News Clip (Times of India): Microsoft launches cloud solution for education sector

Originally posted by Sindhu Hariharan on The Times of Indiahttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Microsoft-launches-cloud-solution-for-education-sector/articleshow/47162185.cms | May 5, 2015

CHENNAI: Information Technology (IT) player Microsoft India on Tuesday launched Edu-Cloud — a cloud computing-based solution that facilitates digital learning and teaching for educational institutions. The company announced that Sri Chaitanya Schools — an institution with a pan-Indian network — will adopt the Edu-Cloud for its teachers and students in 80 schools.

As a part of the adoption, teachers and students of Sri Chaitanya will use 14,000 Windows-powered tablets to access relevant content from Microsoft cloud to make learning and teaching more engaging, Microsoft said. “Today’s students are digital natives. With the help of cloud computing, they create, deliver and manage content from any device, anywhere, anytime making learning easy and fun. I am delighted that Sri Chaitanya Schools have decided to create digital classrooms, powered by Microsoft cloud, across their 80 schools,” Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman, Microsoft India, said in a statement.

Commenting on the adoption of digital learning tools, B S Rao, founder of Sri Chaitanya Schools, said digital experiences would help better prepare their students with 21st century skills. “Microsoft’s Edu-Cloud infrastructure is the best-in-class and we are proud to have our teachers and students use it to enhance their digital learning and teaching,” Rao added.

With Edu-Cloud, students of Sri Chaitanya Schools will obtain access to digital content and free access to Office 365 from Microsoft on their Windows-powered tablets. In addition, students and teachers will also get access to Edvelop, a learning management solution from Mobiliya, a Microsoft partner. Microsoft expects Edu-Cloud to benefit 10 lakh teachers and 60 lakh students in 1,500 institutes over the next 18 months.

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