What happens when product teams post stuff on Connect before they've announced a product? Useful insight on Microsoft's product pipeline, of course! After you're logged in, there are two programs that are available to you from the "public" list (which means you don't have to apply and be accepted). One is for a product called Windows Wipe, and the other is for a set of technologies called "Grava".
While there was no information on the Windows Wipe home page, the Grava home page has the following press release:
For Release 6 a.m. (TBD)
January 10, 2007
Microsoft Education Introduces a New Set of Tools for the Education Community at BETT
Collaboration with publishers, software developers, educators and learners drives development of new technology
LONDON — January 10, 2007 — As technology continues to evolve and change the way people learn and acquire information, the Education Products Group (EdPG) at Microsoft is committed to developing products that support discovery and lifelong learning. By using technology to impact education, the goal is to help people realize their potential and exceed it. This commitment to technology is manifested in a new set of tools from Microsoft that will allow the education community to create and assemble materials that increases discovery and allows learners to go at their own pace and learning style. This set of tools, which is currently code named “Grava,” will be unveiled at this week’s British Education and Training Technology Conference (BETT) in London.
“Grava” is being developed to provide publishers, software developers, educators and learners with the tools they need to be more efficient and effective in building and using educational material. “Grava” will allow for rich content creation and will transform static educational content into engaging multimedia learning experiences that can be customized to the unique styles of every learner in the classroom. By using this tool, publishers can build better material for less money and resources, cutting short the content creation lifecycle, increasing efficiency and reducing costs. In addition, educators have the power to modify their existing materials, providing them with more control over the instructional content creation process, resulting in time savings and the ability to provide personalized learning.
“As technology evolves and penetrates our lives in more ways, we would like to assist the educational community in reaching every learner in the classroom,” said Kapil Thombare, product manager for the Education Products Group at Microsoft. “Our goal with “Grava” is to provide an integrated set of tools that will serve as a resource for the education community, ultimately helping educators customize and develop relevant content that will appeal to the unique styles of every learner in the classroom thus enabling them to be more successful.”
An Equation for Learning Excellence
“Grava” will include a set of tools that publishers, software developers, educators and learners can all benefit from. The product will include developer tools, simple authoring tools, rich playback, the ability to do assessments, log results and create intelligent learning solutions.
- Publishers can use “Grava” to create rich content that educators can easily customize based on specific needs.
- Software developers can create powerful learning material that combines seamlessly with “Grava” to make learning more fun and engaging.
- “Grava” puts the power of content creation in the hands of the educators, who can quickly and easily incorporate content specific to their curriculum, making it more relevant to the needs of individual learners.
- With “Grava,” learners can learn more effectively while creating stunning projects that express their individuality and impress their educators and peers.
So, anyone know what Windows Wipe is?