Media Alert: University of Washington Student Moves to the Head of the Class by Conquering the Dreaded “Group Project” With Free Service From Microsoft

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 24, 2009 — Group projects can be the bane of any student’s existence. How will a group of students coordinate schedules to meet and write a paper? Which version is the latest copy of the research results? All the computers in the lab are full — again!



University of Washington student Liz Moffat conquering group projects with Office Live Workspace.

Sharing ideas with others any time of day no matter the location, and keeping track of everyone’s input and knowing which version is the latest, gets an A+ in today’s online, fast-paced world. For Liz Moffat, a University of Washington student, this is a snap. Watch as Moffat discusses how she not only keeps track of the most current document, but shares, stores and edits documents with her library sciences research group using the Microsoft Office Live Workspace technology that makes group projects painless — and it is all free.

What:

Moffat and her team use Office Live Workspace to store research for her library science project — they are studying the use of computers in public libraries across the U.S. Watch how Moffat works on documents together with her research team, keeps versions of documents from spiraling out of control, creates her own template and shares information with her research partner in another state.

Moffat’s team project is just one way students can use Office Live Workspace. Students can manage personal and social projects as well:

  • Planning a spring break getaway

  • Organizing a club volleyball team training schedule

  • Tracking credits and courses on their countdown to graduation

Who:

Video features University of Washington student Moffat and her research partners. The video shows helpful tips for use by college students, campus IT staff and faculty members.

When:

Video available Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 9:01 a.m. PST

Where:

Watch the two-minute video at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/Officesoftwareplusservices/default.mspx, and post the video link on your Web site or blog.

More information can be found at http://www.officelive.com.

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