Flipgrid, which is a social education application and uses short video clips to generate mutual lesson plans, has been acquired by Microsoft. The Minneapolis-based startup that started as Vidku has had vigorous expansion for an experience that has been otherwise described as Snapchat and Instagram for the classroom. It, early last year, reported an 800% year-over-year rise in teacher accounts.
It is surely a play that seems sensible considering portfolio of Microsoft, as the firm seeks to retract the education market that is at present being governed by Google, owing to its extensively well-accepted Chromebook category. Last year, in May, the firm rolled out an educational modification of Windows 10 that associated such prevailing plays as its Minecraft Education Edition.
In a press release, Eran Megiddo, Microsoft Vice President, said, “We are delighted to witness the influence Flipgrid has had up to now in social learning and look forward to assisting them to carry on to prosper as a division of the Microsoft family. We are meticulously devoted to assuring their products and platform carries on to function across the Google, Microsoft, and partner ecosystems to be helpful to teachers and students everywhere.”
How, in particular, Flipgrid will be placed into the overall edtech play of Microsoft remains to be witnessed, although the firm has already incorporated the application into Microsoft Teams in the Office 365 for Education. The firm, as with its Office 365 Education providing, will be making the application free for the schools. While the ones who have already bought an account, in the meantime, will be receiving a repayment. A round of upgrades to the application is approaching. Terms of the agreement were not revealed.
Recently, even Adobe and Microsoft have strengthened their partnership with a string of new announcements consisting of deeper incorporation of Adobe PDF abilities into the Office 365 applications.