Microsoft Office 365 heading to lots of Catholic schools

A lot of kids who attend Catholic schools will soon be able to access Microsoft's cloud-based office software for free. Today, Microsoft announced plans to offer the Microsoft Office 365 service to over 4.5 million students in Catholic schools as part of a new collaboration with the Catholic International Education Office.

The three year deal could be expanded to cover even more students in the future. The OIEC helps out 210,000 schools in 102 countries around the world, covering 43 million Catholic school students. Today's announced deal with Microsoft will help establish an online network that will be used by all of the OIEC schools.

Microsoft said the deal will also cover " ... curriculum and training to develop digital literacy skills, help integrate technology into teaching and learning, and provide blueprints for innovative schooling."

In a statement, Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, said:

An innovative and forward-thinking Catholic organization is supporting the modernization of their schools, working with Microsoft and mutual partner Tralcom to deliver technology solutions to Catholic students and educators around the world. We are excited about delivering on the technology needs of these students and supporting a global community of individuals with shared values, and helping to ensure they are well-equipped for the jobs of tomorrow.

Source: Microsoft press release

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I feel like being Mr cynical today.
It seems to me some kind of ploy. Upgrade education portfolio, so that parents will select their schools, to pull in more blank slates ready for doctrine programming.
Puts on tinfoil hat.

offroadaaron said,
You mean office 362? because it's not always up. Serious name change needed.

And they should have called it Office 366 this year, leap year!

theyarecomingforyou said,
It seems hypocritical for Microsoft to oppose internet paedophilia and then get into bed with the Catholic church.

The Catholic Church opposes pedophilia, and takes action against those found to be guilty of such things.

Nearly all organizations have scumbags of one form or another. Would Microsoft thus be hypocritical for working with others?

theyarecomingforyou said,
It seems hypocritical for Microsoft to oppose internet paedophilia and then get into bed with the Catholic church.

Well that's a standard troll response. It's like saying giving police free software is supporting the corrupt few who abuse their position. It really doesn't make any sense.

imachip said,

Well that's a standard troll response. It's like saying giving police free software is supporting the corrupt few who abuse their position. It really doesn't make any sense.

Your comparison is not............... complete; High Catholic officials covered up abuses for years. The problem is not a few bad apples but the owner of the store who try to hide them instead of throw them away.
The Vatican is not as clean as you may think; run a search about the following subject: Manuela Orlandi kidnapping...................

autobon said,
The Catholic Church opposes pedophilia, and takes action against those found to be guilty of such things.
But that simply isn't true. The head of the Catholic church in Ireland withheld information from the police about a paedophile priest and his victims. He reported it to senior figures within the church who again failed to contact the police or address the issue, instead moving him to another parish and failing to notify the congregation. He has faced calls to resign but refuses. And that's just this year. The Catholic church has a long history of child abuse and has repeatedly sheltered those guilty from the police, the public and justice.

It's all very well saying they oppose it but the actions of senior leaders within the Catholic church speaks against that position. I would certainly understand if it was a case of a handful of rogue priests, as the Catholic church is a huge organisation. However, we're talking about senior church officials.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I would certainly understand if it was a case of a handful of rogue priests, as the Catholic church is a huge organisation. However, we're talking about senior church officials.
The Catholic Church is not a business, it's a congregation of people sharing the same faith. The OIEC has little to do with the Vatican besides adhering to the same doctrine and respecting its authority in matters of faith.

Cutting ties with the Catholic Church is cutting ties with most charitable organizations in the world, most of which have very little to do with any particular corruption or abuse scandal in the clergy.

Dr_Asik said,
The Catholic Church is not a business,

Well, I guess you never heard of IOR, Mr. Sindona. Mr. Calvi and the Vatican Bank; this not to mention the huge Vatican real estates around the World.
Besides other ties I was born and grew up in Rome, Italy therefore I am quite familiar with the subject.

Fritzly said,

Well, I guess you never heard of IOR, Mr. Sindona. Mr. Calvi and the Vatican Bank; this not to mention the huge Vatican real estates around the World.
I said the Catholic Church, not the Vatican. The Catholic Church is a diverse and multi-faceted reality that cannot be identified with the head of its clergy or the state where they reside. Equating the terms "Catholic Church" and "Vatican" shows profound misunderstanding of what the Catholic Church is: again, it's not a business and does not operate as one.

Dr_Asik said,
I said the Catholic Church, not the Vatican. The Catholic Church is a diverse and multi-faceted reality that cannot be identified with the head of its clergy or the state where they reside. Equating the terms "Catholic Church" and "Vatican" shows profound misunderstanding of what the Catholic Church is: again, it's not a business and does not operate as one.

Sorry but I am Catholic, I was born and lived in Rome, Italy and attended Catholic schools The Vatican is a state, the Pope is the chief of the State and of the Catholic <church exactly as Saint Paul laid out two thousands years ago, you might be confused with what was the concept of Saint Peter but again Saint Paul got the high end.
So no, I do not have any misuderstanding about what the "Catholic church" is; if you want to talk about single individuals that is a different story but the "Church" is exactly what I said.

Fritzly said,
So no, I do not have any misuderstanding about what the "Catholic church" is; if you want to talk about single individuals that is a different story but the "Church" is exactly what I said.
You challenged my point that the Catholic church is not a business by pointing out that the Vatican has estates and a bank. I am not contesting that the Vatican is the head of the clergy, what I'm saying is that the Catholic Church and the head of its clergy are two different things. The OIEC and thousands of other catholic charities are not directly or even much indirectly controlled by the Vatican; yet they are also part of the Catholic Church. The point being that one cannot blame the entire Church for the actions of a few, even if those are high up in the hierarchy. It's a highly decentralized institution.

Dr_Asik said,
It's a highly decentralized institution.

You are free to keep your illusions but................. saying that the Catholic Church is a "highly decentralized institution" clearly show that you do not have a very clear idea about the subject.
I would advice you to research the differences among the Christian communities in the 1st Century AD and see where are the roots of the monolithic and pyramidal structure of the Catholic Church.

Fritzly said,

You are free to keep your illusions but................. saying that the Catholic Church is a "highly decentralized institution" clearly show that you do not have a very clear idea about the subject.
I would advice you to research the differences among the Christian communities in the 1st Century AD and see where are the roots of the monolithic and pyramidal structure of the Catholic Church.

Dude. Just numbers. The Pope is one guy. How many cardinals live at the Vatican, a few dozens, max? There are about 200 cardinals in the world. There are about 800 people total living in Vatican state, including janitors and secretaries.

The Catholic Church has hundreds of times more charities, dioceses and religious communities than there are people in the Vatican. It has over a billion members spread across the entire world.

On top of that, the Vatican is notoriously slow and bureaucratic. How much do you think the Vatican is even aware of what's going on in the Catholic Church? Maybe 5%? That would already be quite a feat. The Vatican has very little direct control of anything, because the contrary is a physical impossibility.

Yes, the Church is a strict hierarchy with a central authority. But in practice, this central authority intervenes very little in local affairs of the various Catholic communities around the world, simply because it's impossible for it to get involved in a significant proportion of such a huge institution. That's just a fact.

Gondorff said,

DURR HURR BIGOTRY IS FUNNY WHEN IT'S ANTI-RELIGION!!!!!1


It's not bigotry, it's a joke. I'd make the same joke about a lot of secular organizations.

This is awesome. I can only see more subscription partnerships like this with other school boards and non-profit organizations. Another reason why I love Microsoft