Microsoft is working with digital textbook provider Kortext to give students and universities easy access to thousands of textbooks anytime, anywhere and on any device.
The partnership agreement will see Kortext integrate its digital textbook software into the Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based platform, now used by over 100 universities in the UK and thousands more globally.
David Langridge, education senior director at Microsoft, said: “We are delighted to work with Kortext as they represent a key strategic partner for us as more and more universities adopt their learning platform, and want to see the key textbooks that Kortext delivers tightly integrated into their learning ecosystem. As we continue to roll out Office 365 to the worldwide education market having Kortext as a content partner allows us to provide future-proofed solutions that can deliver today, as well as tomorrow.”
By adding over 200,000 education titles to Office 365, including the key front list textbooks from all major publishers such as Pearson, Cengage and Wiley, Kortext and Microsoft are able to offer an affordable and extensive selection of digital learning materials to universities worldwide.
The platform integrates the content with detailed student engagement analytics to deliver what universities need to better support student learning outcomes.
Kortext is also producing a new app for the Windows 10 Platform, which will contain a number of unique features to aid students in their learning as they access their key textbooks through the platform.
James Gray, CEO of Kortext, said: “I am delighted that Microsoft has chosen to partner with Kortext as it very much validates our technology and solutions, as we continue to develop our platform for the modern learning environment. Partnering with Microsoft means that we can accelerate our global reach as the Microsoft Office 365 platform has over 15 million UK education users and over 200 million education users worldwide. By integrating Kortext with Office 365 we can give users unparalleled access to the content they require and provide an enhanced user experience.”
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