Educators worldwide are choosing Microsoft Windows 10 and Office 365

Microsoft remains clear K-12 education OS global market leader

We’re really excited to see even more students and educators around the world using and loving Windows 10 and Office 365. According to a Futuresource report, Microsoft remains the global leader in the education market, with 46 percent of the global K-12 education OS market share and six percent year-over-year growth.

It’s also clear educators across the globe are choosing Windows 10 and Office 365 faster than ever before. Even so, there are millions of Windows devices in schools that still qualify for a free* upgrade to Windows 10 from now through July 29. Learn how to upgrade existing devices in your school.

Additionally, IDC reviewed over 76 million job posts looking for the most in-demand skills in today’s workforce and the skills needed for tomorrow’s best jobs and found proficiency in Microsoft Office ranked in the top 10.

Check out some of our favorite stories of educators using Windows to enable greater classroom engagement and drive improved learning outcomes:

  • By upgrading to Windows 10, Aiken County Public School Districts now has a consistent technology platform across all devices and scenarios, access to multimedia in the classroom, increased opportunities for research and greater collaboration among students and teachers. “The best thing about our switch to Windows 10 is the great outcome that we get for our students and teachers,” says Andrew Cox, J.D, Director of Technology at Aiken County Public School district. He also shared that the Windows 10 upgrade was free and runs faster with greater reliability on existing Windows 8 and Windows 7 devices. Read his story.
  • Saint Stephens College in Australia moved to Office 2016 after using a combination of solutions for many years. Peter West, Director of eLearning said, “The benefits are already becoming obvious with easier training and less support time, which will result in more learning time for students/less time out of class for IT support.”
  • Modesto City Schools in California deployed 12,000 Windows-based devices (expected to grow to 45,000 within 5-years) and Office 365 to improve teaching and learning, and to provide cloud-based access to the latest productivity and collaboration tools. “With mobile Windows-based devices in the classroom, students can access more resources when and where they need them … they can look things up, read what interests them, dig deeper, ask more questions” said Cindy Minter, Senior Director of Information and Technology Services.

Learn more about everything Microsoft offers schools. Your feedback is what guides us building even better tools for teaching and learning – let us know what you think using #MSFTEdu.

Tony Prophet – Corporate Vice President, Education Marketing



* Windows Offer Details

Yes, free! This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. 3GB download required; internet access fees may apply. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 by July 29, 2016. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.

Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified and genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices you already own. Some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device and market. The availability of Windows 10 upgrade for Windows Phone 8.1 devices may vary by OEM, mobile operator or carrier. Features vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside of this offer. To check for compatibility and other important installation information, visit your device manufacturer’s website and the Windows 10 Specifications page.

Windows 10 is automatically updated. Additional requirements may apply over time for updates. Offer ends 7/29/2016. Additional details on the free upgrade offer for customers who use assistive technologies can be found here.

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