Blackboard Inc. (ticker: BBBB, exchange: NASDAQ Global Market (.O))
News Release -
Blackboard and Microsoft Cooperate to Integrate Administrative and Academic Collaboration ProductsNew Development Initiative Provides Enhanced User Experiences That Are More Easily Managed Through Joint Standards-Based Integration Project
ORLANDO, FL, Oct 18, 2005 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) and Microsoft announced today at the
EDUCAUSE 2005 annual conference, a joint development project intended
to help academic institutions achieve a higher degree of integration
and interoperability between their respective portal and
collaboration products. The project will result in tighter
integration between The Microsoft Office System and The Blackboard
Academic Suite(TM) via standards-based integration of The Blackboard
Community System(TM) and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server.
"With this program we plan to bring closer together the
administrative power of Microsoft SharePoint with the academic
collaboration capabilities of the Blackboard Community System and the
Blackboard Content System," said Todd Gibby, Executive Vice President
of Operations at Blackboard.
Demonstrations of the planned initiative will be given at the
Blackboard booth #413 at the EDUCAUSE Exhibit Hall on Wednesday,
October 19th at 11:05 am EST.
Blackboard and Microsoft initiated this project in response to
numerous requests from academic institutions currently operating both
SharePoint and Blackboard, looking to deliver a range of services
offered by both solutions. The project intends to address the needs
of campus IT and Portal mangers to optimize the use of the combined
solutions for the benefit of faculty, staff, and students.
"Given the broad adoption of both Blackboard and Microsoft
technologies in Higher Education, we share many customers that
actively use Microsoft and Blackboard solutions on campus. Our
customers want these solutions to work together, and we want to
provide more choice and the flexibility to easily deploy and manage
the combination of Blackboard and Microsoft technologies that best
meet the individual needs of each institution," said Rob Curtin,
Microsoft's Industry Solution Manager for Higher Education.
About Microsoft Education
Microsoft is committed to helping the higher education community
realize their full potential - any time, any place, and on any device.
With the powerful capabilities of Microsoft® .NET - connected
solutions, the Microsoft Public Sector Organization empowers
administrators, faculty, and students by providing them the
information they need, when and where they need it.
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise
software applications and related services to the education industry.
Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations
everywhere by connecting people and technology. With two product
suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite (TM) and the Blackboard
Commerce Suite (TM), Blackboard is used by millions of people at
academic institutions around the globe, including colleges,
universities, K-12 schools and other education providers, as well as
textbook publishers and student-focused merchants that serve
education providers and their students. Blackboard is headquartered
in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe and Asia.
Educate. Innovate. Everywhere.
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results may differ materially from those indicated by such
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Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 13, 2005 with the SEC. In
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decision, and may not be incorporated into any contract. The
development, release, and timing of any features or functionality
described for our products remains at our sole discretion and we
reserve the right to modify or terminate all discussed development
efforts without prior notice.
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SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.