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Microsoft also got 34 schools/districts to adopt Windows 8

Microsoft has been trying to push Apple's iPad aside in favor of Surface tablets in schools, and now, the Windows giant is looking to take on Google when it comes to search for students. 

Microsoft made two pretty big announcements today that aim to bring Windows 8 and its search engine Bing into K-12 school districts around the U.S. 

Microsoft proudly revealed that 34 K-12 schools/school districts around the country have agreed to use the Windows 8 operating system. The schools are located in Virginia, Alabama, Texas, Florida, California, New York, Massachusetts and Maine.

To be more specific, 10 schools and 24 school districts are signing up to use Windows 8. 

Microsoft even boasted a quote from an official (Chris White) at the Somers Central School District in New York, who said iPads "could only take us so far" and "weren’t great in front of the classroom." Clearly, this district was part of the bunch that chose Windows 8. 

Microsoft's second school-related announcement is an initiative called "Bing for Schools." This allows K-12 schools to customize their Bing search engine so that it's a more appropriate experience for children. 

For instance, K-12 schools can remove advertisements from search results, add special learning features and enhance privacy controls. 

Schools can also choose to keep the traditional Bing experience, if they'd like. Either way, it's free for schools to participate. 

Google's search engine has a strong hold on the search market, and Microsoft is hoping Bing can steal a big piece of that pie. 

This isn't Microsoft's first attempt to steal users from Google. Back in February of this year, Microsoft attacked Gmail -- Google's email service -- with the "Scroogled" campaign, which advised the public not to use Gmail because Google scans each email that is sent and received for keywords that can help it target users with more accurate advertisements.

Just last week, Apple scored a $30 million contract from the L.A. Unified School District, which will deploy iPads to all students throughout 47 campuses. The L.A. Unified School District is paying $678 per iPad, which will come pre-loaded with educational software. The district also committed to spending "hundreds of millions of dollars" with Apple over the next two years, since they chose the company as their only tablet vendor. 

Microsoft obviously wasn't happy about this. Robyn Hines, senior director of state government affairs for Microsoft, said that using only one platform throughout the district would limit options, such as innovations/price cuts from other companies and students' ability to learn platforms they'd find in the workplace (such as Windows). 

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that it was giving away 10,000 Surface RT tablets to teachers at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The idea was to spread RT adoption in schools by supplying teachers with the devices and even training them how to use it. Microsoft is also expected to announce its "Microsoft Surface for education limited time offer" this month, which will offer $199 Surface RTs (normally retails for $499) to schools and colleges interested in adopting the tablets. If the schools want a touch keyboard with their Surface RT, the total price is $249 (retail $599) and with a type keyboard, the cost is $289 (retail $629). 

Sources: Microsoft, Bing

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Does anyone use Bing on a regular basis?
By retrospooty on 6/24/2013 4:14:06 PM , Rating: 2
I have a few times and I didnt feel like I was getting as good of results, but that was a while ago... Just wondering jhow it works as of today.

RE: Does anyone use Bing on a regular basis?
By talikarni on 6/24/2013 4:22:14 PM , Rating: 4
I've been trying Bing more often lately and it is the same issue, the first few seem to be related, but after that it is completely unrelated.
Right now I prefer since it uses Google search but strips any personally identifiable information (important with the gov't spying thats been going on the past few years on google, youtube, facistbook, etc)

RE: Does anyone use Bing on a regular basis?
By GulWestfale on 6/24/13, Rating: 0
By kleinma on 6/24/2013 7:46:00 PM , Rating: 2
You really call there being nothing critical of it in here?

By althaz on 6/24/2013 8:15:00 PM , Rating: 2
At least try out your lies before making shit up.

I just did as you suggested and Google had more positive things to say about the XBox One than Bing did - but Bing had more links to official XBox things (if you search for Gmail you'll see the same pattern of Bing having more google-related links than Google).

Bing is definitely not as good a search engine as Google is, but I would say it's DEFINITELY more trustworthy (has less negative trustworthiness at least), considering how Google has been behaving lately.

In general I find Google MUCH better at finding things out on the internet, but if I want to interact with an offline business, Bing normally gives me a better experience. For this reason I mostly use Bing (+Wikipedia search) on my phone and Google on my desktop or tablet.

At work I only use Google, as I find Bing quite useless for looking up things related to my work (I'm a developer).

TL;DR: Google is better at most things, but Bing is ok too (unlike a couple of years back when it was quite horrible).

By moirraine on 6/24/2013 7:50:36 PM , Rating: 2 SECONDED.

It's time to put google to rest and not allow MS to infiltrate and report all users to the government.

By DiscoWade on 6/24/2013 7:59:19 PM , Rating: 2
Last year I was doing some research into the various BSOD that appear and I quickly found out that Google did a better job searching Microsoft's own website than Bing did.

My general feeling is those that do everything do nothing well. I believe Microsoft is too jealous to focus on doing a few things well.

