Thailand Selects Microsoft Office 365 For Students Across The Nation, It Is The Largest Cloud Education Initiative Ever

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Today, Thailand’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) announced a large scale cloud education partnership with Microsoft. As part of this partnership, they are going to provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers throughout the country with free access to the Microsoft Office 365 for Education. This initiative will allow students and teachers throughout Thailand to create, connect and collaborate on a safe and secure platform. Microsoft claims that this is the largest cloud education initiative ever, and one that promises to foster sustainable growth and raise Thailand’s overall standard of living for generations to come.

The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and Microsoft (Thailand) Limited on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding that will provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers across Thailand with free access to Microsoft Office 365 for education. The agreement, which also includes the extension of the highly successful Partners in Learning initiative to 2019, represents the single biggest cloud service deployment for Microsoft in the education sector globally.

“OBEC and Microsoft have enjoyed 10 years of collaboration for the betterment of Thailand’s future under Partners in Learning,” said OBEC Senior Advisor in Technology for Teaching and Learning Anek Ratpiyapaporn. “The 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan states that Thailand’s top priority is to develop its human resources through improvement in education. Microsoft’s support will ensure that educators and students are empowered with solutions and platforms that are aligned with their needs.

Read the full press release from Microsoft here.

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  • Vincent Haakmat

    Wow, I wished I was the salesperson closing this deal :)

  • Thoughtful

    I wish Microsoft had closed this deal with the school division my kids attend in Canada. Instead they integrated Google. Google may have fine products, I am not disputing this. However, I NEVER gave permission for my kids to be profiled, which Google lawyers recently admitted Google was doing within their education packages. I can’t over stress how angry I am about this fact.

    • rjmlive

      It’s very disappointing to hear that people that makes decisions thought Google was the best option. Google is an advertising company. They sell consumer reach. They get involved with as many products and markets as possible to bolster their advertising model.

  • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

    If only Dutch education would adopt this. :- We should follow the Thai… Also note that the previous prime-minister had a Nokia Lumia 920 and a Sony Vaio…

  • PoohGQ

    I wonder what this means now that there’s been a coup!!??