Microsoft has always been focused on ensuring great education opportunities for people, and it has just announced a new step in this direction.
Seton Hall University’s freshmen will be able to take advantage of Windows 8
starting with the class of 2016, to better prepare to enter the workforce after graduation.
Additionally, Microsoft announced that the company has decided to standardize on Windows in an attempt to reduce costs and IT support.
Through adopting Windows, the university will also be able to mitigate ongoing maintenance costs and to offer comprehensive security, reliability and management across devices, Microsoft announced.
“We have a responsibility to give all our students access to the technology they need to be successful learners today, as well as future leaders in the workplace,” said Dr. Gabriel Esteban, president, Seton Hall University.
“By putting the most advanced mobile computing system in the hands of all of our students, regardless of prior experience or socio-economic background, we are leveling the playing field and creating opportunities for tomorrow’s servant leaders.”
Seton Hall University has been constantly using technology to expand the impact of education, while also accelerating students’ growth through the Mobile Computing Program.
Through the new agreement, starting with this year, incoming freshmen and returning juniors will be provided with Samsung Series 7 tablets or Samsung Series 5 ultrabooks that are powered by Windws 8
“More than 1,200 students have already received this technology, and when school resumes this fall, nearly 2,500 students will be using Windows 8 devices as part of their academic experience,” Microsoft announced.
Recently, Microsoft and Seton Hall announced plans to provide freshmen with Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia 900 smartphones, as well as with access to Office 365 for education.
“From students’ perspectives, Windows 8 delivers an environment that allows them to be as productive as possible,” said Stephen Landry, chief information officer, Seton Hall.
“They want integration of their tablet experience with their desktop experience, and products like Microsoft Office 365 for education help make that possible. Other devices out there have the form factor and battery life, but miss the mark on offering efficient content creation and consumption.”