Microsoft recently announced some new innovations for Office 365 for Education. These additions are aimed at making classroom collaboration easier and more seamless for both students and teachers.
Teams in Office 365 for Education
The most notable addition is the incorporation of the Microsoft Teams feature within Office 365 for Education. Microsoft Teams is a feature that you might already be familiar with if you’ve used other versions of Office 365. Essentially, it’s a chat-based workspace that lets users collaborate on documents and communicate in real time. It is, in effect, Microsoft’s answer to Slack.
So with this addition, users of the educational version of Office 365 will soon have access to the classroom experiences version of this collaboration feature made specifically for classrooms and student groups. The feature also allows teachers to manage their workflow easily within the platform.
The new classroom experiences in Teams will help teachers manage their daily workflow more easily than ever before … Even more exciting, the new classroom experiences will also help prepare students for the future -- Kirk Koenigsbauer, vice president, Office 365 client applications
Preview of Office in the Microsoft Store for Education
In addition, Microsoft announced that a preview of Office will be available in the Microsoft Store for Education this month. That means that students and teachers will soon be able to access fully featured versions of top apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Windows 10 S Devices.
The new innovations in Office 365 for Education are in limited preview now and will become widely available this summer. And the preview of Office in the Microsoft Store for Education will start this summer. Microsoft expects the full version to become generally available later this year.
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