TORONTO, ON - June 27, 2012 - Starting today, Microsoft Office 365 for education is available, providing the world's best productivity, communications and collaboration experiences to schools at no cost. Office 365 for education is a cloud-based suite that includes the familiar Microsoft Office desktop applications, as well as Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online and Microsoft Lync Online. It provides educators with powerful tools to create anytime, anywhere* learning opportunities across multiple devices in addition to email, calendars, Microsoft Office Web Apps, video and online meetings plus advanced document creation features for curriculum planning and student projects.
"The cloud and online learning are key trends transforming education today. Office 365 for education delivers a holistic collaboration platform that will change the game," said Shann McGrail, national director of education, Microsoft Canada. "As schools face ever-tightening budgets and the pressure to innovate, we are offering enterprise quality technology for free that will modernize teaching practices and help prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow."
Schools Benefiting From Office 365
Announced as part of the one-year anniversary of Office 365, prestigious K-12 and higher education institutions around the world are moving to Office 365 for education.
Here in Canada Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology has leveraged the features of Office 365 for education to drive student engagement and collaboration while increasing access to education.
"We were looking to further invigorate student engagement and break down geographical barriers for our students," said Michael Alloy, CIO at Cambrian College. "With Office 365 for education, in conjunction with our on premise Microsoft Lync implementation, both staff and students are able to connect and communicate instantly, at any time, across multiple devices. Group work has gone virtual, and so too have our classrooms - a key advantage for all of our students. Plus, by working on the latest suite of Microsoft tools, Office 365 for education is teaching our students on the tools they'll be using in the workforce, setting them up for success. Through using Microsot Lync for Virtual College delivery, we have already helped employers to retrain their workforce, without our students having to leave their family, career, or home community."
Classrooms Without Boundaries
Office 365 allows schools to teach from virtually anywhere,* reach more students, teach software skills employers are looking for and provide enterprise-class tools that reduce IT costs.
- Students can engage in ad-hoc instant messaging or video chats to collaborate on class projects in real time, regardless of where they are working or on what device. They can create documents with Office Web Apps that provide the same features as the desktop version of Microsoft Office, share class notes by synchronizing OneNote notebooks, and create digital portfolios.
-Teachers can create curriculum, record lectures and publish them on online class sites in the cloud where students are able to view, open, produce, edit and share their homework. Office 365 provides new ways to extend classroom teaching time and distance learning, tutor students online, and whiteboard ideas.
-Educational institutions and parents will get peace of mind knowing students' content and personal data are protected and won't be scanned for advertising purposes, thanks to a rich set of privacy, security and protection capabilities that adhere to federal laws.
-School IT departments can save money and free up more critical time by counting on Microsoft to manage routine tasks such as applying server updates and software upgrades. With the influx of digital content, data center demands and lessened and with 25GB mailboxes, people won't be forced to purge files.
Education institutions currently using the Microsoft Live@edu platform will be upgraded to Office 365 beginning this summer. Customers can sign up for a 30-day trial now. More about Office 365 for education is available at http://www.microsoft.com/education/office365.
About Microsoft in Education
At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to working with governments, communities, schools and educators to use the power of information technology to deliver technology, services and programs that provide anytime, anywhere learning for all. For more information: http://www.microsoft.com/education.
About Microsoft Canada
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.
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