Microsoft announced that it will be rolling out the Intune for Education program which specifically targets schools and should offer a simple shared devices management solution.
The technology giant company is currently at Bett 2017. The Bett Show was formerly known as the British Educational Training and Technology Show. It takes places every year in London, the United Kingdom. The trade show has a specific target. It is meant to showcase the utilization of technology in education.
Bett was first inaugurated in 1985. Since then, it has greatly expanded its outreach and content. As part of its Bett program, Microsoft released a statement. This was also published on the official company blog.
Microsoft stated that it will be rolling out the “Intune for Education”. As the post goes to show, the company has been turning more and more towards the area. “We’ve been investing heavily over the last year in education software to drive a breakthrough in learning outcomes.”
Microsoft makes references to its Windows Ink in Windows 10 technology. And also to its very popular Office 365 products. Now, the company will also be including “Microsoft Intune for Education”.
According to the statement, Microsoft has “lacked two important things to make it easy to deploy and use these tools”. And these are “a simple tool for schools to set up and manage their devices, and affordable, yet powerful Windows 10 PCs for students that enable better learning outcomes.”
Microsoft’s Intune for Education will build on the proven Intune service. It will offer a new, cloud-based application. And it will also bring a device management service.
These both should offer an easy setup and management tool. It can be used in shared learning environments, specifically classrooms. It should be quite simple to utilize. Either teachers or IT admins should find it easy to use and manage.
Intune for Education will offer express setup features. These will help set up the default policies. They can be used for all the network-connected devices. Schools will be able to customize more than 150 granular settings. These will include app, browser, start menu, hardware, and other options.
Reportedly, Intune for Education should make it easy to assign and deploy any combination. The combinations can include education or Web apps from their Windows Store for Business.
Yusuf Mehdi announced the new program. He is the Microsoft Corporate Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group.
Mehdi stated as follows. “At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person on the planet to achieve more. For students, we are committed to enabling better learning and preparation for the future through software and devices built for the modern era.”
In order to advance the Intune for Education program, Microsoft also entered a partnership with OEMs. These are original equipment manufacturer. As such, starting Wednesday, a series of Windows 10 PCs have become available.
They are manufactured by Lenovo, Acer, and HP. And will come with many various devices. These will include the Windows Ink and also touch support. Great designs, specifically targeted at classrooms, will also be included. These Windows 10 PCs will start at a price of around $189.
Microsoft also stated the following. “Specifically designed for schools who want to put devices in classrooms and not touch them again for the rest of the school year, Intune for Education makes it easy for either IT admins or teachers…”. They can get the system “up-an-running in minutes on Windows 10 devices and easily manage shared devices”.
Besides Intune for Education, the company also announced an upgrade. Minecraft: Education Edition has been updated with popular features. These have been requested by the user community and will now be available.
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