In battle for the classroom, Microsoft to launch ad-free ‘Bing for Schools’
When it comes to web tools for the classroom, Microsoft’s Bing (s MSFT) is stepping up its game. On Monday, the tech giant’s search arm said that it was rolling out a school-specific version of Bing and a digital literacy program as part of a new ‘Bing for Schools’ initiative.
The company didn’t disclose too many details. But, in a blog post, it said that the free and voluntary program, which will kick off later this year, will enable schools to use an ad-free version of Bing that includes enhanced privacy protections and the filtering of adult content. (Its SafeSearch option already filters out adult content, but Bing for Schools will make this the default setting and prevent kids from changing it.)
“As a country, we’ve set schools aside as a special place that is focused on learning, and have traditionally kept advertising out of that environment,” the…
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