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Our years within the education sector has seen us form partnerships with global leaders in the business, including Microsoft, who continue to be at the forefront of innovative technology solutions, for the wider business community as well as for education.

In 2017, Microsoft 365 for Education was released to help schools overcome their challenges and benefit the education experience for students and teachers alike, in a way that is cost effective and reliable. Since its launch, it has helped many organisations achieve just that – and it can help you too.

What is Microsoft 365 for Education?

Microsoft 365 is a comprehensive solution that contains the software, tools and services that allow students, teachers, IT departments and all other staff to work more effectively. As its designed for education, it contains the essentials (and added extras) that really enable your organisation to thrive, including Office 365 Education, Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility + Security. Combining all of these resources into a neat bundle removes the headache of organising different licenses and purchasing each aspect individually, but also offers an abundance of other benefits.

What are the benefits of Microsoft 365 for Education?

Improved classroom experiences and student outcomes

Microsoft 365 comes with a huge range of features, apps and resources that allow educators to deliver more immersive and inspiring lessons that better engage students and motivate them to learn. Innovative creativity tools from Office 365, such as 3D design and data visualisation, allow students to bring their ideas to life and use their artistic flair in their learning. This unlocked creativity helps them become more immersed in their work and learning.

In our increasingly connected modern-day world where collaboration is key, it’s vital that this is mirrored in education. Microsoft 365 makes it simple for this to happen, with intelligent team-working features such as Microsoft teams, that helps your students and staff stay connected and enables the movement towards of collaborative working to reach the classroom.

It’s also easy to invite multiple users and teams to collaborate on the same piece of work at the same time on the apps your students know and love. Your users can work together on a range of applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more; any time, any place, any device. Enabling your students to work together practically and effectively, share their ideas and become more involved in their learning.

Simplifies process for your staff and keeps all your users secure

It also includes a universal toolkit that helps teaching staff work more strategically, simply and efficiently. With Microsoft 365, your staff are able to monitor and manage all your users, their devices and their data from a single, easy-to-use dashboard. It provides you with the tools you need to keep your network safe from unwanted guests, threats and attacks, and keeps your organisations data – and that of all those within it – protected and secure.

Microsoft 365 also contains Windows 10 in its bundle, the most secure Windows  yet. With the familiarity of the Windows you know and love, Windows 10 offers exceptional speed and faster starts ups to heighten your classes productivity, in addition to added security and usability benefits. With the date for the end of Windows 7 fast approaching, moving to Windows 10 is the next logical step – and when it’s in such a feature filled, easy-to-implement bundle – it’s a no-brainer.

Saves your staff time and saves your organisation money

Not only does Microsoft 365 save your teaching staff and other employees time by improving their processes, it saves time in its implementation. With all the great benefits from the multiple products tied together in easy-to-implement packages, it saves your IT staff the hassle of negotiating the minefield of software licensing multiple times over. Instead of spending hours deconstructing each and every service and their respective licenses, the work is already done – meaning your staff can focus on what they do best.

Furthermore, at Stone we have staff who have software licensing as their specialty, meaning we can help you decide on what package would suit your organisation best. We can also train your staff on your new software, notify you when your licenses need renewing, offer flexibility when things need changing and continuously support you throughout. Meaning choosing Microsoft 365 from Stone is the best way to go for a hassle-free service.

But there’s so much more. To really understand the full extent of the benefits that Microsoft 365 can provide, you need to experience it yourself. And the best way to start your experience, is with a professional and trusted Microsoft partner.

Why choose Stone for your Microsoft 365 for Education?

With almost 30 years experience in working with thousands of education institutions, teamed with our specialist staff and dedicated primary, secondary, further and higher education teams, Stone can help ensure you get the best outcomes and the best service, at the best price. As Stone are a Microsoft Gold Partner, we can advise on any licensing queries you may have as you consider Microsoft 365 and will guide you through the entire process, supporting you all the way.

To find out more about the benefits of Microsoft 365 for Education from Stone, contact us today.

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