description: Enter a name by which you want to refer to this account, e.g. Student account
Now click next.
5) The screen will refresh and a Server box will appear. Your iPhone will have worked out what your server name should be. You do not need to change this.
[Update] If you are having difficulty validating your account settings, try entering in the Server box.
Click Next.
6) The final lets you set further options about your new Exchange account. Now when you fire up the email app you can view and send messages! If you so chose, you can also see your calendar and your contacts.
I’ll post an Android, Windows and Symbian guide soon.
Hope this helps!
Here’s another handy thing you can do with Live@Edu: link two or more Microsoft IDs together and switch quickly between these identities.

I guess many of you already have a Hotmail or Live (or ‘other’ Microsoft) account *. Probably many of you save your username and password to save you from having to log in each time you use a service (but only on your personal computer, right?). Now Anglia Ruskin University has very kindly given you another Microsoft account, and now you will have to keep logging out of one account and logging in to the other. Pain in the bum.

But wait! <fanfares, excitement, much joy> There is a solution!

You can link together up to four Microsoft accounts and switch between them very quickly. No logging out required. You can do this as follows:

  1. Log in to your student account (
  2. You should be at your Account Overview page. If not, hit
  3. In the Other Options section at the bottom of the screen you will see a Linked IDs link. Click this.
  4. Click on Add linked ID, then enter your password for your student account first **, then the ID and password of the account you would like to link in (e.g.
  5. Now at any time you can return to and click/hover over your username at the top right of the page. At the bottom of the drop-down menu is a list of all the accounts you’ve linked together. Click on any one to instantly switch to it. No re-logging in required

A point to note: when you’re in your Outlook inbox (and at other places in the Microsoft app world) you’ll see a username at the top right, but clicking on it doesn’t offer the quick-switch option for some reason. Simply hit again and continue from there. Probably best to add a link to to save you some typing/remembering.

The link is ‘both ways’ too, meaning you can log in to you ‘other’ account and quick-switch to your Anglia Ruskin account.

You can unlink and account at any time by going to the screen in Step 4 and following the on-screen prompts.

Useful stuff!

* Microsoft online accounts have had many names over the years, but to all intents and purposes they are the same thing. Hotmail, Live, Live@Edu, Microsoft ID, probably some other names too. They’re the same thing really. However, different accounts have access to different ‘things’, so you might need to sign up for an Outlook Web App on your old ID, for example.

** If you don’t know your Student ID password or if this screen doesn’t want to accept your current password then you probably need to re-sync you password. Follow the guide in my earlier post:!F87B6297C6C48142!133.entry

You’ve probably got one of those fancy new smart phones, right? Even if you have an older model, chances are you can sync your Live@Edu account with it, giving you your student mail, calendar and contacts in your hand wherevber you are. Here’s how to do it:

You need to find your email settings screen. Add a new account. If you are given the option you want to add a new ‘Microsoft Exchange (Active Sync)’ account. Enter the following settings:

Email address: [firstname.lastname]
Domain: Do not enter a domain
Username: [username]
Password: [your password]

Your mobile device should be clever enough to find your mailbox on the Microsoft server farm. It will look something like this: No need to change this. Just accept it and continue.

You are now able to sync mail, calendar and contacts to your device. You can choose the frequency with which your mobile polls the server, which has an impact on your data usage and how quickly you receive new messages. Some devices accept push notifications, which will mean very fast notifications but potentially higher data usage. You’ll also be able to select how many message to sync back.

Any mail, contacts or calendar entries you make on your phone will be instantly available online and vice versa. Pretty cool, eh?

Hopefully someone finds this useful! (Except I have no readers at the moment, so maybe not…)



Posted: September 7, 2010 in Live@Edu
I’ve been playing around with Live@Edu for a few hours now and my verdict is…BRILLIANT!

It does SO much, all so very easily. I can see this quickly becoming the de facto online place for students to meet, discus and share their stuff. Facebook Schmacebook.

A little tip for you all: logging in via My.Anglia is all very well, and is fine for accessing your Inbox, Groups, Spaces etc. but some functionality (such as Instant Messaging) is better if you can log directly in to your account. This is because, technically, you do not have a Live@Edu password. The Single Sign-On link from My.Anglia gives you a short-life ‘token’, but no password is exchanged.

So, by default you cannot log in directly, and you cannot change your Live@Edu password directly. You can fix this by resetting your Anglia Ruskin password at the following website:

This will then re-sync your Anglia Ruskin password to your Live@Edu account and you can now log in directly at using your username in the format: [your username] and with your new password. E.g.

So after all this, you can now do cool things like sync your calendar to your mobile device (I’ll post instructions on how to do this later) and register your Instant Messaging account with an IM aggregator like Trillian (again, I’ll post instructions about this too).

Hope this helps someone!