Microsoft To Donate Over $1 Billion To Help US School Districts Buy Windows devices

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The ConnectED initiative will, within five years, connect 99 percent of America’s students to the digital age through next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in their schools and libraries. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Verizon are already providing their support, collectively pledging to connect more than 15,000 schools and 20 million students by the end of 2015.

As part of this program, Microsoft will launch a substantial affordability program open to all U.S. public schools by deeply discounting the price of its Windows operating system, which will decrease the price of Windows-based devices. Microsoft and its partners that includes Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Toshiba will offer school districts to buy Windows-based devices for their students at sharp discounts. Microsoft is donating over $1 billion for this program.

Read more about it here.

  • Drewidian

    They should definitely use part of that $1B to build an education book store service like iTunes so schools can have one place to purchase their books. They should also build a section of the store specifically to address this market. Personally I thought this is what they were going to do with Barnes and Noble, but nothing came of that.

  • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

    Get ’em while they’re young, that aside many schools are heavily out-dated, when I visited my American cousin I read his schoolbooks and some books were still from the 1980’s, digital learning can move things like this in the past. :-)

  • NGM123

    Wow, that’s the sort of aggression and drive that has been sadly lacking in the past, but this is huge news, very googleish, well done MS