Once again we find ourselves in BETT week, and it just wouldn't be the same without some exciting announcements, specifically for our education customers!
Earlier this week it was announced that School Data Sync (SDS), our online classroom automation solution, is moving from preview to general availability, and today we are pleased to share information about Intune for Education, as well as new lost cost Windows PCs for schools.
Please find us on Stand E310 all week at BETT 2017 to talk to us about anything in this post, or read the full announcements linked below.
School Data Sync general availability
SDS helps schools automatically create online classrooms in Office 365 from their Student Information System (SIS or MIS). SDS supports virtually every SIS on the market, and hundreds of customers in over 20 countries have already used it to sync over 100,000 teachers and 2 million students.
SDS imports user profiles and rosters from a SIS into Office 365 and automatically keeps them up to date. Schools often find it can be costly and time-consuming to maintain the online classrooms because rosters naturally change throughout the year. With SDS, IT admins can save time creating online classrooms, and teachers can enjoy online classrooms that are up and running with students on the first day of the term.
- See the School Data Sync Demo for a brief overview and demo of SDS.
- School IT admins can sign up for free deployment support (for a limited time).
- App, LMS and SIS partners can fill out the School Data Sync Partner Opportunity request form to learn how to integrate with SDS.
Read the full announcement on the Office Blog: Announcing School Data Sync general availability
Intune for Education
Today sees the announcement of Microsoft Intune for Education: a new cloud-based application and device management service that is built on the proven Microsoft Intune service, offering easy setup and management in shared learning environments. In addition to this, in partnership with OEMs, we are delighted to announce that starting at just $189, Windows 10 PCs are available today from Acer, HP and Lenovo.
Many of these devices take advantage of Windows Ink, touch support and offer great designs that will make them a perfect fit for the classroom. Now Windows 10 devices offer the power, performance and security schools need at the same price as Chromebooks, with none of the compromises.
Finally, we are launching a new update for Minecraft: Education Edition, with popular features requested by our community.