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Google targets UK education sector through Janet agreement

Sam Shead | Oct. 10, 2013
The Cloud Services for Education Agreement should make it easier to deploy Google Apps

However, not all colleges and universities are willing to rely entirely on Google's education platform.

"Of course we offer Office as well," said York University's head of IT services, Heidi Fraser-Krauss. "If you're going to write your dissertation you would not write it in Google Docs because it's not got the functionality. It would be a painful process. Students will tend to use Google Docs to knock something up or do something collaboratively."

Fraser-Krauss said York University would only consider ditching Microsoft Office if Google improves the functionality of its apps.

She did, however, praise the amount of storage that comes with Google Drive. "Every member of staff and every student gets 30GB [free with Google Drive]. If you do the maths on how much it would cost to buy all that storage [physically], it would cost us £300,000."

Fraser-Krauss added that the Janet framework would have saved her nine months if it had been around when York University was deploying Google Apps for Education.

While Google Apps for Education appears to be gaining traction in the education sector, the company's cloud-based Chromebook laptops are proving less popular in some cases.

Fraser-Krauss said: "We don't have many Chromebooks. We've trialled them. Some people like them and some people don't."


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