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Microsoft acquires classroom partnership startup Chalkup to enhance Microsoft Teams

Microsoft is beefing adult a Slack-like partnership software, Microsoft Teams, with a record (and a founder) from partnership program startup Chalkup. Following a acquisition, Microsoft says it will pierce some of a facilities Chalkup had built to a Microsoft Teams for Education product experience.

Chalkup was founded in 2013 by CEO Justin Chando, who’s fasten Microsoft as a outcome of this deal, and CTO Tim Costa, who left Chalkup in 2015.

The startup offering a classroom partnership height where teachers could share resources and assignments with students and could plead march topics, among other things. The association says educators and students from 1 in 3 universities and 1 in 5 high schools in a U.S. had used Chalkup during some point.

However, with a arrival of Microsoft Teams for Education in Mar 2017, Chalkup faced a critical aspirant – and one that comes bundled with Microsoft Office 365 for Education – for free.

As a dual products contest in a same space – partnership program for educators and students, both Microsoft and Chalkup satisfied they might do softened to join forces.

“In spending time with a extraordinary people during Microsoft, it was transparent that we were totally aligned in a goal for fasten classrooms, sparking tyro collaboration, and anticipating new and innovative ways to work together. We knew Microsoft would be a good fit and we’re anxious for what a destiny binds for a customers,” pronounced Chando, in a official announcement.

Moving forward, Chalkup says some of a best-loved facilities will be integrated into Microsoft Teams. However, a companies so distant have usually disclosed one that’s unequivocally creation a transition: Chalkup’s criteria-based grading rubrics that let teachers give students feedback on their work.

Chalkup’s product is not immediately shutting down, as that would be disruptive in a center of a propagandize year. Instead, a program will sojourn accessible until Jun 30, 2018. It will also shortly supplement a ability for users to trade their march information and pierce to Microsoft Teams.

Chalkup itself was not a vast association – one owner had left, and it had usually lifted a tiny seed round, according to Crunchbase. But Chalkup remained online all these years by being unequivocally collateral efficient, and had built program that was in direct in a classroom, and as an merger target. In fact, a association had mixed merger offers, we understand. (Perhaps one was from Google, given Chalkup’s integrations there?)

Investors described a exit to Microsoft as a good outcome, as well.

“Justin built one of a initial preparation platforms that students unequivocally desired to use,” pronounced Wayne Chang, who had invested in a startup alongside Jeff Seibert. (Both had directly invested, though not on interest of Baseline, where they are LPs). “And Jeff and we couldn’t be some-more vehement that Chalkup is fasten Microsoft and bringing that proceed to schools and classrooms everywhere.”

The merger follows shortly after Microsoft Teams’ incomparable product perceived a biggest refurbish to date. Last month, Microsoft announced a slew of new facilities for a Slack competitor, including new app integrations, an app store, softened hunt and find features, and new commands.

Teams’ adoption has been usually growing. Last September, Microsoft pronounced that 125,000 organizations had adopted a software, though didn’t pronounce to how many users it has. However, Slack had pronounced around a same time that it had grown to 6 million daily users, 9 million weekly users, and had upheld 50,000 paid teams progressing in a year.

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