Technology giants Google and Microsoft are competing to supply free online services for higher education, reports the Washington Post. Last week, Google announced 13 new U.S. institutions had signed up for the free, and ad-free, cloud-based computing services, ranging from the Collin County Community College District, in Plano, Texas, to giants such as Kent State and Indiana University.

That brings the total number of Googlized institutions worldwide to about 2,000 since the Google Apps Education Edition program was announced almost two years ago. Google isn't alone courting both IT departments and, especially, students: Microsoft's presence, with its Microsoft Live online...

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