There’s no doubt that the trend towards BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in education for students is gathering pace. According to The Australian yesterday, 30% of schools have moved to BYOD, and for universities we’re pretty much at 100% already. And it’s happening rapidly for staff too – even if it’s not always BYOD, it’s certainly CYOD (Choose Your Own Device from a pre-approved list).
But that comes with challenges for IT departments in schools, TAFEs and universities across Australia. Because in the good ole days, you could control the device and the environment that your users had and you could build a Standard Operating Environment that left you in control.
The good news is that we’re working phenomenally hard to ensure that the apps you want for your users are available on the devices your users are walking around with. We announced another step change last night as we released Office for Android tablets and Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android.
Here’s where to go for the official announcements:
And just in case you need some motivation to combat the inertia of “Oh no, I can’t cope with more change”, maybe what others are saying might help:
Business Insider said “Microsoft's new email app for iPhone convinced me to delete Gmail after 5 minutes”.
Lifehacker said “Microsoft dropped some excellent news overnight: Outlook has finally arrived on Android and iOS”
And as ZDNet reported “there were 250,000 downloads of the preview versions of the Office for Android apps. There also have been 80 million downloads of Office on iPad and Office on iPhone apps combined as of this week”