Back to School with Updated Teams for Education

| June 19, 2019

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Microsoft, one of the leaders in technology, communication, and collaboration tools today, isn’t just focusing on bringing better user experiences to the workplace. As well as competing with other innovators in the UC space, Microsoft is also contributing to the growing demands of the educational world, by bringing new solutions to the Education space.Aside from the full range of SKU options offered by Microsoft in the areas of Home Basic, Home Premium, Enterprise Ultimate, Professional, and other editions, Microsoft is also offering a new update for Teams for Education. The company is now celebrating two years of Teams for Education, complete with a range of new education-related additions for the UI.

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University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is the leading public research university in the American Southwest. The UA produces more than $600 million in annual research and is the state's only member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. This is a diverse community of people who thrive on innovation and collaboration. Our world-class faculty create discoveries that improve the human condition and fuel the state's economy. Our research enterprise provides undergraduate students with opportunities for hands-on experiences that can be found in few universities in the world. As the state's land-grant university, our research and resources enrich communities around the state and around the world.

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University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is the leading public research university in the American Southwest. The UA produces more than $600 million in annual research and is the state's only member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. This is a diverse community of people who thrive on innovation and collaboration. Our world-class faculty create discoveries that improve the human condition and fuel the state's economy. Our research enterprise provides undergraduate students with opportunities for hands-on experiences that can be found in few universities in the world. As the state's land-grant university, our research and resources enrich communities around the state and around the world.

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