On the day of Apple's digital textbooks announcement, Microsoft touts Windows-based slates for the classroom

On the day of Apple's digital textbooks announcement, Microsoft touts Windows-based slates for the classroom
Microsoft just outed today on its Windows Team Blog an epic post how Windows-based slates are suitable for and invading classrooms around the world.

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.

source: WindowsTeamBlog

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8 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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)

8. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

seriously? isSheep?

3. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

off-course, every one goes apple's way, these days. i personally prefer Microsoft though.

5. RazaAsad

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

"familiar interface and ability to safeguard information" sounds better than ipads.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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: Oct 19, 2011

a full windows slate is infinitely more useful than a s**ttastic ipad

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