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Microsoft, Intel partner on educational discount programme

Microsoft, Intel partner on educational discount programme

Clearly spooked by the success of the low-cost Linux-based Raspberry Pi, Microsoft and Intel have teamed up with RM to launch the Shape the Future UK programme.

Microsoft, Intel and RM Education have announced the Shape the Future UK programme through which they aim to promote UK computing education.

Announced today, the programme sees the three companies partner up to provide hardware and software at a hefty discount - over 30 per cent, it's claimed - to all government-funded schools across the UK. Those signing up to the scheme will provide one-to-one access to computing resources for their pupils - meaning everybody gets a tablet or laptop of their very own.

It's claimed that the programme came about due to research from credit reference agency Experian suggesting that access to a home computer can have a significant impact on future earnings potential. According to the Impact of 1:1 PC Ownership report, based on research data from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, children who have access to a computer at home could generate up to £300,000 more earnings over their lifetime than those that don't.

There is, of course, another, unmentioned, reason for Microsoft and Intel to show a sudden interest in the education market: the Raspberry Pi. The £30 device, which provides a fully-functional microcomputer in a credit-card sized package, is proving a big hit and has no lesser aims than conquering the education market. If that happens, both Intel and Microsoft stand to lose: the Raspberry Pi uses an ARM-based processor from Broadcom rather than an Intel x86 chip, and typically runs a Linux operating system rather than Microsoft's Windows.

The idea of future generations of engineers and programmers growing up in a non-Wintel environment is clearly unconscionable to Microsoft and Intel, leading inexorably to the birth of the Shape the Future UK programme.

'Shape the Future has the power to put knowledge in the hands of children. That knowledge empowers them to shape their own future,' claimed Microsoft's Joice Fernandes, leader of the worldwide Shape the Future programme, at the announcement. 'I passionately believe that Shape the Future is a true force for good - as has been proven with our projects around the world. I'm thrilled that we are now bringing this programme to the UK.'

'Technology in Education is moving into a new era of mobility and usage, with more and more students continuing their learning beyond the classroom, especially at home. We at Intel are very excited about this program and that we feel it will help bridge the accessibility of technology to all students, with a scheme that is all encompassing and fair,' added Tim Hatch, Intel's director for UK education. 'We need our students from whatever their backgrounds to have that equal start in life and help them become the next generation of informed, flexible and collaborative employees.'

Details of the devices available under the Shape the Future programme are available on the RM website.

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barny2767 5th November 2012, 12:08 Quote
******s. All they want to do is secure there future with this and try and push ARM and Linux out so they dont start to become more mainstream.

I realy hope that the Pi beats the crap out of them on this.
dyzophoria 5th November 2012, 12:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by barny2767
******s. All they want to do is secure there future with this and try and push ARM and Linux out so they dont start to become more mainstream.

I realy hope that the Pi beats the crap out of them on this.

its actually a good thing imho, the more they push linux, the more the people on the linux camp will push back and hopefully finally fix the problem of linux - fragmentation on the mainstream side, well will see :)
barny2767 5th November 2012, 14:11 Quote
I know that Linux will push back but our education system will take the easyest and cheapest way of doing things and the hardware will be cheap but training teachers will cost alot but if Microsoft say do it our way and we will train teachers for free or realy cheap, Ras Pi and Linux cant do anything to better that.
Snips 5th November 2012, 20:35 Quote
I'm sorry but why is this a bad thing? They aren't just talking about tapping in on the Pi/ Linux bubble. They're talking about helping kids to have access to a computer at home. Is there an abundance of Linux based educational software in the market place? or is it more beneficial for it to be Windows based?

As you have said in your commentary, the Pi/Linux part is "unmentioned" and you've put it in to sensationalise the story.

Shame on you :)
greigaitken 6th November 2012, 01:42 Quote
great, get 30% off rrp pcs and software
If only the staff were savvy enough to use google shopping and get same stuff for 1/2 price in 1st place.
maybe if they sent a competent IT guy to a school to teach the teachers, that'd do a bit more good.

when i was at uni (8 yrs ago), MS had given the CS dept a bunch of money and a .net lab (50 pcs). When it came to choosing final proj the heads of dept were pushing for folks to come up with a proj involving the .net stuff so it didnt look like waste of money. nobody touched it out of 200 and staying on unix machines. There were no MS staff or anything just a whole unused lab.
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