An official release informs that the two companies will work together
to build the infrastructure that will deliver high quality video,
audio and interactive content over the web. The decision to contract
with Microsoft was reached following a competitive tender. The original
tender was advertised in the Official Journal of the European Community
(OJEC). Microsoft won the contract because it had the right mix
of technological skills, value for money and committment to education.
The release adds that BBC's Digital Curriculum will be free and
accessible to all pupils, teachers and parents online in the classroom,
at home and at venues throughout the UK. The Digital Curriculum
will contribute to the Government's Curriculum Online initiative
and will assist in promoting e-learning inside and outside the classroom.
Working with partners across the industry, the service will offer
material on a range of subjects. Half of all the content will be
commissioned from external producers.