January 30, 2008 (HOSTSEARCH.COM) Microsoft and WebFusion have joined forces to offer science, technology, engineering mathematics and design (STEM-D) university students free web hosting, IT PRO, UK reported yesterday. The offer is intended to encourage students to study in these areas and fill skills gaps emerging in the UK. In addition, the option will avoid student reliance on educational institutions networks. STEM-D students will be able to create online applications and websites to support their studies.
"Initiatives like these are great for encouraging future generations to get the most out of web hosting to support knowledge growth in engineering, IT and design," IT PRO, UK reported WebFusion's Managing Sirector Thomas Vollrath as saying. "STEM-D is the perfect place to start and engage with the early adopters and developers of technology."
Web host WebFusion suggested their academic hosting package will operate on Windows Server 2008 beta and offer 500MB of online space and 2GB of bandwidth per month. The package will enable students to develop data-driven web applications with limited coding and will offer access to one SQL 2005 database.
"Our aim is to have at least 10,000 students using the free hosting in 2008 and, with the support of WebFusion, we can grow this number year on year," IT PRO, UK reported Microsoft Web Platform Architect Evangelist, Mr. William Coleman as saying. Students would need to register for the offer using an email address from a higher education domain based in the UK.