Microsoft and OEMs offer Windows 8.1 devices to U.S. schools starting under $300

The Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet is one of the devices sold as part of the new U.S. schools program.

Just a few days after Microsoft announced that all U.S. schools could use its Bing search site without seeing any ads, the company has revealed a new initiative that will offer a way for those same schools to get their hands on a variety of Windows 8.1 devices at cheaper prices.

In a press release, Microsoft said that it is working with a number of major OEMs to make a number of tablets and notebooks from their companies available to purchase for U.S. schools at prices starting at under $300. The devices that are a part of the program include:

  • Acer Travelmate TMB113-E
  • Asus Transformer Book T100
  • Dell Venue 11 Pro
  • Fujitsu Stylistic Q704
  • HP 210 Notebook PC
  • HP ElitePad 1000
  • Lenovo ThinkPad 11e
  • Toshiba Satellite NB15t

​In addition, the program will include an unnamed new Panasonic device made for students that will be revealed later this summer. Microsoft also said, " ... exam delivery provider Certiport Inc. is providing certification exams worth over $5 million following students’ completion of Microsoft IT Academy training."

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Schools that purchase these units will have to purchase a Windows 8 Pro upgrade or Windows 8 VLK licenses in order to integrate them into their school's active directory network. Manageability is KEY for school machines and this misses the mark.

I hope they use a nationwide sales crew to make face to face presentations to the various school boards. Apple and Google have been quite active in our area, which is semi-rural (or rural if you live in a city). I'd love to see our school districts move from Macs (in one school system only) and Chromebooks to Windows 8.1 devices. MS will also need to offer free OneDrive to have a fighting chance to displace Chromebooks.

I think the Dell Venue 11 Pro is the best option here since they could put in Desktop docks in their libraries and common areas with an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse and all the students would have to do is drop in their tablets and it would just work. They could also have Keyboard docks for all of the students and it would be a better option than all of these other devices.

Drewidian said,
I think the Dell Venue 11 Pro is the best option here since they could put in Desktop docks in their libraries and common areas with an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse and all the students would have to do is drop in their tablets and it would just work. They could also have Keyboard docks for all of the students and it would be a better option than all of these other devices.
Man, that is an epic idea.