This morning Microsoft launched its flagship Office and SharePoint 2010 products in Australia, with the first batch of local customers to include the NSW Department of Education and Training, ResMed, and engineering firm John Holland.
Maria Claudia Romero general manager of Information and Communications Technology at the NSW Department of Education and Training said students and teachers 'absolutely love' Office 2010 '” adding it was 'intuitive and easy to use'. Romero said the department was using Office and SharePoint in conjunction to create their own platforms for students and teachers to use.
The NSW DET is large organisation that covers 1.2 million students and 96 thousand teachers, spread across 2200 schools. Between the student and teacher population, there are 140 thousand laptops out in the field. It is unclear how many students and teachers so far have access to the upgraded Office 2010 software '” the department had previously been using Office 2003 and 2007.
'Our goal is to build a collaborative learning community where teachers and students can preserve their learning story and showcase their achievements. An environment where millions of connections are made and shared. Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 will help our teachers and students build the foundation for 21st century learning,' said the department's chief information officer Stephen Wilson.