On the day of Apple's digital textbooks announcement, Microsoft touts Windows-based slates for the classroom
By coincidence, in a few minutes Apple is scheduled to unveil its rumored digital textbook project, codenamed Bliss, which is expected to use tablets for interactive textbooks in the classrooms.
Apple's project is said to target the K-12 crowd, and the company's Internet software head, Eddy Cue, is expected to take centerstage. Microsoft's post touts Windows 7 tablets as very suitable for educational purposes, as they provide "familiar interface and ability to safeguard information".
The educational market is very lucrative, as the recent courting of Turkey by Apple and Google over its 15 million-strong tablet order for its schools shows, so it's only natural that Microsoft wouldn't like to be one-upped there by Apple. The post also provides testimonies from various education-related companies around the world what Windows-based tablets have brought to the school experience.
1. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
The apple book thingy probably looks and acts nicer, but the windows tablet is going to be a ton more versatile as well as being compatible with all of their existing windows apps on their PCs. If android wants to compete they better bring something right up the middle and for a lower price (which they probably will). It will be interesting to see which way schools go.
2. c.hack (Posts: 514; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Seriously? Is it 1999 again? How many times does the Windows Slate have to fail before it is laid to rest?
4. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yes yes, we should all just use apple products to make you happy. we should not have a choice in the matter
because, ya know.. tablets have definitely not changed 1 bit since "1999" (more like 2003, but hey, whos counting)
3. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
off-course, every one goes apple's way, these days. i personally prefer Microsoft though.
5. RazaAsad (Posts: 100; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)
"familiar interface and ability to safeguard information" sounds better than ipads.
6. snowgator (Posts: 3244; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
MS will have to work fast and aggresive to offset Apples presence in schools. The iPad is already present in a lot of districts systems.
7. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
a full windows slate is infinitely more useful than a s**ttastic ipad