By robbertyih on 6/24/2013 9:23:30 PM , Rating: 2
Search experience not as good as Google. I use it only when I travel to China because the government is out to screw Google and make it hard for people to use it. Call this the price of "doing no evil."

RE: Does anyone use Bing on a regular basis?
By datdamonfoo on 6/25/2013 3:10:40 AM , Rating: 1
I've always using Bing (or Live Search/MSN search) and I've never had an issue. I've used Google search probably less than 50 times in my life. I've never had a problem finding what I need, and Bing rewards are pretty awesome (free stuff just for searching). People criticize Bing because it's "not Google" and it doesn't get the press Google does, but I think that's rather silly. It's a damn good search engine, in my opinion.

By lolmuly on 6/26/2013 8:43:20 AM , Rating: 2
what kinds of searches do you typically do, if you don't mind us asking?

All they need to do
By zerocks on 6/24/2013 5:54:50 PM , Rating: 2
is make Bing give accurate search results
It simply does not give anything near accurate
I once searched "Microsoft Security Essentials" and the first two results were "Norton Antivirus"
Not ok.

RE: All they need to do
By kleinma on 6/24/2013 7:41:34 PM , Rating: 2
That is nonsense unless you were seeing paid results above the regular results, or you did in fact have ad showing malware already.

RE: All they need to do
By moirraine on 6/24/2013 7:51:58 PM , Rating: 2
Totally agree, they are skewing results and their algorithms are not what I would call accurate.

For accuracy it takes a meta-engine like momma or dogpile - time for google and MS to go the way of hotbot and the rest.

Workplace Computers?
By Mgamerz on 6/24/2013 6:09:31 PM , Rating: 2
If Microsoft wanted students to use software that's used in the workplace they wouldn't be giving them Windows 8 computers.


RE: Workplace Computers?
By moirraine on 6/24/2013 7:53:25 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, that's like giving everyone a brand new VISTA computer.

They need to go back to the drawing board and EXPAND Win7 and put some back end back into the dumb OS before they lose everyone.

RE: Workplace Computers?
By lolmuly on 6/26/2013 8:50:51 AM , Rating: 2
I use windows 8 every day, it's pretty much just a faster and more stable version of windows 7 (with a stupid extra feature)

Give the thing a try, I thought I would hate it too (and I still hate the start screen), but it's really easy to just ignore the start screen entirely.

MS and Bing
By NunyerBiz on 6/24/2013 8:18:56 PM , Rating: 2
Bing is an attempt to corner the information market and make it pay. It is hardwired into Windows Phone. It is not there as an information service, but as an information filter for MS, to filter out the money.
This is similar to other monopolistic tactics. Give it to the kids for cheap and then later they'll be "forced" to pay...and buy a Windows phone (won't work, by the way, not as well as it did for Apple)
What MS forgot is that when they remove all the crap from Bing, there won't be anything left...

RE: MS and Bing
By Brockway on 6/25/2013 12:19:07 PM , Rating: 3
Windows Phone 8 (820) and WP 7.8 (whatever version is on my Samsung Focus) both have the option to use google as default search from the browser address bar. Search button itself is still useless though since it goes to bing.

By Motoman on 6/24/2013 6:28:16 PM , Rating: 2
So, approaching a year after it's released, MS is
*proud* of the fact that 34 schools/districts NATIONWIDE have adopted Win8?

Awesome. I mean, that's got to be...what, 0.5%?

Way to go. Dipsh1ts.

Another M$ wannabe
By drlumen on 6/24/2013 6:36:10 PM , Rating: 2
Bing = Zune

By InsGadget on 6/25/2013 12:56:32 AM , Rating: 2
... except for shopping. Bing's results aren't biased like Google's shopping results are.

I also prefer Bing's image and video search.

bing is terrible
By KOOLTIME on 6/27/2013 12:57:56 PM , Rating: 2
problem with bing in compare to google, is not about the search quality fo results, 99.9999% of users of either could care less of it, due to the amount of formulated results vs the amount of data that is scanned to formulate a result.

They scale the list based on advertising money to be at the top, and then relevance plays in after that fact.

Thats their money system, they charge to be on the 1st page of certain search criteria lists.

Ask 1 billion real web users, i'd say its a safe bet 99% of them would say no i don't like pop-ups/ adware / spam when searching the internet.

Yet Bing uses that ? Why use a system to annoy 99% of the users in the world that hate it, that's their stupidity. Pissing off potential customers up front, due to stupid misguided greed.

Google has no spam ware or pop-ups associated with it on their main page, its clean simple efficient. Thats what people want, which why Google is way better, relevance means nothing, when you have to spend half your time cleaning ad-ware spam just to look up a simple web search when your in a hurry.

Google understands this fact clearly about poeple, which is why their main page is one of the webs most efficient clean simple main web site page in the world. ZERO 3rd party trash on it of any form, to annoy poeple with.

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