Microsoft wants to connect two million rural Americans to high-speed wireless broadband by 2022, and it will get started with 12 pilot projects over the next year. The company is also offering free access to its intellectual property to help the rest of rural America get connected.
Sometimes these tools seem to be a perfect fit when teaching other standards such as Common Core for third grade, which requires students to “conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.” You would teach word processing skills as students are conducting their research. But wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool in your Office 365 toolbox where students could re-create a research project in Minecraft: Education Edition and use primary source documents to represent what the text revealed to them?
Despite slow growth in other consumer markets, Futuresource Consulting reports that sales of laptops, tablets and mobile devices in the education sector grew 18 percent year over year from 2015 to 2016, and 2017 is on par for continued growth. These numbers fortify the investment that technology giants like Google and Microsoft have made, reports the press release from Futuresource.
If there’s a common thread that unites the rival technology giants Apple, Google, and Microsoft in the education market, it’s this: They’re big. The three major tech companies -- along with Amazon, a relatively new player on the scene -- go head-to-head in vying for big chunks of school business, most notably in sales of devices and operating systems, and they try to forge their own paths in others.
Microsoft Corp's announcement of a suite of new education products on Tuesday shows the company's determination to reverse a major shift that has taken place in U.S. classrooms in recent years: for most educators and school districts, Google's Chromebook is now the computer of choice.
Basically, this OS is a stripped-down version of Windows 10 with a particular eye for the challenges educators face. Schools can configure each computer simply by slotting in a USB stick with a set configuration on it, so redoing them each new school year will be a snap. The biggest compromise is what software you can use with the stripped-down version of the OS. Instead of running all apps, educators will only be able to download and use what’s in the Microsoft Store.
The ShadowBrokers, an entity previously confirmed by The Intercept to have leaked authentic malware used by the NSA to attack computers around the world, today released another cache of what appears to be extremely potent (and previously unknown) software capable of breaking into systems running Windows. The software could give nearly anyone with sufficient technical knowledge the ability to wreak havoc on millions of Microsoft users.
As a company with a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, these are just some of the questions we ask ourselves at Microsoft. We believe it’s no longer enough to measure success simply in terms of how quickly technology advances. More important is how many lives are improved and whether people are prepared for jobs that require skills ranging from basic digital literacy to advanced computer science.
Windows 10 introduces additional features designed specifically for K - 12 educators and students, alongside other education news today from Microsoft.
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