Corresponding with the tenure of CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s complete turnaround of its relationship with Open Source (as we like to clarify, the technology and the community) is three years old. During this time, tensions have been eased at varying degrees, but beyond approval ratings or endgames, a series of announcements are evidence of the “embracing [of] open source in a big way” by the tech giant. In 2016, Microsoft became the largest GitHub contributor, and started offering Ubuntu as OS on its Azure cloud computing platform. In Open EdTech, it has kept up with updates and compatibility of its cloud suite Office 365 plugins in Moodle.
Meanwhile, on the Moodle front, we reported on the recent discussions about new features to come in Moodle 3.3, scheduled for next May. And integration with an office application suite is perhaps the most heated one at the moment.
But for those not keen on waiting another year to provide Office 365 functionality to Moodle, this presentation, by IT solutions company Human Logic, should be more than enough to get you going. It is a thorough, step-by-step illustration of the Office 365 plugins available for Moodle, from OpenID for automatic sign-on, to the OneDrive repository, including of course the Office 365 suite applications themselves, and even a Moodle Filter. It goes in-depth on installation, authentication, configuration and management of Office 365 functionality on a Moodle site installed on an Azure server.
See the slides below: