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