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Microsoft Joins Forces with itslearning, inc. to Provide Cloud-Based Apps for Education

May 20, 2010 – Providing better technology for education, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and itslearning, inc. have entered into a global alliance to integrate their Cloud-based learning solutions.

Under the terms of the agreement, itslearning will use Microsoft’s Live@edu service to provide Outlook Live based collaboration and the Microsoft Office Web Apps suite to K-12 and higher education clients with the its learning platform at no charge. The global alliance indicates the importance that Microsoft and itslearning place on the integration of communications and productivity tools into a learning management system.

“I have been very impressed with the individualized learning approach that itslearning, inc. is offering to education,” said Mark East, General Manager of Microsoft Education. “Integrating the Microsoft suite of offerings into the itslearning platform will help itslearning customers broaden their communication options with students.”

itslearning, inc. will integrate Microsoft Outlook Live through the Live@edu service and Office Web Applications into their individual learning platform, itslearning. From the itslearning messaging portal, users will be able to use centrally managed, free email services without the costs of local hosting. As a part of the day to day lesson planning and learning process, teachers and students will be able to create, easily share, and collaborate on Office documents from anywhere: within their school, across the network of 2 million itslearning users around the world, and with any user of Microsoft office.

“Microsoft’s comprehensive suite of powerful online tools will help improve productivity, increase collaboration, and continue our push for improved learning outcomes,” said Jon Bower, President of itslearning, inc. “Microsoft’s suite offers the kind of flexibility and ease-of-use itslearning is known for. The integration of Microsoft’s tools will provide itslearning customers with access to centrally managed Web-based email, and the ability to create, open and share documents on any machine at any time.”

Executives at itslearning, inc. chose Microsoft as its communication and productivity tools partner because of Microsoft’s ability to meet the needs of large education institutions, while having a good understanding of student requirements. itslearning will begin to offer the Microsoft communications and Office products to its two million current user accounts within the next few months. All future users will automatically have access to the new tools from within the itslearning system.

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