Daily Update, Oct. 19th – New Academic Institutions Adopt Office 365 for Education

Three stories out of Microsoft today:

Microsoft today announced new academic institutions and medical schools that are adopting Microsoft Office 365 for education, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service, to improve communication and collaboration across campuses while helping meet security, privacy and other regulatory requirements as mandated by the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Those institutions include Duke University, Emory University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Iowa and University of Washington. You can read more about it in this Office 365 Blog post and in this post on the Microsoft in Education Blog.

Also, today we’re introducing a new offering for university and college students called Office 365 University. Available in the first quarter of 2013, Office 365 University will be offered online, at retail locations and at Microsoft Stores in 52 markets worldwide. Head on over to the Office Blog to read more about it and see the top 10 reasons why higher education students will love Office 365 University.

Finally, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed today by Microsoft’s Brad Smith urging lawmakers to pursue a “race to the future” approach to secure U.S. competitiveness and growth.  Building on Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy released last month, Brad makes the case and outlines strategies to improve the education and immigration system, which will strengthen our economy and job opportunities for the next generation. To read Brad’s op-ed, click here (Note: Wall Street Journal content is behind a paywall). For more on Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy proposal, click here.

Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog