Microsoft Broadens Windows Device Discounts to U.S. Schools
Microsoft announced an expansion of its Windows device discount program to U.S. public schools today.
The company, along with partners Dell, Lenovo and others, is launching an education program that will cut up to $1 billion in costs on software and devices in the coming year by opening up discounts that were previously available only to high-needs institutions.
According to Microsoft, the program "specifically supports President Obama's ConnectED goals of connecting U.S. schools to the digital age within five years by providing cost-efficient devices and services."
The program includes discounts on hardware (tablets, laptops and other devices) and access to software and training, including Microsoft's Partners in Learning teacher resources. Microsoft will also give away IT Academy "for the roughly 2,000 at-risk designated schools" in the United States "to provide the schools and their educators, students and staff with the digital curriculum and certifications to gain fundamental technology skills and be successful in today's best jobs."
The company is also contributing $1 million "to cover certification exams for students from these schools."
"Education is the most important investment we can make for our collective future," said Judson Althoff, president of Microsoft North America, in a prepared statement. "With this new Microsoft education offer, we are heeding the President's challenge to ensure all students have access to the technology devices and services they need to succeed."
The program is being offered through Microsoft partners serving K-12, which include Dell and Lenovo. It's open immediately to all public schools in the United States. Complete details can be found at this page.
Dave Nagel is the executive editor for 1105 Media's educational technology online publications and electronic newsletters.