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CJ Fallon and Microsoft Ireland join forces …

CJ Fallon and Microsoft Ireland join forces to make school books available in the cloud

Microsoft Ireland today announced details of their partnership with CJ Fallon, Ireland’s leading educational publisher, through the Microsoft Windows Azure Programme to deliver school books via the cloud through the CJ Fallon eReader platform by the beginning of the 2012 school year, providing a saving to parents on the cost of textbooks of up to 25% per student.

Speaking today at the announcement Orla Sheridan, Consumer Channels Group Director, Microsoft Ireland, said: “Microsoft is leading the way to unleashing the benefits of cloud computing with a unique combination of technology, expertise such as Windows Azure, and an unrivalled ecosystem of partners. The partnership between Microsoft and CJ Fallon is a great example of how Cloud applications like Windows Azure can enable the ability of all sectors to transition to the cloud. Through this service, CJ Fallon are cuttings costs for parents, making lesson planning for teachers easier and supporting the move of the Irish education system to an online forum. This is a great initiative and a great use of Microsoft Windows Azure Programme. Successful indigenous companies will be at the heart of Ireland’s economic recovery.”

The eReader is available free of charge via the CJ Fallon website and can be used to ‘unlock’ specific titles for usage based on a flexible licensing model. Schools are given direct access to the Licence Manager to enable them to target specific resources at individual users or class groups.

Brian Gilsenan, CEO of CJ Fallon Publishers, said: “We’re delighted to be able to launch this initiative with Microsoft today. We’ve many of our books already available through the cloud and are set to bring all of them online by September 2012. As well as the distribution of school books to students through the cloud, we will be launching a new personalised ‘MyCJFallon’ service in coming months. Through this teachers will be able to access and save all of their favourite CJ Fallon resources which are provided to support all of our major titles, from eBooks, animations, audio, video and interactives, to their own profile via the CJ Fallon website. We hope this platform will be beneficial for teachers, students, and parents alike.”

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