Microsoft reveals even more US school systems that use Windows 8 PCs

In March, Microsoft announced that over 540,000 students and teachers in the US were currently using Windows 8 PCs in their schools. Today, Microsoft announced that a number of additional US school districts have made the move to using Windows 8.

Microsoft's press release states that 34 new K–12 schools and school districts will be using Windows 8. That number includes 24 school districts in the state of Main, the large San Diego Unified School District in California as well as other school districts in Texas, Florida, Virginia, Alabama and more.

Chris White, the director of technology at Somers Central School District in New York, stated in the press release that his school district will be offering Windows 8 via the deployment of Dell Latitude 10 tablets, shown above, to 1,675 teachers and students in grades 6–12. He also put in a small slam against using Apple's iPad for education, saying:

As just consumption devices, iPads could only take us so far — they weren’t great in front of the classroom ... Teaching with Windows 8 devices is more personalized and project-based to better reflect the college- and career-ready skills that will be required of students once they graduate.

Last week, Microsoft started offering the 32 GB version of its own Surface RT tablet for just $199 to students from now until August 31st.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Dell

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eh so what... the big trend for a few years was buy ipads... this year one district by me that spend almost a million dollars on ipads last year decided to ditch them for chromebooks / android tablets *this head on desk* chasing fads.....

There is a huge abyss between the usefulness of tablets in an academic environment and their usefulness in the business environment. Still another abyss remains between the usefulness of tablets and laptops/desktops. Therein lies the problem with the Windows-8 UI and its lack of universal acceptance and adoption.

I really don't understand the importance of these stats. These are not schools or districts that are upgrading right? Of course new computers come with Windows 8. This is not schools saying "hey let's go get Windows 8 cause its so nice". This is just marketing from Microsoft.

Schools buy PCs in bulk on a contract. They specify hardware, software, and OS in the contract. So if they are getting Win8, its on purpose.

It would be interesting to see how Microsoft would respond if a school system said it wanted tablets with Windows-7. I am sure the fantastic pricing would probably go "poof."

TsarNikky said,
It would be interesting to see how Microsoft would respond if a school system said it wanted tablets with Windows-7. I am sure the fantastic pricing would probably go "poof."
And that's because Windows 7 isn't made for tablets; as such, that would be a hideously stupid thing to do.

I work for a Florida college and I think most of the higher ed as well as the K-12 are going to go with Office 365. The few that went with Google Docs are ditching it. Office is just easier to manage, train users for, and has more features.

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