Microsoft Tackling COVID-19

Andy Taylor
Previously featured – Update: Microsoft Teams online is now free to all, however they have now added screenshare and video call as free features. To download go to the Microsoft Teams Website. The only locked features in the free version is now meeting recording and only 2 GB cloud storage. NHS staff can access the full business Teams suit for free.

New: NHS doctors are using Microsoft Teams to get coronavirus test results straight to their mobile devices. The University Hospital Southampton have been using Teams to bring test result times down from hours tom minutes. They have been using Medxnote to develop this system in a short amount of time. Medxnote is also being used at Liverpool University Hospitals to develop bots to relay information.

New: Microsoft have given out hundreds of 4G routers and laptops to disadvantaged students across the country to give them access to education during lockdown. They have also made O365 Education free with tools such as Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote plus additional classroom tools.

Cindy Rose, Chief Executive of Microsoft UK, said: “Schools across the UK are facing unprecedented challenges as their staff demonstrate incredible resilience, imagination and passion to ensure children are safe and able to keep learning while at home.

“We’re proudly working with the Department for Education to support the rollout of remote learning technology to those who need it. For some time now, Microsoft has offered Office 365 for Education free for schools and we continue working on a number of fronts to support the education community with the latest technology during this difficult time.” –

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