Microsoft is beefing up its Slack-like collaboration instrument, Microsoft Teams, with the era (and the founder) from collaboration instrument startup Chalkup. Following the purchase, Microsoft says it is going to convey one of the crucial options Chalkup had constructed to the Microsoft Teams for Education product revel in.
Chalkup used to be based in 2013 by way of CEO Justin Chando, who’s becoming a member of Microsoft because of this deal, and CTO Tim Costa, who left Chalkup in 2015.
The startup presented a classroom collaboration platform the place lecturers may just percentage assets and assignments with scholars and may just talk about path subjects, amongst different issues. The corporate says educators and scholars from 1 in three universities and 1 in five top colleges within the U.S. had used Chalkup one day.
However, with the arriving of Microsoft Teams for Education in March 2017, Chalkup confronted a major competitor – and one who comes bundled with Microsoft Office 365 for Education – totally free.
As the 2 merchandise compete in the similar area – collaboration instrument for educators and scholars, each Microsoft and Chalkup learned they’ll do higher to sign up for forces.
“In spending time with the amazing people at Microsoft, it was clear that we were completely aligned in our mission for connecting classrooms, sparking student collaboration, and finding new and innovative ways to work together. We knew Microsoft would be a great fit and we’re thrilled for what the future holds for our customers,” stated Chando, within the reputable announcement.
Moving ahead, Chalkup says a few of its best-loved options might be built-in into Microsoft Teams. However, the firms up to now have simplest disclosed one who’s certainly making the transition: Chalkup’s criteria-based grading rubrics that permit lecturers give scholars comments on their paintings.
Chalkup’s product isn’t straight away shutting down, as that might be disruptive in the course of the college yr. Instead, the instrument will stay to be had till June 30, 2018. It may even quickly upload the facility for customers to export their path knowledge and transfer to Microsoft Teams.
Chalkup itself used to be now not a big corporate – one founder had left, and it had simplest raised a small seed spherical, in accordance to Crunchbase. But Chalkup remained on-line a lot of these years by way of being very capital environment friendly, and had constructed instrument that used to be in call for within the classroom, and as an acquisition goal. In truth, the corporate had a couple of acquisition provides, we perceive. (Perhaps one used to be from Google, given Chalkup’s integrations there?)
Investors described the go out to Microsoft as an ideal consequence, as neatly.
“Justin built one of the first education platforms that students really loved to use,” stated Wayne Chang, who had invested within the startup along Jeff Seibert. (Both had immediately invested, however now not on behalf of Baseline, the place they’re LPs). “And Jeff and I couldn’t be more excited that Chalkup is joining Microsoft and bringing that approach to schools and classrooms everywhere.”
The acquisition follows in a while after Microsoft Teams’ better product won its largest replace to date. Last month, Microsoft introduced a slew of recent options for its Slack competitor, together with new app integrations, an app retailer, advanced seek and discovery options, and new instructions.
Teams’ adoption has been continuously rising. Last September, Microsoft stated that 125,000 organizations had followed the instrument, however didn’t talk to what number of customers it has. However, Slack had stated round the similar time that it had grown to 6 million day by day customers, nine million weekly customers, and had handed 50,000 paid groups previous within the yr.
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