Microsoft Takes a Bite Out of BrightBytes, Acquiring Its DataSense Platform and Team


From launching new tablets to virtual-reality curriculum , Microsoft has added plenty to its educational offerings through a series of new product updates and acquisitions over the past few years. The company’s latest deal involves something a little bit more invisible and behind the scenes, but what it calls “one of the most powerful tools we have in modern education.” DataSense traces its origins to Authentica Solutions, an education data management company founded in 2013.

As Google steals its education thunder, what can Microsoft do?

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As customers became less willing to pay for further improvements in performance and reliability, the companies that offered more affordable and customizable modular solutions gained the advantage. This quickly put nonintegrated companies, such as WordPerfect and Lotus, out of business—and Microsoft retained its advantage. School leaders who select laptops and netbooks say that although tablets are great for consuming content, they are lousy for creating it.

Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology


Although the pessimists correctly observe that many questionable edtech startups have been over-funded and over-hyped these past few years (and some of the biggest are likely to crash to Earth in the near future), it’s simultaneously true that the next decade is likely to see the birth and growth of some of the most transformative education companies of this century. In 2002, our team at Microsoft Education created an LMS for a world where every teacher and student had a tablet computer.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via The Star Online : “ Germany plans to invest an extra €5 billion over the next five years to equip more than 40,000 schools and colleges with faster internet, wireless access points and tablet computers, the Education Minister said.” Some say… “What to Ask When Choosing Tech for Schools” – a new course offered by Edsurge (which is funded in part by’s founder. The company has raised $420 million total.