t’s no secret that the past 18+ months have been demanding, on so many fronts. No one was unaffected, and everyone has had to make sacrifices. But the education sector in particular was faced with a huge challenge: With the introduction of all-day virtual school, educators had no choice but to innovate, to meet the needs of students. The nation’s teachers were, and still are, some of the heroes of the pandemic. But companies like Microsoft also rose to the challenge, thinking creatively (and quickly!) to respond to learning issues and to offer solutions to help make staying connected and engaged easier and more effective. As the pandemic changes and evolves, it has become clear that hybrid learning is here to stay; this means that educators and kids can continue to benefit from ground-breaking solutions and products for years to come.