Tom Keane is the global head of LinkedIn Learning. He has over 25 years of experience in the academic and corporate worlds, teaching at every level, from kindergarten to Ph.D. courses. The software developer has several leadership positions at Microsoft and IBM. During this term, Tom Keane helped transform these companies into educational leaders. 


Keeping on his professional career, in 2007, the successful software developer and engineer was named an innovator in residence by fast company magazine. He is the author of The Leader’s Guide to Microsoft Office 365 and the co-author of The Leader’s Guide to Microsoft SharePoint 2013. Tom Keane Microsoft has the ambition to be the default platform for all education. Microsoft wants to play a dominant role in a transformation of education that they believe never happened before, Keane said. 


Microsoft’s approach will involve partnerships with leading universities worldwide, the company said today as Tom Keane recalls. But some of those partnerships will apply to Microsoft creating proprietary learning tools for professors and students. As part of its campaign, Microsoft announced collaborations with MIT, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, University of Waterloo, and more. 


Up to now, the outstanding and successful software engineer Tom Keane states that each university will use the Microsoft Office 365 platform to make high-quality learning tools for students and teachers, including Skype for Business and OneNote (Ideamensch).


Keane said that, in many cases, these are more than just partnerships around online learning platforms. He said he expects Microsoft will be able to influence how professors teach in their classrooms. It has yet to happen, Tom Keane finally adds, although Microsoft has agreed to invest $300 million on research projects where it has worked with several universities in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.