Seton Hall University students get Windows 8 tablets

A few months ago, Microsoft and Nokia announced that they would give incoming freshmen at Seton Hall University a free Nokia Lumia 900. Now, freshmen who attend the South Orange, New Jersey university are arriving at the school and are not only getting a Lumia 900 but a tablet running Windows 8.

The above video shows the students receiving both the Lumia 900 and the Windows 8 tablet, which is made by Samsung. A new press release from Microsoft states that incoming freshman and returning juniors at Seton Hall will receive either the Samsung Series 7 tablet or a Samsung Series 5 ultrabook running Windows 8.

The video has Seton Hall University faculty put in a bit of a slam against the iPad and Android smartphone products. Apparently, the school gave out both devices to students in the past but they were not happy that they could not create documents very well with both devices. Getting a Windows 8 tablet and a Windows Phone smartphone, both of which have Microsoft Office installed, solved that problem.

In addition to the Lumia 900, freshmen will also receive a custom version of the university's SHUmobile app made just for the smartphone. The special app will include the Freshmen Experience, which will add " ... customized social media integration and direct communication channels with their freshmen peers, peer academic advisers, housing information and roommates."

Via: WPCentral.com
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The fact one has to give something away to encourage its use says a lot about its intrinsic value. "You get what you pay for." A pretty damning indictment of Windows-8 on tablets.

So are they forced to dump whatever phone they are using to switch to the Lumia? I would imagine a lot of people wouldn't bother with the hassle of switching to that phone, even if it's free.

The tablet is a nice gesture though.

Astra.Xtreme said,
So are they forced to dump whatever phone they are using to switch to the Lumia? I would imagine a lot of people wouldn't bother with the hassle of switching to that phone, even if it's free.

The tablet is a nice gesture though.

Yes, I hear that they put the students in a dark room surrounded by a group of large, armed, threatening looking men screaming at them "you are being forced to dump your phone and switch!" The poor, poor students, crying, reluctantly give up their precious phones. how could Seton Hall, Microsoft, and Nokia do this to these young kids? If it were me, I would transfer to another school to avoid getting a free phone.

nohone said,

Yes, I hear that they put the students in a dark room surrounded by a group of large, armed, threatening looking men screaming at them "you are being forced to dump your phone and switch!" The poor, poor students, crying, reluctantly give up their precious phones. how could Seton Hall, Microsoft, and Nokia do this to these young kids? If it were me, I would transfer to another school to avoid getting a free phone.

Alright, well you kind of missed the point... I was asking if they are getting the phone with a separate contract (thru the university), or do they have to dump their current phone and put it on their own plan? Most people are on a 2 year contract cycle, so unless I was about due for an upgrade, I probably wouldn't take a new phone randomly even if it was free. If somebody just got the Galaxy S3 and then was offered this this for free, they probably would deny it.

nohone said,

Yes, I hear that they put the students in a dark room surrounded by a group of large, armed, threatening looking men screaming at them "you are being forced to dump your phone and switch!" The poor, poor students, crying, reluctantly give up their precious phones. how could Seton Hall, Microsoft, and Nokia do this to these young kids? If it were me, I would transfer to another school to avoid getting a free phone.

Alright, well you kind of missed the point... I was asking if they are getting the phone with a separate contract (thru the university), or do they have to dump their current phone and put it on their own plan? Most people are on a 2 year contract cycle, so unless I was about due for an upgrade, I probably wouldn't take a new phone randomly even if it was free. If somebody just got the Galaxy S3 and then was offered this this for free, they probably would deny it.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Alright, well you kind of missed the point... I was asking if they are getting the phone with a separate contract (thru the university), or do they have to dump their current phone and put it on their own plan? Most people are on a 2 year contract cycle, so unless I was about due for an upgrade, I probably wouldn't take a new phone randomly even if it was free. If somebody just got the Galaxy S3 and then was offered this this for free, they probably would deny it.

No, I am not missing your point. You said that the students were being **forced** to take these phones, nobody is forcing anyone to do anything. If the students don't want to take these phones, they don't have to. You are making it sound like the students have no choice, that they are being forced to pay money for a phone contract. It is nothing like that.


Astra.Xtreme said,

Alright, well you kind of missed the point... I was asking if they are getting the phone with a separate contract (thru the university), or do they have to dump their current phone and put it on their own plan? Most people are on a 2 year contract cycle, so unless I was about due for an upgrade, I probably wouldn't take a new phone randomly even if it was free. If somebody just got the Galaxy S3 and then was offered this this for free, they probably would deny it.

No, I am not missing your point. You said that the students were being **forced** to take these phones, nobody is forcing anyone to do anything. If the students don't want to take these phones, they don't have to. You are making it sound like the students have no choice, that they are being forced to pay money for a phone contract. It is nothing like that.

nohone said,
No, I am not missing your point. You said that the students were being **forced** to take these phones, nobody is forcing anyone to do anything.

No, he asked if they were. You just had to be a dick about it. For all we know they have some apps preloaded that are to be used in the classroom or integrated with other campus systems.

Clear indication why putting Office on the ipad and android will be a mistake, instantly makes the need for a Windows 8 tablet redundant.

efjay said,
Clear indication why putting Office on the ipad and android will be a mistake, instantly makes the need for a Windows 8 tablet redundant.

Office for iOS and Android are very likely to require an Office 365 Home Premium subscription. It's far better than charging $10 and giving $3 to Apple.

dagamer34 said,

Office for iOS and Android are very likely to require an Office 365 Home Premium subscription. It's far better than charging $10 and giving $3 to Apple.

This is what I expect will happen, MS will offer office on iOS and Android as an Office 365 web option and not as a native client like you will be able to get on a Windows device. So, I think the choice is clear for the most part seeing how Office 365 home on Windows also gets you the native clients + the web versions etc.

efjay said,
Clear indication why putting Office on the ipad and android will be a mistake, instantly makes the need for a Windows 8 tablet redundant.

Right, because the only thing I'd want full-blown Windows on my tablet for would be Microsoft Office...

...I don't even use Microsoft Office when I'm running Windows anyways, I use LibreOffice...

aviator189 said,
our university doesn't give us anything....

You don't get anything in life for free, these are paid for by higher fees