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Microsoft backs a start-up looking to challenge Google in the ‘edtech’ market

Microsoft is betting that a British computing start-up can take on Google in the educational technology industry, which has thrived during the coronavirus pandemic.

London-headquartered Kano, which is focused on teaching kids how to code, raised more than $1 million in an investment from Microsoft, with the tech giant taking a minority stake. The company has raised a total of about $45.5 million to date from investors including Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.

That means Kano is now able to ship its PCs with Windows 10 Pro — a premium version of Microsoft’s operating system — to schools and has also formed a co-selling agreement with Microsoft.


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