Microsoft is promoting its free online service for storing files and collaborating on projects as a way for teachers to keep classes on track even if schools close because of a flu outbreak.
Microsoft has launched a how-to Web site that walks teachers through the steps of setting up accounts for their classes on Office Live Workspace, a free Web service. Teachers can use it to post handouts and presentations, and students can log on to get assignments and work on shared files.
A few schools that have already seen swine flu outbreaks started using Office Live Workspace. That prompted Microsoft to post tips and case studies online to spread the word.