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Microsoft & Google Classroom for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments. Microsoft & Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students estimated 40 [2] to 100[3] million users use Microsoft & Google classroom.

Microsoft Classroom was an online blended learning platform for schools that aimed to simplify grading assignments and student communication in a paperless way. It was introduced for Office 365 Education subscribers in April 2016.

Microsoft Classroom, which was completed on January 31, 2018. Some features of Microsoft Classroom became part of Microsoft Teams in Office 365 Education

Integration  Classroom Google integrates docs, sheets, slides, gmail MS Outlook , and calendar into a cohesive platform to manage student and teacher communication. Students can be invited to join a class through a private code, or automatically imported from a school domain. Teachers can create, distribute and mark assignments all within the Microsoft & Google ecosystem. Each class creates a separate folder in the respective user's drive, where the student can submit work to be graded by a teacher. Assignments and due dates are added to Microsoft & Google calendar, each assignment can belong to a category (or topic). Teachers can monitor the progress for each student by reviewing revision history of a document, and after being graded, teachers can return work along with comments

Classroom has mobile apps, Ipad  available for iOS and Android.

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Google Classroom was announced on May 6, 2014, with a preview available for some members of Microsoft & Google's G Suite and Microsoft Teams in Office 365for Education program

In 2019, Google introduced 78 new illustrated themes and the option to drag and drop topics and assignments in the classwork section

In 2020, Google added better integration with Microsoft & Google Meet, so teachers can have a unique meet link within each class.

Microsoft Office 365 Education subscribers in April 2016. Microsoft Teams in Office 365 Education


Microsoft & Google Classroom supports many different grading schemes. Teachers have the option to attach files to the assignment which students can view, edit, or get an individual copy. Students can create files and then attach them to the assignment if a copy of a file wasn't created by the teacher. Teachers have the option to monitor the progress of each student on the assignment where they can make comments and edit. Turned in assignments can be graded by the teacher and returned with comments to allow the student to revise the assignment and turn back in. Once graded, assignments can only be edited by the teacher unless the teacher turns the assignment back in.


Announcements can be posted by teachers to the class stream which can be commented on by students allowing for two-way communication between the teacher and students. Students can also post to the class stream but won't be as high of a priority as an announcement by a teacher and can be moderated. Multiple types of media from Microsoft & Google products such as YouTube videos and Microsoft & Google Drive files can be attached to announcements and posts to share content. Gmail or MS outlook also provides email options for teachers to send emails to one or more students in the Microsoft & Google Classroom interface. Classroom can be accessed on the web or via the Android and iOS Classroom mobile apps.


Introduced in January 2020. It allows educators and students to see the parts and sections of the submitted work which contains the exact or similar wording to that of another source. For students, it highlights source materials and flags missing citation to assist the student in improving their writing. Teachers can also view the originality report, allowing them to verify the academic integrity of the student's submitted work. On G Suite for Education , teachers can turn on originality report for 3 assignments. This restriction is lifted on G Suite Enterprise for Education (paid).

Archive course : Data Save

Classroom allows instructors to archive courses at the end of a term or year. When a course is archived, it is removed from the homepage and placed in the Archived Classes area to help teachers keep their current classes organized. When a course is archived, teachers and students can view it, but won't be able to make any changes to it until it is restored.

Mobile applications

Digital Microsoft & Google Classroom mobile apps, introduced in January 2015, are available for iOS and Android devices. The apps let users take photos and attach them to their assignments, share files from other apps, and support offline access


In contrast to Microsoft & Google's consumer services, Microsoft & Google Classroom, as part of G Suite for Education Office 365 Learning and Management, does not show any advertisements in its interface for students, faculty, management , and teachers, and user data is not scanned or used for advertising purposes.


E Learning Industry tested and made a review of Digital Classroom, in which they highlighted many positive and negative aspects. Among Classroom's strengths, the review highlighted ease of use, universal device accessibility, use of Microsoft & Google Drive as an effective way for teachers to quickly share assignments with students, the paperless process meaning the end of printing, handing out, and potentially losing work, and the fast feedback system between students and teachers. Among Classroom's disadvantages, the review highlighted the service's heavy integration of Microsoft & Google apps and services with limited or no support for external files or services, lack of automated quizzes and tests, and a lack of live chats that can aid in feedback efforts.

Google Classroom won a 2020 Webby Special Achievement Award

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