Microsoft acquires Flipgrid in social video push for education

21 June, 2018, 11:04 | Author: Patty Hardy
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"Today, I'm incredibly excited to welcome Flipgrid to Microsoft", CEO Satya Nadella says in a video announcement. With the acquisition, Microsoft said it plans to keep the service operating across platforms.

The broad appeal of Flipgrid aligns well with Microsoft's mission of growing its presence in education.

Flipgrid is where your students go to share ideas and learn together. Schools that already have subscriptions will receive prorated refunds, Microsoft said. While Microsoft mentioned its Office 365 Education service in a news release about Flipgrid, Miller said in an email interview that Flipgrid will remain a stand-alone service and not be part of Office 365. Financial terms surrounding the deal were not disclosed.

Flipgrid is now priced at $65 per educator per year, $800 per year for a district and $1,000 per year for a school.

With Microsoft trying to expand its portfolio in education, the addition of Flipgrid makes a great addition for the tech giant to compete against Google in the education market. Teachers can create groups and post a topic, and students can respond with short videos on their opinions.

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"We're thrilled to see the impact Flipgrid has had in social learning thus far", said Eran Megiddo, corporate vice president for Microsoft in a statement.

Spanning 180 countries around the world, Flipgrid boasts a community of more than 20 million students and teachers who use its platform for video-based discussions.

Founded in 2015, Flipgrid allows students to create and share their own video content, which in turn exposes them to a new medium of communication.

Megiddo added that social learning such as that offered by Flipgrid made students "not only more employable, but they are more likely to become responsible, confident digital citizens".

For Microsoft and Flipgrid, the acquisition builds on a partnership that goes back to 2016. The Minneapolis-based startup, which began life as Vidku, has had strong growth for an experience that has been alternatively described as Instagram and Snapchat for the classroom.

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