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Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University, based in South Orange, New Jersey, is completely revamping their computing experience and taking it all-mobile with the Nokia Lumia 900 as the mobile part of the new offering. As we’ve covered before, all incoming freshman coming into Seton Hall this fall semester will receive Nokia Lumia 900 smartphones.

To make sure Seton Hall’s network will offer the best computing experience for all students and faculty at Seton Hall, the University is launching SHUmobile, a multi-pronged approach to advance communications at the Catholic university.

It’s good to be a freshman at Seton Hall
In collaboration with Nokia, AT&T and Microsoft, Seton Hall officials are giving a pre-release version of Windows 8 to incoming freshman, along with Nokia Lumia 900s and Microsoft’s Office 365 Cloud Services.

To take advantage of Office 365 while on-the-go, AT&T is upgrading Seton Hall’s cellular network to lighting-fast 4G speeds.

With the new infrastructure, students and faculty can write and collaborate on documents in the cloud, whether on their Lumia phones or on Windows 8 desktops. No matter where the students can get online, they can access their documents without having to use messy email attachments with multiple versions.

Creating an efficient Windows ecosystem
As a part of the SHUmobile program, all Seton Hall freshman and juniors will be upgraded to either a tablet or ultrabook running Windows 8 and all undergrads will be using Office 365. Looking at the entire student population, approximately half will be on Windows 8 PCs and a quarter will be using Windows Phone on the Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T’s 4G  network.

Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T white

David Middleton, Seton’s Executive Director at the Center for Mobile Research & Innovation, told Conversations:

“The Nokia Lumia 900 is a critical component of the SHUmobile ecosystem. The native extension of cloud services such as SkyDrive and Microsoft Office, specifically OneNote, allow our students to collaborate on content creation anywhere, at any time.

“Tying together personal and professional uses, the Lumia 900 extends to students mew communication channels and opportunities for engagement with their peers and academic, administrative and social resources and services that otherwise might be limited to more traditional computing environments.”

Making collaboration easy
With SHUmobile and the build-out of this advanced computing environment for Seton Hall, the university is delivering an impressive online collaboration environment for students and faculty. The effort leverages the power of Windows, the cloud-based smart collaboration tools of Office 365, and the ability to do it all at ultra-fast 4G speeds on the Nokia Lumia 900.

Have you used Office 365 on your Lumia? Let us know what you think.