- Updated on 21 Nov 2019
- 5 minutes to read
What is Microsoft Community Training?
Microsoft Community Training is an Azure-powered online learning platform to enable organizations of all sizes and types to run large scale training programs for their internal and external communities such as first line workers, extended workforces, partner ecosystem, volunteer network, program beneficiaries, etc.
It is available as a Managed PaaS offering via Azure Marketplace that customers can easily deploy in their subscriptions. The platform is available for free and an organization only bears platform hosting and consumption charges on Azure.
Learn more here.
What are the markets where Microsoft Community Training is available?
Microsoft Community Training is available in all the countries or regions where Microsoft Azure Marketplace is commercially available –
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo (DRC), Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (South), Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, The, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Who are the target audience for Microsoft Community Training?
Microsoft Community Training is built and optimized for mobile-based community and extended enterprise training. It designed to be a mobile-first solution, optimized to work even on low-bandwidth networks and low-end phones.
- It is ideal for organizations that need to train a large numbers of task workers – employees and external partners (customers, suppliers, distributors, feet-on-street, volunteers, business associates, etc., amongst others) – to boost workforce productivity and retention and drive financial performance. This includes large enterprises, corporates, SMBs, government organizations, non-profits and educational institutions.
- Microsoft Community Training is relevant across most industries, most notably across Manufacturing, Healthcare, Financial institutions, FMCG, Retail and Government Organizations.
Where can I access Microsoft Community Training demo?
We have an interactive demo available for you to play around and get familiar with the platform capabilities. Please visit the website and navigate to the interactive demo.
How can customers buy Microsoft Community Training?
Microsoft Community Training is now available in Public Preview. It is a managed application available on Azure Marketplace that customers can easily deploy in their subscriptions. Refer this article to learn more.
Does Microsoft Community Training support multi-tenancy?
Currently, there is no multi-tenant support for Microsoft Community Training. Each Microsoft Community Training instance is separate (i.e. no sharing of data and compute resources) and deployed on customer’s own Azure subscription.
Which devices or platforms is Microsoft Community Training available on?
Learners can access content hosted on the Microsoft Community Training platform in one of the following manners:
- Microsoft Community Training endpoints are available as follows:
|Device Platform||How to access the portal?|
|PC (Windows or Mac)||Use browser to access the web app|
|Android||Use the native app or use mobile browser to access the web app|
|iOS||Use mobile browser to access the web app|
- Microsoft 1st party endpoints like Microsoft Teams.
- In your own custom application via APIs. Refer this article to learn more.
What are the minimum device specs for the Android app?
Here is the minimal device configuration needed for the Microsoft Community Training mobile app to run:
- Android Version: Android 5.0 and up
- App Size: ~ 30 MB
- Storage: Minimum 100 MB free space
- RAM: 1 GB
- CPU Speed: 1.2 GHz
What kind of internet connectivity is supported?
The platform is designed to be lightweight and supports adaptive video streaming. For video content, it supports streaming under all network speeds – 100kps, 256kbps, 2G as well as 3G. For other content types like pdf and doc files, the network speed determines the time it takes to download the content and thereby the time it takes to open the file in the app.
How many languages are supported by Microsoft Community Training?
Currently, Microsoft Community Training for learners is available in 6 languages – Hindi, English, Telugu, Arabic, Malay and Vietnamese.
We continue to expand support to more languages based on market demand. You can share your language ask using this link. We will add this to our product roadmap.
Will I be charged license fee for Microsoft Community Training platform in future?
Currently, there are no plans to charge any licensing fee for the solution to existing or new customers for a foreseeable future.
Are there any open APIs/SDK available for integration? How can my customer integrate Microsoft Community Training with their internal systems and workflow?
Yes, we have REST APIs available which customers can used to build custom experience and integrate with their existing system.
For more information, please refer this article.
How does Microsoft Community Training integration with Microsoft Teams work?
Learners can consume training content inside the Teams app (Desktop and Mobile) and no separate app is needed. For Admins, the existing team’s group will automatically sync to Microsoft Community Training and they need to take care of content management and course enrollment on the management portal.
Is there support for live classroom training in Microsoft Community Training?
Microsoft Community Training is currently focused on self-pace learning where learners can enroll for courses on their own and content from anywhere and anytime.
For live classrooms, our recommendation is to use Microsoft Teams and use Microsoft Community Training platform to host the live classroom content later.
How can I provide feedback on the platform and request for new features?
Customers can contact us via Helpdesk for any issues or new feature request. Whenever we receive any feedback, we actively work to address the issue or prioritize the feature ask on the product roadmap.