IT Trends :: Thursday, July 6, 2006

Deals, Contracts, Awards

Microsoft Looks to Academia for Talent, Business

A senior editor for the Chronicle of Higher Education said, "Microsoft certainly pays a lot of attention to the education space.” This sentiment is evident in the company’s recent technology competition, the Imagine Cup, which pits college students against each other in a battle to use Microsoft programs in innovative ways. "As a whole, it's an investment for us, but it pays off in a pretty big way," said Bill Gates about Microsoft’s overall contributions to higher education technology… (CNN.com)

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Tablet PCs Required for Virginia Tech Engineers

Virginia Polytechnic Institute began requiring students to own computers back in 1984. This fall, with the help of Microsoft and Fujitsu Computer Systems, all incoming freshman engineering students will be given new Fujitsu LifeBook T4000s for free. Over the summer, the school will rework class structures to incorporate the machines and train the teaching staff on programs like Microsoft Office OneNote, SketchUp, and Classroom Presenter… (CNET News.com)

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