On the 12th April 2010 Microsoft and it's learning, an international learning platform provider, signed an MOU to jointly provide products and services that will transform teaching methods and advance next-generation learning. The agreement represents the first Education Partner Alliance where the Microsoft cloud computing services are adopted to develop a fully cloud based, integrated offering to the education sector.
The Partner Alliance means that Microsoft Outlook Live, SharePoint Online and Office Web Applications will be integrated into the it's learning platform through the Microsoft Live@edu service. This means it's learning can now deliver the best suite of online communication tools to improve productivity and collaboration in education. Students and teachers will be able to securely upload, easily share, and collaborate on Office documents from anywhere with internet access, including mobile devices.
Dylan Jones, Managing Director, it's learning UK said “it's learning has chosen Microsoft’s cloud services for education allowing current and future customers to benefit from Outlook Live and Microsoft’s web applications. We took this decision because students and teachers are familiar with Microsoft's rich, high-quality communications products which will keep up with their changing needs. Microsoft not only provides the leading platform, but is also a fantastic partner for it's learning because it is an enterprise company which has experience with large organisations and has a strong heritage in working with local authorities and Regional Broadband Consortia in the UK and internationally.”
Steve Beswick, Senior Director of Education, Microsoft Ltd said “We are delighted that it's learning have decided to integrate the Microsoft platform and partner with us to provide future customers the best learning experiences. As students become increasingly tech-savvy at a younger age and demand more technology services from their schools, we believe that our technology offers the familiar, rich solutions and flexible platform that will best support their learning and help them develop the skills needed by today’s employers.”
About it's learning
it's learning is an international learning platform provider with over two million users in primary and secondary schools, as well as Further and Higher Education. The company is represented in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and USA. With more than 40% of its resources involved in design and development, it's learning invests in the future. The company's goal is to offer the best learning platform worldwide and to be the most innovative organisation within the educational market.
Dylan Jones, Managing Director, it's learning UK Ltd, +44 (0)7717 416605, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Outlook Live?
Microsoft Outlook Live is based on the Microsoft Exchange Online, the market-leader in business email, calendaring, and voicemail. With Outlook Live, teachers and students get the familiar, intuitive Outlook user experience, whether on a PC with the Outlook desktop client or through a browser with Outlook Web Access, or on mobile phones.
What are Office Web Applications?
Microsoft Office Web Applications are new web-based tools that extend the Microsoft Office 2010 experience to a supported browser. They are online companions to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote that enable users to view, do light editing, and share Office documents from virtually anywhere
Posted on June 21, 2010
by Dylan Jones