Lightspeed Systems and Microsoft Partner to Deliver Easier Device Management to Schools
(PR Web Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Austin, TX (PRWEB) June 30, 2014
Mobile Manager, the mobile device management (MDM) solution from Lightspeed Systems, now supports the latest Microsoft update, Windows 8.1. Schools can now take advantage of the increased education-rich features of Microsoft's latest OS release, along with the simplified management of an MDM made just for schools.
The Mobile Manager update provides schools with a powerful solution to roll out, manage, and implement mobile devices, delivering powerful cross-platform policy controls, app deployment, and reporting. Windows 8.1 is just the latest supported OS for Mobile Manager, joining iOS, MacOS, Android, and Windows 8.
In addition to the easy-to-use interface, Mobile Manager now boasts robust new features to support Windows 8.1. Made specifically for education, Lightspeed Systems' MDM solution balances management between IT and educators, and makes it easy for schools to take learning mobile.
New features include:
• Student Information System (SIS) integration
• Support for Windows Store App Deployment Program
• Time-based policies to allow different in-school and after-school use
• Device restrictions, including Windows Error reporting, data roaming, OneDrive control, Smart Screen enable, and more
• Bluetooth control – critical for online testing
• Device status updates
• Wi-Fi and VPN provisioning
• Parental controls and much more
"Microsoft is fortunate to work with more than 40,000 education partners around the world, and Lightspeed Systems is one of the great examples of a partner that adds huge value to the education marketplace--providing solutions that our customers need and want whether they are seeking to manage large scale 1:1 device initiatives, or if they are simply looking for enterprise-level services to assist in the infrastructure already in place," shares Microsoft Corporation, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector – ]Education, Anthony Salcito. "We are proud to have Lightspeed Systems as part of our ecosystem and look forward to working with them in the years ahead."
Among many other schools, San Diego Unified School District, one of the top large urban districts in the United States, is taking advantage of the partnership between Lightspeed Systems and Microsoft. Serving over 132,000 students, the district has a strong commitment to preparing students for a digital future. The district's mobile learning program is expanding to include Windows 8 2-in-1 touch tablet devices, and district leaders feel confident knowing that with Lightspeed Systems' MDM solution in place, devices will be easily managed and students will be engaged in safe mobile learning.
This latest update to Mobile Manager also allows schools using Windows mobile devices to implement Mobile Learning Essentials. Combining Lightspeed Systems' Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and collaborative learning management system (LMS) My Big Campus, Mobile Learning Essentials provides schools with a complete solution to easily manage devices, use them in the classroom, and engage students in learning.
Brian Thomas, Lightspeed Systems President is excited about this partnership. "We know mobile devices are useful tools. But we also know they can't change education on their own. With Mobile Learning Essentials, schools have the tools they need to take mobile devices and use them to accomplish their learning goals. By working with Microsoft, we'll be able to bring more schools the solutions they need to make successful mobile learning a reality."
Mobile Manager's support of Windows 8.1 is the latest effort from Lightspeed Systems to ensure schools can create successful mobile learning programs, no matter the device.
For more information about smarter mobile learning with Lightspeed Systems and Microsoft, visit http://www.lightspeedsystems.com/microsoft/
About Lightspeed Systems:
Education needs the technology revolution that has transformed every other industry. How do we get there? By engaging students in meaningful projects, by creating learning communities, by extending learning beyond the class walls and school bells, and by making sure that schools are empowered to safely and easily use transformative technologies.
That's where we come in. Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile, and collaborative. We've helped thousands of schools around the world protect and engage more than 10 million students.
Lightspeed Systems + Your School. Together we do amazing things. Find out more at http://www.lightspeedsystems.com
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