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Google will lay Play for Education to rest in March

Current subscribers can continue using the curated app portal.

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Google is shutting down its Education initiative's curated app portal. The company launched Play for Education in 2013 to give educators in the US an easy way to buy apps and books en masse and push them to their students' Android tablets. It made its way to Chromebooks a year layer and headed to the UK and Canada in 2015. Now, Google has confirmed to both CRN and TechCrunch that it will stop selling Play for Education licenses by March 14th.

A spokesperson told TechCrunch:

As of March 14 or later, Google will no longer sell Google Play for Education licenses. We're committed to providing schools with the best-in-class tools for the classroom, including Chromebooks, which are the #1 selling device in US K-12 education, and a strong and growing ecosystem of educational apps. We'll continue to support our Google Play for Education customers and the devices that they have purchased.

As you can see, the tech giant didn't explain why it's being axed, but its clear that the program is putting its focus on Chromebooks. The portal's death doesn't mean people will lose access to educational apps anyway: a 2015 Pew Research survey found Education to be the biggest sector in Google Play. It will just be harder for teachers to get students to download the content they need. Current subscribers don't need to worry about that right now, though. Big G will continue supporting them, and educators will be able to buy and push apps until their devices' end-of-life dates.

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