Microsoft Publishes Office 365 Education Roadmap
Nearly two years after Microsoft launched its Office 365 for Business public roadmap for enterprise customers, the software giant is giving its education customers a similar level of forward visibility into the software maker's plans for Office.
"Anyone investing in technology for their school, college or university has the added responsibility of building an environment that will shape the learning paths of hundreds or even thousands of young people," stated Microsoft in a May 9 announcement. "Therefore, it's important to know not only what the current capabilities of technology are, but where it's going in the future."
The Office 365 education roadmap builds on the existing Office 365 roadmap and can be accessed by selecting the education checkbox under the Services filter. The Website will then display the appropriate updates, arranged into five categories: launched, rolling out, in development, canceled and previously released.
As of this writing, 26 updates are currently listed as in development, many of which also are features business customers can expect to see. Upcoming updates include a Class Notebook add-in for the Mac version of OneNote and the ability to embed Sways, the company's Web-based platform for interactive presentations, into Microsoft Classroom. On the chopping block is a feature that would have limited sharing of Class Notebook section groups using Mac and iOS apps over concerns that it would have broken the notebook-sharing model.
Microsoft's education customers can now see what Office has in store for them. The Office 365 education roadmap builds on the existing Office 365 plan.
Office isn't the only product Microsoft is enlisting in its push into the education market. When the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is released this summer, it will include two apps aimed at the classroom.