Meet the team

Education Production Team
"We believe there is a great deal of value within Office that students can experience in a very simple and accessible way."
Mike Tholfsen

Garage Team

Jonathan Grudin, Harikrishna Ummaneni, Mike Tholfsen, Sahir Boghani, Ryan Waller, and Victoria Akulich

Education Production Team

Redmond, WA


While talking with teachers and students from around the world, we heard a recurring theme; there were so many great features for students using Office, but students weren’t always aware of the latest tools that might benefit them. In addition, teachers expressed a need to have some of the best education-focused tools to be arranged in a single spot. Using this feedback, we had a hypothesis that if we installed a ribbon tab called “Student Tools” that pulls existing features from Office Desktop applications apps and places them into a single tab, that Students and Teachers both could discover and use the full breadth of Office features that already exist.